What's it all about?

I decided to write a blog following my training and triathlon season. For me, I have always participated in sports for as along as I can remember, whether it was being one of the only girls playing football with the boys, playing hockey at numerous clubs or running around cross country circuits in the pouring rain. This year I plan to work hard on my swimming, cycling and running in an effort to qualify for the World Championships in Triathlon and represent my age group. I hope that you enjoy my blog or rather my ramblings and feel free to comment.

Kerry X

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A Big Fat Thank you!

I haven't blogged in a wee while and thought I better say a big thank you to everyone that has helped me within the past few months to help me to get to New Zealand.
Two weeks ago, Sara Mickleburgh and I (she is also going to New Zealand too) held a raffle and bake sale in Oakham park. We managed to raise an exceptional amount of money. I have also had a very kind donation made to me by the Lions of Rutland. I have to say the raffle prizes donated were amazing and we raised lots through ticket sales as well as through cake sales on the day. We were blessed with amazingly hot weather (although the cakes did suffer a bit) and we had the help of Sara's family to assist us on the day.
I want to thank all of those that bought raffle tickets but also to those who kindly just donated money. Raising money for a trip of a lifetime has been really hard work, but thanks to everyone's help and generous spirit I will now have the chance to race in GB colours.
Thank you!
In other news, I have been asked to blog for Rutland Cycling, so that will be happening after my holiday to South Africa (family wedding and family visit- Will's family!).
Training has been going well, although I have found that the weather has played a huge role in what training I am doing. I am going away this weekend for 18 days and therefore before I go I am doing a huge bit of training before my return. 23rd September is the London Triathlon at which I hope I beat my previous result and with a distinct lack of training too!
Happy Training everyone!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Faster than a bolt of lightening.

I hope that you are all enjoying the coverage of the Olympics?
I certainly have been. After watching the opening ceremony on the 27th July it has been non-stop TV Olympics in our house. I have to say that watching a home Olympics has been truly inspiring, but also I don't think I have ever watched this much television!
I have been good enough to avoid most of it during the day whilst working, but in the evening, most social activities or training is totally planned around the events that we want to watch.
We have managed to see most of the medal events which we have won, I was even lucky enough to go with some friends to watch the very first Gold medal being won at Eton Dorney Lake. Thanks to Alex and Michelle for taking me with them to watch.
After the rowing event, we managed to work out that we could just about make it over to watch the Men's Cycle TT event. We were incredibly lucky as we got there with about 30 minutes to spare and watch the 40 or so men blitzing their hearts out over 44km. It was with a huge roar that we knew Bradley Wiggins was about to come through, and watching him zoom past us I was absolutely amazed that a man could go that fast on two wheels. It appears that he completed the course in a little over 50 minutes. He was averaging around 56kms per hour.

Next time you are out on your bike, just see how fast you can manage. I clocked around 63kms per hour on Saturday out with Will on the bikes. That was downhill, tucked into the aero position and absolutely belting it on the pedals. Just goes to show you what some people are capable of is beyond most people, which is why I suppose it is the Olympics and it is the best of the best of the best and they are peaking for that one day. It is amazing.
Team GB have really done us proud this year and Saturday was no exception. Super Saturday pulled us a record 5 gold medals with three on the track and field. Our poster girl Jessica Ennis didn't let us down. I was enthralled by the Women's Triathlon on Saturday morning at Hyde Park. I was absorbed by the event and thrilled to see so many supporters. Will and I were also scouting the best places to stand for tomorrow. We are heading to London tonight to stay at a hotel close to Hyde Park to be there when hopefully we will see the first ever British Men to win a triathlon medal since it was introduced in the Sydney Games in 2000. I am beyond excited that I imagine tonight I won't be able to sleep. I watched as Helen Jenkins was brought on by Lucy Hall who showed how strong she really is on the swim and the bike. I was then willing Helen on during the run where the strongest runners were really pushing the pace. It was around 1-2 miles from the finish that Helen began to drop off. I then knew it was all over. I even got quite teary and emotional, knowing that after all that hard work, time, effort and sacrifice there wasn't to be a medal at the end for her. At the end of the race, I was left speechless (as were probably most people) when after 2 hours of flat out racing, the win came down to a sprint for the line with Lisa Norden being edged out by Nicola Spirig by a cat's whisker. They clocked the same time, and a photo finish had to decide the gold, which is unprecedented in triathlon!
Crossing the line in 5th position, Helen Jenkins, our golden girl of triathlon was holding back the emotion as she explained that she had been training through injury for most of the last 10 weeks after her win in San Diego. I was in tears watching this lovely quietly spoken Welsh-girl just apologise for not being the winner. In my opinion, she had tried her hardest and had been hiding an injury that threatened her even being on the start line.
I was appalled however by the absolute blatant patronising from the BBC interview 2 minutes after Helen had finished. With a simple "Bad luck Helen" as she walked away. What a way to congratulate an athlete on a stellar performance which at the end of the day was not her best, but was the best she could manage given the circumstances which became known at the end.
I can only go on to say that the Team GB girls tried their up most and even with a crash for fellow athlete Vicky Holland (again which the BBC failed to show!- ITU coverage is much better maybe they could learn a trick or too) which meant that she was in the back group for the bike and worked her way back up the field on the run into 26th position.
I am now waiting in much anticipation for tomorrow's event.
Let's hope that Stuart Hayes can help the Brownlees as much as possible (well that's what he was selected for right????!) and can bring home some shiny medals. And if they can sprint against each other as the ladies did, then that would just go down as brilliant.

Enjoy the rest of the games!
 (a bit more inspiration for you all!)