Hearing that the podcast I'd done with Sparta Chicks was the 2nd most popular episode of the year has really made me reflect on how much 2020 has changed me. So this is a bit of a deep dive into what I've worked on and learned this year. And it's not only about cycling.
I went into this Everest with clarity of focus, iron clad will, and a calm (anxiety free) outlook. But the planets didn't align on this one, and when my body screamed at me to stop I actually listened this time. So how important is this DNF? And why should I celebrate it?
The concept of an Everesting basecamp is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and ride repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 4424m. Riding it off-road adds some unique challenges though.
As athletes, mental toughness is something that we constantly need to work on. Developing, training, testing, so that it's ready for when we need to call on it. So how do we work on mental toughness during lockdown in a pandemic? Spoiler alert: the answer may not be what you think.
I've often wondered what cyclists who race do for the rest of the day. After all, they are only racing for an hour or so. I now know the answer. They fall over and die on the floor. Or maybe that's just me.
I guess this is what happens when you give an Audaxer and indoor trainer and point her in the direction of a challenge. So here's how I joined the Hells 500 "Lycra Party" vEveresting World Record attempt.
It’s not often (okay, it’s like never) that I let people see into what I refer to as Wonderland... which is my own personal madness. So this podcast is way outside my comfort zone. But it’s an important conversation to have. Because mental health doesn’t discriminate. And we all need to work together to break the stigma. So have a listen... and please be gentle with your feedback.
Gulp. Here it is... 🎤🎧🙈 As you’ll get from the podcast intro it’s pretty ... real. Before recording this I'd had feedback from other athletes that no one really talks about the gritty stuff. So here’s the gritty. Ps: it’s not a race Pps: use headphones
Sometimes in order to heal what's broken you need to get back in the saddle again. Literally. So I rode another 1200. And instead of losing it all, I found myself again.