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…