Tuesday, 5 August 2008

the first cycle


today: first preparation cycle.

into central london, 50 mins each way. have just found out how far this is with mapmyride (http://www.mapmyride.com/). 13 kms. Oh dear.

apparently for the triathlon (according to last year's results) i'm supposed to do 23 kms in about 53 mins. even if i factor in things like stopping at lights, turning corners, almost being killed by taxi drivers - i'm still stupidly off target.

today, as always, fellow london cyclists were whizzing past me. the only cyclists i overtook were older than my mother, riding one of those little foldy bike things, and children so small i almost inhaled them.

i figure there's no way i'm going to be able to time myself properly before the triathlon, so i guess i'm just going to have to keep cycling into work every other day and work on building my cycling fitness.

unfortunately at London's Most Povo Fitness Facilities (ie. my gym) they don't do spinning classes. wish they did - because i really don't think i could manage using the bikes at the gym - if treadmills are a 9/10 on the boring scale, then bikes are not far behind. why wouldn't we want to be outside, it's called fresh air people - and taxi drivers who want us squashed!

am going to sneak another post in tonight - in response to a few comments on my last notation on the curse of the bad run...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you considered joining a triathlon group? There's heaps in London and they are not too hardcore...

al said...

thanks for the suggestion :) - i have thought about joining one but haven't got around to finding one yet! would be great to get some proper training tips; especially with cycling - will have a look if there's one in the area ( hopefully a very non hardcore one!)

WildWill said...

I hope the bike is bigger tha the one in the picture ;)

al said...

ha! only slightly, and i am tempted to get spokey dokey's

Wilburt said...

Dont fear about your time on the 13km commute - traffic lights, traffic and junctions add a huge amount of time to your ride (well, they do to mine) I notice significant difference in time if I get lucky with the lights...