Tremendous triathlon 

Good day my sporty spectators, 

Firstly I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for my delay in posting this week, I have been a tad unwell after my race at the weekend but I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

On Saturday I took part in and completed the AJ Bell London triathlon 2015. 

  

  

  
I have always been a sporty person, enjoying immersing myself in any genre of sport through my school years and into college where I studied sports science. I was the only girl in my class for my course and it definitely made me a stronger person as my tutor did not go easy on me even though I was female. I still had to go out for cross country runs in only shorts and a t shirt with my fellow classmates in freezing winters conditions! When I left college I got into road cycling and as I have always been an avid runner and a good swimmer, I contemplated doing my first triathlon last year. I took part in the Henley on Thames triathlon which I really enjoyed and this race firmly instilled the triathlon bug in me.

  
After completing Henley, I decided to sign up for the London triathlon which is one of the largest in Europe and is extremely local to where I reside. 

My training over the last year has been really beneficial with some great open water swims with my brother and training partner and some long road bike rides at weekends. I do not think I would have been able to even be able to get off the start line with my amazing clothing for each leg of the event which I will go into more detail about below. 

For the swim leg I was introduced to Huub design last year. After talking to the staff at last years London triathlon expo, I was informed that as I am a strong swimmer the Aura 3.0 was the best suit for me. It is the least bouyant in the water and fits my body shape perfectly. It really made me feel so fast in the water and kept my muscles warm ahead of the bike section.  

 
For the bike leg, I used my splendid Specialised Tarmac SL3. I have cycled from Belgium to London on this bike and it’s carried me on countless miles around the country on weekends. It has been so reliable and it delivered again on this race. My shoes are made by Sidi and my helmet is by Kask. 

  
For the run leg I wore my new Huub triathlon suit which really fitted my broad shoulders and didn’t restrict my legs when I was running either. I wore a Nike running cap to shield my head from the summers heat and I wore Nike Relentless trainers. I usually stick to wearing Nike footwear as although they are functional, they also are one of the best looking designs of shoes in my opinion. 

  
With the perfect conditions and the most overwhelming amount of support I had for this race, I really enjoyed the whole day. I felt strong physically and was mentally prepared to face the challenge. When I saw my family and friends at the finish line, I cried tears of joy and happiness that all the training and dedication had payed off. Whatever challenges or milestones you set for yourself in the future, as long as you have the emotional support behind you, you will exceed even your own wildest expectations I can assure you.

  
  
Until next week, take care 

Keya x

Sock Savvy 

Good afternoon my warm footed fashionistas,

For this weeks post I wanted to talk a little about one of my favourite forms of exercise and the attire I wear to do it. That exercise is cycling either on my road, mountain or spin bike at the gym.

I especially love being out on the road when the weather is amazing like it was yesterday in London. The endless green landscapes through the Essex area are truly breathtaking and as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as you can get.

  
Even though I am doing long distances which require a certain practicality in regards to what I wear I still want to look and feel good 😀

Since purchasing my bike two years ago from the London triathlon show, I have been a dedicated Specialised fan. My new favourite way of showing my appreciation is in the form of socks. I know what you are thinking – surely the standard trainer sock will suffice but on contrare. The brighter and more outrageous the better in the cycling community!  

As you can see with my friend below, there are no rules. Mix and matching is even accepted and revered😊

(Photo courtesy  of Jodie)

   
   (Photo courtesy of Jodie, Kenz and Andy)

The main  concept is to loosely match the socks to your cycling shoes. In the photo above, my Sidi’s on the left complement my specialised socks perfectly as does the white and black combinations also.

It is amazing how this trend has grown exponentially over the last few months. There are dedicated pages on Instagram of hundreds of people’s sock and shoe creations. It truly is bringing cycling and sportswear into the forefront of the fashion industry with top designers like Stella McCartney and Victoria’s Secret hosting dedicated catwalk shows to sports luxe.

For me I just love that I can show my individuality and enthusiasm of bright colours even when doing sport in my free time. Cycling fanatics like myself are all so friendly (yes we actually greet each other with “good morning”when out on the Tarmac can you believe it) but when you hear that little comment of “nice socks” when on a long slog of a hill, it makes the effort all worthwhile. 

See you on the bike, until next week take care

Keya x

Sports wear – can it be functional and fashionable?

Good evening my fellow exercise bunnies, 

For today’s post I thought I would reveal my top picks of sports wear designers who have a proud place in my workout wardrobe. These brands have carved a comfortable niche in the market for being both functional and dare I say, fashionable in the fitness industry. 

I am so grateful that I had an extremely sporty, active childhood. My formative years were filled with bike rides in Epping forest, playing doubles tennis matches paired with my brother against my poor dad who had to run ragged to return the ball to us, attending swimming competitions and athletics meets.  I still have that passion as I approach my thirties but I would say my taste in sports wear has definitely changed for the better! 

In the summer, I am due to compete in my second triathlon which fills me with equal measures of excitement and competitive nervousness. To get me through that butterflies in the stomach feeling, these are the chosen clothing brands I have kitted myself out in ready for my upcoming race 😊

For the frantic swim in the wonderful, albeit cold Thames, the only brand I choose to wear for my wetsuit is Huub. Their designs are incredibly comfortable, streamlined and also uber flattering (ignoring the obvious seal impression references) 😀

For the bike leg, I love the apparel by Specialised for women which you can see suits my monochrome dress sense perfectly and for my cycling shoes I love the Italian brand Sidi. I have two pairs – one for training, one for racing and I always get compliments when I wear them! 



For the final, exhausted run section, I usually wear my second skin triathlon suits from Saucony or Ironman Activewear and my trainer of choice is only ever Nike. I find all of their running shoe styles come in great colour combinations and they also are the best fit for my running style. The lunar glides have been my go to for many years 😀 



When training in the gym, to fit my athletic frame, I love Nike leggings. I have some amazing patterned ones which always put a smile on my face and a few of my friends have commented on their sunny disposition when they see me in them. For vests and crop tops, I swear by USA Pro, and Nike again as they encase my broad shoulders in a flattering way and also come in some wonderful block bold colours. 



Some of the other accessories I cannot live without, getting me through my weekly training sessions are firstly my Garmin GPS which is my constant companion when I venture out on one of my many jaunts on my road bike. Also my iPod mini, playing an amazing selection of dance and electro tunes motivates me on my solo road runs. After a lot of trial and error (usually combined with an onslaught of expletives pouring out of me when another pair of earphones end up in the bin) the only ones I use now are the Phillips Sport collection. They actually stay in my ears for my whole run and another plus is their choice of dayglo colour schemes mean they will never again be lost at the bottom of my gym bag amongst the forgotten energy bars, yoga class passes or odd trainer sock.

To sum it up, Sportswear really does not have to be boring. If in doubt, go for a bright vest top and jazzy leggings when hitting the gym – even if you aren’t an elite athlete, at least you look good whatever activity you are doing😊

Until next week, take care Keya x