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As if the challenge of getting ready to compete in a 39,000-nautical mile yacht race around the world was not enough, Telefónica bowman Antonio Cuervas-Mons, better known in the team as Ñeti, used up one of his precious days off to go through the rigours of a triathlon. Given the last minute nature of his entry and his lack of triathlon experience, Antonio did pretty well.

"The course was almost 1 km of swimming, 5 km of running and 20 km on the bike. Antonio finished all of this in around an hour in some sweltering conditions. He did really well and the whole team are all very proud of him."

In his latest update, Telefónica MCM Diego Fructuoso brings us the tale of the triathlon as well as the low down on Telefónica’s recent ‘full race mode’ training run around the Canary Islands -- their last training sail there before they leave for their new base at Sanxenxo in northern Spain.

“Sailing the Telefónica boat is incredibly demanding. You sleep little and badly, you constantly have to move all the sails and other equipment around the yacht, the food is bad and there are lots of temperature changes. To deal with all of this you have to be as physically well prepared as possible, which is why we train a lot. Amongst other things we work out at the gym, we run and we cycle.

Our bowman Antonio -- or as we all call him, “Ñeti” -- is one of our fittest, strongest guys. He particularly loves running and swimming, so when he found out found out that there was a sprint triathlon in Arrecife, he decided to give it a try for fun. (Of course he got the all clear from “Yiyo” our coach first). Antonio hired himself a road bike and early on Sunday morning we set off to support him.

It was a great experience. The course was almost 1 km of swimming, 5 km of running and 20 km on the bike. Antonio finished all of this in around an hour in some sweltering conditions. There were almost 200 entries in his category and he came 49th. Amazing! He did really well and the whole team are all very proud of him.

Getting back to sailing, the main activity for this week was our training session, where we sailed around the Canary Islands. It was great fun, but very tough, as it was the first time we've sailed in ‘race mode’, with watches and lots of sail changes for different courses and wind intensities, etc.

We got a range of different conditions: from no wind to almost 30 knots. It was really beautiful at times too, as we sailed up close to several of the uninhabited islands, such as Alegranza to the north of Lanzarote.

Telefónica behaved very well, as did her crew. We ate well, although I'll admit that we were a bit short on milk. I'm in charge of the food on board and I'm not sure what happened. (I've told everyone that we have a black hole that drained the milk.)

Rafa Lasso, the manager of Marina Rubicón where we are based in Lanzarote also joined us for this trip. He enjoyed the journey and the experience of sailing on board our Volvo Open 70. He ate our freeze-dried food, he got soaking wet and experienced sleeping very little for several days.

Now it is time for a rest and then to prepare for the sail to Galicia and the town of Sanxenxo, on the northern Spanish coast, our next stop.

Thank you, Canary Islands!"

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Antonio Cuervas takes his fould eather gear off onboard Telefonica Black, on leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from India to Singapore.