Building up the distance – My First Olympic Triathlon

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

After months of preparation the day finally came… my first Olympic triathlon!

Swim Bike Run Triathlon illustration

And I did it! And loved the whole thing! It wasn’t hilly, as the above illustration suggests – but The run felt like it! So here is a round up of how I found it:

The Swim: Standing in my wetsuit for the pre race briefing with the sun on my back, I became quite hot, and so the cool water was a lovely relief. The swim felt relaxed, and I think I paced myself well, feeling a little stitch in my side forming about halfway round, but I kept going and even managed a bit of a sprint at the end of the swim.

I was determined to get under 30 minutes for the swim, and was happy when I looked at my watch in transition and it said 30.30! (My official swim time being 29.27 for the 1500m – a PB!)

T1 Went fairly smoothly, considering the usual dizziness I get after a long wetsuit swim. Swim Bike Run Triathlon illustration

On to the bike, and the relief of being able to sit and get on with it. I always enjoy the bike a bit too much (if that is possible), and sometime forget to push as hard as I should be! I had some great support on the bike from Dan & my parents (who had to leave at lap 6). As usual, I think I could have pushed the bike a little harder for it not to affect my run too much. Again, another PB with a time of 1.23.56!

Another quick-ish transition, and on to the run: The sun was baring down by this point, and everyone I spoke to at the end said they didn’t enjoy the heat! My run is definitely my weakest point, having only started running properly last year. This was only the second 10k race I have done, and actually got a PB! But I was still a little disappointed, as I believe I could have pushed a little harder and gone a little faster. I know this is something I need to work on over the winter!

Swim Bike Run-03

Overall, I was happy! A total time of 3.02.44! It has given me a goal for next year to beat that 3 hour mark.

What’s next? I have joined Hillingdon Tri club, and am excited about starting to train with other people. Hopefully this will keep me going over the off season! I am always looking for my next challenge, so if you have any ideas, or want to join me, let me know!

Collecting Images

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my sketchbook recently doing really quick sketches. I like do this kind of work and ‘collecting’ images in my sketchbook, of which the best ones I can use in final work. I’m hoping to put these together at some point, but at the moment I’m enjoying not having to create a finished or perfect piece if work. Here are some little fast ‘doodle’ style images. I think they will crop up in a piece of more finished work somewhere at some point, but for now theses are defiantly a work in progress! It would be great to know what you think in the comments below…

Mushroom Illustration by Rosalind Gregoire on www.rosalindgregoire.wordpress.com

Tea Illustration by Rosalind Gregoire on www.rosalindgregoire.wordpress.com

Tree Illustration by Rosalind Gregoire on www.rosalindgregoire.wordpress.com

Thomas Archer Exhibition

A while ago I was asked to illustrated some of the famous architecture by English Baroque architect Thomas Archer for an exhibition of his work in Hampshire . It was a fantastic project to work on as he had designed some beautiful buildings and it was great learning about his life and work. Heres a selection of my favourite…

Thomas Archer russell hous Thomas Archer chettle house Thomas Archer chatsworth

Best of Instagram – October

I like to think of Instagram at the moment as a place for outtakes and sneak peeks. I love it as a tool for getting reactions to work in progress. It is also a great place for sharing and learning new techniques as well as finding great inspiration and networking with other creatives. Im still fairly new to the app, but loving it so far!

Let me know if you have any hints or tips – or if you have a great Instagram profile you think I should take a look at! Just add a comment below with your link! Take a look at my Instagram profile here!

Bake Off

bake off baking pattern

I have loved this series of Great British Bake Off! I want to get baking! What inspires you to be creative?

This pattern was made from a few sketch book doodles – I think it probably needs a little more development… but its getting there. Let me know what you think!

bake off baking pattern

Fall, leaves, fall

Leaves-Pattern

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.”

Fall, leaves, fall
BY EMILY BRONTË