Women’s National 10 mile TT

During the last weekend of August the Women’s National 10 mile TT was held near Alcester (Warwickshire) on the flat K33/10D course and surprisingly I exceeded my expectations and came 8th . See link for full results. As I still see myself as more of a long distance specialist (and have only very recently adjusted my…

End of season goals

As I hinted at in my last blog post, I still have a few end-of-season goals I would like to fulfill. One of them was to maintain my 2nd cat British Cycling licence. Although I am pretty sure I have turned into a dedicated tester now, I would like to keep my options open. Winning…

Post-Nat12hr TT disappointment…onwards and upwards!

It has taken me a little while to recover from my disappointing performance at the National 12hr TT, physically as well as mentally. Physical recovery wasn’t all too bad (no saddle sores this time at least), but that week I simply couldn’t complete any training session focused on threshold power in preparation for the National…

Failure

I started this blog to share ups and downs. People always like to hear good news. This post is neither an outcry for pity nor an invitation for ‘Schadenfreude’, but maybe some can take something from my failures too. The big goal I set myself for this year was to win the National 12Hrs. Well……

SEWTTS = RAIN :-( and BOOKS :-)

The last two weekends have been filled by a succession of South East Women’s Time Trial Series (SEWTTS) events and a pattern is definitely starting to emerge…SEWTTS = rain. For each event it either rained, or just stopped raining or didn’t rain but rain was forecast. The first of three recent SEWTTS events was the…

Getting married and first 100m TT

After all the stress of planning and preparing for the big day (well more like a long-weekend), the actual wedding celebrations were so much fun. Of course I am biased, but it really was the best wedding I have ever been to! This is a cycling blog after all, so I won’t bore you with…

My first National TT, my first 50mTT

The last month has been one of wedding planning stress and way too many hours in the office. Cycling was sort of haphazardly squeezed in whenever I had a bit of time which sadly wasn’t much. And then suddenly it was time for the National 50 Championship on an undulating course near Poole (see course…

Learning to handle Shiv

I picked up lots of great insight from Andy and Jill Wilkinson during my recent training camp in Mallorca, but perhaps one of the most important things is to ride my TT bike as often as possible so both the position and handling become more natural.   Last week (starting from the Easter long weekend) I…

First race first win

Actually my first race in 2014 should have been the Redhill 18 miles TT on the 16th of February but unfortunately that event had been cancelled due to ice on the roads. A pity as my training up to that point had been going quite well and I felt in a position of possibly having…