This is the second year running that I have visited Club la Santa in lanzarote to kick off my Olympic dry land summer program… And what a week its been so far, I love it here. The best place about it is that its an Olympic training venue for me as well as a brilliant holiday resort – but its perfect for my family too…
My journey started on tuesday morning from Leeds, a quick taxi to Leeds/Bradford airport, straight through security and 1 hour 5 minutes later I was heading down the runway to Lanzarote. Last year was the first time I’d visited Club La Santa and I’ve been desperate to get back ever since…
I remember reading this on the website (www.clublasanta.co.uk) before setting off last year:- “Club La Santa is the Number One sports and active holiday resort in the World. Situated on the breathtaking north-west coast of Lanzarote, the resort features over 40 different sports, and free group instruction for you to use throughout your stay. Club La Santa is the perfect place for you to do as little or as much as you like.” I remember thinking at the time that was a big claim but it is 100% on point.
I arrived tuesday afternoon about 5.30pm, it took about 10 minutes to check in and get issued with our keyless wristbands at which point I unpacked a few items for my 23 month old daughter, booked onto the mini triathlon the following morning and then we headed straight to the pool bar for dinner. I remember the salads there were awesome last year so that was the first thing I ordered… To try and explain how good they are, its now friday and I’ve ordered a different salad every lunch time since… Yum yum
After dinner we all headed back to our rooms to get an early start for the following mornings triathlon. The original plan was for myself and my two brothers to enter as a team (I was nominated for the running leg) but a last minute injury to one of my brothers meant I was also volunteered to do the swimming leg! One thing that is worth pointing out here is that Im not an endurance athlete – my races take about a minute and thats it… This was going to be hard!
After an excellent nights sleep we turned up early and the Green Team were there having nearly finished setting everything up – as ever the organisation was brilliant – we were all issued with our electronic timing tags, bikes were at the ready, safety/race briefing given… it was time to go.
The swimming was great fun… I don’t do much swimming but at the end of the day a race is a race so I gave it all i could and got maybe just after half the field… My brother went on the bike, then we got the dreaded news that he had fallen off!!! It turned out it wasnt too bad, a bit of a hill up to Tinajo village with a bit of cramp meant a grazed leg, he got straight back on and rode back and i went again on the run. I’m not going to lie, it was hard but i loved every minute of it and of course finished with a sprint finish! I’d only been here just over 14hrs and finished my first ever mini triathlon!
The best bits are, I can say hand on heart, that its just getting busier and better every day. So far I’ve done my first ever mini triathlon, surfing, a stand up padal board race, swimming, core classes, yoga, cycling, running, zumba, tennis, golf, crazy golf, windsurfing and its only saturday today and I have a big day ahead of me!!
I love it here.