Rethinking Fuelling

After my first attempt at the LEJOG record abruptly came to a halt due to uncontrollable puking, it was obvious I had to go back to the drawing board for an overhaul of my nutrition strategy. After a few months of re-jigging and testing, I think we have found the answer. Nutrition is of course…

The Gift of Failure

Failure is always an option. Of course, this depends on how you define success, but success is never guaranteed. Whether in sport or in business, people tend to look for ‘top tips’ for success or ‘best practice’ examples. Nobody deliberately strives for failure, but failure can also be a gift that ultimately helps you grow….

WORLD 24 HOUR TT CHAMPION

A wise woman once said “It does not matter how fast you ride if you cannot finish; the key is to learn to ride optimally. Ultra-cycling racing is more about you and less about the other person”.

LEL – Sign me up for 2021!

About 10 days have passed now since that epic cycle ride from London to Edinburgh and back. Since then, many blogs and Facebook group posts have been written with riders’ and volunteers’ tales of London-Edinburgh-London. All contain great stories of camaraderie and ingenuity when faced with challenges. This left me with a warm feeling and…

National 24hr TT – WIN !

Last weekend 5 really cool things happened: 1. I became the 2017 women’s national 24hr TT champion and – with a provisional distance of 456.45 miles – I came within touching distance of the all-time women’s competition record (461.45 miles), despite enduring far from ideal conditions; 2. I also became the 1st woman ever to…

12-hour and 24-hour Races

Recently I did a 12hr TT and a 24hr race back to back on consecutive weekends – plus a 600k Audax in less than 24 hours the weekend before that. Most ‘normal’ people would say doing any of these events full stop would be mad enough, let alone doing them back to back. It isn’t…

2 x 400km Audax back-to-back

As part of my preparations for London-Edinburgh-London at the end of July, and ultimately my End 2 End record attempt in September, I decided to ride two 400km Audax events back to back at the end of April. On Saturday 29 April at 6am I set out for the 407km London-Wales-London, followed by a departure from…

De Fietser – The Cyclist

When asked what I do for a living, I usually respond: “I am a management consultant who specialises in strategic and business planning advice to the visitor, leisure and cultural sectors”. Some people instantly understand what I mean with that, but others may think that I am a travel consultant, booking and organising trips to…

BE THE EGG

“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances”. This is the quote that my ‘be the egg’ mantra refers to. A mantra that helps me when the going gets tough and will hopefully help to set new LEJOG & 1,000 miles records this year.

RIDE ON!

On the 18th of February at 15:19 GMT  (after a false start on the wrong course… ahem how did I manage to get lost on the turbo ?!), I achieved a big goal: breaking the Zwift distance record, previously held by Chris Hopkinson at 1010.7 miles. When I set out on this mission I was…

Zwift Distance Record Attempt

What This Zwift Distance Record attempt will be an indoor cycling record attempt on a Wahoo Kickr which will simulate me going round and round in loops in a virtual cycling world. The current Zwift Distance Record is 1626 km (1010 miles) in 72 hours and 36 mins. It is held by Chris Hopkinson, one of the…

24 Hour TT Worlds

The World 24 Hour Time Trial Championships were my last hope to somewhat redeem my 2016 season after a DVT in summer meant I only competed at 3 events in the whole year and spent many hours indoor on my turbo. Everything went to plan during the cooler first 12 hours of the race but…

24 Hour Races: Solo vs Team

In 2013 I did my first 24-hour cycle race at Le Mans on the famous Bugatti Circuit. Solo. Straight into the deep end and I absolutely loved it. This year I competed at Revolve24, a similar 24-hour race at Brands Hatch in Kent. This time as a mixed team of 4 and again I got…

Girl Power at Breckland 12 Hour

Originally posted on BorntoBike RT:
The Breckland 12 Hour TT was scheduled just two days after taking my last anticoagulants for Deep Vein Thrombosis which had put a halt to my 2016 season before it even really started. What better way for a comeback than going straight for a 12-hour time trial?! I didn’t have any…

Conquering Cramp Update

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post on ‘Conquering Cramp‘ in which I commented on my troubles with cramp, previous strategies, the results of a sweat test and the personalised hydration plan I had received for using Precision Hydration, electrolytes that match how I sweat. Unfortunately DVT then got in the way. I have since used…

Training with DVT

“When can I resume my cycling training?” and “How soon can I race again?” were two of the key questions on my mind when I was first diagnosed with #DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in June. I knew I was not going to get the answers I wanted, being Little Miss Impatient it was never going…

Mersey Roads 24 Hour – Keep it Going!

This race was the one I had been looking forward to for so long. It should have been my ‘A’ race for 2016, the one race I wanted to do well in more than any other event. Sadly, I found myself by the side of the road come race day. While DVT stopped me from…

Goals and Setbacks

  Josephine Perry from Performance in Mind recently did an in-depth interview with me on goals, setbacks and ever bigger challenges. Below is just an excerpt. Follow the source link for the full interview. “It really doesn’t matter what other people say or think. They won’t be there to ride the bike for you. You…

TURNING ADVERSITY INTO OPPORTUNITY

A lot has changed since the high of finishing my first solo LEJOG recce ride and the low of the Deep Vein Thrombosis verdict. I may feel sorry for myself being stuck indoor on the turbo while summer has finally started in earnest, BUT … I refuse to give up on my dreams. I am…

#FOCUSCHALLENGE and #DVT

If there ever was one of my blogs to read… this is the one. For more reasons than you may expect. I recently received some amazing news: I am one of the winners of the #FocusChallenge. Unfortunately, I also have some bad news. Bad for me and important for you… 

CONQUERING CRAMP

“Cramp?… Oh, you must have just overdone it”. “You are not fit enough”. “You should drink more”. “Have you tried chilli, tonic, mustard?” I have heard so many suggestions over the years, but I keep on struggling with cramp. Until now. Hopefully, using H2Pro Hydrate from Precision Hydration will be a real breakthrough for me. 

Total Women’s Cycling

I was recently asked by Total Women’s Cycling for some insight into what it is that appeals to me in endurance racing and how to prepare for a 24 hour event. See link for the full interview.

LEJOG Recce #1

On the May Bank Holiday Saturday, I started my first solo reconnaissance ride of the Land’s End to John o’ Groats record attempt route with a mixture of foolishness and optimism – two ingredients that are definitely required for this challenge. Six days later I arrived in John o’ Groats a little wiser, but possibly…

Super Randonneur

Super what? I know I am probably talking to a niche group of people, but I am happy and proud to say that after completing a series of 200, 300, 400 and 600 km Audax rides this year, I now qualify as ‘super randonneur’. It’s been fun and a slippery slope, as I am already…

My Secret Weapon

I got a secret weapon for this season. A new TT bike? No, although the white Shiv TT frame is pretty cool. A new helmet? No, although I am looking around for something bright and comfortable with my LEJOG record attempt in mind. A motor? No way! My alias may be duracellbunnyonabike, but I don’t…

Audax and Cycle Touring

One of my plans for this year was to insert some more of the “ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike” approach into my training to balance the many hours on the turbo. And so I did. Over winter I have done a few long rides to visit friends or family, in early…

Support Crew LEJOG Solo Record

Dear friends, family, fans (if I have any?!), fellow cyclists and anyone up for a challenge: I am hoping to recruit a crew for my solo Land’s End John o’Groats record attempt and I hope you want to be part of this adventure! You will be my secret weapons, my ‘lightsabers’. 

Dream Big … Set Goals … Take Action

For some of you the images used in my last blog post hinting at my cycling dreams for 2016/17 may have been enough to grasp the enormity of the challenge I have set myself. Covering 843 miles solo, without sleeping or stopping, all within 52 hours, is probably more than any ‘normal’ person would want to…