Nerja – Spain

Two weeks holiday! God I love Easter break. It gives me a real chance to unwind and relax. It also provides me with the opportunity to concentrate on training and have a little more flexibility about when I do things.

Since the half marathon, I have a had a little break from running for the last three weeks and have completed just two runs in that time. One on holiday in Spain. If you have never heard or been to Nerja (southern Spain, around 40 miles east of Malaga), then I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful place and the weather was great. I also thought it would be a great chance for me to get some miles under my belt on the bike.

Nerja is based on the coast. The surrounding area is incredibly hilly but very scenic. The only flat route I found was on the coastal road heading back towards Malaga. Any other way is up and down. It is tough riding, but if you love climbing, then there is plenty available.

I didn’t get quite the number of miles under my belt as I wanted, which ended up just over 80, but I certainly got a lot of climbing in. I hired a nice Trek bike from cycling country.com who I had found on the web. They are certainly not the cheapest and I also paid for them to deliver it on our day of arrival. This was the reason I went with this rental company as the local bike shop was closed when we arrived and the following day (Sunday) meaning I lost out on a few days cycling. We are planning to return to the area next year but I think I will go with the local shop as I only cycled for 4 days we were there and the drop off was a two hour round trip.

What I couldn’t believe also was that I had got another cold when there – my 4th this year!!! How’s your luck? I have linked few of the routes I did below:

First trip to get a feel for the bike: 17.9 miles 2028ft climbing

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/1101324024

Ride 2 – 33.4 miles 961ft

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/1102731443

Ride 3 – 22.94 miles 2405ft

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/1104080248

Ride 4 – 14.41 miles 1230ft

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/1107759392

The last ride was really beautiful and I wish I had taken the route sooner in the week. The road was more or less empty as the motorway runs almost parallel to the coastal road, meaning this is quite clear and the road surfaces were excellent. It would have been nice to get out a little earlier but it wasn’t light enough until around 7:30/7:45am.

I also completed one tough run of just under 5 miles on the last day. Since returning from Nerja, I have continued to ride and should have a good mileage count for March and April. My focus is now to go back to my swimming, which I have done vey little of since being off.  I’ve also had my first sports massage of the year to try and work on my lower back. When this tightens up along with my glutes, it causes hamstring and knee issues. So I thought it be wise to act now.

Anyway, tomorrow I head to the 220 National triathlon show at the Olympic Velopark where I will check out a few of the show highlights. Check back as I will write a quick review of the show and the bits I see!

Thanks for reading.

 

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