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Jun15
How I Went to Denmark and ‘Won’
How I Went to Denmark and ‘Won’
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When life did a curveball on me this year and thwarted my training plans something rotten, I had a choice. Go to Denmark and do my best, or bail out in a mess of lack of fitness. Some of those…

Jun09
Challenge Herning – ETU Middle Distance Championship
Challenge Herning – ETU Middle Distance Championship
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I’ve arrived in Denmark with a dodgy pair of ankles, a few extra pounds, a dent in my fitness but my spirits in tact… Within hours of arriving in Denmark I’d got a hug from the best Ironman triathlete in the…

Feb06
Open Adventure – Yorkshire Dales
Open Adventure – Yorkshire Dales
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Open 5 Feb 5th – the perfect addition to half Iron training – an injection of fun on toast. ‘So, remind me how to do the compass thing again?’ I…

Dec06
Bouncing back from my first DNF to an Ultra Win.
Bouncing back from my first DNF to an Ultra Win.
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In June I was the newly proud owner of a piece of slate emblazoned with ‘First Female’, yet only two months prior, I could barely move from the sofa, and had…

Sep27
My first ultra running story.
My first ultra running story.
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60 miles and a bag of peas later, I’m now an ultra-runner, with some surprising bonuses (and one unhappy knee).   For my first foray into the world of ultra,…

Sep18
Cyclocross: why I’m already a sucker. Winter’s about to get fun.
Cyclocross: why I’m already a sucker. Winter’s about to get fun.
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How I went from newbie from cyclocross winner in a week. Cross is coming, and I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a fun winter.

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…

Sep12
Five pints and a road race
Five pints and a road race
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My first ever 4th Cat criterium. Preparation: five pints of lager and half a bowl of porridge. Conclusion: there’s nothing like a Road Race to sort out a hang over. In 2015 I watched the Bristol Grand Prix Road Race…

Sep09
Cotswold 113 – Half Iron
Cotswold 113 – Half Iron
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Cotswold Classic Middle Distance Triathlon 2016 – 1.9km Swim / 56mile bike / Half Marathon run Race Day. My alarm went off chirpily at 3am, but it needn’t have bothered, I’d already been awake since 2.30,…

Sep09
Race Review: XMAN Tri the Goat
Race Review: XMAN Tri the Goat
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Xman Tri The Goat – 3.9.16 – xmanevents.com I woke on Sunday morning from an 11 hour slumber, feeling as though I’d been beaten up. Everything ached, from my legs to my neck. I wasn’t ill, no, I’d just Tri’d…

Jul18
#WOMENS100 – A Lesson.
#WOMENS100 – A Lesson.
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Learning the subtle difference between a challenge and utter foolishness on the Rapha Women’s 100. Sunday 17th July was Rapha #womens100 day on planet earth. A day to celebrate women riding road bikes all over the world, and indeed, a…

Jul04
Wiggle Mendips 100 Miles
Wiggle Mendips 100 Miles
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1 weekend. 10k + 100 miles = three lies. My SuperSix-riding buddy Rosie bought me an entry to the Wiggle Mendips 100 mile Sportive for my 35th birthday, which I gleefully accepted, although the amusement did not escape me that I…

Apr05
Paris Marathon + Cycle Home
Paris Marathon + Cycle Home
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What started as a little idea turned into reality whilst I was too busy to notice. Before I knew it, I was on my way to Paris to attempt to run the marathon and cycle home the next morning within…

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…

Mar13
100 Mile Audax: Glorious Gospel Pass
100 Mile Audax: Glorious Gospel Pass
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I love the Gospel Pass Audax. Yesterday saw the 36th edition of the 150km cycling event – one of the hardest and oldest events in the Audax UK calendar.

Feb14
First ever first place!
First ever first place!
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I’d spent the week leading up to an off-road 10k ill in bed. Maybe the rest did me good, because I rocked up and won it, my first ever win! My blog had a bit of tumbleweed across it this…

Jan30
Pelowhat? First Competitive Race.
Pelowhat? First Competitive Race.
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My first closed circuit cycling race. 30 minutes + 3 laps. Av pace 19.1 mph. Position 10/10. Times lapped = 0. Win. Imagine if you will, burning lungs, sinuses filling up with goo as fast as you endeavour to remove…

Jan16
The Spine Race
The Spine Race
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I would like to start this post by saying that by no means have I done the Spine Race. But I think it’s fascinating – a portfolio of ultra marathons and self navigation skills are a prerequisite of entry to…

Dec19
My Races, Events, Adventures
My Races, Events, Adventures
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2016   2015   2014  

Dec05
Hung over Cross Country
Hung over Cross Country
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Bristol & West XC race  | 05 December 2015  | Blaise Castle, Bristol Spikes + Mud = Fun. Unless your preparation goes awry that is. Ok, you heard it here first. My extra secret tip for amazing success at cross…

Nov12
My first XC race evs
My first XC race evs
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I was 26.7th% in the field at my first ever Cross Country race,  Not so bad. My time for the 6km was 27:32 with an average pace of 7:28. The mud was really quite slippy, I think that spikes and more…

Oct03
Tasty Cheddar Audax 2015 – 100k
Tasty Cheddar Audax 2015 – 100k
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I love a good Audax. I tend to find myself increasingly pleased that I’m alive on this planet as the Audax day progresses. It usually begins however, with regret, thanks to an early alarm on a weekend after relentless alarms…

Sep21
Dawlish Sprint Triathlon
Dawlish Sprint Triathlon
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Did I find my post Ironman mojo?  So it’s been a couple of months and a bit since the big IM. I’ve suffered MASSIVE demotivation and panting afflictions upon ascending the wee-est of hills on my bike or out running.…

Aug16
Sodbury 64 mile Sportive – First proper effort since Ironman
Sodbury 64 mile Sportive – First proper effort since Ironman
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I AM TIRED!!!! My legs ache. I am but a shadow of my usual hilarious energetic self (ahem.) But I feel good, because I have just completed the Sodbury Sportive hilly 64 miler, on a beautiful life affirming english summer’s…

Jul21
My first Ironman
My first Ironman
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Race Day finally arrived. Well, one thing about days is that no matter how far away they may seem, they always come around. And just like any other day in the calendar, after having it in my diary for twelve…

Jul18
'Twas the night before ironman
'Twas the night before ironman
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Wish me luck! I’ve been all over the place, a ball of nerves, a quiet tear in race briefing. Now the lights are out, my bike is on rack 296 at Pennington Flash, my T1 and T2 bags are having…

Jun28
Cotswold 51.5 Olympic Distance Triathlon
Cotswold 51.5 Olympic Distance Triathlon
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Cotswold 51.5 (olympic triathlon) a very rainy race! Finish time: 02:44:53 Overall position: 106 / 162 (last year 132/160) Gender pos: 20/51 Cat: 17/28 (LY 14/17) (20% improvement on position YOY) I knocked 2 minutes off my swim time and…

Jun27
Bristol’s 7th Annual Naked Bike Ride
Bristol’s 7th Annual Naked Bike Ride
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Hundreds have taken part in a naked bike ride in Bristol today to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists and the effects of traffic pollution… …. or florally cycling, for me. More cyclists should get involved in this event. It is…

Jun24
‘Fast Women’ by Le Sportif
‘Fast Women’ by Le Sportif
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Tonight’s usual Wednesday 30 miler was so much fun! There’s were only a few of us tonight and the pace was quick! The sun came out and surprised us and I even fancied Belmont hill (a 1 mile av 7%…

Jun15
22 Mile Classic Quarter
22 Mile Classic Quarter
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Just another weekend of Ironman training seems to = just another epic sporting achievement SUCH IS THE LIFE of an about-to-be-hopefully-if-all-goes-to-plan Ironwoman, in the peak of physical fitness after 25 weeks of training. It’s paying off! I might sound a…

Jun08
Bonking on the Wiggle Dragon Ride
Bonking on the Wiggle Dragon Ride
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Wiggle Dragon Ride – Gran Fondo (142 Miles), my first ‘proper’ bonk… Last year, when doing the Welsh Castles Relay with Southville Running Club, I had a little secret. When I was sat there in the van (And we accidentally…

May19
Immortal Half Iron
Immortal Half Iron
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This photo sums up my day! Hugging the nice medical lady that helped me on the course, with a few tears and a medal slung around my neck. Highs n Lows As I wheeled my bicycle back to my car…

May14
Volcano Triathlon – Club La Santa Lanzarote
Volcano Triathlon – Club La Santa Lanzarote
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Results: Female winner: Corrine Abraham, GBR, 2:09:19 My time: 2:45:48 (not far off then 😉 Position 26/84 (!) 6/13 in age  group  = 😀 Club La Santa was a little piece of heaven on earth. And as such Jess Glynne’s…

May01
My first century!
My first century!
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Cycling past beautiful yellow fields of springtime rapeseed made me smile – I always used to drive past it and wish I could get closer, and here I was, soaking it all up.  Week 18 of 30 saw me complete…

Apr22
A weekend of Audax
A weekend of Audax
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Bring it on! What is an Audax? Is a question I am often asked. Well. First off, as of this week, it’s a thing that I am officially a member of, until December 31st 2015 at least. Here’s some info.…

Mar15
Gospel Pass Audax – 150km
Gospel Pass Audax – 150km
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I rode my first ever Audax in February this year; the Jack and Grace Cotton memorial ride, taking in beautiful Cotswolds scenery over 100km. Standing weary-legged at the final stamp-card point, I was asked by a ruddy cheeked,  jovial man…

Nov03
Ladies who ride – the grand finale 2014
Ladies who ride – the grand finale 2014
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At the end of October, the final Ladies who Ride took place, marking an end to the Le Sportif calandar for us girls who ride. As usual Helene led a perfectly paced and safe group out to Clevedon, the round…