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Feb13
Valentine’s Day Pink Energy Balls!
Valentine’s Day Pink Energy Balls!
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Nothing says be my Valentine to the triathlete in your life like bright pink natural energy balls! Plus, read on to win a copy of Kate’s book and some yummy Go Bites… Since it’s Valentine’s, we’ve asked nutritionist Kate Percy…

Jan27
How to avoid the chafe
How to avoid the chafe
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With audacious mileage becoming increasingly trendy in cycling, we need to do everything we can to keep our rears happy. Here are some top tips to avoid angry nethers for long stints in the saddle.   I can’t speak for…

Jan17
On Surviving Plantar Fasciitis
On Surviving Plantar Fasciitis
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Plantar Fasciitis is a curious injury. Upon imparting current possession of the world’s most mis-pronounced foot problem, there’s usually a reply of ‘eh?’ Yet according to research, 10% of everyone will…

Jan13
Learning to Love the Turbo
Learning to Love the Turbo
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When I hear the ‘t’ word, it’s usually accompanied by a rainbow of other, more distasteful ones. But what if we triathletes learned to love it — and should we even bother? I…

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…

Jan11
Five months to Challenge Denmark – I have some serious work to do.
Five months to Challenge Denmark – I have some serious work to do.
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After my usual slovenly Christmas break, I’m unfit and a little bit scared. But that doesn’t matter, because I’m also excited. Do your worst, training plan! (Thank goodness for commas!) I’m going to begin this post with a three letter…

Nov21
Scooting in chilly, boggy winter.
Scooting in chilly, boggy winter.
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It’s cold out now, puddles are two-a-penny. Is my Swifty scooter just a fair weather friend or is she made of tougher stuff? For us triathletes, it’s off season. For me, the end of season sigh came weeks ago, and with it…

Oct26
Triathlon and strength- one does not equal the other.
Triathlon and strength- one does not equal the other.
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  You’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘triathlon fit’ equals strength, but I’ve discovered that this is just not the case. Autumn is a fine time to identify areas in which we want to improve, which is just as well…

Oct20
5 Training Tips for your first Triathlon
5 Training Tips for your first Triathlon
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Ah, the magic of the first multi. The thrill of jelly legs meeting a sense of achievement can be somewhat addictive. But getting to the start line is the hardest part – here are some tips to help you get there.…

Oct03
Hello Autumn, hello Fierlan tights!
Hello Autumn, hello Fierlan tights!
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As the light evenings draw in, memories flicker into my mind of winter cycling, that come the summer months, are better best forgotten. But this year, I’ve got something toasty to look forward to – and it’s not just the tea…

Oct02
Review: Rev 1.5L Hydration Pack from Osprey: Tested on 60 miles of trail running.
Review: Rev 1.5L Hydration Pack from Osprey: Tested on 60 miles of trail running.
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I tested the Rev 1.5L Hydration Pack from Osprey on my first ever ultra marathon, and I liked what I found.

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…

Mar08
Training Before Breakfast = Smug.
Training Before Breakfast = Smug.
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International Women’s Day marked my first ever pre-breakfast training ride. Today I went for a ride before work – for the first time ever. In my life. Like, ever. Incidentally, it was also International Women’s Day. And so, I decided…

Mar06
On joining a cycling club (or two).
On joining a cycling club (or two).
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It took me a long time to join a cycling club because I just couldn’t pick. And then two picked me within two months. But not literally, obvs. Despite my thighs getting wider (not just because of the cafe stops),…

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…

Feb01
Yoga for Cyclists: Core
Yoga for Cyclists: Core
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As a cyclist it’s really important to keep those hips stretched out. Triathlove teams up with Bristol based yoga instructor Alice to bring you some easy to achieve poses to keep you supple. Why is it important to keep the core…

Jan25
Herbal Tea to Support You.
Herbal Tea to Support You.
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With 36 delicious organic herbal teas to choose from, all medicinal grade and ready to give you some love, it’s easy to find a Pukka tea that you fancy. But have you ever thought about which herbal teas may benefit…

Jan17
Top tips – Yoga for Athletes
Top tips – Yoga for Athletes
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Yoga For Athletes: Six Yoga Poses to add to your Training. Manon practises at her studio – Flow Yoga Bristol  Practising yoga as part of a training regime is on the up, but why should you do it, and how…

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
Yoga for Cyclists: Quads
Yoga for Cyclists: Quads
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Alice’s Weekly Stretch Tips for Cyclists – This Week, Quads. Alice Cheucle is a Yoga Teacher, taking a weekly Yoga for Cyclists class at Flow Yoga Bristol. She fell in love with yoga whilst travelling around South East Asia almost four…

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…

Jan06
Maiden Night Ride
Maiden Night Ride
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My first time out as a night rider. Such is my brain, that the moment I started getting excited about my first ever night road cycle club ride, the Knight Rider theme tune appears perkily in my head. Four hours…

Dec23
Yoga for Cyclists: Shoulders
Yoga for Cyclists: Shoulders
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Alice’s Weekly Stretch Tips for Cyclists – This Week, Shoulders. Alice Cheucle is a Yoga Teacher, taking a weekly Yoga for Cyclists class at Flow Yoga Bristol. She fell in love with yoga whilst travelling around South East Asia almost…

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,…

Dec08
Overtraining Syndrome?
Overtraining Syndrome?
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When you have to lie about it, you have a problem. My heart rate rises, face flushes, and I am ready for action. No, I am not talking about an interval session. I am talking about that moment when someone…

Dec06
First Tri bars outing (in the rain)
First Tri bars outing (in the rain)
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Today’s ride was glorious. I felt content upon return, despite being covered in mud and bits of banana. The weather was absolutely abysmal, atrocious, and other such a words to describe relentless and really wet rain pouring down from a…

Dec03
Why I Love Flow Yoga Bristol.
Why I Love Flow Yoga Bristol.
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Festive-party dress shopping-work-training frazzle. Enter yoga. Sigh. Once again my endeavours to kick-start a solid base phase have been thwarted, this time by Christmas party dress shopping. Luckily for me I have discovered the wonders of turbo training sessions called…

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…

Nov22
First cold cycle of the year
First cold cycle of the year
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I really must pull my finger out.  How does time do this? One minute it’s July, cycling in the freezing cold and hammering rain, and the next it’s November and I’m cycling in the…. hang on a minute. Ok seasons…

Nov12
Chrissie’s Silver Bullets
Chrissie’s Silver Bullets
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“Anything is possible, live a life without limits” was the final tip from four-time World Ironman Champ Chrissie Wellington, who had ventured out on a damp Autumn evening to tell a small group of Bristol folk her secrets of success.…

Nov07
I am so excited I might pee myself.
I am so excited I might pee myself.
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Meet Contessa. So today I picked up my brand new bike, this is really really really really exciting. Did I mention that this is exciting? I’ve had my first ever road bike for two years, and I’ve done over 4000…

Nov02
Hello again, base phase
Hello again, base phase
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So, it looks like my blog posts are like buses. Quiet for a week and then three appear at once. CYCLING WITH BOYS However! Quiet doesn’t mean nothing is going on. Oh no no. Since I last posted about my…

Oct16
Turmeric – Yellow Gold.
Turmeric – Yellow Gold.
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Turmeric – A Little Yellow Treasure for Triathletes One of the great perks of working for a herbal tea and supplements company is that I get to learn all kinds of weird and wonderful facts and secrets about the magical…

Oct05
Discovered my TFL, and booked a marathon. Obviously.
Discovered my TFL, and booked a marathon. Obviously.
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2016 plans, and a new injury for my portfolio It is with great pleasure that I announce my plans for next year (gulp-stroke-oops). The Paris Marathon in April followed by the 113 Half Ironman in June. The plan is to…