El camino – The way – Der Weg

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EN esta vida con tanto ‘stress’, hacer ejercicio, practicar algún deporte o simplemente caminar, debe ser una salida para mejorar tu vida. No se trata de hacer 90 kilómetros en una carrera de ‘trail’ (que también puedes entrenar para conseguirlo) sino de hacer un hueco en nuestra agenda, tener un poquito de disciplina y ‘movernos’ al día por lo menos una media hora.

Y en Playitas Resort tenemos preparado un plan de escape. En definitiva, esa salida para que a través del deporte, de forma individual, en grupo o con un entrenador personal disfrutes de las mejores vacaciones de tu vida y consigas tu meta. Much@s ya lo hacen con nosotros. ¿Te apuntas al reto? 😉

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IN this life with so much stress, doing exercise, practicing sport or even just walking gives us an escape for a better life.  You don´t have to do a 90km trail race (although you can train for it), just make a space in your day, have a little discipline and move for at least 30 minutes daily.

In Playitas Resort we have an escape plan for this.  By using sport, individually, in groups or with a personal trainer you can enjoy the best holiday of your life.  Reap the rewards, many people already are.  Join us and we will help you achieve your goals 😉

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IN unserem Leben mit all dem ‘Stress’, trainieren, Sport zu treiben oder einfach nur zu laufen, muss es einen Weg geben, Dein Leben zu verbessern. Es müssen nicht gleich die 90 Kilometer in einem ‚trail‘ Rennen sein (was man aber auch trainieren kann, um es zu schaffen). Aber wir können eine Lücke in unserem Terminkalender schaffen, ein klein wenig Disziplin haben und uns jeden Tag ‚bewegen‘, zumindest eine halbe Stunde.

Und in Playitas Resort haben wir einen Fluchtplan vorbereitet. Kurz gesagt, durch diesen Aufbruch durch den Sport, individuell, in einer Gruppe oder mit genieβt du den besten Urlaub deines Lebens und erreichst deine Ziele. Viele machen dies schon mit uns. Nimmst Du die Herausforderung an? 😉 

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Interview to Andreas Raelert

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Andy Raelert has been training in Fuerteventura on the way to Kona. The German triathlete participated twice in the Olympics – 2000 and 2004 and has a vast collection of titles such as the world record at Challenge Roth, the Ironman European Championship and 3 times winner of the ‘Triathlete of the Year’ award.

Andy gave us an interview between training sessions and we had the opportunity to get to know him.

 Why did you start triathlon?

In 1992 when I saw a documentary about the Ironman World Championship in Kona and I was very fascinated to see the pictures about triathlon and then I decided when I was 16 years old (1993) to do it, so I did my first triathlon and I got addicted.

What’s the secret of Raelert brothers’ success?

Easy! 🙂 We train mostly together. Triathlon is a very individual sport but to improve yourself you need a worldclass group. If your brother is on a world class level we can push each other and sharing special moments, the good and the bad ones.That’s the way we enjoy triathlon.

Playitas Resort attended to Ironman Klagenfurt 2013 and we have to say your arrival was absolutely amazing. What did you feel when you arrived to the finish line as first triathlete?

Happy because my goal was to managed under 8 hours. I did it twice, not only in Klagenfurt, eight years ago in Roth I did it too but crossing the finish line is very emotional. That’s the reason triathlon is also so popular, the professional athletes and the age groups athletes are racing the same race which it’s really unique worldwide. In triathlon everybody gets though the same moments,  it’s like a rollercoaster even the winner is not having a smooth day  everybody is only cheering for you.  The only difference between professional and age group triathletes is just the time at the finish line. You have the feeling that everybody is just cheering for you and this moment is very very special. You are very proud you made it.

You are actually 38 and getting better as old wine. Where is your limit?

I’m not sure! In triathlon, especially on the long distance triathlon,  experience is what you need. If you go through on the single datas, in terms on speed, output on the bike and mileage for the run it’s all about experience. I’m not old enough to quit and I hope for still 3 more years to be at the top level.

Who is the most powerful of you brothers – Michael or Andreas?

Michael, unfortunately, has more talent that I have. He just have to be more patient. To be a world class athlete you have to be good at all three -swim, bike and run- We are brothers but with different characters. He’s younger but he needs to be patient. Sometimes Michael wants to go with his head through the wall and sometimes it works and sometimes not.

How long before do you travel to a race?

It depends. If it comes to a  very important race for me then I’d like to be at the destination a week before. If it is oversees with a different time zone then I travel 2 weeks before the race.

How many countries have you visited?

I think the right question would be: is there a country I haven’t travelled to? Yes, for sure I get around quiet a lot and it’s great to see all the different countries and nations with different cultures.

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From left to right: Andrés Morente (Marketing Manager), Alexandra Lochmatter (Events & Groups Manager) and Andreas Raelert

Do you have much time to visit them or just for the race?

I’m not on a vacation trip as a professional. So I don’t see that much as you can see if you are on a holiday but if you are on a training camp or longer you try to get around and you see a lot, if you are focused on the race you don’t see much, but when your mind is free you can see a lot.

Some tips for training?

Never lose the passion, never forget what you want and really enjoy it!

Why do you choose Playitas for training?

Playitas is a very unique place worldwide. I’m looking for the best facilities where I can train and at Playitas you have a perfect pool for swimming, great weather all year long, good roads for cycling, low traffic and some nice training trails around the resort. The staff are very helpful and focused on training as well as providing everything a professional athlete requires, the food is also of a high standard for professional athletes.

What can you tell us about Fuerteventura?

Sometimes it can be a bit windy – September and October are not that windy and after a training camp it can be that you feel it was too long on the island with all the heat and the wind but then when you arrive home you just want to return to Fuerteventura as soon as possible. 🙂

Favorite meal?

Carbonara

Favorite place to live?

Where my friends are

How many hours do you train a week?

High volume: 45hrs, low volume: 15hrs

Swim, bike or run?

On a good day three, on a bad day none of these.

Final remarks…

Great area, great club, great staff who takes care of the athletes and I will be back in November and hopefully next year.

Thank you Andy and never lose your smile!

Interview to Jenson Button

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In an exclusive interview to Playitas Resort, Jenson Button talks about the Challenge Fuerteventura, his charity projects, the F1 Championship showing a good sense of humour.

When you sit in front of a Formula One World Champion, you probably expect the interview is gonna be fast, real fast. Wrong! Jenson Button stayed calm and answered all our questions wisely as a F1 driver, a triathlete and a gentleman.

You are well known as a Formula One driver, but can you tell us more about Jenson Button the triathlete?

Ok, I started doing Mini- triathlons about 10 years ago, but it was more part of training I would had, for instance to one of the islands around here. I went to Lanzarote to do trainings, but it was very basic – training a couple of hours a day, eat, and that was about it. I did not really get into it until 2009/2010. In the last 2 years we started to take it a bit more serious, I came together with close friends to train together and travel to different races around the world. I have done three half-distances now. The first one was on the Philippines that one was just great! Then there was the one Oceanside and finally Berlin last year. The Challenge here is number four. It has been going fairly good so far. I was able to finish in the top five in the past three triathlons, on the Phillipines I even got on the podium with a third place. And that is my aim here as well, to get in the top positions in my age category.

You finished in 4 hours and 19 minutes last year. What is your goal in the race here?

Oh probably a bit slower! I think the bike is tough and it depends in which direction the wind is blowing. The swim I hope to finish in about 28, 29 minutes. And the run, well, I normally do a 29 (minutes) on a flat course, but here it is tough! I think the important thing is not to worry so much about the time, but to look for the positioning and that is what I am aiming for.

Jenson, you are doing a lot of charity work…. Can you tell us, your fans, how can we collaborate with you?

Every year I do a triathlon in the UK, it is a very short distance triathlon, you could call it a beginner distance. We race as much money for the Jenson Button trust, which is my trust. During the season we work out which charity we should work with and this year it is cancer research. The last two years it was “healthy heroes” which is a charity for injured soldiers. We think it will be 500 participants in the race and every participant is, obviously, trying to raise money for the charity. Apart from that, I do different events around the world at Grand Prix to raise money for the charity as well. I think we can increase our charity work within the triathlon scene around Europe, maybe to the Middle East. So far it has been going really well, the people have been fantastic. They were not just entering the triathlon, but raising as much money for the charity as possible. It is not me, but the help of all the participants that results in the success of the charity.

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Photo: Miguel Ángel Jaén http://www.majphotography.com

What do you think are the similarities of triathlon and Formula One?

Aerodynamic – it is amazing the amount of things that you can buy, it is not a cheap sport, all the aero you can get for the bike, you can never be sure if the things actually have the effect. We just read that a product is supposed to be good and it looks good, so we buy it and put it on the bike. So, there are a lot of similarities in terms of aero in the car and the aero on the bike. Another aspect is the mental side of the sport that really play a big part, especially when you do a longer distance in triathlon. Here on Fuerteventura and the windy course, you always have to remember that everyone has got the same conditions and you have to try to be stronger than the rest of them.

Let’s talk a little bit about the Challenge Fuerteventura. How do you feel about the race?

It will be a Challenge, yes it is the perfect name for the triathlon. I am looking forward to it. In February I had an entire month off due to an injury, so this is good training for the season. The swim looks good, the water is clean – there used to be so many jellyfish! And the bike course is really good with nice scenery. It will be very tough with the wind. And then the run were it is just about bringing it home for me! The best thing for me is that the finish line is right next to a bar. Hopefully I will collect a little thing around my neck, so I can just go straight to get a well deserved beer 🙂

Why do you always race with the number 22?

The 22 is my race number in Formula One, so I wanted it here as well. And it is the number had when I won the championship back in 2009, so it means a lot to me.

Your engineers are talking constantly to you while you are driving with 250 km/h. How can you stay concentrated?

My engineers make sense that is the thing!

Well, it is a part of racing, especially the way it is now with the power unit. It is not just a normal combustion engine; it is a turbo engine with 160 HP in your back, there is so much that we have to change in the electronics throughout the race, therefore we are nonstop adjusting it. The engineer needs to be on the radio, so I can concentrate on the racing.

About the island: Did you have time to walk around Fuerteventura?

We have not walked around the island, just from the villa to the beach, the restaurant and the bike shop. Yesterday we drove the bike course and stopped off in a little village, Pájara, and went to a restaurant there which was amazing. A peaceful little restaurant, there was no one around, just us and I had goat for the first time which is a new experience for me. We also cycled around yesterday and saw a lot of goats. I have never seen this many goats in my life!

So Formula One: You are in the 8th position right now. Louis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are really strong right now and it looks like they might win this season. What do you expect for your next races?

The position does not matter. When you have one the world championship once you do not care about where you are unless you are winning. It is about developing the car at the moment. Mercedes has a massive advantage on everyone. For us, we had a good race in the beginning of the year where I have been on the podium and since then we have had some difficult races, so we have to develop. You cannot put the finger on one of us in motor sports, it is a team work.

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Jenson, lets talk about October 18th, 2009 in Brasil, do you remember that day?

A very special day, I remembered October 17 was one of the worst days on my life. The qualifying was wet, it went really bad and ended with a 14th place. And I had to finish 5th that day to win the world championship. I remember saying to my dad: “Tomorrow we will win the world championship; we will fight through and at least get 5th”. I woke up the next morning and felt really positive. Then we raced and when I finally crossed the finish line as the 5th I got the radio message from the team: “You just won the world championship” and proceeded to sing “we are the champions”. It was a really emotional day, considering that one year ago we did not even have a team.

What do you usually do when you are on holiday?

This, this is what I do when I am on holidays. Not interviews :-), I do triathlons. I have a week off, so I am here training and racing with my crazy friends. I struggle just to be at the beach, I can do it for 20 minutes and then I need to jump into the ocean or jump on the bike. This is a release for my from the circus I live in.

You have almost been here for a week. What can you tell us about Playitas?

Obviously I am here now that everyone is preparing for the race. It is a good little complex and I think the important thing is that everyone here is really friendly; there is a good atmosphere because there are so many happy people. Everyone is enjoying the sun and the sea while doing the sport that we love.

Short questions:

The last thing you do before you sit inside your McLaren: Have a gel.

Your favorite Formula One race: 2011 in Japan.

How many miles do you fly every year: No idea, I fly three times a week.

What is your favorite triathlon distance: This here, the half-distance.

Swim, bike or run: Bike.

How many bikes do you have: That’s a very good question. Probably around 12.

Jenson, thank you very much and good luck for the race!

Muchas gracias! 🙂

Checkered flag!

 

Weird Stuff

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Now that I have been at it for some time (I am talking about doing sports!), I have to admit that there are some things that I do that I think are not normal but that more people do when running…

I feel almost embarrassed to say but here are some things that happen to me:

I keep thinking that all those that pass me on a run are using some sort of short cut or that they run that fast because they only run for 2 miles and I am doing the long run.

I regularly look behind me to see where the others are although I have not seen a single person for quite some time.

When I look at my watch, I kind of lift it up towards the sky as I am convinced that that way I get better satellite connection.

The same goes for starting my run. When I look for satellites for the GPS, I kind of lift my arm as if that helps catching them faster.

I always carry 2 euros with me in case I want to buy some last minute Aquarius although I run on a track that does not have any shops or cafe stops.

If I do run indoors on a treadmill, I get competitive with the person next to me and start racing him or her although they have no idea.

There are lots more weird things that come to me but lately I read some stuff on the internet of people doing similar things and worse. So I am sort of calmed down about it but still…

Is anybody out there caring to share if similar things have happened to him/her?

Written by Stephan Meyvisch -General Manager of Playitas Resort

Photo: Stephan runs to transition zone in 2013 Challenge Fuerteventura

Lighthouse Classic Triathlon

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By April 2012, 52 triathletes took part in the first edition of the Lighthouse Classic Triathlon. Last year, 89 ‘triathlon lovers’ joined to ‘Lighthouse’. And what about 2014? At a time we are writing this post, 165 signed up and we are expecting around 170 ‘braves’. The event has seen a three-fold increase in the number of triathletes taking part since its launch in 2012 what means proud.

The ‘Lighthouse’ will start at 8.00 with 1,5 k of swimming at Playitas’ beach. After the ‘bath’, the triathletes will be ready to cycle 40 k along Las Casitas, Juan Gopar and Tuineje. But as the ‘Lighthouse’ claim says, the running -13k- is the magical moment of the race.

For a selected group of triathletes ‘it’s all or nothing’ but for the rest is a new challenge. If you love triathlon, you know the meaning of ‘finisher’. Now… it’s showtime. Enjoy!

Interview: Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshöfer

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Felix Walchshöfer, CEO of the Challenge Family stayed at Playitas Resort and we got the opportunity to go one on one with him.

It’s a pleasure for Playitas Resort having you here in Fuerteventura. How are you Felix?

Really good, I just had two wonderful weeks of training here at Playitas with great weather – so much better than at home! I am absolutely happy!

And your family, we mean… Challenge Family?

We are doing very well in the Challenge Family as well. Recently, we had several new races, particularly in the U.S., and it is steadily growing. We are feeling great about the latest developments.

17 races in 2013, 22 in 2014 – 5 more races in just one year. That’s definitely a ‘Challenge’. What can you tell us about your next or new projects?

Last year our main focus was on the U.S. We started three new races – at the east coast, in the mid of the country as well as in California. The next step will be South America; we are currently looking into Brazil. Furthermore, we have various additions in Europe.

A lot of people probably asked you before, but… swim, bike or run?

I would say that I am most talented in swimming, but I enjoy most running.

How about the bike?

Yea, well, I have to get over it! [Felix smiles]

As I am normally on races during the weekends, it is hard to find time for longer biking tours which does not make it easy for me when I am biking in the races.

We met your sister last year. Are you guys coming to the Challenge Fuerteventura this time?

Yes.

Both of you?

We will have to sit down and discuss all the races that are going on in the next time, but one of us will definitely be there.

Your life is all about triathlon, but what about other sports? Do you find any time for it?

Unfortunately not, professionally and private it is all about triathlon for me. I tried different things, I was actually coming from athletics to triathlon, but I am already happy to find enough time for triathlon, so I do not want to do further sports at the cost of my triathlon training.

What can you tell people who’re starting with triathlon?

Well, I think it is an absolute fascinating sport. Lately, more and more people start with triathlon due to health reasons. Swimming, biking and running – that is a combination of some of the most healthy sports and everyone is able to do these disciplines. My advise for people who just get started with the sport is not to take it too serious. Just go have fun and do it with your partner, friends or family – it is just a wonderful sport!

How would you define Playitas Resort?

In my opinion, Playitas is an amazing place for training. The facilities are perfect and the staff is one of the best. Everything is about sports and the management really takes care of the details that are important for the sportsmen coming here. The island is wonderful with its biking roads through the landscape and the swimming pool in the resort is ideal. All in all, it is an absolutely perfect location for the sport.

La “resaca” de la Fuerteventura Coast2Coast

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El pasado sábado 28 de septiembre tuvo lugar la segunda edición de la Fuerteventura Coast2Coast. Una carrera de montaña con varias categorías. Al margen de los resultados de 90 kms, los de 42 kms, los de 20 kms y los de 10 kms; queremos hacer mención y agradecer a todos los que participaron tanto en la organización de la misma como a los auténticos protagonistas: los corredores.

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Ambiente estupendo en todas las salidas y en la meta.

Empezamos muy temprano, sobre las 6 de la mañana y terminamos pasadas las 12 de la noche. Según iban pasando las horas, el sol de Fuerteventura iba haciendo la carrera más dura pero también más bonita. Las carreras de montaña son diferentes y la Coast2Coast, más. De ello puede dar fe Esther Fernández. Ella ya sabe lo que es “escalar” por la isla de Fuerteventura.

Al ser la segunda edición, contábamos con la experiencia del año anterior y eso ya era una ventaja. ¿Hay cosas que mejorar? Seguro que si, pero ya este año aumentó la participación tanto en corredores como en la categoría. Algunos quedaron en el camino antes de la misma por alguna lesión y otros por la dureza de la misma. Si eres uno de ellos, te esperamos el año que viene para esa “revancha” 😉

Si hay una palabra que podría definir la Coast2Coast de este año es el disfrute. Preguntamos a muchos “finishers” por su experiencia y la mayoría comentaron que habían disfrutado mucho y que contásemos con ellos para la próxima edición. 🙂

Anécdotas de la carrera seguro que hay muchas. Desde aquí te animamos que cuentes la tuya en la parte de comentarios. Aquí van unas cuantas:

Alguien no puede seguir por los calambres y 2 corredores se paran y le ayudan con estiramientos.

Muchos retos logrados como el de las 7 ultras en las 7 islas.

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El ganador de los 90 kilómetros batió el récord del año anterior.

Alguien salta en un desnivel y se le sube un gemelo. Para unos minutos y cuando reanuda la marcha empiezan las ampollas. Aún así, entra en meta con un gran salto.

Alguien que en el último momento se inscribe para acompañar a un compañero y que no vaya solo. Al compañero le da una “pájara” y gracias a ese apoyo logra terminar la carrera.

Uno de los “finishers” subió a la entrega de premios según cruzó la meta y compartió con el público su experiencia.

La última participante llego cerca de las 12 de noche. ¡Casi 17 horas!

Muchos corredores entraron con sus hijos de la mano o sobre sus hombros.

Los corredores calificaron de impecables los avituallamientos, el trato de los voluntarios y la señalización de la carrera.

Si quieres ver fotos del evento, te invitamos que visites nuestra página de Facebook o la de Miguel Ángel.

Estamos trabajando para la Coast2Coast del 2014, ¿te apuntas? 😉