I'm just back from Fuertoventura where my season started for 2012. Fuertoventura is Spanish for strong wind, an apt name for the little island in the Atlantic where I headed for the Challenge half ironman just over a week ago. It was windy when I arrived, windy when I left and windy most of the time in between. However despite the wind I really enjoyed myself on the dry, hilly, relatively barren volcanic island.
|Tapas in Gran Tarajal|
|Back to racing, as my tagline goes, "hard, smart and with a smile"|
So to the race. For me, it went something like this.
|Sunrise over the swim course|
Transition to T1 was a 500m run up the hill to the tennis courts so a good chance to get the blood in the legs for the first hill on the bike heading out of the resort. Passed Heleen Bij De Vaate in transition so got on my bike ready to chase the next up the field.
|Enjoying being on my bike, despite the crosswind given position|
|On course through the resort at Playitas|
|Mountain roads through the interior of Fuerteventura|
Today is a challenge though. I'm off to the gym for a treadmill session followed by a swim in La Clusaz. At 2pm here the snow still falling steadily and our garden is now back under a good few cms of fresh powder as it has been each morning this week. Can the Spanish sun please make it's way over to the Alps now, please!!! I wouldn't mind just tele-porting myself back to the island of the strong wind. At least it doesn't snow there in late April!