When I first started cycling I wasn’t fond of jerseys (or shorts) at all. Cycling jerseys are technical garments preferred by many cyclists due to their lightweight and cooling properties, as well as being a comfortable fit when leaning forward on the bike. When purchasing a jersey, the sizing can be a little confusing, there are lots of brands out there and different styles to chose from. The right jersey can be comfortable, practical and make you look and feel great. So here are my top picks and tips. … More My Top Picks: Women’s Cycling Jerseys
With the combination of current pool closures due to COVID-19 and the improvement in the UK weather, there is notably a rise in open water swimming at swim centres, lakes, rivers and beaches across England. With more and more people dipping their toes into open water swimming (pun intended) it is increasingly important to familiarise yourself with water safety, as whilst outdoor swimming is allowed, safety remains paramount. There are huge differences between pool swimming and open water swimming, and many further contrasts in swimming in lakes and the sea. When it comes to Open Water, I am predominantly a lake swimmer, and I am acutely aware of the differences and challenges between swimming in lakes and the sea. With this in mind, I recently caught up with fellow triathlete, ASICS FrontRunner and good friend of mine, Victoria Stears, to discuss all things sea swimming. … More Top tips for Sea Swimming
So you have bought your new bike (this might be a road bike, gravel bike, hybrid, mountain bike and so on), or maybe you’ve already started cycling but you still feel very new and confused? Here are my top tips for new cyclists compiled of all the things I learned through friends, experience or things I wish I had known from the very start. … More Top Tips for New/ Beginner Cyclists
World Environment Day is celebrated each year on the 5th June. It is a day to inspire positive change, highlight key environmental challenges and promote widespread action. The theme for 2020 is Biodiversity. There are strong, but often overlooked relationships between sports and biodiversity. There are many ways in which we, as runners, can positively act to support nature. From changes in diet to making mindful travel choices, I encourage you to do wider reading and have conversations at home about this, but to help get you started here are some brief examples of what you can do to support positive relationships between biodiversity and sport. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: How to be a more Eco-friendly Runner
Whilst I love cycling, finding the right cycling shorts is essential to enjoying time with your bike. Here I share my top women’s cycling shorts and bib shorts including Liv, Gore, Pearl Izumi, Zone 3 and more. … More My Top Picks: Women’s Cycling Shorts
Open water swimming is currently allowed in England with more and more people returning to the water or curious to make the transition from pool swimming to open water swimming. Read on for my top tips including finding open water swim venues, your first swim, swimming gear and post swim. … More Open Water Swimming: help, advice, kit and tips
We’ve all been there, we’ve all seen it- the sea of plastic bottles left at the end of mass participation running/sporting events. Not only does it look unsightly, it is also a stark reminder of the impact our sporting choices have on the environment. As the interest in running continues and the number of races on offer expands, this has implications for sustainability. Here I explore the issues and possible solutions to plastic bottle usage at races. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: can we eradicate single use plastic bottles from races?
Finisher t-shirts, they’re dividing the running community. From issues around sustainability and eco-friendliness to necessity, purpose and practicality. We cannot escape the unsustainable way we produce clothing and the damage this can cause to the environment. But what are these impacts and what can we do? Here I explore the environmental issues, potential solutions and implications of finisher t-shirts. Who knew that such a seemingly insignificant item could spark such debate?! … More Running the Road to Sustainability: the debate around finisher t-shirts
Welcome to my first of hopefully many sustainability in running/sports focused blogs. I’m publishing this as part of Earth Day 2020 to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and inspire the small actions that lead to bigger impacts in this field. We’ve all seen them, and we all hate them: the sea of discarded gel wrappers at the end of a race, on the trails or in hedgerows of popular running routes. It doesn’t have to be this way, many gel wrappers are recyclable, or you can stray away from gels altogether. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: Lets talk about Energy Gels and Welcome to my new blog series!
I’ve decided that it’s time to start stepping out of my comfort zone in the comfort of my own home and I’ll be pushing myself to take on a different challenge each weekend during the lockdown period. This weekend was my first experience of the Ironman Virtual Racing Series and a steep learning curve in balcony running, turbo transitions and mastering multiple bits of tech (which I am useless at)! … More Ironman Virtual Race Club: VR3