New Year, New Team, New Goals

I have been looking forward so much to writing this blog, but these three images just sum up so much better than any words what my plans, dreams, hopes and goals are. It feels like things are starting to fall into place and I am so excited about it all. I wish you all the very…

Off-Season Cycling

Phew – somehow I managed to get that National 12-hr TT win in just in time before work just completely hijacked my life. Initially, I had planned to ride a few more time trials, but there was little point in riding them without any time to train. With a mixture of joy for others and…

National 12hr TT – WIN!

It took me a year, but I am super chuffed to have achieved last year’s goal: winning the National 12hr TT title. Being awarded the Best British All-Rounder title last year was amazing – and I wouldn’t do it justice by considering it ‘solace’ for missing out on my main goal – but winning the…

#mixitup

…from the wonderful world of aerodynamics and power data to the equally quirky scene of AudaxUK… Probably one of the most popular hashtags among UK timetriallist on Twitter is #smashitup. Coined by (I believe) TT Champion of Champs Matt Bottrill and used by many of his coached riders, this approach may work for some but for…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

Final SEWTTS Event for 2014

On the 20th of September the 12th and final event of the South East Women’s Time Trial Series was held on the rolling H10/3a course near Newbury (see link for profile). This is an out-and-back single carriage way 10 mile course with a relatively straight forward, if slightly tight, turn at the roundabout at the…

Ski slopes and achieving goals

Last weekend I reached two of my end-of-season goals, a ‘21’ for a 10m TT and a ‘55’ for a 25m TT. Admittedly these PBs were set on fast courses, both with a considerable ‘ski slope’ to add to both the speed and fear factor! The Saturday event organised by Icknield RC was held on…

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……

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…

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…

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….

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…

Starting a blog is easier than maintaining one!

Starting a blog is definitely easier than maintaining one! Since writing my last post, I have done a few events and been on a great training camp in Mallorca. Time for a brief write-up. As I still don’t feel entirely in control on the Shiv, I have been a real chicken at the start of…

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…

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…

Inspiration: Eileen Sheridan

At the end of last year a friend of mine alerted me to a small local event in Isleworth where I had the pleasure to meet Eileen Sheridan, one of the best female long distance cyclists ever (breaking all the records during the late 1940s and 50s). Many of her records still stand. Meanwhile she…