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Norwich Triathlon Training Ride

May 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Making the most of the good weather, and being back home after a week in sunny Glasgow, I met up with a good friend to ride the Norwich triathlon olympic bike route.

I’ve known Gary for something like 15 years but have not really seen him for some time so it was good to bump into him at the Tri-anglia Waveney 1 traithlon at the beginning of the month. He’s a strong cyclist having done a couple of E’tapes taking in a good few of the most famous mountains France has to offer. As Gary is doing the Olympic tri this year, we thought it would be good to ride the bike route to get a good feel for it.

We joined the route at Saxlingham Nethergate and then proceeded round the course, the first 5 to 10 kilometers were on fairly quiet rides which allowed us to have a good chat. From joining the main road back Woodton into Brooke it was pretty much single file due to the traffic. The road is quite fast although there are a few inclines to consider pacing correctly on race day. Again, the road between Brooke and Poringland was pretty quick and it was nice to turn off toward Arminghall and away from all the cars.

The road to Arminghall is okay but as there are fields either side it could get windy when the road opens up. We then decided to ride to Whitlingham Lane for completeness rather than turn back toward Caister. When we got to the lake we had a quick look at where the ramp comes out of the water and the short run into transition.

The last leg of the course was okay although it takes in Skeet’s Hill, which for us was toward the end of our ride, but on race day will be fairly near the beginning – this is a good little workout for the legs!

Finished off the morning with a nice coffee and chat with Gary and Clare about family, work, cycling and triathlon.

What a great start to the weekend!

As shown in the graphs below, my heart got a good workout. I’m fairly pleased with my cadence and average speed of just under 19 miles an hour (30 km/h) given that I’ve not really cycled further than about 10 miles in one go!

Cadence

Cadence

Elevation

Elevation

Heart Rate

Heart Rate

Timing

Timing

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Garmin Forerunner 310XT Product Review

October 28, 2011 2 comments

Link: Garmin Forerunner 310XT from BHIP Ltd.

The 310XT is a great multi-sport device designed for runners, cyclists and swimmers but most importantly, in my opinion, triathletes!

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

This is the first Garmin unit which actually feels as comfortable in the water as the user and is water resistant to 50m.

The unit records a whole load of data including pace, speed, distance, elevation, heart rate, cadence and more.

The optional heart rate chest strap, foot pod and bike cadence/speed sensors provide the numbers.

Strictly speaking, the HR chest strap isn’t necessary although I think you’d be missing out on some of the great features available such as heart rate zone training. Also, being able to monitor your HR while training, and indeed, use the HR zones is very helpful to ensure you meet your training objectives.

The GPS function can take care of speed, pace and distance etc if you do not want to shell out for the extra bike and foot sensors.

To record cadence (foot strike) when running you’ll need the foot pod and for cadence on the bike, the bike sensor is required. The bike sensor also provides backup in case satellite connection is lost – not that has ever happened when I’ve been out.

Additionally, the foot pod and bike sensor come in hand if you want to record data from treadmill runs and turbo sessions.

You can set alerts for speed, pace, cadence and heart rate (as mentioned earlier). These can cause the unit to vibrate so you can feel that you need to pick up the pace etc rather than having to keep an eye on the display.

Another nice touch for use in the water is that you can set a countdown to start the timer and also there is a setting that kind of takes into consideration the GPS signal during the swim. If you stow the watch under your swim hat then you should have a decent signal, however, if worn on the wrist then the signal will be sporadic at best as the unit will be in
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and out of the water all the time.

The display is very configurable, depending on the sport selected you can choose pretty much what you want to see. So, if you find while running that you want to see current pace, distance and heart rate, you can set it up to show that.

Virtual training partner allows you to set the average pace that you want to train at and the unit displays your progress in comparison. It shows you how many metres and seconds (or minutes) you are ahead or behind of your virtual partner based on the pace you set.

You can sign up to Garmin Connect – a great website that takes all your data and displays it as valuable information along with a Google map of your route which also allows you to “replay” the session or race.

The 310XT makes use of ANT+ technology which allows for seamless transmission of data from the unit to the computer and via the supplied USB dongle. Providing there is an internet connection, the data will be directly upload to Garmin Connect.

Overall – I really like the 310XT, it comes packed with pretty much all you could want. Having owned the Polar RS800CX I think I prefer the Garmin unit for sports use. One difference between the two units is that you could actually wear the Polar as a watch day to day. During the swim, the Garmin will not record the heart rate as the signal does not transfer through the water, this is also the case with the Polar.

Rating: 9/10.

Images are copyright and courtesy of BHIP Ltd.

Tour of Britain 2010 – Stage 8

September 24, 2010 1 comment

What a lovely day Saturday was in London for the Prostate Cancer charity ride and the Tour of Britain finale.

Our preparations started Friday – an early departure from Norwich in the team bus followed by beer and curry at the excellent Bengal Village (highly recommended – the owner also runs the Roti here in Norwich) followed by a few more beers at the flat.

Saturday brought a nice fried breakfast and my first taste of “facon” (veggie bacon) – great start! Andy Hayes, who drove up to the Excel Saturday morning, cycled over to meet us and then we headed out to the ToB start.

We rode past the team buses and mechanics who mere busy making last minute preparations for their riders. We got to the registration point pretty early so had time for a drink before making our way to the start point where we joined at pretty much the very back.

The ride got underway and we slowly made our way onto the course and past most of the other riders to a point where the road was fairly open. I don’t think the route was as good as last year, certainly in terms of landmarks etc, but this years was not so flat with a climb over the Lower Lea Crossing. A good part of this route was the same as the London Tri so Andy and I were fairly familiar with it.

Overall the course was okay and we could see that there would likely be a group finish at the end. Here’s the route that we took based around the Excel and surrounding area.

Prostate Ride 2010 Main Route

Prostate Ride 2010 Main Route

The pros took a slightly longer route and we rode the extended leg leading to the start/finish straight right after the Tour had finished while it was still shut.

ToB Route Extension

Route Extension

The pros took eight laps around the course and we saw Matt Barmmeier (AN Post Sean Kelly) attack from the start and stay out for a few laps. No surprise to see him awarded the combativie rider title for the final stage.

The pace was pretty high, I think the majority of the laps were averaged at around 26 or 28 mph with tspeed increasing toward the end. Where we wer standing, just past the finish line, was a great position to get a feel for the riders speed as they blasted past literally a couple of feet from the barrier – you could feel the air whipping past.

Sky were doing their best to get Henderson to the front and they were mainly responsible for pulling the peleton along and making the catch on Brammeier. They got Henderson to the front where he managed to pick up two sprint victories which was enough to lift him above Richie Porte of Saxo Bank and into the points jersey.

Andre Greipel of HTC Columbia came through a whole group of riders at the end to take his third stage victory of the tour (Blackpool and Great Yarmouth), Lucas Haedo of Saxo Bank came in second and Roger Hammond of Cervelo got third on home turf.

Overall, it was a pretty exciting race with the break away, the competition for the points jersey and the hope for a British rider to finish well. Not bad at all, I prefer the central London route but ti was still a good day and a good race.

Will link to some photos when I’ve uploaded some.

Riding & Open Water Swim

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Went out on a lunchtime ride today along some undulating roads through some little villages ending up in Lodon. Given the time constraint I decided to come back along the A146 which is a pretty fast road.

Out and back was just over 35km’s made up of several 60 sec max efforts followed by 5 minute spinning. Started and finished the ride with tempo efforts.

Open water swim after work was good, I completed the 1.5km/1 mile course  in 40:38. Chuffed to have swam that far, will carry on with that distance looking to improve technique and time.

Back to training

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Having had three days off training to recover, I’ll be back on the treadmill for a 5k run this evening once the children are in bed.

I can’t leave it any longer as I have the London tri to prepare for now, just four weeks away!

Have a ride scheduled for tomorrow lunchtime with my friend, the same course from the Norwich tri.