Who knew you would need to go to a warm weather training camp when you live in Barcelona? Until last week the weather was fine, but last week and this week it’s max 10-14 degrees during the day and much colder in the evenings when we normally train. That’s not a weather to sprint and getting over hurdles is impossible and even dangerous. Luckily only one day it was so cold we couldn’t do training 100%, but otherwise even rain hasn’t disturbed any training this season.
But to go to Spain? Portugal? Tenerife? South Africa? Or even Cuba?
Monte Gordo, Portugal
As I had plenty of vacation days still to use this year, I thought I should go train somewhere for a week. I was thinking about going to Monte Gordo in Portugal as it’s just a short flight away, but unfortunately for the hundreds of European athletes there at the moment, the weather is exactly the same as in Barcelona.
Another option I thought about was Tenerife as flights inside Spain are super cheap, but that sounded just too boring since I’m going on my first proper holiday the whole year. Tenerife is also full of European athletes this time of the year.
I also thought about Cuba as I’ve always wanted to go, but I heard that the track my friends train in on camps is in bad condition, but should be renewed by February. Maybe next time…
My next option was South Africa, as there are good facilities and it’s another favorite place for European athletes, but I’d like to go when I have good friends there so that had to be moved to another time too.
I love Egypt and have a lot of friends there so Cairo ended up being the choice this time. The weather is warm, the food is amazing and there are so many things I still haven’t seen even I’ve been there before. Many people have asked me are there tracks in Cairo? Yes there are a lot of tracks and in decent condition. The track and gym I will be using are in an Olympic training center in Maadi, on south side of Cairo. My hotel is at the Olympic center, so it can’t get any more convenient.
I have six days of really hard training in Cairo, and after returning back to Barcelona the weather should be nice again, so preparation for the indoor season can continue well.
Our beautiful track 😍 Too bad the drone kept up with me only on the last set of 6×8 hurdles into headwind, I was dead at this point 😂😅 #hurdles #MarBella #barcelona #vallas #track #pista #running #cemmarbella #athletics #atletismo #speed #training #fcbarcelona #mesqueunclub #viscabarca #forcabarca #spain #drone