Sometimes when I’m feeling really stressed or down, I get some of my race numbers and medals out and think of the things I have achieved.
Amazing wine tasting at camel valley vineyard (an award wining winery in the south west) We arrived at the same time as the duchess of Cornwall! And felt a bit awkward as we were the only people Not trying to take photos of her! The brut is incredible and actually knowing they do all the harvesting and general maintenance on a staff of 6 on 25 acres is incredible!
Incredible bit of trail running today, along the coast from fowey, stopping on the beach at polkerris to take in the view :)
Bodmin moor sportive: the furthest I’ve ever ridden on terrain I am not used to! It didn’t start particularly well, my gears weren’t shifting properly and I couldn’t shift up from my small chainring and had to use some weird evasive manoeuvres in order to change gear. I psyched myself out way too much pre event and so once we hit our first major climb (2km of 12-15% gradient!) I was struggling mentally to just push myself up them (cadence and gearing was definitely an issue) after that it didn’t get much better; Cornwall is literally all ascents and descents, not great for me as more of a sprinter. I was ready to give up at mile 35 after being hit with a 25% descent on a single track lane complete with multiple hair pin bends, but Rich got me through it. Overall I’m glad I did it and stuck with it. But I probably won’t be cycling in the southwest again any time soon!!!
Cleaning my bike in the garden in my bikini!
Since I’m resting my legs for my big Bodmin moor sportive on Sunday I thought I’d give my bike a really good clean instead!
When you are forced to talk to people who think cycling is shit and football is good, and then they bring up doping and you’re like ‘oh yeah because us doping in the 90’s is way worse than footballers constantly doing coke and raping women.’
Marcel’s mate for the night
Amazing day in London with Rich, we sat in green park for a while, but we managed to find a great spot on the mall just before the finish. It was so inspiring watching the riders I love and idolise go by in a flash, I also met the most amazing family; two serious cyclists with two gorgeous kids who were so into the event! That’s the kind of family I want one day!(Think the sky rider is bernie, but not sure!)
Chilling out in green park watching the tour and drinking some fizz in my karl lagerfeld dress and extremely fetching Tour de France sunglasses! More from the mall later!!!
I have to say that when people say I’m an inspiration I’m so touched and also motivated to maintain what I do. I won’t lie, recovery is something I still have to do everyday and a fight I may always have, but people I follow on here and those that follow me make a real difference and every positive comment or follow from other athletes keeps me smiling :) xNo twitter I’m afraid, this is my only online presence.
Photo bombing occasionalclimber!
Cycle challenge with occasionalclimberHerts cycle challenge is a charity sportive for rennie grove hospice care, they provide an amazing service for people suffering from debilitating or terminal conditions.
Herts cycle challenge with occasionalclimber : latest charity sportive, I have to say that my average kph wasn’t great due to shitty road surfaces and fucking ridiculously short, sharp hills. Also, note to self: riding off a hangover works… Eventually, but it bloody hurts for the first 10 km. It was fun though and I’m loving my bike at the moment!