Basics of bike maintenance

Jose helping to fix my bike and teaching me basic maintenance

One of the things that puts many people off cycling is fear of having a mechanical issue. However, it is easy to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance. I’ve rounded up a few key videos that will help you to learn the skills that you need. The most important maintenance Read more…


Planning for 2018

Planner with the words 'Make it happen'

I usually spend some time on New Year’s Eve planning my races for the following season, but of course, I start thinking about what I want to achieve before then. This year was no different, but I’ve been so busy that it’s taken until now for me to write down Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Killian Jornet

Kilian Jornet

Do you have a head for heights? This inspirational video is by Spanish ultrarunner Killian Jornet: I’m scared of heights, but this video has inspired me to get out of my comfort zone this week. Read more about Kilian Jornet: Kilian Jornet Burgada KJB Blog KJ Facebook page


The pox, parkrun, Swimathon and cancer

Swimathon 2018 logo

I had such great plans for the last couple of weeks, with intentions of getting my training for Reading Half Marathon and Swimathon back on track. Chicken pox (combined with teething, because one lot of pain isn’t enough for my tiny masochist!) decided that was not to be. Poor M Read more…


Outdoor, walking, hiking and camping blogs

Winfields Best Outdoor Blogs 2018

Thank you to Winfields Outdoors for listing Fat Girl to Ironman as one of “the best outdoor, walking, hiking and camping bloggers you need to follow in 2018.” There are some fantastic blogs and bloggers in the list, so it’s worth checking out if you want to find some new reading Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Colin McCourt and goal-setting

Colin McCourt in his prime and in early 2017

We’re nearly a month into 2018. Many people who subscribe to the ‘New year, new you!’ philosophy, but they simply wish for change aren’t making it happen. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? How are they going? Did you plan ahead and have a clear goal? Depending on your Read more…


Haseeb Ahmad is hosting a prize draw

Haseeb Ahmad running with a guide

You might remember that I posted a review of Haseeb Ahmad’s autobiography a short while ago. Haseeb is running a fantastic prize draw on his blog, so if you want to be in with the change of winning an amazing goody bag, make sure you visit: https://haseebblindironman.com/blogs/prizedraw/


Swimathon 2018 – #SwimForAll

Swimathon ambassadors

After my morning at Tilgate parkrun, I took a train to London Bridge and then got on the underground to Stratford – destination: the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park! I was going to meet most of the other Swimathon Ambassadors and some very special guests. I arrived Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: One is more than none

This Girl Can photo

It’s January, so you may have set some New Year’s resolutions to be fitter and healthier in 2018. Don’t push yourself to do too much too soon. Remember that it’s best to aim for a sustainable level of activity and don’t forget:


Tilgate parkrun with parkrun ambassadors

Tilgate parkrun

OMG! What an amazing but completely exhausting day yesterday was. It started at about 2am when M decided it was time for a party. I tried to encourage her to ‘lie down and cuddle mummy’, but somehow that was interpreted as ‘why not use Mummy’s bed as a trampoline?’ so Read more…