A day in the Life of Training Camp

18 Dec 2018

A day in the Life of Training Camp

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Young Norwegian talent Kristoffer Halvorsen talks to us about a typical 24 hours at training camp in Mallorca, with photography by Russ Ellis. The team are spending December working hard towards 2019, with Hotels Viva Eden Lago in Alcudia providing a perfect base for training on the island.

Kristoffer Halvorsen: On a typical day I wake up around 8am. The first thing I'll do is to have a look out of the window to see how the weather is looking. Luckily out here it’s normally pretty good. Mallorca is a great place to train, but it’s obviously important to have the right clothes for the conditions.
 
Every other day I will try to do some core work before breakfast. It’s only around 15 minutes, but it’s good to do something for the body. Then I'll head down to eat a good breakfast and have a coffee. It’s all about getting ready for the training and the day ahead.
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In training we usually head out in three or four different groups, so the pre-ride briefing is important as the Sport Directors will talk us through what we’re going to do. We also have some different elements like efforts which we need to fit into the training. So in addition to those details we’ll go through the route for the day, how many kilometres, conditions out on the road and things like that.
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Once we’re outside the hotel I normally go to find my bike and then my training group. You don't want to get left behind! I'll do a few quick checks to see if everything is okay, but we know the bike will be ready to go as we have fantastic mechanics on this team. Normally we start training at 10am so it’s time to get out there and hopefully have some fun!
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The first block of December Camp went really well. The weather has been nice and the training has gone to plan which is all you can ask for.
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Relaxing after a long day of training is really important. For me I like to lie on the bed and just chill out watching movies or TV shows. When you’re on training camp you have to rest up. But we always have the option to play pool or table tennis here in the hotel.
 
Another thing that’s key after training is to re-fuel properly. Once we’ve eaten after training we can go back to the room and relax.
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On training camp we’re typically getting a massage every second day. That works well as you don’t need it every day like you would on a race. It’s important for recovery after the training and to keep us in good shape across the camp.
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Dinner each evening is a time all riders and staff look forward to. We have a couple of great chefs on this team: James and Jon. Together they make some really good food, but also a nice variety of dishes each day. It’s always perfect!
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I normally go to bed around 11pm and just start to unwind after dinner. Ready for the next day!
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