Shock Absorber Women Only Triathlon Review ?>

Shock Absorber Women Only Triathlon Review

After months of training, anticipation and nail biting, it was finally here – my first triathlon. The idea of doing the triathlon came from a lovely group of ladies I “met” on Facebook. Some had done the event last year and were keen to have another go. So team “Flat Friends” came about. Of course no endurance event is complete without the pre-race pasta party, so on the Saturday evening we all met up in Maidenhead for a hefty dose…

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I did it! My first triathlon. ?>

I did it! My first triathlon.

Sunday was the big day, my first triathlon – and I did it. I managed the Super-Sprint at Eton Dorney in 2 hours 6 minutes & 55 seconds. Well within my target of 2 hours 20. I’ll post a proper review soon but here are just a few pictures from the day. The 400m swim was challenging (!) The 21km bike ride was fast and flat but with a tricky wind across the lake. I had to walk most of…

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Feeling the Fear – one week to go ?>

Feeling the Fear – one week to go

Just a week before my triathlon and I’m starting to get nervous. Things haven’t really been going to plan. Nothing disastrous, but I’m not feeling as well prepared as I’d like. After my trip to Spain I was aiming to get a good bit more training in the following 2 weeks before taking it easier in the week running up to the race. But my body was telling me otherwise. I felt tired after the holiday and a hectic week…

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Warm weather training (aka holiday in Spain) ?>

Warm weather training (aka holiday in Spain)

Warm weather training. It sounds good doesn’t it? Like a proper athlete. A few months ago I received an email which contained a link to a triathlon training camp. Out of curiosity I had look, thinking that it would be way above my level of fitness/competence. Which is how I discovered the lovely Mas Pelegri near Girona in Catalonia. The organised training camp sounded a bit too much like hard work but you can book a stay and then take…

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Venturing into open water ?>

Venturing into open water

At the end of April I finally managed to swim 400m (the super-sprint triathlon distance) non stop in the pool. But my triathlon event is at Eton Dorney and the swim takes place in the olympic rowing lake – quite a different prospect. With the weather approaching something that looked almost like Summer, I decided it was time to get outside and have a go at swimming in open water. I’m very fortunate that there are plenty of open water…

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Why I’m fundraising for Medecins sans Frontieres ?>

Why I’m fundraising for Medecins sans Frontieres

When I signed up for the triathlon I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use it to fundraise for charity. But after some thought I felt that it would be a wasted opportunity if I didn’t. I’ve been supporting MSF (Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders) for the last few years and I’m in absolute awe of the work they do. Going into the most difficult situations and helping people in desperate need. From being bombed in Afghanistan to working on…

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All about the Bike ?>

All about the Bike

I’d been planning to leave the cycling part of my triathlon training until the warmer weather kicked it, but with running out of the question for a while at least, in February I decided to get on my bike. Except I didn’t actually have a bike – and hadn’t ridden one since I was in my 20s (a very long time ago…….). My idea of cycling was to sit and watch the Tour de France during my afternoon coffee break….

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Falling in love with swimming ?>

Falling in love with swimming

When it comes to triathlon it’s the swimming that’s intimidating for a beginner. Especially if, like me, you’ve never progressed beyond slow breast stroke with your face kept well out of the water. I love swimming in the sea – provided it’s warm, sunny and clear. Think Australia, the Med, Malaysia. Swimming pools bring back horrible memories of freezing cold school lessons and nasty changing rooms with unknown substances lurking in the corners. But I got myself down to my…

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From couch to 5k – and back to couch ?>

From couch to 5k – and back to couch

My road to triathlon started in September 2015 when I decided to get serious about getting fit. A week of using a pedometer revealed the sad fact that the recommended 10,000 steps per day was going to take a bit more effort than the occasional walk to the shops. Faced with a choice of walking further or moving faster, I went for the latter. I’d tried running (or, let’s be honest, jogging) before and failed. The minute the evenings got…

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The big scary triathlon goal ?>

The big scary triathlon goal

I’m currently training for a triathlon. Yes me. Wrong side of 50. Unfit. Utterly useless at sport. Must be mad. Exactly one year ago today I was told I had breast cancer and needed a mastectomy. That was a bit of a shocker. I’d no lump or any of the other symptoms we’re told to look out for. I’d gone along for my first mammogram like a good girl. Breezed in and out so fast I didn’t even need to…

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