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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Time Trial Masterclass for Women

Last weekend I did something I should do more often: focus on my skills, or rather lack thereof. Over the last few years people like Huw Williams and other coaches have put on some great training sessions for women wanting to get into crit and road racing, or indeed improve their skills. For time trialling…

Training in the Spanish sun

After a long radio silence over winter, it is time to pick this blog up again. What’s more, it’s time to get back into ‘race’ mode …

Cycle Touring in the Netherlands

At the end of a successful but very focused first season on the TT bike it was an absolute bliss to enjoy a week of nice slow rides along the Dutch bike lanes watching the landscape and feeling the sun and the wind on my skin. Quite a contrast with dripping in sweat on the…

Endurance training: Newcastle upon Tyne to London

        Last year I did LeMans24heuresvelo as a solo competitor. It was a great experience and I think it inspired two of my club mates to give it a shot as solo competitors this year. As part of their training they were planning a long non-stop ride from Newcastle-upon-Tyne back to London….

From whatever I felt like to coached training

In the past I have always trained by just doing whatever I felt like whenever, which was not necessarily the best approach. Although I am starting to learn more about training with power, I still predominantly ride on feel. But I now keep a much closer eye on my power meter and with the help…