And in the End …

How do I do justice to a project that took up nearly three years ? How do I reflect on lessons learnt from it? And how do I let go, heal and move on? If you want to find out more about why my End to End record breaking dream ended the way it did,…

The women of the End to End

The ‘End to End’ is a goal for many cyclists in the UK. Most people wisely ride from Land’s End to John o’Groats in 1 or 2 weeks, taking their time to enjoy the great scenery along the way. But the UK also has a rich history of people doing the End to End (which…

4 weeks until LEJOG …

Thank you TrainingPeaks for showing me every day how much closer my second opportunity at breaking the Land’s End to John o’Groats record is getting! With just over 4 weeks to go until the first possible start date in early July, it is time for a brief update on how the preparations are going.

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

IF…

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

It’s a long lonely road…

After my last upbeat blog post, I am sorry to disappoint with a rather whining one this time. It’s great to share the ‘ups’, but I hope you don’t mind me sharing the ‘downs’ too. After a somewhat disappointing ride during the National 50 last weekend (not that I did a particularly bad time, but there was…

A great time vs. a great ride

Guessing that many of you won’t enjoy reading blog post after blog post about individual TT events – particularly if you can’t make head or tail of those mysteriously coded courses or power lingo – I have just added a new ‘results‘ page to my blog. Feel free to have a look there from time…

Wonder Wheels

For my last birthday I asked my dad for Eileen Sheridan’s autobiography ‘Wonder Wheels’ as she is a big inspiration (see this blog post from last year). During a trip to Rome with my husband at the end of last season, I finally found time to read the book on the plane.

2014 – What a Year!

Wow what a year 2014 has been. Getting married and our amazing Wedstock celebrations in Belgium, an exciting new job, plenty of cycling success and still a honeymoon in Tanzania to look forward to! Last November I put down the following targets for the 2014 season on our club forum: Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013…

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…

Anima Sana in Corpore Sano

Anima Sana in Corpore Sano Rather than writing about recent events or training, I thought this time to share some reflections about how I have been feeling recently and what I have learned about myself and my cycling since I started this blog. ‘Anima sana in corpore sano’, which roughly translates as ‘a healthy mind…