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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!





Heart Rate

Heart Rate




Open Water Swim Swimming

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I completed my first Open Water Swim (OWS) session the year last Wednesday (1st June). Having not really been in the water much at all since August last year I was a bit apprehensive about it knowing how the compression of the wetsuit can make one feel and also the possibility of fatigue part way round the course.

It wasn’t as bad as I had feared thankfully!

I was number 58 at the session and there were still people registering after me so there was a good few people enjoying the water on a lovely sunny afternoon. Having squuezed into the wewtsuit (which I’m sure has shrunk over winter!) I got into the water to get used to the feel of it again. When wetsuit swimming you let a bit of water in through the collar so that your body heat warms it up which in turn keeps you a bit warmer. The shock of the lake water making it’s way down the suit was chilling!!!

Still, didn’t have to wait around too long before we set off. I took my customary position out wide so that the majority of people didn’t swim over me and set off at a tentative pace. I didn’t want to go off too quickly as I wanted to make sure I didn’t get panicky with the feeling from the wetsuit and struggling for breathing pattern. My plan worked as I crawled further into the lake and found my rhythm.

Whitlingham OWS

Whitlingham OWS

With my Garmin Forerunner 310XT on my wrist I knew the capturing of my route would not be 100% accurate due to satellite signal loss when the unit was plunged into the water each stroke but it wasn’t too bad and gives a good idea of how I went.

I have another session tomorrow and will try putting the unit under my swim cap to see if that gives a more accurate route.

In summary I am pleased to have completed the first session with no problems and looking forward to the next one and also the Fritton Lake tri on Sunday!

Follow this link to see my stats and route:

Whitlingham listed as Olympic Triathlon Training Camp

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre has been included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as a prospective triathlon facility. I know this may be old news for some of you but I’ve only just happened across it now.

There are over 600 facilities across the UK listed out of which 20 are listed for triathlon training camps. Whitlingham are the only triathlon facility in the East of England.

The facilities had to meet strict criteria before they were accepted such as high quality training facilities, accommodation, catering, transport links amongst others. With the publication of the guide facilities are able to market themselves directly to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees NPCs). There are also financial awards available to NOCs and NPCs for their teams and individuals to train in the UK.

I really hope that Whitlingham manage to get some international teams/individuals in as it would be recognition of the quality of facilities available here and also for the local economy. Perhaps it would encourage other triathletes to train here in the future and maybe even host some bigger competitions?

Good luck Whitlingham!

Full list of triathlon training facilites.
Offical news of training camps (London 2012 website).

End to End swim

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning we were fortunate enough to be able to swim the entire length of Whitlingham lake rather than returning from half way.

This meant either 1600m one way or 3.2km both ways.

Having not swam for a couple of weeks it took me a few hundred metres to get into a comfortable stroke. Once going it was quite a nice swim stopping only to empty leaky goggles!

Went in the first wave (for slower swimmers) and got passed by some of the faster people from seconf wave (faster) but still finished one-way fairly happily.

So, a time of 35:06 which I am pretty happy with, again felt like I could have put a bit more into it but confidence will help that.