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I managed a sprint tri in the space of a week

I really thought that I was going to get back into a routine of work, training and blogging with M starting nursery but three weeks in and her attendance is 25% 😦 The poor thing has picked up every illness going and shared it with the household, so Ive not had a lot of free [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – London to Holyhead ...

53 years ago, people were getting up to incredible feats. This short documentary shows the longest unpaced single day classic cycling race that took place in 1964 (not 1962 as the caption says). Does that inspire you to get out on your bike for a ride this week? read more »

Chariots of fire – my review of the Thule Chari...

It’s coming up to 1 year since Baby M was born and so I’m planning my return to work. In the past, I loved my daily cycle commute it’s not a long ride, but it’s just long enough for me to feel like I’ve had some exercise and fresh air and for me to [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Julián Molina Shreds...

After a collision with one of the local buses when he was younger, Julian Molina was left with a completely destroyed foot, which later became infected with gangrene, traumatically resulting in the amputation of his entire leg. Most would quit here, but not Julian. Despite his situation, the man has only looked forward and up, [] read more »

Back on it – a weekly round-up

Hello again! I feel like Im finally getting back on top of things, so heres a round-up of my week Saturday Volunteering at parkrun For the second week in a row, I was a volunteer at parkrun this time as a Run Director. Because of building works, were currently on an alternative route [] read more »

Vamos pedalar por Lisboa, a nossa equipa

De 1 a 31 de maio, ao pedalar com a app Naviki instalada no seu smartphone está a contribuir para que a Lisboa ganhe quilómetros no European Cycling Challenge. Todas e todos contam, vamos lá!   Lisboa participa pela primeira vez no European Cycling Challenge, que decorrerá de 1 a 31 de maio.    Trata-se de uma competição entre cidades europeias para incentivar a utilização da bicicleta como meio de transporte.  O desafio promove a participação de cidades e áreas metropolitanas europeias, q... read more »

How to deal with stinky cycling shoes

Spring is finally here with longer daylight and sunny days hurray! For me, Im hoping this means that there will be more opportunities for cycling (certainly by the end of April when my baby will be old enough to go in a bike trailer). However, Ive just got out my neglected cycling shoes and [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – How good are your b...

One of the reasons why Ive decided to take part in cyclo cross is that I really want to improve my bike handling skills. I know that Im nervous at times, and I dont always react to hazards as well as I could, so I admire anyone who is a really confident cyclist. However, there [] read more »

What Valentine’s Day means to triathletes…

There are several challenges for non-triathletes who are dating triathletes The first challenge is buying the right gift. Typical Valentines gifts include: underwear shoes Then of course, there are the activities. Youre thinking you might need some lube to get your pulse racing, whereas we want a HRM (or some body glide)! Anyway, theres no [] read more »

Last parkrun of 2016?

Its been yet another busy week, where Ive mostly had to be at home, so Ive tried to make the most of the dry days and have spent some time in my garden. I raked up all of the leaves and filled my compost bin as well as a garden waste wheelie bin. I love [] read more »

Choosing a bike, parkrunning and some exciting ...

Following the theft of our bikes in August, weve been busy improving our homes security (along with 1001 other home improvements). Weve had a burglar alarm installed, locks changed, additional locks installed, secure lock points fitted and various other improvements, so were moving in the direction of being able to get new bikes, which means [] read more »

Volunteering at parkrun and The Cycle Show 2016

Last weekend, was another busy one. On Saturday, Stuart and I were Run Directors at Southampton parkrun. It was a special event as we had encouraged members of staff from University of Southampton to take on the majority of volunteer roles. In some ways, I would have loved to get a run in, but as [] read more »

My final race of 2016

The last couple of weeks have been hectic. Ive been trying to round off various projects at work and then Stuart and I have been doing loads of DIY at home. Were having carpets delivered tomorrow, so weve been trying to repaint 4 bedrooms and our lounge (including the ceilings and woodwork). This has involved [] read more »

Cycling with a legend

I was feeling too tired to go to the track this evening, which is frustrating as I havent done very much exercise this week. Ive also realised that I may not be able to do parkrun on Saturday as I need to be at an antenatal class by 10am and the others might not appreciate [] read more »

Looking forward to the first cross country race...

Last night I managed to get myself back to swimming. It seems that there are a lot of people who really love swimming when they are pregnant, but Im finding it incredibly frustrating. I can no longer go as quickly as I can and I find that my breathing is off and my additional ballast [] read more »

Catching up

The last few weeks have been hard work, which is why I havent been blogging regularly. Its taken me a while to shake off the despondency of having my bikes stolen. Fortunately, I have my work bike back, so I can cycle to work. Weve improved the security on our garage and are seeing a [] read more »

Some good news

Thanks to lots of sharing on social media, one of our bikes has been recovered I went to Southampton Police Station this morning and identified my Giant Escape City W, which had been abandoned less than 5km from where it had been stolen. It still had its panniers attached and their usual contents (puncture repair [] read more »

In the words of Rohan Dennis…

Shit happens! Last night whilst I was asleep my garage was broken into. 5 bikes were stolen. I am devastated. The most upsetting factor is that my husband has spent months training for Ironman Copenhagen and were due to travel there in just a few days time, but now he has no bike. Several people [] read more »

What’s in your kit bag?

On of the aspects of triathlon that can be off-putting for beginners is the sheer amount of kit that is required as this can represent quite an outlay for many people in comparison with running, for example, which just requires a pair of trainers (and a decent sports bra for some of us). Ive been [] read more »

Mini Team Sky

I LOVE these Mini Team Sky videos, so am sharing them because they make me laugh. Episode 1: Hydration Episode 2: Aerodynamics Episode 3: Culture Episode 4: Recovery Episode 5: Teamwork Which one is your favourite? read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Strive

I love Stravas latest campaign: Strive Being an athlete is simple. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, how many races you win, or if you even race at all. All that really matters, all you have to do, is just be be on the road be on the trail be relentless be daring be [] read more »

Long Course Weekend: Bike

I didnt sleep well last night possibly because of the adrenaline coursing around my body after the swim and also because I was really nervous about the bike ride. I cant fault the hotel for the first time ever, we managed to stay in a hotel that didnt seem to have a big [] read more »

This Girl Can – 18 months on

If you havent heard about the Sport England This Girl Can advertising campaign, where have you been? It has been 18 months since the campaign was launched and, in that time, Ive spent a lot of time thinking about issues facing sporty women. The main criticism of the This Girl Can campaign that Ive heard [] read more »

2014 vs. 2015 vs. 2016

It was so exciting to receive my 2016 SOAS Ambassador kit. Ive shared some pictures on social media, but havent had a chance to blog about it until now. Heres the full kit: Last year, one of the ambassadors made a fantastic video to showcase the new kit: My Facebook/Instagram/Twitter feeds have been full of [] read more »

Swimming and running… and not a lot of cycling

The last couple of weeks have been tough. Ive been busy at work and busy at home, which hasnt given me a lot of downtime. Ive managed to make the last couple of Monday night swims with Southampton Tri Club and am quite pleased that I can still sprint 25m, but my speed over longer [] read more »

#SwoleMates: Why working out with your partner ...

I recently answered some questions for the fantastic Laura Farman-Williams, founder of Girls Gone Sporty, and was really excited to end up in her finished article about the benefits of training with your partner. Id strongly recommend that you check out the article: #SwoleMates: Why working out with your partner is the best thing ever [] read more »

Cycling in all weathers

At the start of the year, I set out my stall and said that cycling would be my priority in 2016, but Im not really living up to that so far. Im still cycle-commuting every day, but Ive not spent much of my free time on my bike, which is something I definitely need to [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – What are you going ...

Remember that doing something, no matter how slowly, will take you a step closer to your goals. What are you going to do this week? read more »

My fifteen minutes

Ive found myself in the media not once, but twice this week. First up was a discreet image from the lovely new Embrace Sports website this is the company that Stuart and I use when we want to go on a training holiday. I was browsing the site and dreaming of a lovely holiday [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Beryl Burton

Have you heard of Beryl Burton? Chances are unless youre a cycling fanatic, youve never heard of her. Beryl Burton was born in Yorkshire in the late 1930s and despite serious health problems that led to her spending over a year in hospital, she went on to become a champion cyclist. In 1967, Burton set [] read more »

Back to work and back to training

So who was keen to go back to work today? My lounge feels so big now that the Christmas decorations have gone, but the horrendous weather here means that I wasnt looking forward to getting on my bike this morning. I spent yesterday afternoon out on my slippery flat roof with a broom and a [] read more »

My 2015 race/event awards

This year has been hectic. Ive taken part in a wider range of events than in any previous year. Ive completed single and multisport events and gone further and faster than previously. I even won a race! Without further ado, here are my 2015 race awards drum roll, please Most Scenic Course The runner-up in [] read more »

So much SOAS kit!

Im so excited that Christmas is almost here I only got one day left at work before my holiday begins :-D Its going to be an unusual Christmas for me this year. Its my first one in my new home and my mum is on the other side of the world holidaying with my [] read more »

Revisiting my goals for 2015

At the end of December 2014, I set out my goals for 2015, so I thought it was time for me to revisit them. Goal 1: I am going to eat healthy food for 20/21 meals and assess my progress at the end of 100 days (14th April). I hope that I will lose 14lbs [] read more »

Maintaining your balance in December

Hey there! I hope that December isnt proving to be too hectic for you. Im currently battling the office treats that appear at this time of year and trying to balance my workload, festive parties and training. I dont have rollers, but even on a turbo trainer, I dont think I could match Sir Chris [] read more »

Swim, run, bike – my weekend in that order

The weekend didnt get off to a great start. I felt exhausted by Friday evening, but Stuart had booked for us to go for a swimming assessment, so I had to find some motivation. We arrived at the pool early and I got organised before heading poolside. Rachel was being filmed first, so I had [] read more »

What have I been reading?

Ive not been exercising a lot in the last couple of weeks, which has given me plenty of time to read. The main thing that Ive been reading is The man who cycled the world by Mark Beaumont. I dont think Im revealing any spoilers by saying that its an autobiographical account of one mans [] read more »

Are you ready to get some winter miles in?

Ive only got one event left this year (Tailwind 10), so Im now focussing on base training ready for next season. For many people, base training means focusing on strength and endurance, but I really want to work on some speed in my running as this has been neglected this year. I also want to [] read more »

Do you remember my trip to Japan?

In April, my husband (Stu) and I cycled across Japan with our friend, Jez. He has finally finished editing his beautiful photos and blogging about the trip. If you are interested in cycling in Japan, I would strongly recommend that you have a look: http://www.hollinsheads.com/event.php?event=Japan%202015 Have you ever been cycle touring? Wheres the most interesting [] read more »

Workout Wednesday – It’ll work out

Make sure you dont accidentally impale your butt on the handles! I love the way that Zach pokes fun at motivational videos, with their stirring music and slogans. read more »

Planning for 2016 and some new kit

There are so many exciting things happening in the next two weeks that Im going to have to work hard to find enough time for blogging. Exciting thing number one is a new training location taking shape there will be a sneaky glimpse next week, but youll have to keep following if you want [] read more »

Another hectic week

It feels like all of my posts start with an excuse about how busy my week has been, and this week is no exception. Hopefully, I will have more time for blogging in a months time when the season winds down. Although if Ironman were to have their way, Id be entering another couple of [] read more »

How was your weekend?

Although were coming to the end of the triathlon season, I had yet another busy weekend. I cant wait until November, when things start to wind down a bit for me (although I mustnt forget that Ive signed up for Gosport Half). On Friday, I managed to squeeze in a run with Teri. Neither of [] read more »

YMCA Tour de Y

Whilst on the Isles of Scilly, I noticed a post on a Breeze Facebook group looking for a ride leader with a first aid certificate to support a 4 day charity bike ride from Ulverston to London (about 360 miles/580km). How convenient that Ive just completed my first aid certificate, I thought. It was only [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Whatever your ritual...

I really like this video by Strava it makes me want to get on my bike and go for a ride. Ride with Us from Strava on Vimeo. There are quite a few other short videos showing various rituals that you might also want to check out: http://blog.strava.com/ride-with-us/ People for bikes If you feel [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – 8 days in 8 minutes

The Absa Cape Epic is an annual two-person MTB team event held in South Africa over 8 days which includes  Time Trial prologue. It has been accredited as hors categorie (beyond categorisation) by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Among other events in world cycling which enjoy this status are the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and [] read more »

Tiring training weekend

On Thursday evening, I was excited about trying out my new wetsuit at Lakeside. However, a series of minor disasters (including leaving my phone at work and finding that the building code wouldnt let me in) meant that I almost didnt make it. By the time I arrived at the lake at 7pm, it was [] read more »

How far would you go to improve your race time?

Cycling Weekly has written about 13 ways to increase your average cycling speed, with their 13 tips being: Bend and tuck elbows Listen to music (*this has some caveats!) Ride with others Pump up your tyres Brake less Ride on the drops Track stand Ride out in a headwind and home in a tailwind Lose [] read more »

The GU Energy Weymouth Bay Triathlon

This was the first Olympic distance triathlon that I did last year, so I decided to enter it to try to beat my time. I also thought it would be a good race to do as it involves a sea swim and I havent done any sea swims so far this year. Unfortunately, the day [] read more »




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