Sunday, August 28, 2011

Provisional races and dates for 2012.

Races dates and links to each event.

These are the events I intend on racing during the course of next year (click on the name to follow the link).

Race 1 TriStar Mallorca 15th April 2012.

Race 2 TriStar Worms Germany 20th May 2012

Race 3 TriStar Berlin 1st July 2012

Race 4 TriStar June 2012                                      Not Confirmed but possible Grand Fondo LA .

Race 5 TriStar Madrid July 2012     

Race 6 TriStar Lyon July 2012

Race 7 TriStar Estonia 5th August 2012

Race 8 TriStar  Monaco Sept 2012.   TBC           1

Race 8 TriStar Sardinia Sept 2012.   TBC            2  

Race 9 TriStar Split  Sept 2012.                             3

Races  above listed 1-2-3 I shall choose only one.


To see all TriStar events visit the Star Events homepage here.  

Training with a power meter.

Training with a power meter

I've just returned from my first ride with a power meter, this type of training is all new to me, so still getting to grips with facts and figures.
I would just like to say thanks to my Coach and good friend Ben Ward for loaning me his spare power meter until I can purchase one myself. This is going to be my next huge investment and need all the help I can get.
I will post this morning results below please take a look and post all comments.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog  JB.

Cycle done in sunny France... First ride with a power meter, figures as follows. Avg Watts 195. Avg RPM 85. Avg km/h 32.6. Max Watts 812. Max RPM 124. Max km/h 56.1.Total distance 81.64 km. Ascent 720 feet.Descent 547 feet.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bond logistics.

BOND LOGISTICS

This could be my main sponsor for 2012 lets hope we can agree a deal.

 

Casual clothing sponsor

I've been talking recently to another potential sponsor for next season, we are just agreeing clothing for before and after races and to train in. This clothing line is already big on the slopes and has some awsome designs lets hope we can strike a deal. More to follow as I get it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Race Kit ....Tried and tested.

My race kit

Trainers long distance and training

Mizuno waverider 12-13-14




Middle distance upto half marathon

Newton gravity neutral.


Sprints upto 10k

Asics Gel DS Racer and Brooks T6



Compression clothing

This brand I've tried and tested all weather's its as good today as the day I purchased it over a year ago.
Compressport UK have flooded the market with what I regard as some of the best compression kit available.
These are the products I use to help me train, race and recover faster.



Sunglasses

I've run and cycled with both Alpina and Oakley and they are superbly made.











Bike (race)

 Specialized Shiv BLACK

2009 Specialised Shiv Black (Med)
Full Sram Red groupset.
Zipp sub 9 disc 2011.
Zipp 808 front 2011.
Adamo ISM tri saddle.
LOOK Keo carbon pedals.
Custom pads and holders to suit Zipp rim profile.
Custom aero front mount bottle.
Frame mounted easy-fill.
Fluro green bar tape and cables.

New sponsor for season 2012 - sports therapist Sam Law



Jon Bond would like to welcome Sam Law sports Therapist as an official sponsor for 2012.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Sam for offering her support to me for this coming season.
I have known and been treated by Sam for the past 3 years,she has never let me down and always been able to squeeze me into her busy schedule.

There have been days leading up to races in which I have sometimes considered withdrawing, but after visiting Sam be it 6am or 10pm at night her sound words of advice have got me to every race and whats more, I've always finished.

If anybody needs a sports therapist or PT in the Maidstone Kent area then I suggest you give Sam a shout.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A bit of history :)

How I became to be a triathlete.


My plan for 2012 is to train and race full time at middle distance triathlon. 
I am quite a newcomer to the tri scene and realise there are aspects I need to improve on,  mainly the swim!!!

To date I've raced 5 duathlons. The biggest which was my first race was the London Duathlon in Richmond park, this being the worlds largest duathlon. Having only owned a bike for 5 months, I set about my training and went to the event with a hope of finishing in the top 100.
When I read the official results and found I had finished 16th overall, I was seriously shocked.
This result got me thinking...... And so over the winter I spent many long hours out on the bike and running trying to improve my transition times and off the bike run times.

When the new year arrived I signed up to the Winter Duathlon series at Dorney lake. These races consisted of 5k run 20k bike 5k run.

My results were:
                         First round 8th overall.
                         Second round 7th overall. 
                         Third round    6th overall.

As the year progressed I decided that I was getting fitter and faster by breaking my training  down into 3  disciplines being - running, cycling and swimming. This gave me another plan....Triathlon....

I entered my first sprint distance Tri and after a hopeless swim managed to pull a large amount of time back on the bike and set a blisteringly fast 5k run time. This got me my first Tri finish of 25th.
Next on my list was a Mass start open water swim, here once again I didn't exit the water with any fast times but once again showed that my bike and run skills could  carry me to the finish in a respectable time. I finished this race 12th overall.

So as you can see I've now got the Bug and am enjoying this kind of racing. 
During February I was lucky enough to meet 2 X Iron man Lanzarote winner Estonian born Ain-Alar Juhanson, I worked with him at the TCR show at Sandown race course. He invited me to his home town to race  the Tri-Star Estonia111 middle distance Triathlon.

I took this offer very seriously and  begun my 6 month training plan. I will be honest - it had its up's and down's but overall I enjoyed the longer rides and runs.

On the Friday 5th August my 29th birthday there was a charity 5k race which I decided to enter as it was for many great causes. To my shock I crossed the line first, feeling 100% fresh and ready for my first long distance Tri.
As Sunday approached I began getting all my kit ready, with lots of help from a good friend Ben Ward, who has done this long distance racing for many years. He helped to calm my nerves, get me ready and reassure me I would be fine.

As I'm sure you will know by now my swim wasn't the best but I was far from last. The race for me begun when I exited the water in a little over 20 minutes. T1 went very smoothly in little over a minute and I was out on the rolling roads of Estonia, the bike course was far from flat but I enjoyed the 100k loop and entered T2 with a bike time of 2:41. As I left T2 I followed the advice my friend and coach had given me: start slow and finish strong. 
The run was a 10k which was also far from flat, but I managed a time of 40:40, very impressive after 101k of racing.

Its wasn't until the awards evening and my name being called did it actually sink in that my first race went very well, I managed 40th overall and 3rd in my Age group claiming Bronze.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

London to Brighton for Charity again !!!!

Today me and a group of 30 guy's left our homes and headed up into London to meet at Clapham Common.
We all gathered early this morning to embark on a ride from London to Brighton,this ride was 60 miles of mixed terrain.
This ride was for charity and we hoped to have raised over £7000 for our chosen charity.

Adamo Team solo edition saddle the best thing I've ever put my bum on.





testing


                                                                 TriStar Estonia 111

On the 7th of August 2011 I raced my first “long-distance” triathlon. It took place in the most wonderful northern country – Estonia. The weekend was full of different races (5 km charity run - which I won - 11.1 km and 33.3 km triathlons) and social activities (concerts, auctions etc). All in all, I had great time!
My race was 1 km swimming, 100 km cycling and 10 km running, which all took place around Otepää, so-called winter-capital of Estonia.

Racked and ready for my first race.
The uphill aid station.


First race and on the podium 3rd in Age Group.
111k of Triathlon finally finished..

Still smiling after 101k
me, Ben and Dan - team Solo