Day 2

Being in my mid 40s with a history of drug addiction and smoking I have to accept that I can only get my body to perform one sporting at any one time. I can’t for example train towards doing an hour record while also keeping my body in a condition where I could do a…

Day 1

I had my first ride on the roads on the second of June, Strava recorded it as 86% at zone one, it was really wonderful to be outside in the early morning air, one of the joys of getting up at 0400 is the roads are really quiet and Richmond Park isn’t open to cars,…

Counting the cost

Since my crash the NHS has been amazing, if you’re in the US you might find it odd, personally I find it just as odd that you have to pay extra for your care, the NHS is brilliant and I find myself wondering how much would have my care cost in the US. I see…

The reason it’s over.

Since my brain damage I’ve been struggling with other aspects of my mental wellbeing and I’m in therapy to help try and find a coping mechanism to help me manage my reaction to having my Phd knocked out of my head and the issues around my feeling worthless, and it’s truly that. I’m no longer…

More on my brain damage

Weeks after spine surgery and my physical recovery is rather remarkable, my brain damage on the other hand is kicking my arse all over South London. When I was at school I was picked on and bullied so in reaction to that I threw myself into my education, I was that “never missed a day”…

Post Surgical Glow.

This time last week I was discharged from hospital following stage one of the fix my back surgeries and it really was as life changing as the accident that caused it. When I got wheeled in Mr Marsh was chatting to one of the team, asked me how I was feeling and said “ this…

The things you can do….

I’ve decided to get my head out of my arse and try not to be so bleak about the current broken back, brain damage, still a bit wonky situation. It’s true that I’ve been a down in the dumps, and it’s not just the constant pain, the lack of sleeping and the work thing but…

Keep calm they say.

I’ve agonised and cried a lot this weekend, since deciding on the British Women’s Master’s Hour and then breaking my back and then still waiting for surgery I was beginning to feel a little tested, this weekend I opened the first letter that advised against me doing the record due to my spine condition and…

Well that bloody hurt.

This morning I woke up feeling quite chipper, I washed down my good night’s sleep with a spanking cup of mild brown blue mountain coffee, climbed into my bibshorts and headed off up the road for a quick 30k. 3k later I’m on the side of the road sat in a pool of my own…

Things aren’t all bad.

Over winter and being more than a little slightly broken I’ve been spending time on my Elite turbo trainer and while it’s a great piece of tech that my non cycling chums genuinely “WOW” over in their slight disbelief that their childhood toy had such computer controlled potential. I’ve bought fully into turbo training as…

Rejected for the right reason.

I found a coach, well actually there are a few coaches I’ve been speaking too and they all offer something different and I’ve been at different stages of the engagement process when communication stops for various reasons. Talking to coaches isn’t a natural thing to me, there’s always that slight bit of trepidation were I…

The Nameless Company

A company approached me offering support for my British Women’s Master’s Record, it’s the first and only time a company has approached me such a way. It’s no secret that Specialized have been wonderful to me and I have nothing but thanks and gratitude towards them and because of their attitude I will continue supporting…