Category: Cycling

Getting serious about my challenges for 2020

Last year I found it hard to balance everything in my life. There was never enough time for sleep, so training took a back seat and I didn’t take on many challenges. I’m now more determined than ever to get my training back on track, so I’ve been planning a Read more…

Monday Morning Motivation: The Coxes and their tandem

Betty Cox and her husband, Graeme, wearing cycle helmets.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Betty Cox and her husband Graeme. Now 92 and 87 respectively, they still love riding their tandem four times a week. Betty was diagnosed with bowel cancer in her 80s. She recovered surprisingly quickly, which she credits to her fitness from cycling Read more…

Monday Morning Motivation: Danny Daycare

A man upside down in a jump on a bike pulling a trailer.

My Mondays always start with a cycle commute pulling a trailer, but that’s about where the similarity with Danny Macaskill ends. Enjoy! In his latest film Danny Macaskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how…  by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!

Training ride in the New Forest

Flat lay of cycling kit with the text 'Training ride in the New Forest'

After a series of conferences on Fridays, I finally had a Friday free to go on a training ride. It was much needed as I’ve got Castle to Coast sportive triathlon and RideLondon within the next month. I’ve not spent enough in the saddle this year. I’ve also been struggling Read more…

What does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?

Stopwatch with text saying 'what does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?'

Alongside my big goals (Castle to Coast triathlon) and RideLondon, I’ve been working on doing parkrun in under 30 minutes. I was over a minute slower than that at the LRR recalibration time trial, so I knew I had to get working. I still need to amend my eating habits Read more…

Bike ride to Bournemouth

Teri and Tamsyn wearing cycling kits by the beach at Bournemouth.

I must admit that I was a little apprehensive before joining Teri and her colleagues for a bike ride to Bournemouth. They are all in training for a weekend of cycling in France and have been doing some serious training miles, but Teri reckoned that I’d be able to keep Read more…

Feeling positive about my training

Image of Tamsyn running with text saying 'Feeling positive about my training' superimposed on it.

I’m feeling positive and inspired now that I’ve entered Castle to Coast. My Strava stats for May show that I’m really getting back on track. This was really helped by taking part in RunFestRun. RunFestRun I’ve written a whole post about RunFestRun, but the summary is this: 2x5km with M Read more…

Windsor to Brighton – my big event of 2019

Castle to Coast logo - it includes an illustration of Windsor Castle and Brighton.

I was so excited when I learnt about Fullsteam‘s latest event: Castle to Coast. It’s an event that takes entrants from Windsor to Brighton. What makes this event unique is that it’s the UK’s only sportive triathlon. I’ve been struggling with comparing my current race times with those I was Read more…

Something had to change

Tamsyn wearing SOAS cycling kit by a river with text superimposed on the picture 'Something had to change'.

I’ve been feeling down for months because I’ve not been exercising enough and I’ve been putting on weight. Eventually, something had to change. My schedule can’t go back to the way it used to be where I could train whenever I liked around my work hours. Stuart and I had Read more…

Monday Morning Motivation: Blood Road

Still from Blood Road.

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the site where Rebecca’s father, a Read more…