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How to enjoy a race you haven’t trained for

17 Nov

Gosport Half Marathon is a popular race on the south coast that is renowned for being fast and flat. I’ve run it three times before:

However, I’ve always done a reasonable amount of training before taking part in this race. Often it hasn’t been a specific half marathon training plan, but I’ve usually been training for a marathon or regularly doing long runs at the weekend, but this year has been different. I spent much of the year in the water training for the Scilly Swim Challenge and then I went straight onto two wheels for Tour de Y, so running has taken a back seat.

At the start of the year, I persuaded a few of my colleagues to start running with me at lunch time. Attendance was variable, not because of lack of motivation, but because of everyone’s hectic work schedules, but everyone made progress. One colleague, Sarah, decided that she needed to set herself a challenge. Sarah completed the Great South Run 5 years ago in a respectable time, but has not completed any races since, so I persuaded her to enter Gosport Half. Unfortunately, neither of us has managed to get out and do very much running in the last few weeks. I had expected to do a 10-15 mile run on my training holiday, but the extreme weather conditions meant the schedule had to be flexible and the long run was a casualty. Last weekend, Sarah and I went out for an 8 mile run on part of the half marathon course. I think we both found it hard, with both of us being grateful for some walking breaks, which didn’t seem auspicious.

I checked the weekend’s weather forecast during the week. It looked bleak: 40mph winds, temperature around 10-14°C and the possibility of rain 😦

My lack of run training meant that I knew the race would be hard and I was worried that a slow time would make me feel demotivated – especially as many of my club mates have been running really well recently. I also didn’t want to risk injury, so I had to come up with a strategy that would help me to enjoy the race.

Some people would argue that it is unwise to run a half marathon when you haven’t trained for it, but I felt that my swimming and cycling combined with strength and conditioning sessions and previous experience as a runner meant that I would be OK to complete the race as long as I didn’t try to do it in under 2 hours.

I spoke to Sarah and agreed to run with her in a time of just under 2:15. I said that this would equate to around 10 minute miles, which would be a solid pace… however, I generally work with run paces in min/km, so we then agreed 6:00/km.

On the morning of the race, I had to collect my race number. I realised that I hadn’t received an email about my entry, so I logged in online and had a complete panic that I didn’t appear to be registered. I couldn’t let Sarah down, but there are no entries on the day for this popular race. Luckily, I must have entered some details incorrectly, as Stu pointed out that I was on the list of registered entrants.

We drove to Gosport and I collected my race number. It was really lovely to catch up with friends from the running community – especially Flo, Becky and Ruth. I also had plenty of time to chat to friends from Lordshill Road Runners… and, of course, there was time for a group photo!

Pre Gosport Group

Before the start of the race ©Lisa Fhithyan

There was also enough time for a bird to ‘leave a message’ down my arm as I was waiting outside. I know superstition states that’s lucky, but it didn’t feel like it! I washed my arm off, met Sarah and deposited my bag, before heading to the start.

There were a couple of thousand runners, which is a good attendance for a local race. I made sure that Sarah and I didn’t start at the very back as I knew there would be plenty of people who would be slower than us. I also wanted to make sure that we didn’t go too far forward as I’m really bad at going off too quickly.

The new course at Gosport is two loops that are essentially an out and back with the ‘out’ bit being slightly more sheltered and the ‘back’ being entirely exposed along the sea front.

Sarah and I had quite a lot to chat about, so the first loop passed fairly quickly. Sarah’s mum had braved the bad weather and was out cheering on the course, and I was also watching out for many of my friends who were running. The second loop was a little tougher, but Sarah had a goal in mind – she wanted to beat her 10 mile PB.

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Thanks to Lisa Fhithyan for this series of photos. I’ve no idea who I was waving to!

As we got towards the 10 mile point, we kept the pace consistent and Sarah looked strong. She smashed her 10 mile PB by around 6 minutes, which is fantastic 🙂

It was then only ‘parkrun to go’, but the wind seemed to have got up a bit and there was a bit of drizzle… and one of my knees was starting to ache a bit. I was motivated by trying to keep us as close as possible to our target pace of 6:00/km, which gave me something to focus on.

Gosport Half

I might be grumbling a bit about the race, but the photographic evidence shows that I was still having fun.

Eventually, the finish line was in sight and Sarah and I could see the clock. We both picked up the pace and finished in 2:07:53 – well under our goal time of 2:15 and at exactly 6:00/km. It was a great time for Sarah’s first half marathon and I was pleased that I managed to pace it correctly.

We had our chips removed and then were given our medals as well as receiving the legendary Gosport goodie bags: Capri Sun, a finger of fudge, a cereal bar, a packet of crisps, a banana, a piece of cake and some information about joining Gosport Running Club.

I said goodbye to Sarah and then posed for another photo with fellow LRRs before heading back to the finish to cheer on some friends.Post Gosport Group

Even though I was 15 minutes off my PB, I loved this event and will be back next year.

So, to summarise, if you want to enjoy a race that you haven’t trained for:

  • Decide whether you have done enough training to safely complete the race
  • Modify your goals – don’t expect a PB
  • Run with a friend
  • Consider whether you can help to make someone else’s race by supporting them
  • Use the event to practise pacing

Do you have any tips on how to enjoy a race that you haven’t trained for?

Gosport Half Marathon

16 Nov

Today was my last ‘proper’* race of the year, and although I knew I hadn’t prepared adequately for it, I was actually feeling quite good. I ran 10 miles a couple of times when I was on holiday in Portugal, did a 10 mile training run on 2nd November and a 15k run last weekend, none of which were at the pace I wanted to run at, but they were better than I’ve managed for a long time.

As part of my final preparations for Gosport, I went out to Liz’s flat for a party last night. I didn’t drink any alcohol, but I did have a bit of chocolate cake. I’m not sure that’s how the elites roll, but it was good!

I got up at 7am today, dressed for the race and ate a bowl of porridge with dried mango, before heading off to pick up Justin at 8:15am.

We arrived at race HQ fairly early and were able to get our race numbers and chips. As usual, there was a long queue for the toilets, but at least they were real loos and not just portaloos. After I came out, I saw a few people I know, so I stopped to chat to them. I think it was a good move as I realised that it was raining hard outside. Last year, the weather was cold when this race took place, but I overheated at 8 miles, so I was hoping that it would be cold again and that I wouldn’t have similar issues.

Soon it was time to line up at the start. I was with Jenny and Helena, who were both hoping to finish in under 2 hours. I knew that I needed to keep my pace at <5:40/km, but I didn’t want to go off too quickly, which is one of my bad habits. Last year, I resolved not to check my watch until I had run two miles and I decided that would be a sensible option again this year. I could see several LRRs up ahead, and Jenny went speeding off, but I decided to hold back a little.

Jon shared this video of the start of the race – I can be seen in the centre of the picture at 4:23 onwards!

At the two-mile marker, I could see that I was running at about 5:15/km, but I was feeling good. I decided to slow slightly, but that I wouldn’t slow right down to 5:40/km. A little while later, I saw my husband, Stu, who had cycled over from Southampton to cheer runners on. It was lovely to see a friendly face.

I continued on, but at six miles, i started to wonder why I had entered the race – there just seemed to be so much further to run and I was already feeling a little bit tired. Fortunately, there were quite a few LRR supporters at the 10km turnaround point, which helped to motivate me. It was also good to see John, one of Stu’s training partners, and his son. The turnaround helped to motivate me as I was able to see quite a few LRRs. First there was Kelly, then Paul and then I saw Elaine, Aurelio, Rachel and Luana… but I can’t remember what order they were in. I also saw Becky from STC… and I could see that James wasn’t too far ahead. I also heard a familiar voice – I couldn’t see him, but I saw teh front wheel of the lead bike announcing that the first finisher was on his way. My buddy Jules is currently on the road to recovery from a foot/ankle injury, so he decided to use teh opportunity to take his new wheels out for a spin!

I thought that I might be able to catch up with james who was also targeting sub 2 hours, but I didn’t want to pick up my pace too much to catch up with him as I knew I would pay for it later. I decided that a more sensible tactic would be to slowly reel him in. Unfortunately, James was not having a happy race and had started to slow. It wasn’t long before Kelly ran past me. We did our first ever half marathon together, but Kelly is on great form know, so I expected her to beat me. Then Lisa ran past. I hadn’t noticed her at the turnaround, but she was moving at a great pace. I saw her slow a little to chat to James before heading off into the distance.

Just before the 8 mile water station, I caught up with James, but I was starting to feel fatigued and was not breathing as well as I wanted to, so I was unable to speak to him. I had my inhaler zipped into my pocket, but I’m not good at using it whilst moving, so I was hoping that I wouldn’t need it.

I was very concerned that I would overheat like last year, so I decided to try to take on a mouthful of water at every drinks station and to throw the rest of the cup over me. Although this helped a little, I was still starting to overheat. I think my pace dropped a little, so I had to tell myself to harden up and ick up the pace. I knew how disappointed I would feel if i finished just outside of my goal time again.

Although I was feeling warm, it wasn’t as bad as last year and my legs and lungs seemed to be doing OK, so I pushed on. It seemed to take a long time before I got to the loop at the far end of the course, but eventually I made it and  a lovely little downhill section took me on to the long home straight.

A small section of the race was on shingle, which is one of the surfaces that I hate to run on most as I always get pebbles in my shoes, but fortune was smiling on me today, and I managed not to pick up any gravel!

Quite a few LRRs were out supporting on the course, which was great. Having my name on my club shirt means that quite a few people shout encouragement, but it’s even better when it’s someone you know. Lawrence and Mike had cycled out to cheer us on and had positioned themselves on opposite sides of the path: Lawrence had a camera on my left and Mike was on the shingle to my right. I was so happy when I saw them that I gave a big cheer!

Pleased to see Lawrence and Mike out cheering on runners © Lawrence Chen

Pleased to see Lawrence and Mike out cheering on runners © Lawrence Chen

Smiling at Mike who was on my right © Lawrence Chen

Smiling at Mike who was on my right © Lawrence Chen

I knew that the next supporter I saw would be Stu, just at the top of a ramp. I was so happy to see him, but I also warned him that I was feeling unwell and asked him to go to the finish.

I found the final mile really difficult. It was windy and I was feeling very hot and tired, but I was so desperate to achieve my goal and knew that as long as I didn’t slow down too much I would make it. A lovely older chap from Winchester tried to encourage me – he said that he had been following me for quite a long time. I said that I was struggling to breathe, so he very kindly counted for a little bit in the hope that it would get me back into a rhythm. I couldn’t stick with him, but knew that the final turn would be coming up soon.

As I turned the final corner, I knew I had about 400m left to go. Quite a few people were passing me, but I was too focused on my own personal goal to care about taking them on. Eventually, I saw the 13 mile sign, and then saw Kim cheering people on. I was so happy to see her and knew I was going to reach my target. I shouted, “I’m going to do it” and sprinted for the line, passing the chap from Winchester.

I could see the time on the clock (gun time) was 1:58:43. I had achieved my goal! I felt so elated… but knew that I couldn’t just stop as I was feeling dehydrated and really shaky. I’ve fainted after several races and wanted to cool down a bit. LRR Captain Emily came over to me and helped me to get a cup of water before I had my chip removed and was presented with a medal and a goody bag.

The goody bag at Gosport Half Marathon is always packed with lovely stuff:

  • Finger of fudge
  • Wagon wheel
  • Hula hoops
  • Slice of carrot cake
  • Pen
  • Banana

It’s also a reusable drawstring cotton bag, which is handy.

I had a look at my watch and could see that it said 1:57, but could not find out where the seconds were displayed until I got home. My chip time and my Garmin time were identical: 1:57:37 – I had smashed my goal 😀 Frustratingly, I was 59/117 in my category (F35-39), so not quite in the top half, but that’s not too bad. I’ve been so desperate to run a half marathon in under 2 hours. Amongst my running friends, I don’t think it’s a terribly impressive achievement, so I was surprised when one friend told me that only 15% of female half marathoners manage to finish in under 2 hours! http://www.runnersgoal.com/how-to-run-a-half-marathon-in-under-2-hours/ I think this race is different as it’s part of the Hampshire Road Race League and is therefore very popular with club runners (rather than ‘ordinary’ people). The race’s popularity is such that it even featured on the local news: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2014-11-16/runners-gather-for-gosport-half-marathon/

I still need to take another 5:30 off my time before Southampton Half Marathon in April, but if I can maintain my confidence and my training as well as eat well and lose weight, I’m genuinely starting to think it could be possible 🙂 This result has been a long time coming and there are several people who have helped me to get to this point this year: Stu for always looking after me; Ant for helping me at Run Camp; all of the Embrace Sports guys, but especially Graeme; all of my amazing team-mates from SOAS racing – when the race felt bleak I thought of you all and didn’t want to let you down! – and Huw for pushing me at Tri Club track sessions – THANK YOU! It also seems fitting that this has happened on the same weekend when I’ve found out that I am going to be a brand ambassador for SOAS in 2015 – I am so proud of ths and feel honoured to join so many inspirational women who are achieving at levels that I can only dream of!

At the end of the race, I caught up with quite a few fellow club runners and friends from Southampton Tri Club. Many of them got PBs and the ones who didn’t generally had good races, which was great. It was also lovely to catch up with Sam who I met on my last Embrace Sports holiday.

Posing with Sam after Gosport Half Marathon

Posing with Sam after Gosport Half Marathon

Sadly, Sam has a foot injury, so her race didn’t turn out as planned, but I know that as soon as it’s fixed she’ll be back out there getting PBs (and celebrating with bubbly) again!

Full results for Gosport Half Marathon.

I’ve been having a clear out and have been trying to decide what to do with all of my old race t-shirts… I used to wear some of them at the gym, but I do fewer classes now and have plenty of technical t-shirts, so I don’t use them any more. I think I’ll probably make a quilt out of them. Here are some other ideas: http://blog.walkjogrun.net/2014/11/13/race-t-shirt-overload-here-are-8-ways-to-repurpose-them/

Another article that I’ve read this afternoon is Human body: the ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+ It’s a really interesting article that suggests that people shouldn’t just ‘give up’ when they retire.

*I’m planning to do several more parkruns and a ‘Santa dash’ before December 31st, but there are no more cross-country races for me to do until January, and I haven’t paid to enter any more running events.

Preparation for Gosport Half Marathon

15 Nov

The weekend started with parkrun… but as I’ve got a slight niggle (hamstring/glute), I decided that it would be more sensible to just watch. It was good to meet up with Ros who hsa just got a lovely new bike – hopefully she’s planning lots of adventures.

parkrun November 2015

© Jez Hollinshead

Tomorrow is Gosport Half Marathon – I’m hoping that I can beat my time from last year (2:00:17), but it’s a different course, so it will depend on the weather conditions… it’s along the seafront, so if it’s windy, it will be tough.

Next weekend, I’m thinking about going along to the Running Show – you can get a free ticket here: http://runningshow.co.uk/

What have I been doing since my holiday?

22 Nov Gosport Half Marathon

I’ve been so busy in the fortnight since we’ve been back from Portugal that I’ve not been able to update my blog as much as I’d hoped to, so here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to.

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The Sunday morning after we got back was a cross country race out in the New Forest. It was hard getting up in time for it as I was feeling shattered from the previous day’s travelling, but I knew I had to if I still wanted to be in with a chance at winning the club’s participation award.

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Near the start of the CC6

Near the start of the CC6 (all CC6 photos © Paul A. Hammond)

It was not an easy race, with quite a lot of it being muddy and hilly and the last section was a hard uphill slog.

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CC6 © Paul A. Hammond

CC6 © Paul A. Hammond

I played cat and mouse with Kathy for a while, but towards the end her superior speed won out and she was able to finish ahead of me. I felt quite pleased with my performance as I didn’t give up and I knew that I was running on tired legs.

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CC6 © Paul A. Hammond

CC6 © Paul A. Hammond

Swimming lessons

It was good to be back at my swimming lessons – I hoped that I would be stronger and would not have picked up any bad habits whilst I was away, although I know that swimming with a wetsuit on makes me lazy! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in any of my blog posts, but in the last session before my holiday, I dived into a pool for the first time in my life. This probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for me it was massive. I’ve spent so long standing on the edge of a pool, but was terrified that I would get too deep and be unable to breathe, or would hit my head on the bottom, so I just couldn’t bring myself to try it. I’m now desperate to go swimming with Stu as I really want to show him how well I can dive.

Chris got us to practise quite a lot of butterfly, which is not (and never will be) one of my favourite strokes. I’ve now had two lessons since I’ve been back and I know that I really need to work on keeping my head more streamlined during front crawl as I lift it up and don’t even realise that I’m doing it. I was also given a few pointers when doing breaststroke to try to keep my hips lower so that my feet don’t come out of the water. I’ll report back on my progress soon!

I received the video of me swimming in Lagos, which has really shown me where my swimming is going wrong, so I’m keen to get in the pool and practise:

Lordshill training

On my first Monday back, I coached a session on hills, so we went to Holly Hill and I got my group to practice various aspects of downhill running which I think went quite well, but it involved more running (to and from the venue) than I had anticipated and my legs were a little bit grumbly!

This Monday, I had planned to do a core session. I had a long list of exercises, but unfortunately, it rained and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to make my athletes lie on wet ground 😦

Southampton Tri Club

Straight after my LRR session on Monday, Stuart and I rushed down to The Quays to have a go at our first session with Southampton Tri Club. Katherine had originally tried to persuade me to wait until she was back, but I wanted to join asap and Huw at work persuaded me to go. I was in a lane with three others: Liz, James and Jo – all of whom are bloggers and LRR members! We did a 200m warm up, which felt like hard work, before being asked to do ‘200 off 4:40’. I didn’t know what that meant, so the coach explained that we had to swim 8 lengths of front crawl and have a break within 4 minutes and 40 seconds. unfortunately, I’m quite slow, so it took me over 4:30 to swim 200m. This would have left me with no break, so I waited for the others to do 2 lengths before joining in again. We had to repeat it 5 times, which felt really hard – I don’t often swim that far in a session. (Later when I asked Stu what he had done, his main set was exactly the same!!! How is that fair?!) We also had to do a variety of sculling drills, but I had to work extra hard as I didn’t have a pair of fins.

Overall, I really enjoyed the session and know that I need to work on my technique if I’m going to do OK at Challenge Weymouth, so I signed up to Southampton Tri Club yesterday evening and am now an official member 🙂

I’ve now done a second swimming session and know that it takes me 4:44 to swim 200m. I’m definitely towards the bottom end of the group, but I am not the slowest and I hope that I’ll start to make good progress.

Yoga

On Tuesday evening, I went back to yoga with Stu. Our usual instructor, Wai, is away, so we have a different instructor. It’s nice to mix up the sessions a little. We did a few shoulder stands and plough pose, which is one of my favourites… although I can’t seem to stop my feet from going right over and touching the ground, whether or not my legs are straight!

Weight Watchers

At my first WW session after our holiday, I found that I had lost 4lbs. I went again today and had lost another pound. I had thought that I might have lost more as several people commented on how good I looked today and I felt that I was looking more trim. My WW leader said that she didn’t think I needed to lose more weight and as I my BMI is now 24.47, which is within the healthy range. I am happy to be classed as a gold member again as the money that I save can be used for my tri club membership, but I would still like to lose at least another stone – I’m sure that it will help me to run faster! Every time I so much as glance at something ‘bad’ I ask myself whether Kat would eat it and the answer is usually ‘no’!

Interval training and social run

On Thursday morning last week, Stu, Liz, Katherine and I met for an interval session. This is when I usually have a Run Camp session, but as there are no more until after Christmas, we decided to have ‘Run Gang’ instead (it’s like ‘Bike Gang’, but with running!) Stu had devised times for us to do 400m intervals, but my Garmin decided to amend my pace and breaks, so I wasn’t getting any rest. In the end, I reset my Garmin and just did the best that I could. My last interval felt really good – for 200m I felt like my technique was as good as Mo Farah’s or Usain Bolt’s – but I was unable to sustain the pace.

On Thursday evening, I went for a lovely 11km run with Teri. It’s nice just to be able to run and chat. We had intended to run around Portswood, but we ended up going through Bevois Valley and then back towards the Common.

This week on Thursday morning, Stu and I met Liz and Katherine for a gentle run around the new parkrun route (Route C). I didn’t want to get out of bed, but was glad that I did the run when I had finished.

Sports massage

On Friday I had a sports massage at You Massage Therapy. The masseur, Pete, is a really nice guy who is interested in sports. I’ve had sports massages from other people, but Pete seems to get the pressure just right. I thought that a massage would be a good way of preparing myself for my forthcoming race.

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On Saturday morning, I was Run Director at Southampton parkrun. It was meant to be Stu’s turn, but I wanted to save my legs for Gosport Half Marathon. It was the first time that Route C had been used and quite a few people got PBs, so I’m looking forward to trying it.

Tri Expo

After parkrun, we drove down to Bournemouth for the Primera Triathlon Expo. I ended up buying various goodies for myself:

– Endura overshoes

Endura overshoes

Endura overshoes

– Endura toe covers

Endura toe covers

Endura toe covers

– Bike bag

Topeak top tube tri-bag

Topeak top tube tri-bag

I also bought three bags of blueberry protein powder.

Superlife blueberry super protein powder

Superlife blueberry super protein powder

We were both given Bustinskin swimming hats and USN bottles and vooma gels.

USN vooma gel and bottle

USN vooma gel and bottle

Stu decided to check out the bike porn and decided that he liked a Storck bike, but at over £9.5k, it’s a bit out of his price range!!!

Stu admiring a Storck bike

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To console him, I let him buy a couple of sachets of recovery hot chocolate.

Apres recovery hot chocolate

Apres recovery hot chocolate

Christmas presents

After we left the tri expo, we went to visit Stu’s parents with an ulterior motive in mind… members of Southampton Tri Club are expected to bring a pull buoy, fins and hand paddles to every swimming session. Stu and I had added these to our amazon wish lists, but realised that we need them now. Unfortunately, Stu’s mum had already done her Christmas shopping, so we collected our presents early – thank you, Brian and Sally!

My Christmas presents from Brian and Sally

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Gosport Half Marathon

I have kept Graeme’s words in my mind about self-limiting beliefs, so I decided to aim high despite not being on form since April 2012. I decided not to look at my watch for the first two miles of Gosport HM as it takes me nearly that long to warm up, so I was delighted to find that I was running at a reasonable pace when I finally glanced at my watch. I chose to continue running according to how I felt and was delighted to achieve a 5 mile PB (42:10), which meant that I was on track to get somewhere near my HM PB of 1:52:19.
It was an overcast day that was about 6° C with no breeze, so it would seem that those conditions would be ideal for running. Unfortunately, although my breathing was comfortable and my legs felt good, between 8 and 9 miles, I started to overheat and got tunnel vision, so I had to slow down. I took on plenty of water and was fully hydrated before the race, but I could not cool down. At 10 miles, Stu was by the side of the course (he had cycled to the event) and he could see that I looked ill, so he kept popping up for the next three miles as he was worried about me. I was determined to finish and hoped that even if I wasn’t near to my PB, I would still get a sub 2 hour time. I was also aware that I was my club’s leading FV35, so I hoped that I would be able to retain my position.
Alas, it wasn’t to be. In the final mile, I was passed by many of my clubmates. Full On Sport’s chip timing system failed, but according to my Garmin, I finished in 2:00:13. I was incredibly disappointed, but Stu has pointed out to me that not only did I get a 5 mile PB, it was also my second fastest ever HM and it was over 30 seconds faster than I did the race last year. I also managed to completed it (and a cross country race on the day after I got back from Portugal), so as long as I complete a cross country race on 1st December, I will win the Lordshill Road Runners Championship participation award alongside Di Mattingly.
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Shopping

As I know that I need to work hard on my cycling, I realised that I had better buy myself some winter cycling clothing, so I went online to Wiggle and ordered myself some bib tights and a long-sleeved jersey. There wasn’t a lot of choice, so I chose DHB Team Wiggle Honda kit as it had great reviews. Orange isn’t my favourite colour, but it all arrived today and I think it looks quite nice.

My new Wiggle Honda kit

My new Wiggle Honda kitIMG_0032

I was also lured in by SportPursuit… it’s such an evil website, as it knows just how to suck me in. I wanted to get a pair of plain black shorts and ended up ordering a pair of black shorts, a Pearl Izumi jersey and a pearl Izumi winter jacket for cycling.

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I think these goodies should arrive just before Christmas 😀

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