Trans Cambrian Way

In 2011 Alan Goldsmith (organiser of the Highland 550 race) convinced me to join him and friends to tackle the TransCambrian route, there and back in 2 days. The date chosen was in the middle of June on the longest day of the year in the hope of completing the gruelling 100 miles (each way) of self navigated off road over the mountains of mid Wales in daylight. This time the goal was to make it l…

Winter Miles, Summer Smiles

It is often hard to fit winter miles in around life, work and of course the variable UK weather, so a winter or spring training camp allows you clock up some serious mileage before your racing season or sportive season starts and get some much needed vitamin D!Whatever your cycling goals the extra hours in the saddle early season will certainly help and if you are aiming for a big sportive like th…

Numbers Don't Win The Race

Most riders are obsessed with numbers in this Strava crazy world! We are always checking the data, the power, heart rate, time or speed for a session and obviously physical training is vitally important to becoming a successful road racer, but what about the other elements of racing that are often neglected?PsychologyCan you manage your emotions, your thoughts, your pre race nerves, your confidenc…

Getting Help......!

If you read Part 1 then thank you! From this it was obvious I cannot be my own coach as my training always ends up as last on my 'to do' list and as my day fills with clients, paperwork, endless emails and juggling family commitments quite often the training never actually happens as before I know it is time for dinner and bed. If I have cycled to, from and with a client I will do a decent mileag…

I Need Help......!

(I started this piece mid November, but didn't get round to posting it due to breaking my arm out in Spain - but that is another story!) There I have said it out loud! A bit like alcoholics anonymous the first step to solving a problem is to admit you have one! I have lots!Next year I am taking on Transalp (a 7 day mountain bike stage race across the Alps, as a mixed pair with my husband, with a…

Fitbit Fifty Race Report

It has taken me over three weeks to really process the amazing weekend that was the Fitbit Fifty! People have been asking how it went and I have proudly informed them how far I personally ran and cycled when asked (around 54Km and 450km!), but each time I have found myself saying how actually that wasn't the part of the challenge that will be forever etched in memory, instead I will always rememb…

RUN - RIDE - SLEEP - REPEAT

This is the strapline for the Fitbit Fifty, but I can't really see there being much sleep! "On Friday 30th September two teams of 6 will attempt to run and cycle from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle AND back, within 50 hours - a feat never previously attempted".Obviously when I saw this advertised, in the haze of post-race blues from the Transalp 7 day MTB Stage Race, I had to apply! I *may…

Southern XC MTB Series 2016

At the beginning of 2015 I was not feeling the MTB love; not doing enough off road riding meant every time I did head out on the mountain bike it was seriously hard work. When Kelli Salone of Dame Cycling asked if I could take the place of injured rider Marcia Ellis for round 1 of the 2015 series I said yes just to 'force' myself to ride the MTB in anger again! I came 3rd and went on to make the p…

Transalp 2016

Not stopping to admire the views felt almost rude, a crime against the beauty of nature, but as my husband Steve frequently states (even riding to the shop!) 'it is always a race' and this time it certainly was!Having broken my foot carelessly running down the stairs and missing two months of training I fully expected to be travelling slow enough to admire the views at Transalp and take in the spe…
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