Posted by: fitartist | February 5, 2016

Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter

Yes, really, powdered peanut butter! I wasn’t so sure myself, but actually, it’s pretty good.

Powdered PB

Powdered PB

It comes in a 150g tub (for £4.49) and you can mix it with equal parts water to make a paste to butter your bagels, or simply add it in powdered form to make a nutty and protein-packed smoothie. So, why powdered PB? What’s the difference? If you are looking to put some extra protein into your diet, but don’t like that protein-powder taste (and all the added sweeteners, emulsifiers and so on), then this is a simple option. The butter has just three ingredients (peanut flour, a little sugar and a pinch of salt) and has 80% less fat than conventional peanut butter and has a whopping 45g of high quality protein per 100g.

I mixed some up with a bit of water to get a nice smooth paste (and licking the spoon proved that it tastes pretty good – though I prefer a crunchy peanut butter for spreading) and added it to some banana and almond milk to make a tasty post-swim smoothie.

Smooth(ie)

Smooth(ie)

If you want to pack some extra protein without really trying that hard, then it’s pretty easy to bulk up your smoothie after your run/ride/swim, or to make your breakfast work that little bit harder. Have a look here to find out more.

Posted by: fitartist | January 25, 2016

Lane Love (or Hate)!

When you’re training hard for Swimathon, you get to spend many an hour carving up and down a lane. You also develop a very strong sense of the rights and wrongs of lane etiquette. I really do think there’s a place for everyone in the pool: back-strokers, side-gliders, freestylers, dry-hair-crews and duck and divers. This will only work though, if the pool has enough lanes to cater for everyone and if people think about those around them.

Yesterday we headed over to the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford for some mega Extreme Aquasplash fun. While Edward and Hector threw themselves and each other off this:

Extreme Fun

Extreme Fun

I got a long swim in, with the odd pause to smile as they flipped each other into the air. As the majority of the pool was given over to inflatable craziness, there was just the one lane for swimming. At first it was crowded, with all sorts of paces and styles vying for space. Over the course of the one-and-a-half hours, people came and went and things thinned out a bit. I do find that, over a fifty-meter pool, it is easier to spread yourself out and not encounter too much jostling, as long as people are in the ‘right’ lane. This was different, of course, but a little bit of patience and a bit of understanding and everyone can enjoy their swim.

Once a week, I pop into the pool while Hector has his lesson and encounter the same ‘challenge’, with lanes being used for teaching and everyone else piling into one mixed-up channel of grumpiness. It also happens when I visit on a weekday morning, as schools pile in for lessons. So basically, this kind of thing happens a lot, so why can’t people get the hang of negotiating a bit of space through a polite nod and the odd bit of overtaking? Sometimes everything clicks into place: you find yourself in the lane with someone who will happily pause at one end, allowing enough space between you to avoid slipstreaming or water-treading. At other times, you are huffing and puffing at the end of the lane, as a ‘lane knob’, as I call them under my breath, squeezes past impatiently, tumble-turning so close to your face that you fear for the safety of your teeth and then slows down in front of you, causing a tailback of tutting swimmers. If someone is constantly catching up with me, fine, I will pause for them to pass every so often. If I find myself constantly catching up with someone, I might politely overtake where space allows. It doesn’t take much for everyone to have an enjoyable swim!

Adele’s Lane ‘Rules’

– look at the sign at the end, slow, medium, fast, but also look at the people in those lanes, are they your sort of slow, medium or fast?
– look at the arrows on the sign, clockwise or anti-clockwise, swim in that direction (really)!
– if you constantly catch up with someone, gently tap them on the foot, so they know to let you pass at the end of the lane. Bear in mind they might not know this signal and could kick you in the teeth for stroking their ankle
– if you start off in the fast lane, then decide to do a slow back-stroke, move lanes, it is allowed!
– if you’re going to tumble turn (go you!) be nice about it and don’t plant your feet anywhere near me, thanks
– just because you’re the fastest person in the lane one day, it might not be the case on another day. It’s OK to be overtaken by a woman, get over it (some) men!

Minor rant over. I love swimming and I love seeing all sorts of people taking to the pool and, when you get chatting, it can be a wonderful part of your day. Let’s share the space and let everyone do their thing.

Posted by: fitartist | January 12, 2016

It’s that time again! Swimathon 2016 is happening!

Do you remember last year, when I swam 5k for Swimathon? Well, I’m doing it all over again and this time, I’m part of the Swimathon 16 BlogSquad :) Expect lots of swim-related blog-posts, lots of attempts to overcome my open-water ‘thing’ and lots of pictures like this:

Swim stuff

Swim stuff

That’s only a bit of my swim stuff, there’s also the fins and the drink (which I stupidly left on the side in the kitchen, instead of stashing for yesterday’s 2,300m swim, doh). I have been given a lovely new swimming costume and goggles by Zoggs, so feel quite the pro, carving up and down the lanes. I’ve been wearing my Zoggs Predator goggles for the past year, so these little tiny ones feel a bit odd, but don’t leave as much of a mark when I exit the pool, yay!

I started my training in earnest last week, realising I had about ten weeks to go until the big day. You might remember I followed the training plans on the Swimathon website last year and found them really useful. I liked the way I was able to build up my distance steadily and take breaks, not something I was used to doing previously. I’ve still got my slightly tatty print-out and will be following it closely again – yesterday was 2300m and I will do another swim of 3000m later in the week, so I’m already surprising myself at how far I can go!

Being part of the Blog Squad is great. I feel like I’m part of a team and know that I can count on the other swimmers for support. You can check out the other Blog Squad members here (I didn’t recognise myself in that photo!) and follow their progress on their blogs over the next couple of months. If you feel inspired to join in yourself (remember, I hadn’t swum further than a mile last year and went on to swim 5k!), you can sign up here. You don’t have to swim 5k, there are other distances: 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k and the Simply Swim option, which allows you to pick your pool and distance and complete your swim between March 9 and 20. I found entering Swimathon has been very motivating and following the training plan has kept me on track to have an enjoyable and fun swim on the day.

Keep reading to watch my progress :)

Posted by: fitartist | December 31, 2015

A Round-Up and a Look Ahead

Well, that flew by, didn’t it?! I really can’t believe it’s 2016 tomorrow. It’s been another great year, in my own running and multi-sports, but most excitingly in helping others reach their goals. 2015 has been another busy year, with lots of races and times smashed, starting with a new half-marathon PB in February.

Big Medal

Big Medal

In April, I went beyond my own expectations by swimming my furthest distance yet, in the 5k Swimathon. Having only swum a mile at most, I trained steadily and reached my goal with a little help and support from my friends.

Happy Hug

Happy Hug

Watch this space to hear more about my Swimathon plans for 2016, it’s going to be another exciting swimming year.

After months of training and dipping my toes – tentatively – in open water, I went for it and had a brilliant time in my first open-water triathlon at the Lidl Bananaman Triathlon. It makes me smile so much when I re-read this race report and look at the happy photos, what a brilliant day we had.

Easy Riders

Easy Riders

September saw me taking on the London Duathlon again, under less than perfect conditions (I was full of cold and should probably have stayed in bed, but…).

Will run for roasties

Will run for roasties

One of my proudest race moments of the year was the Hever Castle Triathlon, my first go at the Olympic Distance. I was so nervous about the swim in a lake and river, it felt amazing to exit the water with a smile on my face.

Cold, but happy

Cold, but happy

So, what have I got planned for 2016? It’s going to be a big year! I will be taking my running coaching to another level, in my new role as trainer with GoodGym Lewisham :) We will be running to do good, from January 18th, making a difference all over the borough and getting fit in the process. My own goals are to continue on my triathlon and duathlon journey, with the next level being tackled in July at the Outlaw Holkham Half-Ironman. Yes. Bugger. I blame my friend Siggy, who twisted my arm, at least I know she will train as hard as me and we’ll smash it together. FitArtist is ten in 2016! I will be working out a celebratory plan-of-action, so keep an eye out for any special events. And, of course, I will be spending lots of time running and cheering at my beloved Hilly Fields parkrun and junior parkrun.

It was my birthday yesterday. I always run on my birthday and thought it might be nice to see if any of my friends wanted to join me. This is what happened:

Lovely friends

Lovely friends

Two more friends joined us en route and they were all very well-behaved when they came home for tea and cake…

House-trained

House-trained

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Have a brilliant 2016 and I look forward to your support, encouragement and ideas throughout the year x

Posted by: fitartist | December 15, 2015

Christmas Gifts for Winter Running

I know, it’s not been especially cold around these parts so far and I still sometimes find myself running and cycling without my gloves, in December! It is, however, very dark and I’m more and more aware of how we, as runners, need to make ourselves seen. When I’m cycling in the dark, I’m often taken by surprise as a runner suddenly turns a corner and I have to skid to a stop. I was recently sent this lovely little bundle of products to test, with some super hi-visibility items to make me stand out a little more on my evening runs.

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One item that is really neat and nifty is the Nathan Light Spur (available from Wiggle for £19.99). It’s so easy to use, slipping quickly onto the back of your shoe and giving you a highly visible, moving light. It has a replaceable watch battery but, with 40+ hours of illumination, you won’t have to replace it very soon. This pairs really well with the Nathan Bandolier at £18.99, also on Wiggle. It has a really nice shape to it, giving minimum disruption to movement (I didn’t really notice it at all) and giving 360-degree reflectivity. There’s also a little pocket for keys and maybe some coins, so no need to wear a bum-bag as well.

Another Nathan Sports item I really like is the Sonic Mount at £27.99. This universal smart phone armband is reassuringly grippy – I’m always a little paranoid about dropping my phone, but this has thick rubber grippers that you can wrap around your phone really quickly with no bounce at all. I prefer not to run with music, so have been using mine on the turbo-trainer, but Edward has snaffled it for his weekly run-commute…I might have to prise it back out of his sweaty hands sometime…

A particular favourite of mine are these funky socks. I’m not really that fussy about running socks, usually just going for something quite thin and cheap! I might have been converted by these though; they’re really good. Feetures performance socks are seam-free and use compression technology to give high-density support in all the right spots. I just love the feel, the lack of rub (they have a no-blister guarantee), the little tabs that peek over your shoe tops and, of course, the superb colours (if anyone is thinking about my Christmas present… :) ). The Elite Light Cushion sock is £13.99 and also available on Wiggle.

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I do love a running gadget and can be seen studying my stats over on Strava after every run or ride. I don’t normally work with a heart rate monitor though – I do have one, but it has a chest strap and I find it so uncomfortable that I just don’t bother. Now the Mio Fuse solves this problem AND counts my steps and keeps track of calories expended. Result! I had a few teething problems with the device, finding it tricky to pair with the app on my phone. The support team at Mio were great though and got back to me promptly with some tips on how to make it work. Personally, I’m never that blown away by step-counters, since I do a lot of cycling and swimming so, on paper, I could look quite inactive…I do really enjoy using the HRM though and find the ability to set and work in different zones very helpful. I use it mostly on the turbo-trainer, but was interested to see some stats from a recent track run, where my maximum heart rate peaked on the 200s! This is the perfect option for those of us who want to keep an eye on our heart rate in training, but don’t want the discomfort of a chest-strap. I could see it being useful too, to someone new to being active, offering an incentive to keep going and seeing an improvement over time. If you are feeling generous this Christmas, the Mio Fuse is available from Amazon for £129.96.

Posted by: fitartist | November 17, 2015

Amazon Running Store

I’ve bought tons of stuff over the years on Amazon, but if you were to look at my purchase history, it would probably throw up all sorts of random things, since I tend to go there in the run-up to a certain boy’s birthday party, trawling through for those odd little items that make a child’s party go with a swing :) Until recently, I hadn’t thought of buying running gear on here, I tend to stick to my usual favourites, knowing that orders arrive promptly and can be returned/exchanged if they don’t fit. I was happy to have to opportunity then, to try out the Amazon Running Store, opting for a couple of items to make my winter running a bit more cosy.

Image: Amazon

Image courtesy of Amazon

I recently managed to ruin my lovely winter running tights by taking a dive across the pavement in them, so have been having some (very safe and non-diving) fun trying out some Ron Hill Vizion Contour Tights. I’ve worn Ron Hill tops before, but not tights and have been very impressed with these. The fit is lovely, even for a short-of-leg runner like me. The draw-string waist is just right, though the fit around the waist is good and high so I haven’t needed to pull the draw-string much tighter. I initially wore them on a quite windy and colder day and found them nice and cosy, but they were also comfy on a milder day last week, so the Powerlite fabric seems to work well at wicking and dissipating heat.

To complete the winter-runner picture, I have been wearing a very soft and warm long-sleeve top from Canterbury. I did feel a bit invisible dressed all in black, but the top was balanced by the tights, that have bold reflective detailing to make me stand out a bit more. The top is a bit thicker than I normally wear at this time of year, so I felt quite toasty and I know it will become a staple of my running wardrobe this winter, with lovely long sleeves to pull over chilly hands (no thumb-hole though, which would be a nice extra).

I found the delivery and service at Amazon really swift, with my items arriving promptly but, if you are desperate to get your hands on your kit, you could sign up to Amazon Prime, which gives you even faster delivery options and many other benefits.

Posted by: fitartist | November 12, 2015

Becoming a Coach

A few years ago, I took a course with England Athletics and qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness. Since then, I have been helping to coach the Girls’ Group at my local running club, inspiring girls to get fit and pursue their goals. I have been feeling an urge to take it further though, so, this weekend, I’m doing just that! I’m going to be spending Saturday and Sunday with my notepad and pen handy, taking in many slides and no doubt doing a bit of practical coaching and being coached. The journey to becoming a fully qualified Coach in Running Fitness is quite intense, with lots of homework and, eventually, I will be assessed and hopefully be set free to go out there and coach one-to-one, as well as in groups.

This morning, I saw a post on Twitter about how few women there are in coaching. It seems many of us are coached by men and there is a general shortage of coaches, either male or female. You can read all about this here, at Reach Into Coaching and find out more about getting into coaching yourself (if that’s what you want to do!). You might be put off by the cost of courses but, if you are a member of a running club, as I am, you can pay a subsidised rate (or you may be lucky enough to be sponsored by your club).

Once I’ve got my head round everything I learn this weekend, I will update you on my progress and you will be able to follow my journey, as I sprint into the world, whistle and stopwatch in hand :)

Posted by: fitartist | November 2, 2015

Dr Zak’s Protein-Packed Nut Butters

Yum! I love peanut butter, so was drooling slightly at the thought of trying out the new Dr Zak’s nut butters. You might remember earlier in the year I tried out some of Dr Zak’s protein bagels and really liked them, so I was intrigued to sample something new. The peanut butters come in five flavours: Salted Caramel, White Chocolate & Coconut, Apple & Cinnamon, Cherry Bakewell and Fresh Raspberry; I was sent a jar each of the white chocolate and coconut and cherry bakewell flavours.

Peanutty goodness

Peanutty goodness

I must admit, I prefer my nut butters crunchy, with a bit of bite to them and these are smooth butters and quite runny. I don’t normally have the jam and peanut butter on toast combo so, in the interest of research, just stuck a spoon in and had a lick. Sweeeeeeeeeet!! Really, these are very sweet, so you might want to miss the jam layer! The spreads are made in the UK and are free from palm oil, naturally sweetened with fruit extract, contain no preservatives and deliver 7.2g of protein in every 20g serving, so this seems like a tasty way to get some additional protein in your diet when training hard.

Since I find them a bit sweet for my liking, I have been dolloping a spoonful in a post-run smoothie and also baked some peanut butter flapjacks as a refuelling treat (though, with the oil content, you need to adjust your baking time so they don’t burn. Ahem ;) ). The spreads are made using the highest quality partially hydrolysed whey protein isolate, are approved by the Vegetarian Society and can be bought from a number of online stockists listed here (you can also search by postcode for your nearest retailer). Let me know if you think up any new ways to use peanut butter in your diet and post any links to tasty recipes below :)

Posted by: fitartist | October 12, 2015

Vitality Run Hackney Half-Marathon

I’m doing it, why don’t you sign up too?

I’m feeling inspired by my muddy 10k race yesterday (more to follow later in the week) and by friends who took on a half-marathon challenge over the weekend. The last half-marathon I ran was back in March, so it’s been a while – I guess I have been slightly distracted by various tri- and duathlons ;) When I ran my last half, I was really chuffed to get a personal best time of 1 hour 53 minutes and 34 seconds, but commented that I would love to go sub-1:50. Now there’s a goal for my Spring half!

Image: Vitality Run Hackney

Image: Vitality Run Hackney

The race starts and finishes at Hackney Marshes (my old training route from back in the North London day), passing through closed roads and taking in some of the East End’s iconic landmarks such as the Hackney Empire and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The course is fast and flat (PB here I come!) and we are promised plenty of entertainment to keep us going/distract us from our pain along the way. Finishers are rewarded not only with the glow of achievement at completing their challenge, but also a chunky medal, a Brooks Running technical t-shirt and a goody bag.

Image: Vitality Run Hackney

Image: Vitality Run Hackney

Maybe you missed out on a place in the London Marathon and want something to work towards, or hope to tackle your first half-marathon or, maybe like me, you have a time you want to beat. Sign up now and secure a place for May 8th – 13,000 runners took part in 2015, but places sell out fast!

And just in case you’re not convinced:

– A single lap run through the heart of Hackney.
– Start/Finish in Hackney Marshes.
– Race starts at 9am.
– See Hackney! Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields.
– Follow in the footsteps of legends through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taking in the Stadium, Copper Box and Velodrome.

– A fantastic Brooks Technical T-shirt for all finishers.
– Incredible Hackney supporters.
– Fantastic live entertainment along the route and in the Race Village.
– Stay refreshed at regular drink stations.
– A great goody bag.
– Live race results and text message with your official time.
– Secure bag-drop and changing facilities.
– A much deserved FREE post-race massage.
– And don’t forget the bling… an EPIC medal to wear with pride!

Thank you to Vitality for giving me a place in this race, I’ll do you proud ;)

Posted by: fitartist | October 1, 2015

Hever Castle Triathlon, Olympic Distance

This was my first step into the world of the Olympic Distance triathlon; I was very nervous. The Olympic distance consists of a 1,500m swim (that’s about a mile), a 44km cycle and 10km run. At Hever Castle the swim was to be in a lake and river, a very cold lake and river. Brrrrr. In preparation for this, I took myself off to the Kings Cross Pond Club again last week and managed 30 lengths before I started shivering and had to get out, so I was a little bit nervous about having to be hauled out with hypothermia! But before I could attempt any of this we had to get there.

This was my birthday present from Edward and Hector (yes, I know my birthday is in December, but I do like to milk it!), so we were all set for a nice family day out in Kent. We hired a car (triathlon is an expensive business) and set off bright and early for my 9.45 wave start. Of course, along the way we realised we didn’t have any cash, so took a detour to find a cash machine in the countryside. We also had to pause briefly to deal with poor Hector’s travel sickness and off we went…to join a massive queue to the car park.

Jam

Jam

Due to the wet weather earlier in the week, the car parks were a slippery, muddy mess and there was a tailback of about two miles, with cars populated by twitchy triathletes, eager to get to transition. Eventually, as my start time got closer and closer, we decided to put my bike together and I would cycle down by myself. It’s a good job I did! By the time I reached transition I didn’t have any time to fret and quickly racked my bike, laid out my stuff and put on my wetsuit. The ground was muddy and squelched a bit between my toes as I headed to the water.

Lake

Lake

You see that? That’s where I swam, all the way to the last buoy (which isn’t showing in this photo, taken later in the day), sharp left, then into the river and back round! As we had all been delayed by the traffic situation, the waves were moved back fifteen minutes each (phew!) and we all gathered in our red swimming caps for the pre-race briefing, given by the race director. This was really good, with maps, and very clear but obviously a little scary. Again, this distraction stopped me getting worked up about the upcoming swim and we were soon heading away from the beautiful loggia and into the 14 degree water, gasp. It was an absolute stunner of a morning, with clear blue skies and a lovely golden glow over the water’s surface. I positioned myself near the back and let everybody else head off and do their thing before I eased forward into a tentative breaststroke, head out. I looked at the first buoy, deciding to break it all up into chunks: swim to the first buoy, count your strokes, enjoy the view, breathe out steadily. I chuckled to myself, imagining I would be last out of the water, but I soon passed other swimmers and caught up with those ahead of me, ticking off the buoys as I went. At the far end of the lake we turned towards the Japanese tea pavilion (yes, it’s a very fancy sort of a swim) and into the river Eden, under a bridge and around a bend. There was a lot of this around the bend thing in this section and I would approach each turning afresh and aim for the next corner. It was along here that I thought it might be nice to thank one of the marshals in a kayak, not a great idea when your chin has set frozen and you swallow a load of water. I overtook some more swimmers and started to hear the noise from the start/end point, I wondered if the boys had made it to the car park yet and looked out for them as I swam to the swim-out area. This was being assisted by some Speedo people, putting out a helping hand as you reached the edge. I made the mistake of putting my foot down and felt it sink into mud that was the texture of marshmallow! Climbing out, I reached for my zip and heard Edward and Hector cheering my name. I kissed Edward, feeling a great sense of relief at having completed this swim: ‘You’re so cold!’ he shouted as I ran to transition.

Relief

Relief

This was where I thought the otherwise excellent organisation was lacking, just a clear sign at the end of each row where you come in from the swim would make it so much easier. Luckily I had taken a look at what was at the end of my row, so located a big red flag at one of the stalls and tried to pick out my bike amongst the many others. I peeled off my wetsuit but couldn’t find anywhere to lay it, the bikes were all so close together, so I fumbled about for longer than I had hoped, guzzled a gel, downed some drink and ran along the exit and bike mount area, trying to stay upright in the mud. It took great concentration to exit safely, with the mud being covered by big plastic boards, which were tricky to negotiate on a road bike. Over some speed bumps, around a corner and out of the grounds to the bike leg.

Concentration

Concentration

From this point Edward and Hector had a fair bit of time to fill as I disappeared out into the Kentish countryside, so amused themselves with all the great stuff on offer…a bit of archery.

Archer

Archer

Some trampolining.

Boing!

Boing!

And even some bungee jumping :)

Happy

Happy

Meanwhile, I was getting my head round cycling in a race along open roads. Not that I go that fast, but you really have to have your wits about you when dealing with potholes, other cyclists (some overtaking at speed) and cars. The whole two-lap bike course was well sign-posted and marshalled and I didn’t have to stop and wait at road junctions at any point. Every so often I would pass residents who had come out to cheer (thank you) and was given a boost when we cycled past the in/out area each lap – there was a woman at the roadside who called out ‘come on lady!’ each time, I think she probably did this for every female competitor (I did feel we were very much outnumbered by the men). Before I knew it I was bobbing back over the speed bumps and into T2. Here I did a double-take as a woman’s voice reached my ears from the crowds along the edge. I had just swum a mile, cycled 40k and the thing she thought to call out was: ‘Oh, snotty face’. Yes, really. Thanks for appreciating my effort.

Racking the bike in T2 is always a wobbly sort of moment, the legs were still spinning, my toes were still numb and it was a very wobbly, hobbly affair. Edward and Hector called out some encouragement and I headed off into the woods, wishing I could feel my toes. I guzzled some more gel – yuck. I felt able to run steadily and enjoyed the setting, it really is quite a lovely race. Along the route there were water/gel stations and many of the volunteers were teenagers who were so incredibly enthusiastic, you couldn’t help but pick up the pace. Briefly. This was a two-lap course and each time we encountered an incredibly muddy down-hill section. I commented to a fellow runner here that I wished I had worn my trail shoes, he said he wished he had entered the sprint! A nice straight stretch towards the beautiful castle and around then up a hill, a steep and cruel hill. I had one of those moments where I wished I hadn’t noticed someone walking and walked myself :( I normally love a hill, but I really was knackered by now. Through the finish area and into lap two but not before going over a cheeky little footbridge that felt like Mount Snowdon. I knew I only had a few more kilometres to go, but had to guzzle gels and neck water to get me there, I really was struggling by now, none of the nasty cramp I had at the London Duathlon last week, just sheer tiredness. As I tackled the hill for the second time, I knew it wasn’t far, so sped up to cross the line with my hands in the air.

Finished

Finished

The finish area was excellent, like a bit of a food fest! There was coconut water, cola, water water, water melon, melon, oranges, Soreen, biscuits…pretty much something for everyone! I couldn’t get enough of the watermelon, so took some time to refuel before gathering my bike from transition. It had taken me three-and-a-half hours to complete the race, quite a lot longer than I had hoped, but I was so happy to have done that swim, probably the slowest swim I’ve ever done, but still! We spent some time afterwards enjoying the beautiful grounds and refuelling before heading home for steak and chips. I would definitely recommend this race, it’s rather wonderful, if challenging. Hector asked if we would go there again, saying ‘Maybe if we do, it will be because I’m doing a triathlon’. I think he’s tempted ;)

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

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