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I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

The best way to start 2014

twiggyby twiggyJan 5th 2014
It has become a bit of a tradition since opening The Triathlon Shop that between Christmas and New year we shut up shop for a few days and all staff and team mates head to Mallorca for a week of training.

This year I wasn't sure if I wanted to go as I'm still recovering from knee surgery and hadn't ridden a bike in 6 months, and there was no chance of being able to run! In the end though I decided it was worth the trip as if nothing else I could have a bit of a splash in the sea and get in some winter open water training, and I knew the others would appreciate a support driver for some of the longer rides.

I was lucky enough to be able to take a UDi2 equipped Felt F3 out with me, and even more lucky to be able to equip it with a demo set of enve 6.7 carbon clinchers - a bike the Argos Shimano guys who were also training in Mallorca at the time would be proud of!
Sadly because of the dodgy knee I had to put flat pedals on it which somewhat ruined the pro look!
The best way to start 2014
Despite the sub-optimal footwear and pedals the bike was lovely, very responsive and naturally the Di2 was a dream. For the first few days out in Mallorca it was pretty windy, but the Enves were never twitchy. I would have loved to have tackled the mountains of Mallorca on this machine but sadly the knee wasn't up to it this time. I consoled myself by riding the flat but beautiful road between Alcudia and Port Pollensa instead.

On day two I unfortunately gained some company in my 'cant ride or run' club in the shape of my husband who had decided to come off his bike at 68 KPH at the bottom of the coll de Femenia - in the process losing most of the skin on his left buttock and suffering cuts and burns on many other parts of his body. I quickly had to learn how to dress wounds using whatever I could find in the supermarkets as there were no pharmacies available during the holiday period. This led to some fairly inventive solutions involving pantyliners, cleaning cloths and clingfilm! Althoug obviously a bad thing to happen, it did mean that I had someone to join me in the van as we acted as support vehicle for everyone else as they tackled the likes of Puig Major and Coll de Femenia. Of course, just because we couldn't ride didn't mean we weren't able to take part in the lunch stop in my favourite place Port de Soller...
The best way to start 2014
The sea around Mallorca is around 15-16 degrees in December/ January time. Obviously this is a little chilly but nothing to us hardy Brits! As swimming is one thing I am able to do I took advantage of the sea that was right on our doorstep and donned the wetsuit for a splash about. The locals clearly thought we were utterly crazy as they were all wrapped up in coats and scarves just to visit the beach. At first I thought they might be right as it was pretty cold at first, but given 10 mins in the water and I no longer noticed the cold. It also helps that my wetsuit fits me so well that barely any water gets inside while swimming. The water I do get in my suit is from the zip when I first get in and within no time at all it was toasty warm from my body heat. Lovely! I even met a little critter in the water called Mr starfish. He was a starfish by the way.
The best way to start 2014
On New Years eve three of the guys in our party decided they were going to go on a trail run up one of the mountains near the Lluc monastery. Although I was not able to run I saw this as a great opportunity to test my knee by walking the same trail. Before my surgery I could not walk for more than 30 minutes without getting knee pain and I certainly couldn't walk downhill very far at all. That day I walked 24km - 14km of which were on mountain trails. I couldn't believe it. I'm clearly well on my way to recovery. YAY!
Being the fine athletes that we are (and having all tired ourselves out), our wild new years involved a meal out followed by watching fireworks on the beach and listening to the large boats in the port trying to out 'honk' each other. For me - perfect.


For the final morning in Alcudia we decided we would have a 10km time-trial. Jon (my husband) was to be the timer as he still couldn't sit on a saddle because of the road rash. He send us off using 2 minute intervals - slowest first (me!) It was great fun and I really enjoyed it despite obviously being unable to really push it. It really reminded me why I love the sport of triathlon. There were 8 of us out in Mallorca, all training for our own goals and all with completely different levels of fitness and completely different goals for the year. Yet despite that we all managed to spend the days training together and all enjoyed what we were able to do. I love how inclusive this sport is. For the time-trial the spread of times was huge, 13 minutes to 19 minutes with all times in between, but that didn't matter one bit. This final picture sums it up for me.
The best way to start 2014
Already looking forward to Mallorca 2014-15!
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