The List

The off season adventures of Sam and Flic

Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Well velo there Herne Hill

Since before Team GB smashed it up on the Olympic velodrome, Flic and I have been banging on about wanting to have another go at track cycling, having both loved it the first time.

Slightly fearful of the no gears, no brake fixies, we make our way to the wonderful Herne Hill Velodrome to give the ladies only induction a go.

Induction is great. Coaches line us up to teach us the finer points of group cycling and using the banks of the velodrome to speed up and slow down. Some people (Flic) like the speeding up bits best, others (those that have obviously only ever ridden a shopper bike complete with a basket and puppy) were practicing the slowing down bit a bit too much.

Nerves obviously setting in for some of the riders. Not so for Flic and I, we are raring to go. Engines are revved. What we really want to do now is ride. And probably hurt a little bit.

When we finally get to do a little chasing with a bit of speed, the coaches utter those four words that are like a red rag to a bull to Flic: “it’s not a race.”

Uh-oh.

There are a lot of total newbies to any kind of group riding at the track. A lot of tweedledees and tweedledums as we affectionately (not really) christen them. Neither Flic nor I are known for our patience or subtlety so a few choice words may slip out under our breaths.

The set starts off with us all riding in a big peloton then groups of four break off the front to work together to catch the back of the peloton. Flic and I hear that as: “Go off the front as fast as you can and catch the back as fast as you can.” Sadly the other two in our breakaway don’t hear that so we pull away, dropping them faster than a whore’s pants (Flic drops me after a while too. Speed demon that she is) and get told off. Oops.

Next time round we are allowed off in a two and this time get a thumbs up from the velo girls.

All too quickly the afternoon is over, but it’s had the desired effect. There is a burning in our thighs and a fire in our bellies to do more.

Ticking off The List number 1 done.

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What happens when you put two training junkies together?

The answer is that you get a very, very long list of training alternatives for the off season.

As two people who don’t really understand the word “rest”, Flic (@felicitycole) and I (@b1kerunswim) might have got the fear a little bit when we realised that the duathlon/triathlon season was coming to an end. But with (very) active (and slightly warped) imaginations we soon came up with some ideas of sports we could try our hands at that would both build our strength, endurance and speed for the 2013 duathlon/triathlon season and refresh our love for all things sweaty.

This blog is dedicated to our execution of The List.

First, however, we both have a little race in Nancy (just the Duathlon World Champs) and Miss Cole another little race in Auckland (the Triathlon World Champs) to get out of the way.

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