Well the day has finally come! After my first duathlon, I was desperate for some more speed. Granted after that my life has been very busy trying to juggle all the fun stuff I want to do. My cousin very kindly lent me her fancy Cannondale CAADX bike to try around the cyclopark and get my confidence up not being on busy roads and getting it all set up properly. It was a day of new things, as my parents had collected a Mercedes Vito Dualiner van the day before, we wanted a vehicle to accommodate us and dogs and bikes. So we took the new van, with the new bike to the Cyclopark over in Gravesend. If you haven't been...you MUST! It is a gorgeous track, around 2.9km in total and around £5.50 for unlimited track time (always worth calling ahead to check track availability as sometimes they close part of it off) After around 5 laps it was safe to say, I fell in love once I had mastered all the gears and position. We had a great drive home, feeling very positive with the van and the bike experience. I then decided I wanted to get a bike like my cousins (considering hers was nearly a grand!!??) I remember when I looked before, I had found a Specialized Diverge Adventure Road Bike - it was lovely and stealth black. I was considering buying new and my cousin's husband said about looking for a decent second hand one so I looked around all the sites and found the model I wanted in Dover 2nd hand for £450, only around 9 months old. I went to see it, rode it and it was perfect!! We collected it on Thursday and it's currently having a brake service as they are not as responsive as I'd hoped, but its in fantastic condition! I have this week off, so lots of opportunity to practise before 5th September as that's the last Summer Series Duathlon.