So my first week back with MOP and what a week it was. We had a pre season running camp in Malaga Spain, a short 2-hour plane ride away from Eindhoven airport. From 5 degrees we went to about 15 and sunny so the girls loved it! I however had come from 40-degree weather so still thought it was a bit chilly, and found it amusing that so many still got burnt! I know this will be me when I come back from Europe though!
On our first night we had a group activity of ‘tennis’ except there is no actual ball and you sit in a circle… ok it is a drinking game but we played it without drinks and it was hilarious! The next morning we had our first running and shuttle test before heading into Malaga for a bike tour. It was such a beautiful city and nice to see some of its 3000 year old history. I think Spain has to be one of my favorite countries, although we were quite spoilt our hotel was amazing. From the buffet breakfast to the first glass gym and indoor pool, it also had a rooftop infinity pool and bar, probably the nicest place I have ever stayed with a team! That night we had a quiz organized by the girls. My team won (yay), without my help because it was all in Dutch, but I was there to give Hi Fives.
The second day we had two running session, and it was raining so that proved challenging and cold but we got through it. In between we had a round of mini golf, and my group probably need to stick to hockey because we were all pretty shocking at it!
The following day we had swimming inside and ended up with a competitive relay. Free time meant most girls went and enjoyed the last few hours of sunshine before we came home, and some scooted around the island in these mini cars.
We got in late that night, but it was game one with two games back to back the next day. We had 2 wins in what was an amazing first week back in Holland and a good start for what is to come. It was also Carnaval time in Holland so on Monday I went with some of the girls to check out the parades. A real life fairy tale I felt a bit ridiculous dressed up as a kangaroo, but next to the craziest costumes ever, I looked quite normal. After a fun day it was time for an early night with gym in the morning and hockey in the afternoon.
Two weeks until the start of competition!