Visit London Blog » karen pickering Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eurostar Tri-City-Athlon: Stage 2, Brussels, a Slipped Chain and a Broken Flipflop Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:44:00 +0000

After my old faithful flip flops breaking and Karen Pickering lending me hers, we got off the Eurostar and braved the Metro in Brussels much to the bemusement of the locals. A quick walk and we were there.

To say the bike part didn’t go well for me is an understatement!

Having not been on a bike for the best part of a year, I was wondering whether I should have invested in some stablisers!

12.40 and we are off. Six laps, 40km in total of quite a technical course and a cut-off time to add to the pressure. We have to ensure we get the next Eurostar train back to London. (And oh, London, how I missed your flatness and straightness as I cycled round!)

By lap 2, the cramp has set in on my left calf. And then through came Alistair Brownlee, lapping me already! (I had to remind myself that he does this for a job).

Onward I went, cramp in toe. Lap 4 saw my chain come off my bike, but through pure grit and determination, I made it to the end. I wasn’t last, but almost.

We’re now enroute to London on Eurostar, just having had a massage on the calf and waiting for my dinner.

Looking forward to the last leg in Regent’s Park and determined to finish so hoping the good British public are there to cheer us on. There are lots of tired and achy bodies aboard along with a few injured but everyone is in high spirits and thoroughly enjoying the day.

See you all in London, home sweet home.

Read about the first leg, swimming in Paris, here

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Three Cities, Three Races: The Eurostar Tri-City-Athlon Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:44:46 +0000 The Eurostar Tri-City-Athlon is a brilliant idea: increase the challenge of a triathlon by staging each leg of the race in a different European city.

And rest between races onboard the ever-relaxing Eurostar

So as you were all tucked up in your beds this morning, 120 of us were up at 5.30 French time getting ready to brave the Bassin de la Villette in Paris. 

The competitors range from first timers to athletes such as Karen Pickering, Ewan Thomas as well as the Brownlee brothers straight in from the Triathlon World Series. 

As it hit 7.30 and the light just came up, the gun went, and off we went…  A bit too cold for my liking, but hey ho. 

I managed to come in under 25 mins with the winner doing around 18 mins and slowest about 45 min.  We are now on the Eurostar heading off to Brussels for the 40km cycle. It’ll be interesting as all 120 athletes are starting together. I’m looking forward to taking in sights such the King’s Palace, Atomium, Stade Roi Baudouin and a couple of trams!

I’ll let you know how we get on. Better go now, breakfast is being served :)

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