Spain Altitude Camp 2017 ( Part 1 )
The annual Altitude Camp for efs tri club this year headed to sunny Spain -- in particular Guadix and Sierra Nevada areas. It was a dusty and hot Spain- in full contrast to the Perth winter weather.
38C ++ every day and alittle early valley mist one morning but otherwise blue sky daily.
Meeting up with our Euro partner --Ludvik from Czech Active Tours at the hotel --it was takeoff time:
Our training site was 55km from the ancient city of Granada and our accomodation was unique. We lived in Cave Apartments for the next 9 days - originally used by locals for 100's of years to beat the summer heat--they have now been turned into tourist accomodations . Such a cool temp inside .
Plenty of areas for rides (all hilly) , trail runs and also track sessions, plus wetsuit swims in the big dam and pool sessions at a local 25mtr pool with the cleanest/clearest water ever.....
All our evening dinners were fantastic & lots of Spanish dishes which were sensational with the Paella being the star of the week !
Locals eat at 10pm so we had to persuade our hosts that triathletes are not real people and eat by 8pm to be asleep by 9pm --thus confirming that we were all loco ......
Interesting observations -- the pool had a bar -- lots of driver courtesy for cyclists - Vuelta was live on TV every day for last 2 hours - coffee was super no matter where you where
On the way to Sierra Nevada we stopped off in Granada for a visit to the world famous Alambra Palace and it was the most amazing place with its mixture of influences from the 1400's onwards - Moors- Crusades- Christian - Catholic- French -all playing a part and adding to the 5 palaces & gardens on this huge UNESCO heritage site --amazing morning