Abbers - I got my bike second hand from Ebay. I'd been to a shop and got a proper measurement so I knew what I was looking for and just kept my eyes open. It took a couple of months but finally got what I was looking for. It cost me around £220 and I then spent a further £100 ish at the bike shop changing and renewing a few things. I've had it for 4-5 years now and wouldn't want to part with it. And came out of the bike accident better than me!
OO - you've done a great job with the youngster.
Gul - really looking forward to your marathon. It seems to have been a long road and I'm sure you will nail it.
TR - Good luck to the young TR. My husband is a cricketer. I've not encouraged my son to follow in his father's footsteps for the sake of his future wife!! He's followed the rugby footsteps though but is out with a broken hand at the moment.
Lorenzo - that must be a good omen!
I got my London pack today but it'll most likely have to be deferred. Swimming is coming along swimmingly! We'll I'm managing a few lengths now without my lungs bursting. Now setting sights on an IM...
In other news my daughter has finally decided she is happy at Uni and living away from home. This is such a relief. Its been a tough few weeks and I've had to be all grown up and motherly. I wasn't sure I could keep it up for much longer.
Getting very exciting for the Yorkshire marathon. I love supporting!
Lorenzo - looking forward to following your comrades build up, and you Poacher. I was surprised that the schedules on the site weren't that much different to marathon training, really. Have you looked at them Lorenzo?
Poacher - my friend who was in Chandos with me after VLM is doing comrades and Yorkshire. If you join us fir a drink you can give her some tips. She's in SA at the moment getting a taste for it.
Slokey - so what was the second opinion? I'm thinking it wasn't what you wanted to here if you're thinking of a third opinion...?
Right Slokey. One of reasons I've been against Tri is because my swimming is so bad and I couldn't really be bothered to learn properly. Also, the idea of open water terrifies me - even thinking about it I can feel panic rising but it also excites me. Maybe it's the challenge. I know I can run 26.2 miles, I know I can knock out 50 odd miles on the bike without any training and I know that one day, for me, the ultimate challenge would be IM distance Tri. So how do I get from a couple of lengths in the pool to 2+ miles in OW? I've now accepted that for the next 6 months or so the pool will have to be my best friend so I want to make the most of it.