There has been a lot of new kit since the last time I wrote, a new bike, a new watch and a new wetsuit.

Slightly large on my wrist, but makes it easy to see whilst training.
Slightly large on my wrist, but makes it easy to see whilst training.

First, the watch. A Garmin Forerunner 910xt with a quick release kit and a bike kit.

The amount of data is incredible. I’m a big data-head, and love stats and analysis, so this is perfect for me. I now get excited about the end of my workout so I can get home and see what the data says. I’m also finding it so useful to see my data as I train. Knowing how far I’ve swum, my speed and cadence on the bike, and my heart rate on the run makes me feel like my training is much more productive. I know when I’m pushing it too hard, and exactly how far I’ve got to go.

My one problem with it so far are the buttons. It has a great multisport mode, but when releasing it from my watch to put on the bike I accidentally pressed the stop button. Luckily this just stopped the timer, if it had been the lap button I would have been cycling from then rather than when I actually got out of transition. (This doesn’t sound like such a problem when I write it down).

Just after our first race together.
Just after our first race together.

Next up, the bike. After my bike was stolen, I spoke to my insurance company (I highly recommend getting your bike insured, and reading the small print to make sure it’s covered. I had to prove my car was insured and had valid road tax, despite those two things having no relevance towards how secure my car is), and they approved my claim. Now, this is where my issue with money starts, I like buying things, and if it’s a bargain, I enjoy it even more. I had £800 to put towards a bike from the Wheelies site, or (here’s the issue), I could spend more than £800 and get a 15% discount off the extra I spent. SOLD! I went with the Specialized Amira. And I love it. I was a bit worried as a lot of the reviews said it was a pure racing bike, and I’m not sure I’m a “pure racer”, but it was in stock and I was desperate for a new bike. I shouldn’t have worried, she’s beautiful. Where my last bike (a Trek Lexa SL) was like my old warhorse, there was pain and trials and tribulations together, and I do miss it, this bike is my new thoroughbred horse, so smooth and floaty and way above my league.

I’m going to have to do a lot of bike training to make sure I’m worth her. (It’s not weird my bike is a her, is it?)

Looking very fashionable!
Looking very fashionable!

And my final new piece of kit, my wetsuit. I am a big fan of second hand for expensive kit (which you may not have understood from my bike and watch purchases). So I bought an ex-rental wetsuit from eBay for a very reasonable £68.87. It’s a 2XU T:2 wetsuit, and except for my inability to zip it up correctly at a beginning of a race, it’s perfect. Check out my triathlon tips blog for just why you need to make sure your wetsuit is zipped up correctly.