There are many reasons to come and train at the BEST Centre in Mallorca, according to former pro triathlete Christian Prochnow: the superb pool, the great climate, the expertise and background of the owners and the company of swim and triathlon champions.
‘I love the atmosphere here in the south of the island. It’s better for training than the north. It’s good for mental relaxation and a great place to be,’ says Christian.
An Olympic competitor with the German triathlon team, finishing just a couple of minutes behind his teammate Jan Frodeno at the finals in Beijing 2008, Christian won several World Cup races and was European junior triathlon champion in 2001. Today he trains both elite and age group triathletes and swimmers, some of them heading for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
Sitting by the pool at the BEST Centre, Christian explains how the facilities suit him and his athletes:
‘The pool is always a good temperature and the conditions around the Centre are ideal. Having James [Parrack] and Matthew [O’Connor – both former Olympic swimmers] here is important. They know what it means to practice at a high performance level. They always know what we want and they’re very focused to do things well.”
“At the moment I’m coaching Maike Naomi Schnittger, a partially-sighted swimmer who will compete in Rio in the 50 and 100 freestyle S12 class. ”
‘For cycling, the roads are in very good condition and there are options to climb. We sometimes take the swimmers cycling because it’s good for the metabolism and sets your legs on fire! The running is great too, if swimmers have shoulder problems. Matthew was really helpful and arranged a tandem for Maike, so she could train at full pace.
‘What would I say to anyone thinking of coming here? Stay Calm and Go to the BEST Centre!’