A dream come true. Un sueño hecho realidad. “Fuerteventura Classic”

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English – Inglés

Being Belgian means having the cycling culture running through your veins. When I was a kid, the biggest, most famous cyclist of all times was at the peak of his cycling career, Eddy Merckx. As a boy,  I did enjoy watching the big cycling events on the TV or even going to some of them with my grandfather having me in tow (as did the rest of the family). Then I left this environment at the beginning of my professional career and it has not been since that I have had the chance to take the opportunity to get involved in some manner in the cycling world.
But… Here it is. Playitas Resort, together with Trispain and local authorities, is launching a spectacular 3 day event on the island of Fuerteventura, the ́Fuerteventura Classic ́. I cannot start to describe the pleasure and excitement I feel in being part of this. It is a big thing for all of us here and we do hope that this brings a bit of the cycling tour magic to our island. Please check out the details on the website and start booking your participation. Part of the event is a real race and is limited towards the number of participants. On top of that you have to qualify in the time ride on the first day so do not waste time! If you want to be part of making history on Fuerteventura in this cycling event, than book NOW!

Don ́t say I did not warn you if there are no spaces left…  😉

Written by Stephan Meyvisch, Playitas Resort General Manager

Español – Spanish

Ser belga significa llevar en tus venas la cultura del ciclismo. Cuando era niño, el más grande y el más famoso de  los ciclistas de todos los tiempos era Eddy Merckx , quien además se encontraba en el pico de su carrera. Disfrutaba viendo eventos ciclistas en la Televisión o incluso algunos de ellos a los que me llevaba mi abuelo en su caravana con el resto de mi familia. Y de repente,  abandoné este ambiente al comienzo de mi carrera profesional y no he tenido la oportunidad de involucrarme de alguna manera en el mundo del ciclismo.

Pero aquí está.  Playitas Resort, junto con Trispain y las autoridades locales, está desarrollando un evento espectacular de 3 días de duración en la Isla de Fuerteventura, la “Fuerteventura Classic”.  Y no puedo describir el placer y la fascinación que siento formando parte de este proyecto.  Es un gran momento para todos nosotros y esperamos que esto traiga un poco de la “magia” de la ronda ciclista a nuestra Isla. Ya puedes ver los detalles para participar y reservar tu plaza para pedalear. Parte del evento será una carrera real y está limitada a un número de participantes. El primer día debes clasificarte para el resto de la ronda por lo que no debes malgastar tu tiempo. Si quieres ser parte y hacer historia en este evento ciclista, reserva tu plaza lo antes posible.

Que no se diga que no avisamos por si nos quedamos sin plazas… 😉

Escrito por Stephan Meyvisch, Director General de Playitas Resort

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Otra parte de Playitas Resort… su equipo humano

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El personal de Playitas Resort lo conforman más de 200 personas que trabajan en los diferentes departamentos que tiene este inmenso complejo turístico situado en la Isla de Fuerteventura. Playitas dispone de una amplia variedad de instalaciones como piscina olímpica, gimnasio, un hotel, un aparthotel, etc. Pero hoy escribimos sobre el factor humano, sobre nuestros compañeros que hacen de Playitas Resort un lugar muy especial para trabajar y disfrutar del entrenamiento o de las mejores vacaciones activas individuales o con la familia.  Hoy mencionamos al personal de Playitas, al equipo humano 🙂

Desde que empezamos con este Blog, hemos escrito sobre varios temas, entrevistas a  deportistas, en inglés, en español y hoy hacemos mención a nuestros compañeros; a toda la familia de Playitas. A todos y todas las que hacen que trabajar aquí sea agradable y ameno. A los que te dan los buenos días, a los que tienen una sonrisa, a los más veteranos, a los más jóvenes. A los que hablan español, a los que lo están aprendiendo y se esfuerzan cada día en aprender alguna palabra más. A los que sirven un estupendo café, a los que limpian las instalaciones, a los que las mantienen, a los que nos alimentan, a los que gestionan los números de la empresa, a los recursos humanos, a los que reciben a los clientes en la Recepción, a los que gestionan las reservas, a los que gestionan los grupos y los eventos, a quienes contratan con agencias y turoperadores,  a los directivos que gestionan los diferentes departamentos, a los que “animan” a nuestros clientes,  al Director General, a los que están en la Casa Club en el Campo de Golf… todos somos importantes en Playitas y no hay orden, desde el primero al último. Y tampoco nos olvidamos de las personas que vienen a formarse a Playitas, los “practicantes” de los que aprendemos su cultura y practicamos sus idiomas.

No podemos mencionar a todos, pero aquí tienes algunos nombres: Sandro, José Antonio, Yubán, Juana, Raúl, Ramón, Javier, Jacqueline, Natalia, Javier, Andrés, Stephan, Olinda, Néstor, Murdo, Lena, Alexandra, Chechu, Carmen, Juan Antonio, Aroa, Melina, Óscar, Sergio, Elisabet, Davinia, Raquel, Ludovic, Enrique, Alfonso, Paco, Frederick, Marga, Alejandro, Miguel…

Seguimos trabajando para que Playitas Resort siga siendo considerado como uno de los mejores complejos turístico-deportivos del mundo. Nuestras instalaciones nos avalan, nuestro personal también.

Gracias por leernos! 🙂

Josefin Lillhage: a Swedish Mermaid at Playitas

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Josefin Lillhage was born in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1980 and she has an extended list of titles as World Champion, Olympian and several times part of the Swedish Team. Now, she is a personal trainer with a high focus on mental training.

It’s not very common talk to a swimmer who has been in 4 Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008) but Josefine has made it.

One of his rules is that if you want to be successful in anything you want, enjoy what you do!

During last weeks, Josefin has been at Playitas offering some training sessions. Although she is 27 weeks pregnant, she is still very active and do not hesitate to swim as you can see at the pictures we took her on Monday morning.

On her 4th visit, she reserved some time to talk to us what we really appreciated it.

 Hi Josefine. Thanks for giving us some of your free time. How are you? 

Fine, thanks. It’s a pleasure for me to be here at Playitas.

When did you start to swim?

I started to swim when I was 5 years old, in a small swim school. Then when I was 8 I started in the swim club and since then I’ve been continuining because I love it.  I’ve never been afraid of water so when I was 3 years I was jumping from the pool into the water.  I always liked water because of my older sister was swimming and I always followed her.

Who was your idol when you were a teeneger?

I didn’t have any idol. It was only the girls from the Swedish Swim Team that I looked at to and I discovered that I wanted to be part of the National Team.

What’s your favourite style?

  200 meters freestyle was my main event but I really liked breaststroke and butterfly.

You are a personal training. Ready to combine your job with your baby?

Yes, of course. The baby is coming in 3 months and after that I’ll be away from training and any job for a while but later on it’s gonna be nice to combine both. As a personal trainer, I’ll be able to adjust my schedule to take care of my baby and my job.

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You always are involved with swimming. Are you planning to organize training camps at Playitas?

Yes, I really like training camps because you focus on the place and you really do good trainings so we are gonna have swimming weeks once a week during next year.

Would you like that your baby became a swimmer?

Of course, I really like sports so swimming is a very nice sport. It is very good to train your whole body at the same time and when you are a little baby it helps you to grow strong and have a healthy life.

What do you usually eat when you had a competition?

Kind a normal food like a lot of proteines, some carbohydrates and greens also. It’s a combination. I do not eat some sugar and things like that. Your body doesn’t need it.

Can you give us some tips for training?

First of all, the practise of breathing. A lot of people have problems with the breathing when they start swimming so you should work with that from the beginning, specially when you start swimming breaststroke, go under the water and really blow out so you can start to feel comfortable in the water. That’s very important. If you are comfortable in the water you can do even more laps and feel better. I recommend to start with breaststroke because you will practise breathing up and down, again up and down with your head because breathing is quite important in the freestyle and that is gonna be easier so you should do more relaxing breathing. Another important thing to swim in the freestyle is the rotation. A lot of people forget the rotation in the freestyle. You have to turn your body in the water all the time and not only when you breath, side by side from left to right. And also the kicking. It’s important than you will have your legs further up at the surface. Remember… breathing, rotation and kicking.

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What can you say to women about swimming when you are pregnant?

Swimming is very good when you are pregnant. You feel light in the water and it is easy to move yourself in the water so I’d really recommend the training like swimming when you are pregnant. Specially the freestyle.

Why should you recommend Playitas?

I really like Playitas because you can get a lot of everything, you can train, you can go to the beach, you can be in the sun, the food is very good. I really love the place. For example, if you come for a training camp, you get all you need at the same place, with fantastic facilities as your olympic pool, the gym… everything is great for sports or just for holiday.

Thanks for your time and all the best for you, your baby and your family. See you soon!

Thank you. I will really come back soon. Bye 🙂

Stretching at Playitas Resort

                                                                 

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Every day, we at Playitas Resort, offer for all levels of sporters 1 hour Stretch & Relax in the afternoon.

With stretching your muscles you can increase the range of motion of a joint which is a benefit for your performance and can prevent injuries. Stretching also increases blood flow to the muscle.

There are some “rules” you need to remember:

Don’t consider stretching a warm-up: You may hurt yourself if you stretch cold muscles. So before stretching, warm up with some light walking, jogging or biking at low intensity for 5 to 10 minutes. Stretch when your muscles are warmed up.

Focus on major muscle groups: When you’re stretching, focus on your calves, thighs, hips, lower back, neck and shoulders. Also stretch muscles and joints that you routinely use at work or play.

Hold a stretch for about 30 seconds: then switch sides and repeat. If you have a problem area or the stretch is particularly helpful for pain or discomfort, you may benefit from repeating the stretch. 

Don’t bounce. Bouncing as you stretch can cause small tears in the muscle.

Don’t aim for pain. Expect to feel tension while you’re stretching, not pain. If it hurts, you’ve pushed too far. Back off to the point where you don’t feel any pain, then hold the stretch. Keep stretching gentle.

Don’t think that because you stretch you can’t get injured. Stretching, for instance, won’t prevent an overuse injury. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about the best way to stretch if you have any health concerns. 

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After a day full of exercises, it is advisable to relax and stretch your muscles or just to get relaxed yourself, by closing your eyes, do some stretch exercises and free your mind!

Check our sportprogram for the time you can join our stretch & relax class.

Fuerteventura, Playitas Resort y el Ironman Austria

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Hace poco más de una semana que emprendimos viaje a Austria para promocionar la Isla de Fuerteventura como destino turístico deportivo. Viaje largo tanto de ida como de vuelta, con muchos kilómetros de vuelo y de carretera pero con la satisfacción de haber dado a conocer a Fuerteventura y a Playitas Resort. Nos encontramos con muchos clientes y triatletas que ya se han convertido en amigos de Playitas Resort. Estuvimos con asiduos a Playitas como Asa Lundstrom, quien finalizó segunda en categoría femenina. También con Edith Niederfriniger que se recupera de una lesión y que pretende acudir a finales de septiembre a la Coast2Coast y con Hannes Blaschke, entre otros.

Gran organización de una prueba que contó con una participación cercana a las 3.000 personas. En categoría masculina ganó Andreas Raelert (quien ha entrenado en Playitas Resort con el Erdinger Team) con un tiempo inferior a las 8 horas. Segundo fue Maik Twelsiek a casi 12 minutos y tercero David Plese a poco más de 19 minutos del ganador.

En categoría femenina, la victoria fue para Erika Csomor con un tiempo de casi 9 horas. Segunda, la sueca Asa Lundstrom a poco más de 5 minutos y tercera la irlandesa Eimear Mullan, subcampeona en el Challenge Fuerteventura a 6 minutos 15 de la ganadora.

Paisajes espectaculares de Austria, seguimiento multitudinario, apoyo incondicional a los triatletas que sufrieron de lo lindo para acabar una dura prueba con 3,8 kms de natación, 180 kms de bicicleta para terminar con una carrera de 42 kms.

Algunos datos curiosos de una prueba son el valor de las bicicletas del parque cerrado, que alcanzaron los 9 millones de  euros. Unos ingresos posteriores por registros para el 2014 de 1.500.000 de euros y unos beneficios estimados para Klagenfurt y alrededores de unos 8 millones de euros durante los días previos y posteriores a la prueba.

Imágenes emotivas como cuando vimos entrar a un triatleta con su hijo de un año en brazos y por supuesto, la frase más repetida durante el día de la carrera, You are an Ironman… mencionada cada vez que entraba un participante.

Ahora nos desplazamos a Roth para seguir de promoción y vivir la Challenge Roth.  We are triathlon.

¡Que siga el espectáculo!