The Hotel Viva Blue and the Pro Triathlete Laura Philipp from Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei reached a cooperation agreement whereby Laura will be the new Ambassor Viva Blue.
The German triathlete specialized in half distance reached great results in the 2014 season. She came 4th in the IM 70.3 Mallorca and in the Half Challenge Kraichgau, 3rd in the IM 70.3 Wiesbaden European Championships and 2nd in the IM 70.3 Rügen.
At the same time that we launch our new website www.vivabluesports.com, where you can find all the sports information about our triathlon hotel, we will do a short interview with Laura, where she will explain to us what she is expecting for 2015.
Hello Laura, first of all we would like to thank you for trusting in Viva Blue and we hope to help you to reach your 2015 goals.
Why choose Mallorca to do your Training Camps?
I think Mallorca is one of the most beautiful and varied island for training camps I know. I love the mountain sections and relaxed atmosphere in the villages.
What can Viva Blue contribute to your training and preparation?
For a good training preparation it is the most important thing to have a trustful partner on your side. That is exactly what I found in Viva Blue. They offer me perfect training and living conditions. A nice pool for my swimming sessions, good food and fantastic rooms for recovery.
How did you begin to do triathlon?
I started 4 years ago, as I was inspired by my local Triathlon in Heidelberg. As I don’t have my origin from any of the 3 Sports, my beginning was not quite easy. But in running and biking I went ahead very well, only swimming is still challenging me because of its complexity. But I have lots of fun doing it, so I think there is still hope and a fast improvement. This year will be my first real professional year, as I moved into the Erdinger Alkoholfrei Pro Team.
What is your training methodology and what is a normal day in Laura’s life?
As my coach is a sports scientist, we work quite a lot with classic training methods. We focus on performance tests but we also trust in our sentiment.
A normal day could look like that:
7am wake up and extendet breakfast,
8am 10k morning run with my dog Nino
12pm 1,5h swimming session
14pm lunch time and paperwork
15pm another sport session or twice a week I go to my work place at a physiotherapist.
20pm dinner and relaxing time
22pm go to sleep
What training factors are the most important for you on your spring training camps?
When I will come to Mallorca in early april, my focus will be on developing the threshold level. Which means, that there will be lots of hard and punishing work to be done J.
After a very solid 2014 season where you were one of the best European triathletes in half distance, what are your expecting for 2015?
Of course I want to build on my 2014 results and even take my performance to a higher level. My focus will still be on mid distance races, such as Ironman 70.3.
My goal is to make it to the top and therefor I try to get closer to that through every single training session and race.
I want to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See 2015 and show one of my best races there.
What will be your competition calendar?
I will probably start in the early may with some little training races here in Germany.
After that I will be heading to Ironman 70.3 St.Pölten, I will participate Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau and the new Challenge Race in Heilbronn. Then my main races will occure: Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden and of course hopefully the World Championships in Zell am See in late August.
In between the big races I will also compete in Olympic distance races to increase my speed level.
When are you thinking of going for the full Ironman?
Honestly? I am not thinking about it yet. My training age is still very young and I want to increase speed and stability over longer distances first before I take the step.
I admire the athletes that have such impressive performances on the long distance and I would like to smash the scene if I would convert to Ironman races like Daniela Ryf, Sebastian Kienle and Jan Frodeno did.
Thank you very much and we hope to see you soon in Mallorca at Viva Blue Triathlon Hotel!