I was able to train very well the last few days before the training camp in Mallorca and still do a few important things before heading to Munich via Füssen and from there into the southern sun. There were still a few important appointments in the Allgäu, all of which were positive and very promising. So nothing stood in the way of a relaxing and intensive training camp with some of my team riders. Only a slight sore throat occupied me for the first few days, but it was quickly cured in the warmth.
As always, the first day passed far too quickly, because after arrival, transfer, check-in, shopping and lunch, I spent the rest of the day finding a suitable rental bike for me. So it only started for me on Sunday and we did a wonderful tour through the middle of the island up to Randa, via San Salvador and Manacor back home to Alcudia. In the afternoon we went to the pool and of course we couldn't do without a coffee together. I was still struggling a bit - mentally I hadn't quite settled on the island, but my team riders quickly got my mind on other things. Together we reviewed the tour and looked for the most beautiful routes for the next few days.
It continued in this tone for the next few days. We found perfect conditions, the group was in a great mood, we were able to take beautiful photos and gain great impressions. The first block was trained purely at the basic pace in order to get used to the higher volumes. In the group, the differences in performance compensated for each other very well and everyone got their money's worth during training. Again and again we were accompanied by other cyclists, which made us very happy and brought even more fun to our group.
We used the first rest day to really unwind, which was immediately noticeable in my HRV measurement. I've been working with it for almost a year now and have rarely had such good values as on Mallorca. In the second training block, everyone went into the mountains, where EB and K3 intervals were installed and explained. Everyone rode it at their own pace and then we continued together.
Of course, a visit to the Roadbike Festival was also a must, where I was invited for an interview and where I was also able to introduce the team. The first week passed far too quickly and the first team riders started their journey home with a heavy heart. For everyone else, we went to Cap Formentor on the rest day, where we were able to take some very nice photos and spent a wonderful time together. On my last day of training, I went across all the mountains on the island again and this royal stage was the culmination of a perfect training camp.
The great time with the team riders and the perfect training in these great conditions gave me a lot of impetus after the very mixed pre-season. I was finally able to switch off and had a lot of fun with my drivers, who got to know each other very well and merged into a harmonious group. Each individual is highly motivated and we are all already looking forward to Lake Achensee, where numerous friends will come and be dressed. The five days will certainly also be a great experience.