Fighting the elements, races, rusty cocks, harlem shakes, grapadoras and the high life at the beach beach.
I am currently sat in the staff house in Pollenca surrounded by the Tri Camp 2013 debris. Note: this is mostly Nicks. Yesterday the last guests left and we said goodbye to the guest house. Emotional times. And now I’m sitting with a cheeky brew and reflecting on the season, with saddle sores and a bout of UF (Underlying Fatigue) and looking at a pair of Nicks dirty underpants - never ideal.
Hello, my name is Claire and I’ve given up a perfectly decent job to manage Tri Camp full time instead. What have I done?!
So defending champion Heather Jackson, myself and one of our Tri Camp guests Derek Hayden made our way to the Balearic Triathlon race the night before and check into the hotel. First problem, we don’t have our passports and they won’t let us stay without them! So after lots of calls back to Pollensa we finally get Lu (our chef) on her night off and in the pub to dash back to the staff house to find them, she finds mine but after searching through Heathers pants draw, there’s still no passport for Hev!
I joined Tri Camp this year as their chef and having worked in villas and ski chalets for the last few years, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from triathletes - I mean how different would it be to hungry skiers right? Wrong! I am astounded at how much food triathletes get through on a training camp and any idea I had that they would all be super healthy went out the window on well...day two?! I stocked up the cupboards with grains and salad and pulses and fish and instead have never made so many cakes and puddings!
A last minute decision due to a tricky childcare situation saw us employ a chef for Tri Camp which means our team has expanded to include Lu, a fantastic chef who appears to be able to make anything including homemade bread, amazing custard and cake upon cake to keep everyone fueled for the next ride.
So I’m definitely not a cordon bleu chef but I like to think that I’m a good home cook and after catering for Nicks various diets over the years I have become quite experienced in cooking vegetarian, vegan, dairy and wheat free meals that even I’m still happy to eat! But planning the Tri Camp menu is a whole new world!
Rebecca Adlington came to my swimming pool yesterday and it got me thinking about how good the pro swimmers really are. Very good!
Its every mums dilema, how do you do a good job at work and spend quality time with your family? This year my world turned upside down with the arrival of Finley (particularly as he was 4 weeks early and I hadn't even finished work yet!) and whilst I'm not back in my normal job, Nick and I are still getting ready for our second year at Tri Camp and so there is still lots to do! I find myself squeezing in an hour of emails between taking Finley swimming and going to a baby massage class or a nursery rhyme sing along session - the social calender is packed!