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Feb10
Six Hot Reasons I Love Triathlon
Six Hot Reasons I Love Triathlon
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Our hearts beat hard, we get all sweaty and we feel amazing. That’s three reasons right there why triathlon should get the love letters this Valetine’s day, but oh, but there’s more. A lady called me today. She was doing research…

Jan12
How our pesky brains stop us from physical gains
How our pesky brains stop us from physical gains
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We aim for physical adaptation in triathlon training, but we can only achieve this when we do the sessions that our minds often encourage us to avoid. Yet mental adaptation is quicker to achieve and arguably more beneficial once we’re over…

Nov04
Cold Water Swimming – Why it Feels so Incredible
Cold Water Swimming – Why it Feels so Incredible
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The fear of my sub 10 cold water swim was barely hidden, yet somehow I lasted 20 minutes and the benefits were quite unexpected.   There are many triathlons which…

Oct20
Winter’s Coming. Are you in or out?
Winter’s Coming. Are you in or out?
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I’m an outside-all-year girl at heart, but this winter, the game is changed… In Great Britain, around the middle of October, cyclists wave goodbye to their final attempts to crisp-up sharp…

Oct04
How to be an Adventure Queen like Anna Mcnuff
How to be an Adventure Queen like Anna Mcnuff
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What we can learn from Adventurer Anna McNuff, who ran 1900 miles solo in New Zealand, sometimes wearing magical unicorn pants. I emailed the adventurer Anna McNuff and asked if I could…

Sep15
How I finally started the 4th discipline
How I finally started the 4th discipline
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The fourth discipline doesn’t get a lot of love from me. Not only that, it’s entirely interchangable. Number four to swim, bike and run in triathlon is interchangeably rest, nutrition or strength training, depending on who you’re speaking to and…

Sep12
Tales from my first Cyclocross Race.
Tales from my first Cyclocross Race.
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#crossiscoming, or so they keep saying, so I thought I’d give it a go. It all happened a bit quickly. I tested some road bikes this summer with Bike Radar, and I sat on a Liv bike for the first…

Aug09
How I got my swim mojo back
How I got my swim mojo back
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Swimming apathy, and the secret to boshing it over the head and getting back in the water: Calavera Swimwear for ‘fearless water women. My friend and I were sipping tea this evening, and I was inhaling chocolate, au naturellement. ‘My…

Jul05
Why Cycling is Like Life
Why Cycling is Like Life
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Cycling and Life – Simple yet Curious Parallels. I was riding in Wales last month.  I had tired legs on that particular day, yet loving the exhilaration of the descents far more than usual. As such, I was taking at…

Mar27
How I learned to love open water
How I learned to love open water
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Nothing cleanses me like open water. When I visit the coast, one of the first things I do is get myself in the sea. But it wasn’t love at first swim. No matter what time of year it is, when I…

Mar23
Reflections on Cycle Racing
Reflections on Cycle Racing
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As the dust settles, the conundrum of the unexpected trauma of my first Cat 2/3/4 cycling race finally unravels into some sense. “Unless you are riding with a club and taking part in ‘chain gangs’ and faster club rides, it’s…

Mar21
First Road Race, Oof.
First Road Race, Oof.
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Open road cycle racing was a complete unknown to me – all I knew is that I would be learning on the job… The build up to the race As yet I haven’t been able to fully process what happened…

Mar11
On Races, Crying & Life
On Races, Crying & Life
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The other day, my friend and I got to talking about emotions – particularly within races. ‘I was staggering through the finishing funnel to get my medal’, she said. ‘I just started blubbing on a guy from my club – poor…

Mar01
One inspiring lunch.
One inspiring lunch.
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It’s not every day that meeting for a falafel salad can turn into making plans with yourself to face fears and climb a mountain. Today I met adventurer Sophie Radcliffe, and it’s fair to say that this was one inspiring…

Feb27
How to fix bike fatigue.
How to fix bike fatigue.
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The secret to rediscovering your cycling mojo when it’s been sat on the kerb halfway up Naish Hill for a week. I was having quite a nice dream when my alarm went off at 6am today. That’s right, on a…

Feb21
Sometimes There is Vomit and Tears.
Sometimes There is Vomit and Tears.
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Rides aren’t all carefree and fun like yesterday’s. I knew when my trainer said that I now ‘need to start riding back-to-back days’ for racing training that it wasn’t going to be easy. Hell I even knew it would probably…

Feb20
Why you should ride in the rain.
Why you should ride in the rain.
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Today I rode with BAD Tri and had a wonderful time despite wind, rain and a puncture. Sometimes, against the odds, it just feels good.  The curious thing about training for triathlon, or fun, or whatever you want to call…

Feb06
When training runs go wrong.
When training runs go wrong.
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Marathon training thwarted by pesky puddle. The title of this blog post reminds me of some sort of low budget TV programme injected with sensationalism. So I’m going to attempt my own version of this about this morning’s training run…

Jan15
Confessions of a Night Rider.
Confessions of a Night Rider.
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Ok. I’ve only been twice, but on two consecutive weeks – the second in torrential rain, winds and demi-freezing temps, so that makes me a night rider, right? In this, my third year (and winter) of road cycling, I’ve decided…

Jan11
In pursuit of mud.
In pursuit of mud.
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Be a weekend warrior. After last weekend was spent on the M5 and lugging boxes up flights of stairs, this weekend I endeavoured to satisfy an insatiable desire to connect with nature. And as such, I’m sat at my desk…

Jan10
Anna Mcnuff: What are you afraid of starting?
Anna Mcnuff: What are you afraid of starting?
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“When I’m 80, and I smell of wee and gin and tonic, I want to look back on my life, and I want to say – that was awesome. I would rather live my life on the brink of failure…

Jan10
2016, effort and adventure.
2016, effort and adventure.
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The simple days of Christmas are behind me and the book of 2016 waits to be filled – the first six months already plotted out by race dates for which I parted with far too many funds over the festive…

Jan04
On passion.
On passion.
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“Find your passion” Chrissie said to us. “Look inside yourself and discover what makes your heart sing.” Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington is such a motivational speaker. In fact, she inspired me to put the wheels on this blog. When…

Jan01
Thank you 2015, Hello 2016!
Thank you 2015, Hello 2016!
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Seeing the New Year in Cornish Style. New Year’s dip (12°c) I didn’t think about Christmas at all this year. It crept up on me like no one’s business. Suddenly, ’twas Christmas Eve, and the house was quiet and yes,…

Dec30
The Mental Side of Racing
The Mental Side of Racing
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How to Train ‘the Chimp’ – The Mental Side of Racing. The mental side of our sport is something that endlessly fascinates me. And by and large, it’s something that’s forgotten in training programs. We talk about training our physical bodies,…

Dec27
Why put on a women’s race?
Why put on a women’s race?
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A conversation about Women’s Cycling. Waiting to head out with the Penzance Wheelers whilst holidaying in Cornwall today, I was pleased to see a fellow Bristol-dweller turn up from Bristol South CC, enclothed in red, yellow and black with ‘Bristol’…

Dec19
A rubbish session
A rubbish session
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Today the weather was offically minging. I rode a pitiful ten miles. And yet, in hindsight, those ten miles were not entirely wasted.  Solo Fears are annoying. In 2015 I rode over 2000 miles on my bike. 30 of those…

Dec14
Track. Where the fun’s at. (Honest.)
Track. Where the fun’s at. (Honest.)
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Tales from my toughest session of the week. Track feels tough. I am on track session six now (I’ve taken to counting them every week.) I had never been on a running track before this year – these things (track,…

Nov29
Why Don’t More Women Tri?
Why Don’t More Women Tri?
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Women currently make up 16% of Ironman participants and 30% of marathon runners globally.  Triathlon has always been dominated by men, let’s face it, this is the case with many sports in general. As an Ironwoman who talks about the…

Nov29
Welcome to Sufferlandria
Welcome to Sufferlandria
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Tri bars fitted, turbo collected – time for my first Sufferfest. Last winter, I thought that it was hardcore to train on roads only and leave indoor cycling to the wimps. I trained for my first Ironman by heading out every…

Nov16
#MOTIVATIONMONDAY
#MOTIVATIONMONDAY
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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not…

Nov03
Caitlin Moran’s Letter to her Daughter.
Caitlin Moran’s Letter to her Daughter.
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Must-read. By Caitlin Moran, Times columnist, writer, feminist. My daughter is about to turn 13 and I’ve been smoking a lot recently, and so – in the wee small hours, when my lungs feel like there’s a small mouse inside…

Nov02
#MOTIVATIONMONDAY
#MOTIVATIONMONDAY
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in there somewhere…

Sep25
if you’ve ever questioned the need for a women’s triathlon blog…
if you’ve ever questioned the need for a women’s triathlon blog…
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Nice Ironman 2014. Pink hats are women.

Sep23
My life-affirming marathon with Ben Smith #401runwithben
My life-affirming marathon with Ben Smith #401runwithben
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My day discovering what this 401 business is really all about AFTER my sprint triathlon on Sunday I’d had 24 hours off before setting off with Ben Smith of The 401 Challenge, on his 22nd marathon of 401 marathons that…

Aug31
This is long overdue.
This is long overdue.
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The Real Reason I Became an Ironwoman. Medal around my neck, I wheeled my suitcase out of that Bolton hotel to head to Manchester airport, and proudly said hello to a new chapter of my life. As I pressed my…

Aug24
Too excited to sleep? #401runwithben
Too excited to sleep? #401runwithben
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Here’s a probable truth about a friend of mine from my running club in Bristol. This time next week, he probably won’t be getting a good night’s sleep, because if he is anything like me, he’ll be too damn excited.…

Aug12
IRONCAKE
IRONCAKE
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I completely forgot to share this amazing creation. A week after the race, Mark and I had an IRONPARTY which included a cake that Lucy (Mark’s wife) made for us. Amazing non? I hadn’t drunk for a very long time,…