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Triathlon triumph!

I’m a triathlete! In the very broadest sense. What I mean is, I managed to complete the super sprint at http://www.theblenheimtriathlon.com/BTMaps.html

The super sprint is: 400 metres swimming in the lake followed by 13kms on the bike followed by 2.9kms running. Hope you’re impressed. However let me expand on that for you.

The Swim

I was the last swimmer in my ‘wave’ to complete the swim. It took me 20 minutes and I had the company of a guy in a kayak all the way as his job was to make sure the last one got back safely. He was a nice guy, he engaged me in quite a lot of conversation and applauded when I reached the shore.

The 1st transistion

Transition is the time taken between one activity and another to compose yourself and to change your outfit. My first transition took 13 minutes, it was only bettered by one woman who took 17 minutes!

The cycle

Was on an undulating course where the fitter competitors from ‘waves’ after mine caught up with me and shouted ‘to the right’ with unnerving regularity. What they meant was, get out of the way as I’m coming past at top speed. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep to the left especially when you’re wobbling from side to side trying to cycle uphill without falling off.

The 2nd transition

I was really slick at this one, only took 3 mins something seconds- not bad.

The run

Or rather the walk. I was so exhausted by this time that I decided I’d finish but I would walk it. However now and again I broke into a trot and towards the end when I realised that I could probably make it to the finish line in less than two hours I almost hurried.

The time

Was 1hr 56 mins and I was so pleased to have finished it and finished it under 2 hours.  Now that I’ve recovered I ‘m thinking I might do it again next year.

My daughter did the same race as me and came in at 1 hr 25mins and my husband did a race twice as long and came in at 2hrs 16. IMG_3045 IMG_3032

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Prudential Ride London

This ride took place last Saturday. It was wonderful to ride alongside the Embankment and past Big Ben on roads which were free of cars. Approx 50,000 people took part. There were 3 stopping off points – Tower Hill, St Paul’s and Green Park where kids could play bike polo, cycle like mad to generate enough power to make themselves a smoothie and/or lie in the  sun and listen to some music.

A child dressed as a crocodile cycling to make a smoothie

A child dressed as a crocodile cycling to make a smoothie

For the first time Al and I got to grips with the Boris Bikes which were great until the end of the day when the booking machines began to break down – I suspect due to overuse.

I almost got a picture of Laura Trott dressed in the Wiggle Honda team strip waiting for her race, but she turned her head at the crucial moment!

A great event and perhaps shades of things to come. I hope so.

St Paul's stop off point

St Paul’s stop off point

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Cycling and pop up indie bookshops

Picked up the Easy Way Cyling map for Crawley the other day. It’s a really good, handy sized map of the town centre cycle paths. I called Kay Wagland, one of the people at the council responsible for promoting cycling in Crawley and as a result found myself invited along to a trial ride with one of the councillors. She’s the glam looking one in the pic.

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Also had a great ride last Saturday to Horsham – about 8 miles each way. Left Crawley through Ifield, passing The Gate pub  (where incidentally the Boom Town Rats played just recently), rode through Rusper- which is a bit hilly but manageable and down into Horsham.  The purpose of the ride was to take part in Daisy White’s Pop Up Indie Bookshop

It was a really fun day, I ran a haiku competition, met people from the Crawley and Horsham Writers Circles and I (or should I say Daisy) sold 6 of my books – result!!

 

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Not riding but running…

I haven’t been on my bike for ages but I have been running. Perhaps I should change the name of this blog!

Anyhow I thought I’d tell you about a great free podcast which might interest you. It’s called, ‘From couch to 5k’. It’s an NHS product and its purpose is to get you running 5k – about 2.5 miles ( I think)  in old money, in 30 minutes!! I can hear you muttering that it’s not possible but the prog is divided into bite sized chunks, Laura – the narrator is unfailingly encouraging and I’m on week 4!

Each session is 30 mins long. Week 1 is about walking briskly and running for 60secs at a time. Week 2, you run for 90 secs continuously. Week 3 is 3 mins running and in week 4 we run for 5mins. Each run is repeated, for example in week 4 there are 2 x5 min runs and 2×3 min runs, so you run for a total of 16mins…OK so now I’m losing the plot and blinding myself with numbers. If you’re interested I suggest you look at the NHS site and download the prog to your phone and hit the road. Good luck! It’s surprisingly satisfying – and this is from someone who spent a lot of time and energy trying to get out of games and PE at school.

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OK I’m 60 but to be honest I’m not on a bike yet

OK, I’m 60 but to be honest I’m not on a bike yet. I have been on one in the past. Most memorably that time in 2006 when Allan and I cycled  from Wallsend in the UK to Hotnitsa in Bulgaria. I have to say I’ve been resting on my laurels ever since. I even wrote a book about it…anything to prevent  getting back on the bike!

But now the time has come. I’m on a ‘sort of’ diet. I want to look funky at 60 not ‘old lady’ and to that end I’ve started my training programme  for the Eleanor O’Malley Commemorative  Bike Ride which will take place on April 25th. Training so far consists of a swim in the pool at Bishop Auckland yesterday. But it was vigorous as I only had half an hour before the kids’ swimming lessons began.

Let me tell you a bit about the ride. It will start in Tynemouth and end in Warkworth. There will be 3 women doing it and it will be done in honour of my mother, Eleanor (Nell) O’Malley who would have been 101 on the 25th of April this year. She was 100 when she died last December, a fun, independent, loving woman. I miss her.

The ride is 34 miles and according to cycle-route.com  has a difficulty rating of 7/10 and should take about 3hrs 20mins….somehow I don’t think so! I’ll let you know how we get on and also what we ate to replenish the 1263 calories we used.

I wouldn’t like you to think that I haven’t been cycling at all since 2006 because I have – a little. Last year I rode to Cafe Bungalow in Sunderland and to the Berwick Youth Hostel. The Berwick ride was particularly memorable for the strong headwind, the exposed route and the stitch in my side.

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