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:
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!