Training camp in Turkey

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  1. Sabine

    Sabine TPF Noob!

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    In the Easter holidays I was on training camp in Turkey from 29 March to 10 April. On 7 April was my birthday.

    The first photo shows the Titanic Hotel in Antalya, Belek, where we lived:

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    The second photo is from the starting blocks at the Olympic pool. There we had training every day, mostly two times per day:

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    On the third photo there are Kira, Aline, Alena and myself.

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    On the fourth photo you actually see two palm trees in orange light. But I forgot that my time was 15 seconds. And now it looks like an earthquake.

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    This is the view from the 8th floor down to the basement:

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    From the same spot I took this photo of almost all floors:

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    This was taken from the 8th floor, too, in daylight, one part with floors of the ship-hotel:

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    What could this be?

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    Three photos of Turkey through the plane window on the way home:

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    Here are no photos of us swimming. Our coach took over 500. But he is not member of TPF. So I can never show you his photos.
     
  2. PNA

    PNA TPF Noob!

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    Happy Birthday.....

    Why were you in Turkey????and at the hotel, pool????? Fill us in!
     
  3. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Paul, may I answer in Sabine's stead? She says she cannot really express all this in English (I say she could if she only took her time, but she does not want to take her time. Tsk).

    Oh well.
    Sabine is a competitive swimmer, has been for the last 9 years of her life.
    She swims for a team, and that team made use of the Easter holidays to go on a training camp.
    Training camp means: even more swimming than usually (she - for the time being - has 8 units per week with Sundays off), i.e. two units per day (each unit is 2 hours) in the water, plus training on the deck, i.e. running, stretching, and work in the gym.

    This is to prepare them for the National Championships (on right now, and the girl Aline in the reflection photo is taking part in them just now, she has once more left for Berlin), or for the National Age Group Championships (which is when Sabine hopes to get the chance to compete on a national level).

    Sabine has been away to training camp in the past four years (always in the Easter holidays), so we have not had her around for her birthday for the fourth time in a row. :roll: Which does not make her too happy, but she is kind of getting used to the fact.

    This is the second time she was on camp in Turkey ... and the long journey to the Mediterranean Sea is to submit their systems to an abrupt change of climate, which enhances the effects of the trainings. The hotel was chosen because thus the coach could give us an exact pricing for the whole trip, for that hotel was all-inclusive, plus handing out towels on deck, enough bottled water on deck etc.

    In that particular place in Turkey, many hotels are specialised on training camps (for more sports than just swimming), which is why, next to the fun pools they have for their regular guests, they are almost all equipped with an Olympic size pool. This pool (which shows in one of her photos) was booked out by training groups and Sabine's coach was given a time table of when THEY would get their two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
     
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    Thank you Corrina.....very interesting. I am always pleased to hear of young people's achievements.

    And for Sabine, GOOD LUCK to you and your team mates! Keep us all posted.

    Paul
     
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    Very neat photos and what an experience! I have a close friend who from teh sounds of it is on a similar competitive level and it is just shocking (to a late-waker like myself) how much dedication is involved. Best of luck though - it is obvious that you are very committed and in turn must be very successful at what you do. :)
     
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    Sabine, I really really enjoyed the photos and the story. You have a good eye for composition. That hotel and pool is amazing. I never knew there were such training hotels out there...very interesting story. I look forward to hearing how you do. Best of luck to you...all that hard work and sacrifice will pay off.
     

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