Saturday, 28 December 2013

New Blog

Hi all

I've started a new blog for next years adventures & you can find details here

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Crowborough Tri

Well last Sunday I was joined by the 2 Tony's & had another early start & drove down to Crowborough in Sussex for another Tri.  It was a 400m swim, 20k bike & the usual 5k run.  I had been shield training Thur & Fri the previous few weeks & my legs were heavy before I event started & by god the cycle nearly killed me off.  The first 4k were downhill & I reached nearly 45mph.  The bike ride was a tale of 2 half's, with the adage of what goes down must go up.  The second half of the ride nearly killed me!!!

The machines at the start

The other machines at the start!!

Racked & ready to go
The speed & profile of the ride.  God I hate hills!!
The run was another hilly circuit but it didn't compare to the bike ride.  A bacon sandwich to finish & another excellent organised & run event that I will do again next year.

Another one chalked up!!
I'm now looking forward to next year & I have entered a half distance, which is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride & a 13.1 mile run.  I'm hoping this will take me about 6 hours.  I need to work on my swimming & running & to help with the cycling I have ordered myself a new bike

My new baby!!
I've only got 2 more events this year that I've entered, a 100 mile bike ride this Sunday & then Eton Downey Tri on the 29th September.  I think I need a rest after that!!!!????

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Royal Tunbridge Wells Tri

Well it was another early start, getting up at 4am isn't good!!  The drive down to Royal Tunbridge Wells was interesting, there was loads of surface water & a couple of times the car aquaplaned which I feel always adds to the excitement!!!

Racked my bike & I was given the only number I truely deserve in any event I do!!

Don't need to say anymore!!
Went & got squeezed into my trisuit & duly reported at the poolside 10 mins before my swim.  It was here that I discovered that because of the torrential rain overnight the bike section had been cancelled because the course was flooded. One of those things, safety must come first so it turned into a aquathon.  I was better in the swim today, which was held in a pool & the run was hilly & I ended up walking the really steep bits!!  I did make it back in time for spin though

I actually have a weekend off next weekend at the moment, I'm sure I can find something to do this week to fill that gap!!

I'm running out of places to put all my medals!!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Henley-on-Thames Tri

I never realised how far Henley-on-Thames was away from my home & in hindsight I wouldn't have entered it.  Getting up at 3am to drive there was no joke!!

I got there at 5.30 in the morning & racked my bike ready to go

I still think I need a time trial bike??

The tri went well, the swim is getting better but still has a lot of room for improvement, the bike was OK (it always is) & the run I did a PB so over all was happy.  The actual course was a little choppy & there was one bar-steward climb, short but really steep.  Have I mentioned before that I hate hills??

The swim was interesting too, I have never done an open water swim in a river before, no one told me about the current.  It was an out & back swim (you should just be able to make out the yellow buoys) & it seemed to take an eternity to get there, I turned round & it was like a champagne cork out of a bottle, admittedly a very flat bottle of bubbly!!!

The lovely River Thames

Looking forward to Tunbridge Wells Tri next weekend!!!

Just a 2 hour drive home now!!
I did make it back to the gym & managed the last half an hour of the spin class too!!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Bewl Water Tri

Well it's Sunday, so I must be doing an event???

This morning I got up at 4am, no you didn't read that wrong to drive to Bewl Water in deepest Kent (I think it's in Kent??) to do a sprint tri.  The distances involved her are 750m open water swim, 20k bike ride & 5k run.

I can say that this was my worst tri by far.  I had a panic attack about 50m into the swim & then couldn't put my face in the water.  It was shocking 

The bike was OK & the run was another howler.  I shall forget this tri & hope I do better at Henley-on-Thames next Sunday.
Racked & ready to go

The route
A lovely location
Just glad to finish!!!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

London Surrey 100 miler

Yesterday was a great day, well organised, considerate riders (all 20,000 of us), lovely weather & one of the best events I've ever done.

Kelly & I started early at drove to work to leave the car, we then cycled across to the Olympic Stadium & waited our turn to load into our pens to start

Waiting for the off
The route was fantastic & took us through the city into Westminster & then along to Chiswick. The crowds were amazing & I seemed to get swept away with the event & did the first 40 miles in a little over 2 hours. 

The Route

The actual ride was pretty uneventful, Leith Hill is a killer & just how I remembered it a few years ago when I last went up it.  Very steep & I was amazed the amount of people who walked it, I didn't before you ask. I may not have got up it quick, but I was buggered if I was going to get off & push my bike.... Is this why they are called pushbikes?????

I was suffering in the last 20 or so miles.  For some unknown reason I have developed problems with my feet.  Last weekend when I did the London Tri on the run I had to stop & take my shoes off, on this ride I had to do the same as my toes had gone to sleep???  Mind you it did amuse the other riders when I stopped & lit a fag!!

The last hill of the day is into Wimbledon Village & I was so pleased to see an old friend Sarah at the top.  Stopped & had a quick chat with her & it's the only picture of me cycling on the route

Thanks Sarah, lovely to see you xx
The run in from Wimbledon is a fast downhill & then along the side of the Thames, into Parliament Square, into Whitehall & then into the Mall to finish.  Again the crowds were fantastic, 10 deep & making so much noise.  I felt like a pro & had goosebumps!!!

Crossed the line in a shade under 7 hours, which for a fat bloke isn't too bad.  My moving time (ie without fag/shoe stops) was 6hrs & 6 mins

Well happy, we both finished!

The work crew

Well done Tracey, her first ever event xx

The all important finishers medal
I had a fantastic day & will definately be entering the ballot for next year.  An event well worth doing & if it's on your bucket list....DO IT!!

Friday, 2 August 2013

London Surrey 100 miler

Well what can I say, it's Sunday so must be another event.  I'm doing the London Surrey 100 mile ride with a few friends from work.  How hard can 100 miles be???!!!

Kelly & I registering today at the Excel.

I'll post pics & a report on Sunday night... The weekend after is Bewl Water Tri in case you think I'm having a rest!!!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

London Triathlon

Well my busy weekends have continued & today I was joined by my friend Becky & we did the Olympic distance at the London Triathlon.  For those of you unsure what that consists of it's a 1500m swim (in open water), a 40k bike ride & a 10k run.

Pre race coffee, I would have preferred something stronger!! 
No swimming???
Getting ready for the off & joined by my friend Kerry.... thanks for supporting xx
We're in there somewhere!!

Coming out of the swim
Only 5.5 miles left to go!!
Sprinting for the finishing line, I'm just a blur!!!
We did it, both with PB"s!!

As ever it was a really well organised event on closed roads.  I managed to do a PB by about 35 mins (still waiting for the times of the run to be posted) & Becky knocked off 17 mins & took her under 3 hours.  Way to go Becky!!!  same again next year??!! xx

Monday, 22 July 2013

Police UK Unity Ride

Dear reader

As some of you may be aware the charity I do all my fund raising for is called Care of Police Survivors which is a charity set up by survivors to support, assist & be friends to other survivors who's loved ones are killed or die in service.

This charity is 10 years old this year & I agreed to take part in the UK's inaugural Police Unity Ride which meant cycling from The National Police Memorial in London to The National Arboretum near Leicester over 3 days.

We left central London at 9 in the morning on Friday & cycled 70 miles in blistering heat.  It was made a little more interesting as 35 of these miles were on a tow-path next to the Grand Union canal.  On a road bike with thin tyres this was interesting at times!!!

We stayed in Milton Keynes & then cycled a further 65 miles to Tamworth, leaving us 10 miles to roll in on the last day to join the survivors & dependants for their annual service.

Running repairs

Promoted to a Tour Leader, at least it matches my shoes!!

A break in a pub (where were else would you stop??!)

Leaving the Mall

We did it!!

Halfway through day two

Lunch stop first day

The 'Candyboat'

Waiting for a puncture to be repaired

Another puncture stop

And another puncture stop!!

We covered about 150 miles in the 3 days of riding & had enormous fun, the main cause was of course to raise funds for COPS.  We all selected an officer to ride for & I chose Insp Preston Gurr who took over my team when I left Charing Cross.  I was able to present his widow with a band I wore the whole route, as a memento to this first ride.  

These were made in the US & clearly they can't spell honour properly.  The EOW means End of Watch & is the date Preston died.  It was emotional for both of us when I handed this to her.

You would have thought after the weekend I would be looking for a restful Monday??  No I was up at 5am to meet my friend Stella from the gym & we went out round the meadows for her first ever outdoor run.  

Well done Stella, you did really well xx

If that wasn't enough excercise for the past few days, just donned my lycra again & went out for a 40k ride with my friend Becky

Just before we set off

Just before she got stung by a wasp

Our very hot route

Becky & I are doing the London Triathlon next weekend, so needed to get out for a leg stretcher to see where we are with our cycling.  It was a good route, nice flat roads, sadly a couple of hills, I hate hills, but fast descents.  Thanks Becky xx

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Blenheim Palace Tri

Well it's been a week since I did the EST in Nottingham & I've done almost nothing since.  Yesterday I drove to Oxford to be near to Blenheim for today's event.  It is a standard sprint distant Tri (750m swim, 20k bike & 5k run).  When I turned up it was so cold I had to buy a hoodie!!!

My new top

The Palace is a wonderful location to hold a tri, closed roads & everything to hand.  The swim is my worst event & the water was freezing when I got in.  My friend Becky told me a trick & having a wee in your wetsuit does warm you up!!

Before the off!!

Getting in to start

I'm in there somewhere!!

I actually did the swim in a PB & knocked over a minute off my time.  T1 was horrible, a 400m uphill run to transition

Coming into T1

I was then onto 3 laps of the estate on my bike.  The course is very hilly, so I knew I wouldn't match last weeks times, although I did hit 70kph on some of the downhill bits & as ever the bloody headwind was with me!!

3 uneventful laps!

It was then onto the run to the finish, which again I'm not good at, although it wasn't dark by the time I crossed the line!!

Almost finished!!

Blenheim Palace is a great place to hold a Tri & I'll certainly be coming back next year


The all important finishers medal!!