Are you at risk of Red-S?

Woman in a red crop top leaning against a brick wall in an exercise studio with a dumbbell in her hand

For many years, the Female Athlete Triad was a recognised condition characterised by:– energy deficiency with or without disordered eating– menstrual disturbances/amenorrhoea– bone loss/osteoporosis.However, this classification failed to recognise that male athletes (whilst obviously not suffering from amenorrhoea) could also be at risk of this condition. The new name: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (Red-S) more Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rhonrad Dok

Woman wearing a leotard doing the splits in the centre of a large metal wheel.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation features a sport that you may not have heard of: Wheel Gymnastics. This (incorrectly labeled) video showcases a group of young Dutch athletes performing some incredible tricks. https://www.instagram.com/rhonrad.dok/?hl=en   Dok Rhönrad team on Instagram If this has inspired you to find out more about this Read more…


Is breathing essential?

Tamsyn standing next to a swimming pool whilst wearing a Swimathon t-shirt

So, how’s my training going? Well, if I didn’t need oxygen, I’d say ‘GREAT’, but that’s not the case 🙁 Unfortunately, my unhealthy start to 2019 continues. I’ve just got over the worst case of sinusitis imaginable and have now got a cold. I’ve got a very annoying cough and Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Last place finishers

Two men jogging in Central Park, New York.

Look no further for motivation this week. This CNN story details the inspirational stories of people who were the last-placed finishers in races around the globe. It examines what motivated them to complete the events when others in their situations would never have started. The final finisher: The inspiring stories Read more…


13 reasons why being a mother is a lot like being a triathlete

13 reasons why being a mother is a lot like being a triathlete.

1. The anticipation before your first one is huge and it’s a life-changing event. (I’ve heard people get blasé about further occurrences, but even so there’s likely to be a frisson of excitement and nerves before each one!) 2. It’s expensive. You end up buying a whole load of kit Read more…


Into the cold

This Girl Can advert. "Brrrrring it on". Image of a woman shivering in a pool.

I saw this video and it helped to inspire me to get in the pool this week. Thirteen years ago Diana Hayes started all-season swimming around Saltspring Island off the coast of British Columbia. She inspired friends and neighbours to join her and today the Salt Spring Seals pull on Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Tom Scheer

Man Standing next to a sign about the 40th anniversary of Ironman.

Tom Scheer is an American who once tipped the scales at 350lbs (over 25 stone/nearly 160kg). On January 1st 2006, he set himself the goal of completing all of the Ironman triathlons in North America and racing in Kona. Scheer completed his first Ironman in Wisconsin in 2007. He qualified Read more…


A swim, two runs and a conference

People taking notes in a conference setting.

What another crazy week. There was a lot that I needed to get done, but I was determined to fit some exercise in. I swam on Monday. I decided to swim 1250m, as that’s half of the distance that I need to do for Swimathon. It felt quite challenging, at Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jasmin Paris

Jasmin Paris fell running.

I already had a Monday Morning Motivation post planned, but after Jasmin Paris’s amazing performance last week, I knew that I had to dedicate this week to her. On Wednesday, Jasmin Paris won the Montane Spine race, a gruelling ultra covering 268 miles across the Pennines. Whilst completing a race Read more…


Swimathon 2019 – Enjoy the good days!

Duncan Goodhew giving Swimathon ambassadors some tips in the pool.

I was so excited to be invited back as a Swimathon Ambassador for 2019. At some point this winter, I had already decided to enter Swimathon. I enjoyed it so much for the last couple of years and feel that it gives me a great goal to aim for at Read more…