Weekly review – a cycling holiday!

I love holidays. This one involved plenty of exercise (12 and a half hours in total), a ridiculous amount of food and constantly stunning views. Every day I said “this is the most beautiful cycle I’ve been on“, only to find it just got better every day. I’ll blog more about the trip over the next few weeks.

Cycling:

5 cycles:

1) a climb up a steep mountain pass in the rain, followed by a lovely shallow descent and an undulating road around a lake.


2) back the way we’d come, along the lake and up the shallow ascent, before 50km speeding downhill through a glorious gorge.


3) climbing the infamous road up to the Lagos de Covadonga, one of the hardest climbs in Spain and a favourite of the Vuelta – well worth the effort given how stunningly beautiful it is 

4) an easier, 45km cycle with a stunning descent to the town of Arenas de Cabrales 


5) a final 50km through another gorge back to our car!


Anything else? 

Two short hikes, one through the stunning Cares Gorge:


And two climbs on a Via Ferrata, the “easy” way to climb – although I was still terrified!


Something fun that was nothing to do with training:

Well, the whole holiday really. But particularly, the one night we stayed in a gorgeous 5* hotel with an incredible pool:


And then also a long weekend in San Sebastian, where we wandered along the beach, watched the San Sebastian Classic cycle race and enjoyed lots and lots of pintxos!

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