I have currently been in Valencia, Spain for 2.5 weeks and it was perfect timing to be in such a country if you’re into your sport. A couple of days after we arrived, the Valencia Formula 1 Grand Prix hit the streets (we rode around the track but not at their pace!) and then last night was the soccer Euro Cup where Spain won! Boy can a nation celebrate late into the night - the town went wild!! The Tour De France has also just started and seeming I am in Europe, it means I don’t need to get up at midnight to watch it!
|Katie striking a pose on the Formula 1 finish line, Celebrating riding on the F1 track|
|Standing on the street that we are living on|
There are also plenty of tourist attractions here, that we have been fortunate enough to visit on our rest days.
|At the aquarium on a rest day|
|At the beach on a rest day|
|The Spain track and the athletics track in use, Doing stair jumps with the weights vest on|
|Resting between efforts at the track|
|Coach Stu and Katie always making sure we are having fun when were training|
For training here we have been working on a 4-day cycle.
Day 1: AM – Gym, PM - Track
Day 2: 2 x Track sessions
Day 3: AM -Road ride, PM – Track then Gym
Day 4: Rest day
To ensure we can get maximal gain from every 2 hour training session, we are having rest days more frequently then usual (twice in 8 days) because the heat here (averaging 31 degree Celsius) takes a lot of energy out of you. We have done plenty of power and speed work here in Spain, and since being here I have bettered my personal best power by 115w !! Which is pretty cool!
|Squating in the Gym with Coach Damian keeping a close eye on me|
After Germany I fly via Auckland for a night then off to Rockhampton, Australia to join up with my Junior Worlds Team mates, I cant wait to see them too!
Our KIWI Olympians are going well – its so amazing being with these great athletes in their build up. I can’t wait to see them tear it up when they take to the track in London.
|Me and Tarsh (who is heading to the Olympics)|
Last of all here is a video of Matt Archibald in the Elite men's Squad, lifting 250kg.
Not half bad at all..