A Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon

During 2020 I saw many people take up new sports, especially to pass the time during the lockdown and subsequent summer and I have no doubt people will continue to relish the challenge of trying something new in 2021. Running, Cycling and Open Water Swimming are becoming more and more popular, and alongside this there maybe he temptation to dabble in triathlon. This is a comprehensive guide of all my top tips and insights to help get you started, keep you motivated and guide you through your first event (whenever these may return). I want to encourage more people to participate in triathlon and I especially want to empower more women to join me and toe the start line at multi sport events. I’m not a coach, or a super experienced athlete, I’m just a girl who gave it a go and fell in love with triathlon. … More A Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon

Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

2020 has been a tough year for us all. For many, just navigating our way through all the uncertainty has been a priority and any running, swimming, cycling or fitness goals we might have had, have been forced to take a backseat as we adjusted to a new normal. If like me, you’re really feeling ready to bid farewell to 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 you might be thinking about goals and what to aim for. It is likely 2021 will be another challenging year and goal setting might look a little different. … More Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

Staying motivated during winter

As the days get shorter, nights longer and the weather a bit more unpredictable, its natural for your motivation to plummet alongside the winter temperatures. With many gyms on restricted opening hours/ limited access, more and more of us will remain training outside despite the weather taking a wintery turn. It is completely natural for motivation to dip during this period, especially with the welcomed distraction of Christmas and all the festivities that accompany this. It is completely your choice if you wish to keep chasing the miles outdoors, however if you’re keen to train through winter, but perhaps your motivation isn’t quite as enthusiastic, here are some of my top tips to see you through until Spring. … More Staying motivated during winter

Winter Cycling Essentials for you and your bike

When the weather gets colder, wetter and darker you can either opt to take your bike inside and smash out your rides on the turbo trainer, or if the conditions are safe, you can ride through the cold and wet and embraces all that winter riding has to offer. If you are heading out in winter, here are some of my top essentials, from kit to keep you warm and dry to bits for your bike. … More Winter Cycling Essentials for you and your bike

Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Whether you’re new to running or a more seasoned runner, the idea of running sessions and the terminology around these can be a little alien and often somewhat confusing. From tempo runs to strides, to base runs to jeffing- there is a lot of jargon out there and navigating through it is sometimes a little baffling. There is nothing scary about ‘sessions’ and they aren’t something reserved for elite or ‘fast’ runners, we can all do them and we can all benefit from them- they are simply a way of categorising runs within your training based on their purpose, intensity or duration. One of the biggest advantages of doing different running sessions is the variety it can bring to your running. This in turn helps you develop as a runner, strengthens your cardiovascular system and muscles, avoids repetition- which can keep boredom and injuries at bay and gives you a chance to find what aspects of running you enjoy. Whether you do or don’t embrace a variety of running techniques, it doesn’t determine your ‘worth’ as a runner- remember we are all runners no matter how far or fast. But if you’re curious, read on- at least then you’ll be able to hear the word fartlek and not uncontrollably laugh. … More Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

One thing I’m frequently asked is how I balance training for multisports- so swimming, cycling, running, strength training and finding time to rehab, alongside working a 40 hour week, commuting (pre-COVID) and being a functioning human being. The answer is training smart, but also checking in on yourself and making sure that whilst you may be trying to cram it all in, you’re realistic and remember to give yourself a break. Here are some timesaving hacks and essential things to consider when trying to juggle a hectic training schedule … More Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

Top tips for new runners

2020 has seen a boom in people taking up running- largely due to periodic lockdowns and closures to gyms and fitness classes. Running has many excellent health benefits, both physical and mental. Physically, running can improve your cardio-vascular fitness, strengthen muscles, help maintain a healthy weight and also build strong bones. Running also helps improve our mental health, and for many is used as a way to de-stress, experience nature and the great outdoors and provide resilient coping mechanisms which are vital during this uncertain period. But where on earth do you begin? Especially when usual entry networks such as parkrun and running clubs are suspended? Here are my top tips for newbie runners … More Top tips for new runners