Category Archives: training

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018

It’s traditional at this time of year to look back over the year that was, and plan for the coming one. As I’ve entered my first half-Ironman later this year, I certainly have plenty to plan for, even if there is not so much to look back on.

To get me started, Strava provided this natty little video of my activities over the year:

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Finding a triathlon club

Massilia Triathlon Club at a race.
Massilia Triathlon Club at a race. Photo: akunamatata under CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Having just moved city and gone through the process of looking for a new group of people to train with, I thought I’d quickly jot down my thoughts on what to look for when finding a triathlon club.

A simple Google or search of your National Federation’s website, such as Triathlon Scotland, will turn up triathlon clubs in your local area, but how do you pick?

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Riding the London 2012 Velodrome

Standing in a slightly wet and windy Olympic Park in front of the London 2012 velodrome
Standing in a slightly wet and windy Olympic Park in front of the velodrome

As part of my leaving present from work, I was given some money and a cycling book – my colleagues know me well! I decided to spend a little bit of that money and my new found spare time on a weekday trip to the Lee Valley Velopark – better known as the London 2012 velodrome and site of much British sporting success. Continue reading Riding the London 2012 Velodrome

Triathlon packing list and preparation

If transition is the 4th discipline of triathlon, then logistics is the 5th. Just getting to the start line can be a real ordeal for some events, especially if a wetsuit swim and a flight are involved.

Kit laid out neatly according to my triathlon packing list
Kit all laid out before a non-wetsuit race

I like to lay everything out the night before, especially with the traditional early starts of local, open-road races. To help with this, I’ve made a handy triathlon packing list, setting out all the tasks I need to achieve. I normally drive to my races, so also need to prepare the bike rack, but otherwise I think the list is pretty general. If you’re packing away from the internet, you can find a downloadable, printable triathlon packing list here.

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