Ironman training: Five things I've learnt about cycling

Ironman UK is set for 15 July 2018. Almost every aspect of my training for the triathlon is brand-spanking new to me. Sometimes I wonder if I would have thrown myself with such gusto into this training if I had entered Ironman UK with triathlon experience under my belt.

It's been over two months since I started training for the big race, and with that, I've learnt so much about each of the disciplines and I thought I'd share this with a short light-hearted series from my perspective as a new triathlete. Let's start with cycling.

Swimming Nature: swimming and mastering technique

I've never been so hyperaware of a date as I am with Ironman UK (Sunday 15 July 2018, in case you forgot). There's this constant worry in the back of my mind as to whether I'm making progress and whether I'm making progress at a pace  that will set me up for good stead on race day. Swimming and cycling are the real bugbears during this training and play a huge part in my confidence-build up for race day. My last two lessons with Swimming Nature gave me lots to think about with swimming and what I need to work on between now and race day.



Ironman and triathlons: How to get swimming confident

I haven't touched on my current training goal on The Fit Londoner, but if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you'll know it's big. Really big. We're talking about Ironman. Gulp. I still can't get used to saying it. Coming from a not-so-confident swimming and no-triathlon background, my lessons with Swimming Nature are going to play a big part in getting me water and swimming confident. 

Women in sport: An Indian weightlifter's experience


There's no denying that women have become more and more interested in sports and exercise over the past few years. As a gender, we are doing and achieving so much. But break this down into ethnicity participation. Why do we still find it hard to get Asian women involved? Those following me on Instagram will know I've signed up Ironman and I ask you to join in on defying expectations altogether, whatever it may be. Today's guest post is by weightlifter, Pooja, and her experiences of getting into sport as an Indian.

              

Tough Mudder: Is it worth the hype?

As a Tough Mudder, I pledge that I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I do not whine - kids whine. I help my fellow Mudders complete the course. I overcome all fears. 

An Alternative Cross-Training Workout for Runners: IXBT class at Moreno Boxing, Clapham

Once upon a time, The Fit Londoner went to law school and signed up for a white collar boxing event. During the training sessions, she grappled with jib-jabbing, did burpees followed by skipping rope work followed by burpees again and did lots of pad work. Life took over and sadly The Fit Londoner had to drop out of the boxing event, but despite this, she had left with a new interest in boxing. Even if her coordination was....non-existent. So when she was invited to try out the new boxing studio, Moreno Boxing,  in Clapham, she jumped at the chance.




The UK Boston Marathon and the Athletics World Championships: Lessons in defeat from Usain Bolt and Mo Farah

The 100m final for the Athletics World Championships. Among the line up was Usain Bolt. Guess whose going to win? Ah, it's Bolt. Easy, peasy. After all, this is Bolt we are talking about. No question about it. Yet, the fairy tale ending for Bolt's legendary athletic career was not to be. But what it was, was a lesson in handling defeat and has come to inspire me in many ways.