Mallorca training camp

2018 as my first year of racing on the half IRONMAN distance was quite spectacular as the year started with an(other) injury and ended with the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship – a rollercoaster ride of a year and hard to beat. So what about 2019?

New years and new goals often bring a lot of changes – some for the better, some for the worse. But as I believe you’re responsible for your own luck in many ways I made sure to kickstart my 2019 season in the best way possible: I am now coached by one of the most powerful triathlon couples, tri2gether, I swapped my usual, cold-ish training camp at Lake Garda with the Majorcan sunshine, I started training by power, spent more efficient hours on the indoor trainer, tried to build a solid run base which I’ve been lacking for years due to my injuries and joined a swim group three times a week. After years of mainly training for and with myself mostly, I now enjoy the company of other athletes a lot. Their different levels, their input, their way to challenge me in so many ways.

Together with my friend Laura I spent 12 days on Mallorca, mostly cycling and running (and eating). Here’s a little Q&A with questions I received on my Instagram that can help others when planning their own training camp:

Q: Where did you stay?
A: We stayed in Can Pastilla which is close to the airport and Palma. Can Pastilla is in the South of the island and even though I know many triathlete chose the North rather, I don’t regret our choice and would go there anytime again.

Q: Which Hotel did you choose?
A: We chose Hotel Helios because you can book it as a cooperation with Berganti Bikes where I got my bike. Hotel Helios is a hotel perfectly suitable for cyclists and has everything you need: an amazing breakfast & dinner buffet, cycling storage rooms, pool & spa and is very close to the beach.

Q: Why did you rent your bike and not bring your own?
A: I chose to rent my bike via Berganti Bikes because 1) I think it’s super stressful to travel with your own bike and 2) Berganti Bikes offer Ridley bikes – so I basically got to ride the same bike as at home but without the stress and with a bunch of friendly mechanics that are always happy to help.

Q: What is your most favorite place to ride on Mallorca?
A: I looove climbing and I love the entire Ma-10 – so that’s what I did most of the days. My most favorite routes were:

Can Pastilla – Palma – Calvià – Es Capdellà – Andratx – Sant Elm – Andratx – Estellencs – Banyalbufar – Esporles – Palma – Can Pastilla (119km, 1800m)

Can Pastilla – Palma – Coll de Sóller – Sóller – Fornalutx – Puig Major – Sa Calobra – Coll dels Reis – Pollença – Sa Pobla – Inca (150km, 3000m)
(I took the train home from Inca as it was getting dark)

Q: How was it riding in traffic on Mallorca?
A: What traffic tho 😉 The Majorcan people are really, really careful – never in Germany have I experienced such friendly car drivers who are as responsible and careful as the people in Mallorca. Riding on the Majorcan streets felt safe all the time.

Q: Best climb?
A: Coll dels Reis.

Q: Best ice cream destination?
A: Sant Elm.

Q: Best tarmac?
A: Ma-1031 from Es Capdellà to Andratx.

Q: Would you recommend Mallorca in February/March weather-wise?
A: Absolutely – we were very lucky but I think it’s safer to go in March rather than in February.  

Special thanks to the guys from Berganti Bikes for this unforgettable trip to your wonderful island!

Also read: Top Tips To Enjoying The Ride – A Guide For All

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