Hello World!

Welcome to swim.bike.run.blog! This is where I’ll posting about races and training as I find my way the world of triathlon.

I’ve already imported my back-catalogue of posts on the theme of swim, bike and run to get going with, and hopefully there will be many more!

Bath Half – Did Not Start

My running career might have only been going a year, but I was really disappointed this weekend to clock up my first “DNS” (did not start).

On Sunday I was scheduled to take to the line at the Bath Half – my first half marathon. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as 3 weeks before the race I picked up some knee pain (suspected ITB issue). Since then I’ve been off running and “rehabbing” like mad with lateral leg lifts, strength exercises, foam rollering and then cross training with a bit of swimming, but it didn’t happen in time. Continue reading Bath Half – Did Not Start

Met League XC – Wormwood Scrubs Race 5

The start of the women's race hurtles towards us
The start of the women’s race hurtles towards us

I was mostly just happy to be able to race this, having picked up a little cold in the week and started antibiotics for a tooth infection. But I was able to make it on a beautiful, if a little windy, day out at Wormwood Scrubs, in the shadow of the prison of the same name. The course was a fairly easy 2 laps around the park and some sports pitches. I heard that flooding had prevented us from heading into the woods, but it certainly left some great puddles on the course, as captured brilliantly in a photo by fellow Serpie, Lars Menken. Continue reading Met League XC – Wormwood Scrubs Race 5

Met League XC – Horsenden Hill Race 4

Somewhere under all that mud are my shoes!
Somewhere under all that mud are my shoes!

What a beautiful day for a race, and a great race!

Sunny and warm for January but very, very muddy. This is my third cross-country race, and already I’m learning more about mud than I really wanted to know. This time the mud was soft and sticky, almost like clay and it makes it so much harder to pick your feet out of the mud, let alone have something to push against. I think running 5 miles XC is like 8 miles on the road. At least that is how I felt! Continue reading Met League XC – Horsenden Hill Race 4

First triathlon season

At the start of this year, I decided to take up triathlon as a challenge. Part inspired from the Olympics, part after completing the Virgin Active Indoor Triathlon in November and partly to get fit and get some more use out of my bike.

Since then, I’ve competed in 5 sprint and super-sprint distance triathlons, one duathlon, joined a running club and signed up for two half-marathons next year. So a pretty packed first triathlon season! Continue reading First triathlon season

Alternative SKS Chromoplastic Mudguard fitting guide

On Sunday I successfully fitted a set of mudguards to my new bike, as while getting splashed on the commute was fine, it was less fun to get splashed on a weekend cycle in jeans.

I chose the SKS Chromoplastics from Wiggle as they were on offer and look nice in black. The only trouble is that fitting is fiddly and the instructions aren’t all that clear. So without further ado, here is my guide to fitting them. Sadly I didn’t take pictures, so this is not an illustrated guide. Continue reading Alternative SKS Chromoplastic Mudguard fitting guide

I like to ride my bicycle

It has been just over two years since the launch of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, of which I was an early adopter. After my first year’s membership expired (and my key broke), I decided that there was more to cycling than the central London zone covered by the scheme and moved on to a hand-me-down mountain bike I acquired from my Dad.

My new bike, a Dawes Giro 300
New shiny toy!

Today, I became the proud owner of my first new bike as an adult. The plan is to start using it to commute to work. I’ve done a few test runs using the old bike, which according to MapMyRide is about 16km and takes me about 1hr 8mins. I’m thinking with more practice that could quite easily shrink to sub-1hour.

Owning my own bike (that is actually worth something) is quite daunting, given that a huge 20,000 bicycles are stolen in London each year. I’m hoping to increase my chances by:

  • Buying a new lock with cables to attach both wheels and saddle to the frame.
  • Registering the frame number and marking the bike.
  • Secure bike parking at home and work.
  • if all else fails, making sure the bike is insured; either on its own or as part of my contents.
I guess I’ve also got to look into the whole world of spare inner tubes, tyre levers and pumps; things that I’ve been rather blasé about with my rugged mountain bike tyres. Any other tips for a commuting newbie?