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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…


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…


Monday Morning Motivation: The pale mountains road

Bike on a road in Innsbruck, Austria

Mountains were the cornerstone of Stephano’s life. Growing up in a family of skiers, he started competing at a young age. When an injury took skiing away from him he found solace in his offseason training activity, cycling. What he realised was a new way to experience the mountains that he Read more…


Six-hour challenge at Revolve24

Tamsyn on her bike at the top of a hill

On Sunday, I took part in the six-hour challenge at Revolve24. What is Revolve24? I’d not heard of Revolve24 before this year (although I knew such events existed), so as soon as it was mentioned to me I was keen to find out more. It’s a 24-hour race around Brands Read more…


Yobike!

Image of two YoBikes

I was fascinated when I saw that bike share bikes had arrived in Southampton in September 2017. I’d read about the success (and failure) of similar schemes in other cities and countries. How would Yobike fare here? Vandalism and theft Bike theft seems to be a particular problem in this city. Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Free

Close up of a woman riding a bike

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is about freedom and how riding a bike can make you feel free. Free. None of this is free. But that’s what makes the payoff so sweet. Anyone who has ever stuck with a training plan to prepare for a new challenge knows this. Anyone Read more…


Am I ready for Revolve24?

Revolve 24 logo

I decided to do Revolve24 months ago, and now it’s only a week to go, so am I ready? What is Revolve 24? Revolve24 is a full weekend of endurance cycling, fun and friendship at the iconic Brands Hatch motor circuit in Kent. The main event is the 24-hour race, Read more…