Sorry for the absence – much going on. In short, I’ve had a couple of quite big exams and started a new job in the last three weeks, plus there were a few days abroad and I have two more exams this Saturday coming. Busy busy.
I haven’t been great at sticking to my training, either – I haven’t run since May and I haven’t cycled regularly. I have, however, made my peace with the cross trainer, which was a revelation – and a credit to my improved fitness compared to a couple of years ago, when my CV system and leg muscles just couldn’t cope with the damned thing.
Other good news: new job has great cycling facilities, including secure parking and decent showers, so I’m back to cycling in. It’s a bit further than my last job – a little over 5 miles door-to-door – and means I’m burning more calories. It’s also closer to the distance I’ll be cycling in the triathlon, which is good. Plus – it has a gym, which is both well-equipped (if small) and £2.50 a month, so I’ll be joining that in the next few weeks too.
Also: getting used to the shoes and cleats, more of which to come later.
Stuff I need to think about in the short-term:
– I need some new cycling gloves. Mine are tatty and a bit grim (but at £7 and for two years’ use I’m not complaining)
– I need to look at wetsuits, and start swimming outside. Parliament Hill Lido here I come! (errkk…)
– checking out the course. My exam on Saturday gone was at Excel, and my desk was looking out on to Royal Victoria docks, which was nice – but I want to head back there with my bike and cycle the route, to see what it’s like (and maybe even time myself?!)
– fundraising. Not sure… more to come on that too.
That’s it for now – promise to post more often… maybe even some photos, who knows.