QPR’S Head of Media & Communications Ian Taylor brings you the inside-story from the Hoops’ pre-season training camp in Portugal …
As I write today’s blog, we’ve just returned to our room following a team barbeque here at the Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort in Lagos.
Life on the road can become quite monotonous at times, especially where the grub is concerned (there’s only so much salad and fruit a 35-year-old slightly overweight fella like me can handle!), so it was nice to tuck into something different this evening.
The boys certainly earned their crust (or meat as the case may be!) following another triple-session training day here on the Algarve.
A morning pool session was followed by breakfast and it was at that stage that the lads’ worst fears suddenly became reality, with word getting around the foodhall of a second visit to the dreaded hill of hell.
One guy who clearly didn’t get the memo was Idrissa Sylla, who upon leaving the team hotel went to take a right turn to the training pitches, only to be diverted left towards the aforementioned hill. His face was a picture!
Conor and Ryan attempt hell hill number one!
'No pain, no gain' for Sylla and Hally
Lynchy grimaces mid-run
Bids stops for a well-deserved drinks break
Leading the pack - Mackie, Freeman and Cousins
Keeping it real - Lumley takes on the hill of hell
Eyes on the prize for youngsters Bowler and Grego-Cox
They think it's all over ... it is now!
The hill of hell!
Whilst the outfield players completed three sets of runs from the very bottom to the summit of the 700 metre winding hill, the three goalkeepers were put through their paces by Goalkeeping Coach, Gavin Ward, on the beach.
The 30-minute session that followed sapped my energy just watching it to be honest, with the soft sand underfoot making life harder than ever as the three shot-stoppers rolled around in front of a few on watching sunbathers!
Prior to the afternoon session, Ryan Manning took part in a live Q&A - which you can watch again on our Facebook platform.
The Republic of Ireland international was on good form as always, revealing all on a number of topics, including his first pre-season with the First Team and his views on the ‘class clown’ Jamie Mackie.
Small-sided games were the order of the day in the afternoon session, with a 7v7 three-team tournament concluding another day on the Algarve for the squad, who have one last pitch session tomorrow before travelling home on Sunday.