TRAINING CAMP JOURNAL

part 1 - first five days

Day 1 – arrival & easy ride

On Thursday, our girls arrived in sunny Spain, just like our staff (Stieven, Nico, Terry, Marc and photographer Paul Hinninck), who made the trip from Belgium to Spain with the team cars so they could bring the necessary equipment with them. Thanks to their effort, our waowgirls could already start their first training ride in Spain right after dinner. Our girls were escorted by Edwig of our partner Doltcini, who lead them over some sloping roads at a steady pace, so everyone could adjust to the Spanish roads.

Day 2 – 162 km

After a nice supper and a good night’s rest, the second day of our training camp took of. The 5h30 ride that was planned on a mountainous course, suddenly got a bit longer due to some roadblocks. When the girls arrived back at the hotel, they’d been in the saddle for more than 6 hours with 162 km and almost 3000 metres in altitude on their Pioneer Cyclocomputers!

Tired but satisfied, they could afterwards enjoy their recovery food and a nice massage from our soigneurs. After two days, everyone was still fit and looking forward to the next few days. Our girls were also enjoying the comfort at the beautiful Diamante Beach Resort and the beautiful environment of Calpe, which we could enjoy thanks to Patrick Van Gansen of the Cyclelive Magazine.

Day 3 – recovery ride

On the third day of our training camp, Mieke Docx, Bryony Van Velzen and Thalita de Jong joined our team to prepare for the upcoming season. The team did an easy two hour ride, with Thalita – who’s still recovering from her torn muscle – toning it down to an easy one hour ride.

Day 4 – interval training

Sunday was another hard day on the bike for most of our girls. All our girls went up the Benissa climb, except for Lotte, Bryony, Shana, Monique and Thalita, who did an easy training ride of about two hours. The girls who did go up there, had to do several blocks in several heart rate zones. After this intense training, the magic hands of our soigneurs were more than welcome!

Day 5 – rest day/cake day

After four days of intense training, our girls had a rest day on Monday, perfectly scheduled as the weather wasn’t as good as it had been the days before. Our riders were free to train if they wanted so some of them went on their Tacx rollers to avoid any rain. In the afternoon, there was an outdoor photoshoot scheduled, but it had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. The photoshoot will probably take place somewhere later this week.

Monday wasn’t only a rest day, it also was Saartje Vandenbroucke’s birthday! At the Diamante Beach Resort, they didn’t just let that pass by. At supper, Saartje (and the team) got a nice surprise as the hotel staff rolled in a nice birthday cake for her!

Halfway trough the training camp, our girls are still feeling fit and are looking forward to the next few days and the upcoming season of racing. Keep an eye out for the second part of this training camp journal on our social media. It will appear as soon as the camp has ended.

All pictures by Paul Hinninck

Day 1 – arrival & easy ride

On Thursday, our girls arrived in sunny Spain, just like our staff (Stieven, Nico, Terry, Marc and photographer Paul Hinninck), who made the trip from Belgium to Spain with the team cars so they could bring the necessary equipment with them. Thanks to their effort, our waowgirls could already start their first training ride in Spain right after dinner. Our girls were escorted by Edwig of our partner Doltcini, who lead them over some sloping roads at a steady pace, so everyone could adjust to the Spanish roads.

Day 2 – 162 km

After a nice supper and a good night’s rest, the second day of our training camp took of. The 5h30 ride that was planned on a mountainous course, suddenly got a bit longer due to some roadblocks. When the girls arrived back at the hotel, they’d been in the saddle for more than 6 hours with 162 km and almost 3000 metres in altitude on their Pioneer Cyclocomputers!

Tired but satisfied, they could afterwards enjoy their recovery food and a nice massage from our soigneurs. After two days, everyone was still fit and looking forward to the next few days. Our girls were also enjoying the comfort at the beautiful Diamante Beach Resort and the beautiful environment of Calpe, which we could enjoy thanks to Patrick Van Gansen of the Cyclelive Magazine.

Day 3 – recovery ride

On the third day of our training camp, Mieke Docx, Bryony Van Velzen and Thalita de Jong joined our team to prepare for the upcoming season. The team did an easy two hour ride, with Thalita – who’s still recovering from her torn muscle – toning it down to an easy one hour ride.

Day 4 – interval training

Sunday was another hard day on the bike for most of our girls. All our girls went up the Benissa climb, except for Lotte, Bryony, Shana, Monique and Thalita, who did an easy training ride of about two hours. The girls who did go up there, had to do several blocks in several heart rate zones. After this intense training, the magic hands of our soigneurs were more than welcome!

Day 5 – rest day/cake day

After four days of intense training, our girls had a rest day on Monday, perfectly scheduled as the weather wasn’t as good as it had been the days before. Our riders were free to train if they wanted so some of them went on their Tacx rollers to avoid any rain. In the afternoon, there was an outdoor photoshoot scheduled, but it had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. The photoshoot will probably take place somewhere later this week.

Monday wasn’t only a rest day, it also was Saartje Vandenbroucke’s birthday! At the Diamante Beach Resort, they didn’t just let that pass by. At supper, Saartje (and the team) got a nice surprise as the hotel staff rolled in a nice birthday cake for her!

Halfway trough the training camp, our girls are still feeling fit and are looking forward to the next few days and the upcoming season of racing. Keep an eye out for the second part of this training camp journal on our social media. It will appear as soon as the camp has ended.

All pictures by Paul Hinninck

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