From 31st December to 7th January I was at the Canary Island Tenerife. I was traveling together with six other Wing-runners and friends. We had a great week with sun and temperature above 20 degrees every day, so it was good conditions for training and relaxing.
It is quite hilly at Tenerife, and the highest top, the Volcano Teide, is 3718 m. From Sun-O
we got two forest-maps in the mountains and one sprint-map we used for orienteering-training. The terrain was quite hilly, but had very nice ground for running.
We wanted to have sun, relax and train in Los Cristianos where we were staying at the south-coast of the island, but also to go to the maps and train orienteering some of the days, and climb to the top of Teide.
At Sunday 31 December we landed at the airport at Tenerife 22 o’clock and came to the hotel at 23 o’clock. We reached the fireworks in the harbor with a few minutes margin before we got something to eat and drink.
Monday we had just easy training and relaxed in the sun with the pool at our hotel. Thursday we hired a car and droved around the island. In Santa Cruz we got permission, witch is necessary, to walk to the very top of Teide, and in Puerto de la Cruz we picked up the orienteering-maps before we had a long run at the two forest-maps.
Wednesday we had, as usual in Wing, interval-training, this time as o-intervals at one of the maps. Thursday was an easier day, with two sessions from where we lived and some hours at the beach between the training sessions.
Friday we walked to the top of Teide. We started at 2350 m, and used 3.30 hours to the top at 3718 m. It was a very nice hike, and I could walk in shorts and t-shirt the whole way to the top. In total we were out in 6.30 hours, with some shorter breaks.
Saturday we had two shorter orienteering sessions. First a prolog at the sprint-map and afterwards a chasing start in the forest. Stig Alvestad and I had a hard fight and changed of having the lead. It ended with Stig as the best, a few second in front of me. Sunday we had to wake up before 6 o’clock to reach the flight home.
I will definitely go back to Tenerife and next time maybe stay for two weeks so I can have time to do all the things I will like to do there. Tenerife is good both for running, walking and relaxing. I think also it should be nice to take the boat to the neighbor island Gomera and spend some days in the mountains there.Pictures from Tenerife
and maps from the trainings