Paige Paterson

Paige Paterson

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Valencia, Spain

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
The culture here is really quite different to New Zealand. The streets seem to start getting busy at about 7pm at night, where families head out to the parks and beaches for a picnic dinner at about 9-10pm, kids included – never mind sleeping! Then from 12-2pm everyday, is siesta time, where they head home from work for some lunch and a nap..we have all embraced this part of the culture very well. I am really enjoying a bit of Paella (traditional Spanish dish), and learning a few Spanish words so that I can have a chat to some the locals at the track and our hotel.

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
Here, we met up with the Olympic Men’s Sprint squad who arrived a few days earlier, looking very fit and fast. Our accommodation in the outskirts of Valencia has been perfect. The track and gym is conveniently located less than 200m walk away and the hotel has catered for our every meal. It has been very well set up so that our training sessions start and finish at the same time everyday, and then lunch or dinner is within an hour to help speed up the recovery process. The BikeNZ nutritionist has also done the menu plan for the meals, so that they meet our energy demands, perfectly designed to ensure no muscle breakdown from lack of nutrition but also not undue calories, as we can't afford to carry any fat. This ensures we stay in tiptop form.

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
Happy with how my form is coming along, this weekend I am bound for the Cottbus Germany Grand Prix, where I will be racing the likes of World and Olympic Champion Anna Meares and Kristina Vogel who are hot favorites for the London Olympics. I am really looking forward to getting in some more racing experience and trying out a few different tactics that I want to use again at Junior Worlds in August.

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..

Adios amigos!


  1. Looks like you had fun in your stay and training in Valencia. Keep up the good work, and do update your readers more on your future cycling events.

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