Fitness, Triathlon Training

Measuring and tracking my Triathlon fitness

Understanding how my fitness is improving is, I feel, critical to my preparation for the Ironman undertaking. There are a variety of tests involving pull-ups, planks and push-ups, which measure muscular strength, but those should come as a result of the triathlon training, so I’m not going to consider those. However, short of putting myself …

Triathlon Training

Gearing up for a structured triathlon plan – from cyclocross to triathlon

How on earth do you prepare for a 70 mile triathlon when you’ve never done a half marathon or any open water swimming? In terms of structured training I’m going to base my training around the ‘time poor’ TriRadar training plan. I think that I’ll actually have more time available than they suggest, but given …

Triathlon News

So you want to be an Ironman? The 2016 challenge!

For some reason, over the past few weeks, as thoughts move to Christmas festivities, there’s been talk of everyone committing to a challenge during 2016 at a New Year party. Ian, one of my good friends in Malmesbury, has had an Ironman in the back of his mind for some time now and, as I …

Gloves

Specialized Grail gloves – Best mitt ever?

Over the years I’ve used a variety of short-finger mitts for both road cycling and mountain biking, but over the past four years or so I’ve settled on some Specialized Body Geometry (BG) mitts. These seemed to have the right mix of firmer gel pads and flexibility to suit my riding styles. However, since my …

Bike News

Bianchi factory recall 2015 – Sempre Pro and Oltre models

On Friday (4th September 2015) I had a call from my local bike shop saying that my Bianchi Sempre Pro was subject to a factory safety recall, and asking if I could return the bike to them as soon as possible. There wasn’t any pressure that said “don’t ride the bike until we’ve checked it”, but …

Bike News, Rides

Cycling Hardknott and Wrynose Passes

Thank you Hardknott that was the toughest days riding ever, but I’m so glad that I did it. Over the past twelve months we’ve talked about a variety of cycle ‘challenges’, but being relatively time-poor, my preference is always to really up the anti… to get maximum bangs from my ‘time away’ bucks. So when …