Day One – Sunday
After a night where the only sleep was a 45 minute nap on the plane and arriving around lunchtime we had an easy first day with only a run.
Overall it was only around 7.5km but a good amount of it was walking as it was largely trails where some were really rocky and as it had been raining were really slippery. Going downhill on the route back was particularly treacherous.
Run 2: http://tpks.ws/Zr7d
Day Two – Monday
Onto the bikes.
We did the second loop of the IM Mallorca bike but starting in Pollenca, up the climb to Lluc where we stopped for a quick look and then onto the garage at the top for a coffee.
The main part of the climb is around 427m ascent over 7.5 km at 5.5% and I rode with Nick, nicely doing lots of overtaking, doing the climb in 26 minutes at 253W average.
After the coffee we headed down the other side to carry on the second part of the loop. I do need to be slightly braver on the descents as I was too cautious going down the hairpins especially.
The second part of the loop had some really fast parts on decent roads and some really shitty side roads that weren’t much more than track so I hope that gets improved before the race!
We finished the loop back in Alcudia before heading back the 10k or so along the coast to Pollenca via Tolo’s for another coffee.
Total distance for the day was 94km
Looking up the Col de Feminia
Ride 1: http://tpks.ws/6Zl1
Ride 2: http://tpks.ws/oKVl
Day Three – Tuesday
Similar to the previous day, except we rode the first loop of IM Mallorca. After the 10k ride to the start point we headed South to Arta before returning along the out and back section, and inland to Petra and a stop for lunch.
After lunch it was back to the coast and Can Pickfort before going inland again to Sa Poblo and returning to Alcudia and T2 and finally the 10k back to Pollenca.
Total distance for the day was 123km.
We finished the day with a short pool session where Nick filmed us swimming – that was really interesting and there were a good number of things for me work on.
Ride 1: http://tpks.ws/cPpC
Ride 2: http://tpks.ws/3yHc
Overlooking Sa Colabra
I made my own way off on Wednesday as John was feeling the pace a bit and was finding it hard to keep up. As it was primarily his week which I was tagging along with and I was feeling a bit guilty about having done what I wanted to I left him and Nick to to what he wanted to do as I headed off to do the whole IM course.
I wanted to ride it in order so I first headed for Alcudia and the start before retracing the roads we had covered in the previous couple of days. I spent most of the day passing people including a couple of German riders who decided to tag on for the ride. I pushed at or just above threshold for around 6 minutes, dropping one after a couple and the second one just before the roundabout I was turning off at. A good little blast at nearly 40kph and 262W for a while although probably not the best preparation for the climb ahead!
As I made my way round to the climb with the wind direction as it was it was always hard going inland and much faster the other way and the gradual gradient of around 1% into the wind for 30 minutes to the base of the climb was leg sapping as well.
I took the climb slower than the first ride but tried to use lower gearing going up to judge what sort of cassette I’ll use on race day. I’ve got a compact on the Argon 18 and managed to get up the 7.5k using the 21 on the back as my lowest gear.
After a 20 minute stop at the top to buy more water, a Mars Bar and a bottle of Coke – the cafe was heaving – I carried on and finished the loop as before in Alcudia before heading back up the coast to Pollenca.
Total distance was my longest ride at 210km.
The only way to finish that length of ride was with a brick run! I headed out for a 30 minute run – 15 minutes down the coast and back at a decent clip averaging 4:16/km for 7km, bang on 3 hour marathon pace. It felt OK for 30 minutes and I could have gone on for longer but there’s no way that currently I could hold that for the full marathon as yet!!
Recovery food from Tolo’s
The weather was predicted to be crap so we started the day with a run before breakfast. 13k in total with a 4km loop as an effort
The rain didn’t come in as planned in the morning so I headed out for an easy recovery ride, 33km taking it very easily.
The third session of the day was a swim – just over 1000m – but with lots of drills focussing on what I had improved in the precious session, particularly on moving away from a straight arm recovery.
Day Six – Friday
Again a poor morning of weather so we headed to the pool first for a few more drills and then 10×50 afterwards at a slightly faster pace.
Straight to Alcudia then to run a loop of the run course. It works out at loop of just over 9km – flat down the Promenade, returning along the main road before heading up and out of town up a decent hill and about 1k up a cycle path along a main road. Not the most interesting part of the run and whilst not steep will probably feel fairly steep.
Back to the apartment and out on the bike again for another 77k. Up the hill from the race, down the descent and back a slightly shorter way than the loop back to Pollenca. Still around 1000m of climbing though.
The only way out is up
Day Seven – Saturday
The final day and the final ride. I wanted to ride the biggest climb on the Island, that of Sa Colabra, clocking in at 10k at 7.1% average. One of the other features of Sa Colabra is that there is a good amount of climbing to get to the climb, either the Col de Femenia which is the main climb of IM Mallorca, or up the descent of the Ironman, the Col de sa Batalla. As we hadn’t cycled up that way during the week that was the way we headed.
After getting up the 7.8k at 5% of the sa Batalla there was still a fair amount of climbing to get to the start of the Sa Colabra descent, the Col de Cal Reis at 632m but for the next 20 minutes it was all downhill!
Once at the bottom the only way was back out again up the road we came down, one of the more bizarre things about cyclists is the wish for some reason to ride down a steep hill with the intention of riding a bicycle back up it!
We started relatively easily but were still overtaking other riders but gradually it got harder. There are some flatter parts where you can drop a few gears but also a few steeper sections at around 12%, but for the most part it hovered around 7-8%. We were joined by another rider we passed who left the guy he was riding with and he sat on my wheel for around 3k before pushing on for a bit. He gained probably 10 metres on me before I gradually caught back up and re-passed him and after that he dropped off and I put time into him to the top. Very nice!
Overall the climb took me 40 minutes which I was fairly happy with given the amount of riding I’d done in the past six days, I wasn’t exactly fresh going into the ride!
After the ride back down the Pollenca it had been a ride of 108km with a total ascent of just under 2000m.
Overall a big week of over 30 hours. I rode 646km over 6 days riding with a total of 6,500m climbing. I ran just under 30km and swum 3 times for not too many metres but picked up a lot from being filmed.