With thanks to my late aunt, Jean Abdee, whose legacy has helped make this possible.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Surprised by rest

So many plans for today, whether to do a run or a bike ride or both - and in the end, did nothing but rest. But rest is an important part of training - especially when there it's raining cats and dogs with gusty wind outside! I don't mind rain, but hate cycling in the wind. And it was good to have a whole day off from any form of exercise.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Running rule

I've just been reading through the rule book from British Triathlon and came to 28 - Running Conduct:

28.1 No form of locomotion other than running or walking is permitted. Crawling is not allowed.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

More fun than it ought to be

Tuesday and another bike ride from work through sleet and snow; the worst thing is not being able to see properly because of snow in the eyes. But I was reminded of a similar ride through town the other day in equally bad weather and a chap pushing his bike in the opposite direction called out; 'It's a lot more fun than it ought to be, isn't it?' And it is! Non-cyclists / walkers / runners might not understand it, but cycling through snow and rain can be really huge fun - especially when there is somewhere warm and dry at the end of it.

Monday, 22 February 2010


I can't remember the exact date of the big idea. I do remember reading the CTC (Cycle Touring Club) pages and getting onto the discussion board about cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. I quickly realised that this was possible, and that even I could do it. After all it's said to be possible with any bike (it's been done on a penny-farthing) if one is reasonably fit and willing to take up the challenge. So I started planning. Most of the gear I had from doing long-distance walks would suit the cycle ride, but I needed a new tent and decided to get a good touring bike and trailer to take the weight. There was a great deal of thinking and planning over several months, and then came my 40th birthday. My mum and sister made the most amazing cake - three cakes representing the three sports of triathlon. So I began to think about three challenges... why not? I'd always had in mind to try for an Olympic distance triathlon but thought it beyond my capabilities - well I could train, couldn't I? And why not top off the challenge with a half-marathon? That should do it. So a year of swim, bike and run. But mostly bike.