Michelle Vesterby's training paradise

What makes Club La Santa and the island of Lanzarote such a training paradise? Michelle Vesterby provides some insight on what makes it her favorite training ground.

| February 12, 2018 | PERSONALITY

Michelle Vesterby stretches on the fully-equipped 400 m track at Club La Santa.

Michelle Vesterby stretches on the fully-equipped 400 m track at Club La Santa.

Photo >James Mitchell

Why Club La Santa in Lanzarote? Thats actually an easy question to answer, because the answer is pretty simple. I have everything I need within 500 meters. The 400 m running track, three 50 meter swimming pools, a fitness centre, wellness center with osteopath/massage/physiotherapy, restaurants with morning and evening buffet, a supermarket, laundry, etc. Honestly, it’s easier for me to be at Club La Santa than to be at home. I don’t have to concentrate on anything other than training, eating and sleeping. And then the weather is (almost always) much better than in Denmark. January was a bit tougher this year with lots of rain, but I stay positive and remind myself that when I come back a few weeks later I will be able to enjoy a much greener island than normal. And no one has ever died from a little bit of rain.

Time in one of the three 50 m pools at Club La Santa

Time in one of the three 50 m pools at Club La Santa

Photo >James Mitchell

The landscape on Lanzarote is very hilly and you always have a lot of wind. But the hills and the wind are our friends - they make us stronger. Not necessarily faster, which is why a lot of athletes combine their training with some speed work on a turbo trainer or “only” come to Lanzarote in the winter to build up power and strength.

Things are so easy at Club La Santa that even without my mum around I’m in almost as good hands as if I was at her house. They clean my room, cook for me and I can even pay to have them clean my clothes. It’s nothing less than the perfect life for an athlete.

Enjoying the challenging Lanzarote terrain on the bike.

Enjoying the challenging Lanzarote terrain on the bike.

Photo >James Mitchell

On top of all that, I also always have someone to train with here. This means that you can travel by yourself, but once you get here you feel like you are in a group. As a triathlete, there are always swimmers, cyclists or runners you can train with. That also means that you can, if you want, get varied training. I love to be social, but for me it’s also very important that I do my own training and be by myself if I need to. At Club La Santa you can do both!

Danish dynamos: Camilla Pedersen, Michelle Vesterby and Maja Stage Nielsen.

Danish dynamos: Camilla Pedersen, Michelle Vesterby and Maja Stage Nielsen.

For me, Club La Santa is the worlds biggest playground. I have been a ton of places and this is, without a doubt, my favorite destination. It’s impossible not to be inspired by all the fit people you meet there.

BONUS INFORMATION: If you don’t feel like you trained enough, you can join one of the many organized classes such as Zumba - where you’ll often be lucky to find another Danish pro athlete, Camilla Pedersen. She just can’t get enough training! (Said with a lot of love.)