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27Feb/070

Triathlons: Blenheim, London – Cycling: London to Brighton

Ever since I decided, shortly after the Chicago Marathon, to do triathlons I have been making slow but steady strides in that direction. Some have been easy (shopping for a new Cannondale racing bike), some not so easy (going swimming in a new Speedo... 1 size too small). With this sort of thing, I am not the kind of person who relishes the thought of a 6am gym session, or a bike ride on a Sunday morning after the night out so there's really only one way I can get motivated to do these things my head longs to do but my body is too lame to contemplate, that being, to just darn well book it!

So with that, I have entered myself into the Blenheim Triathlon, the London Triathlon and the London to Brighton bike ride. Like the Chicago Marathon, this will be an event organised by Merrill Lynch, so I get to wear a spiffy team vest, or more likely an all-in-one again. Yikes.

I have only ever done a duathlon once, and that was many years ago, so preparing for these two triathlons is going to be challenging at best. Fortunately global warming has made my task easier with back-to-back mild evenings just about the whole winter so far. I also did the Argus Cycle Tour, a major cycling event in South Africa, three times when I was younger, one year even managing to come 3rd in my age group, but it sure has been a long time since then. I certainly have my work cut out for me.

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