Category Archives: Triathlon

Paul is going to have a go at a Triathlon! I’ll post the pain here…

New road bike! Giant Defy 2 Compact

Giant Defy 2 Compact

Last year I completed my first ever triathlon, and it seemed to hit the spot. I used my hybrid bike to take part, which does a job, but if I am to take part in more triathlon (and maybe some duathlon), plus up my training mileage, I need a better bike. Specifically, a road bike.

My employer is part of the Cycle Scheme, so I have taken advantage of that and am now the proud owner of a Giant Defy 2 Compact! This will be the first time I have ever had to ride with clip-in pedals, and so I had to purchase pedals, shoes, cleats etc as well… I’m pretty nervous about starting out! Hopefully I can avoid any falls!

An update will follow after I get a chance to ride it for the first time, which will be in daylight and in the dry! 😉

Excited much…!! 🙂

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Posted by on 14 February, 2013 in Cycling, Kit, Triathlon


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Keeping track of our Runs

Until July this year we added each of our runs (estimated) distances & times to our calendar on the kitchen wall. In July we started using the RunKeeper iPhone App to track routes, distances & times, and having kept at it, it now provides us with long-term stats… very cool if you’re a bit of a geek (like Paul), and very useful if you’re interested in seriously improving your running fitness, especially for a specific event or race.

The App itself can map your runs using GPS, or follow a saved route. It will also play any playlist you select, or can give training prompts if you choose to use that feature (we haven’t yet). It’s nice when running a distance to get some feedback regarding distance and pace. Read the rest of this entry »


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Novice Super Sprint Triathlon

Today Paul took part in his first ever Triathlon event! The Naked Strength Novice ‘Super Sprint’ distance Triathlon in Colerne near Bath. The event consists of a 200 meter swim in a pool, a 10 kilometer bike ride on the roads and a 2.5 kilometer run. It was part of an entire ‘Multisport’ weekend arranged by them, with kids races and various distance duathlons and triathlons.

During August I went to our local swimming baths and swam for the first time in many years! The required distance of 200m got the arms pumped and took exactly 4 minutes on two separate occasions. So that’s the suggested wave start time that I put myself into when entering the event.

Also during August we bought new hybrid cycle’s and I completed over 100km of cycling in training for this, and included what is called ‘brick training‘, where you train two separate disciplines in one continuous effort. I actually completed the whole combined distance a couple of times, although the transition times were quite long due to the logistics of completing them all together. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 22 September, 2012 in Cycling, Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running, Triathlon


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