Initially I thought training in designated bubbles would be a really strange experience, but in the end, it worked quite well; it was very organised and well thought out. Everybody knew where to be and what was required of them. In order to prevent the bubbles from clashing with each other any longer than necessary, our schedule was really well organised and each group had their own training time.
In terms of being reunited with my teammates, after the first day, it didn’t feel too different from normal times. I have some good friends in some of the other training bubbles and was able to socially interact with them in the evenings, as long as we followed the team’s safety measures. There was a good balance between spending time with the team and putting your feet up for some chill time by yourself, as everyone was given their own room as part of the measures.
Being at the camp in Kühtai for three weeks has really helped me improve my shape heading into the season restart, but the only reference I have on myself is my wattage.
But without racing you can’t tell what everyone else’s shape is like, especially if you consider that there are a lot of other teams that have been spending time at altitude camps as well. I’m really looking forward to my first road race of the season at Strade Bianche this weekend and it will be cool to put my new Cervélo Caladonia-5 to the test too.
See you out there!