Cannondale Sprint CAAD9
Look Keo Classic Pedals
Cannondale Road RS1100 Sport Cycling Shoes
Giro Monza Helmet 2006
Continental GP Triathlon Folding Tyre Set
Topeak Tri-Bag Bar Bag With Rain Cover
Profile Aero Drinks System Water bottle
Trek Race Lite Water bottle Cage
Specialized Inner Tubes (Presta 700x20-28)
Park Tools Puncture Repair Kit Super Patch
Park Tools TL1C Tyre Levers
Minoura DS30BLT Work stand
Topeak Master Blaster Mini Pump With Gauge
Specialized Mini Wedgie Saddle Bag
Assos Chamois Cream
One of the guys at work sent around a mailer a few weeks ago, asking if anybody was interested in doing the London Pride 10k Run on August 18th. As with most of these events, it was for a good cause and in this case it was also sponsored by Merrill Lynch, so I figured why not and signed up right away. There's nothing like a 10k race to up your speed over the longer distances, so the race doubled as some good speed training. One tends to slow down pretty quick as soon as you shift into long distance pace training. I'm really glad I went along that day. The weather was fine, Victoria Park was in good form and the runners were all well up for it, even the fairy godfather
Standing on the start line, with all that pre-race tension and competitiveness building, I could see my heart rate monitor starting to register the excitement building inside me, climbing from 60bpm resting, to 120bpm by the time the gun went off. By then, as with all the races I do lately, I had edged my way to the front of the pack for the start. I figure if somebody is going to pass me they can work for it, rather than me having to fight my way through a pack of slower runners. This approach worked well at the Bananaman 10k, but a stronger type of runner turned out this day and even though I lead the race for the first 1k, a group of 3 faster runners come past and I didn't see them again. A 10k race is always a sprint and after some others passed me, I found my stride and maintained a solid pace for the rest of the race, seeing off a few challenges from those with my position in their sights, eventually finishing lucky 13th for a new personal best of 36:18.
Last night my good mate Frame and I went to go see Evita for President at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn. The alter ego of Pieter Dirk Uys has been a household name, in South Africa anyway, for more than two decades and her (his) political satire is well known. This was my first live viewing of Uys in action and it was, for me, a most wonderful experience. Uys takes the stage in unassuming attire, a black undershirt and loose pants and commences his performance. Only 5 seconds in and the audience is already captivated, spellbound even, as Uys reels off line after line of well timed, current, relevant and down right funny material. He shifts effortlessly through a series of character sketches representative of South Africa old and new, punctuating each transition with a story about unfaltering optimism, joy and progress in the new South Africa. Uys is quite simply nothing short of a national treasure. Evita for President shows at the Tricycle Theatre through 1st September 2007. Highly recommended.
The Ironman training has really paid off over the last couple of months. I managed to put in 2 good run results, coming 3rd in the Bananaman 10k held in Regent’s Park on July 8th and 16th in the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on July 15th. This past weekend I did the London Triathlon Sprint event. In retrospect, I should have entered the Olympic distance event, but by the time I realised my error, it was too late to change. I put in a reasonably good result, coming 11th in my wave but it should have been so much better. Somehow I got turned around coming into T2 and lost my bike rack, it was several minutes before I found it and the delay really cost positions. Anyway, we live and learn. Mental note to self: mark your rack position well!
The next challenge is the Monaco Ironman 70.3 which takes place on September 2nd.
Last week I bought myself a new bicycle. This, in and of its self, is enough to excite me, but I am especially excited because of the nature of this purchase. Pictured below is the Specialized Langster 2008 London, number 26 of only 300 made. Specialized must have realised they were on to a good thing when they came up with the idea of designing a single speed bike customised for several of the world’s major cities. To my mind, the London is far and away the best of the lot, outshining the predictably yellow New York and decidedly dull Chicago Langster’s. The bike comes with a reversible back wheel so you can ride it in freewheel or fixed gear (no coasting) mode and sports several shamelessly cheesy cool retro features like shiny all-metal handlebars and a stylised tube map on the bottom bar, enough to make those city couriers positively cringe with envy. Mwhuahuahua.
The Specialized Langster '08 London is available from Sigma Sport, 15 High Street, Hampton Wick, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 4DA.