I have spent the last 10 years training in Australia for the winter but with the move back to London, financially it was impossible to spend another winter in the Ozzy sun. I love Australia and it became my second home but I also needed to do something different for myself mentally, and thats when I decided to spend the winter in Mojacar Spain.
Back in the late 80’s and 90’s I spent my summers in this part of the world and always good had memories of this place so coming back here was very familiar to me.
Most days the weather is between 15-20C which is perfect for base training and to be honest I now realize that training in 30C + heat is too much for me and limits the amount of miles you can lay down each day, so even though I have been in this sport for almost 20 years I am still learning something new every year.
Emma Pallant, Kyle Follet and Kim Morrison of Team Dillon have been my training partners this year and are showing massive improvements, these guys are the future of our sport and are looking to have a great season in 2014. Its great to have a small team to train with, especially when you ultra tried and need the group to get you out the door.
The weather here is perfect but the thing which I love the most about Spain is the Safe, quiet smooth roads we get to enjoy every day and I have to say this is the best place I have ever ridden my bike. I have seen the Belkin and other top pro bike teams training here so we must be in a good place. We even get to draft off the coaches car when we do brick sessions, you cant do that anywhere else!
Im off to the US for April and May and my first race of the season will be South Beach Triathlon in Florida, its part of the Lifetime fitness series which I placed 2nd last year overall. While in the US I will also be aiming to qualify for the 5150 grand final in Des Moines Iowa so will be spending a lot of time moving around the USA.
I will also be back in the UK for the Elite Super series which I always enjoy and then heading back to the US later in the year for the last of the Lifetime fitness races. I hope everyone is training well and looking forward to the season, its getting closer now, stay motivated and I hope everyone’s races go well first up.