It’s been a busy camp from the first minute but the entire crew here in Calpe has settled in well, enjoying the amazing setup we have to kick-off 2010. A hotel that has truly catered to our needs and set us up with a huge inside space for much of the sorting and storage that has to take place in the first few days of camp has made life very easy. When a hotel becomes your home for two weeks, having somewhere comfortable makes all the difference in the world. We’re right on the beach and waking up and eating as the sun rises over the water isn’t a bad way to start each morning.
In the first two days each rider went through a full round of baseline testing. From the standard progressive VO2 max test with blood lactate samples, to some innovative things we’re playing with to determine muscle glycogen loads, allergies, free-radical levels, and more. All the guys were checked on their bikes using the Retul system, and had the opportunity to spend some time playing with the new gear. The team has put a real focus on our sports science program this season, even more than in the past, and the entire group has been here for the start of camp. There are some amazing ideas coming out of these guys and keep your eyes and ears peeled over the coming season.
Training has been a slow ramp in, with the first two days a couple hours of cruising, adapting to any little bike changes, and then getting in all of the testing. The third day was a double session, two and a half morning and evening with a bit more intensity and strength work in each session, before yesterday’s long endurance day in the inland hills. Last night we were joined by the European Transitions team and go a full run through on thei technology and product line. Needless to say, there were some focused eyes in the room and getting to test the Transitions SolFX lenses today confirmed that they are yet another amazing technological trick we have up our sleeve this season.
More to come in a few – lots happening here!