Thorsten Askervold Reports From Training Camp in Spain

Tête de la Course athlete Thorsten Askervold is racing this season with the French Division 2 team Laval Cyclisme 53 and will be posting about it here on the site. The team had its first training camp last week in Spain. Below is Thorsten’s post about it.

This last week I traveled to Lloret Del Mar Spain for my first team camp on my new team Laval Cyclisme 53. At first I was a little nervous to get there, knowing that this was my first time meeting the new teammates. For the first day it was a little difficult because I was trying to figure out how to communicate with them (since I speak very little French). But after that, and as the days went on it got easier and easier to talk with them and I felt like we all connected very well. Them not knowing a lot of English also forces me to learn French a lot quicker which is a good thing. That said it can be hard at times.

 

The first day I got there we didn’t ride because we got in pretty late in the day, however the following day we got in a decent ride doing a little over 4 1/2 hours. During that first day of riding I started to understand why a lot of pro cyclist choose to live in Spain. The roads are beautiful and scenic. The climbing is amazing. The weather is great. It honestly blew me away. I haven’t seen anything like it. It made every ride enjoyable.

 

The next day we had 2 rides. The first one we had to do a 15-20 minute test up a climb. I actually ended up having a decent test. I also wasn’t sure how my fitness was going to be since I was sick a lot before traveling to France but I ended up surprising myself. That was about a 2 hour ride in total. We got back and ate lunch and then headed out for our second ride where we ended up practicing TTT type work for another couple hours. The following day was another long day on the bike that ended up being 6 1/2 hours with almost 11,000 ft of climbing. Normally I would say that’s too much climbing, but I enjoyed every moment of it. Some of the mountains and valleys we rode in that day were amazing. Inside some of the valleys in the mountains were little hidden towns with beautiful castles. It felt like I was living in a fairytale.

 

I won’t go into detail of every day because that would be a lot but most of our days were a lot like that. The long endurance days and days with two rides with specific workouts made the training very interesting and fun. I had a blast. I really connected with the team, which was the best part of the trip. The camp was a success and I can not wait to get the season rolling. My first set of racing will start on February 16th. I don’t know what to expect, but I feel ready for it.

Thanks for reading. – Thorsten

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