Today i have received some great news from Tim Williams of CompresSport who has told me that Greg Bryce at TriandRun, based in Chigwell in Essex are going to lend Alex and Myself a pair of bikes for the London Duathlon on September 12th at Richmond Park.
This will give us both a fighting chance of a good time as we take on the Ultra distance of 20km run/80km bike/10km run, all which must be completed inside 6hrs 15 min. This will be my first Duathlon, a week ahead of my first Triathlon (Sevenoaks on the 19th) and one i have been training for on a mountain bike, which weighs a tonne and adds immense resistance with heavy knobbled tyres, still it builds up the leg strength at least. The Racing bikes will allow us to cut down times and feel more confident of doing well in the race.
Swimming for the Tri has been going reasonably well, although i have to swim breaststroke, due to a shoulder "clicking" problem, mind you i can now do 400m (required distance in the event I'm doing) in 8:30, and should be quicker by race day - so not too shabby. Tomorrow will be a good session with 7m bike/600m swim/8m bike - before work and then 10m ride home in the evening - hard and tiring, but rest day on Saturday!
Running has started again and is gradually building up, so that I'm doing more than ½ marathon runs closer to the time. Last week i did a split day - run to work in the morning - shower (or be forced to work outside) and then run home in the evening - 8 miles each way. A good session as the legs are stiffer in the afternoon and have to work harder, but the return run always seems faster than the a.m. one.
The next month is going to be a tough one to get training done properly, with work taking a lot of time up at the weekends (a number of stock-takes), including the whole of the bank holiday, so i will be slipping in very early morning runs/rides to get the training done. This has also meant i wont be accompanying Alex to Bavaria for the Europe 135 to act as crew, although i am still playing a part, by getting replacement crew and sourcing hotels etc for the race.
Finally i have to say a huge thanks to Tim Williams again - last week i received a great T-shirt and Hoodie from him, ideal for training and recovery and have to say that Tim has been one of the forerunners in getting our campaign more profile and getting us help and sponsorship (such as TriandRun) and supplying us with some of the best compression guards on the market, and i am confident that CompresSport will certainly build their client base quite quickly and become a major player in the sports market - Thanks Tim!!
One more finally - hopefully i will be getting a new back-pack in the next week or so (paid for this one this time), after my Raidlight 10l finally succumbed to overuse (3 years of regular runs, bike rides and races have taken their toll) so a review will be forthcoming.
Stay tuned and stay safe!!
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