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Monday Morning Motivation: I will what I want

content discovered on Monday, December 18, 2017 in motivation gisele monday morning motivation motivation monday

Its a very short Monday Morning Motivation this week Supermodel Gisele Bundchen knows what it means to live under the microscope, amongst the noise of contradicting opinions. But will beats noise. Watch Gisele face real-time commentary now at: http://willbeatsnoise.com/ What do you think?

Monday Morning Motivation: Schuyler Bailar

content discovered on Monday, December 11, 2017 in motivation swimming harvard monday morning motivation transgender

Schuyler Bailars story is inspirational he gave up the opportunity to be an Olympic medalist to be true to himself. He was recruited to Harvard as a female, but has found peace after transitioning to male. I hope that over the next few years he achieves success in all areas of his life. In []

Monday Morning Motivation: Ironman 2017

content discovered on Monday, December 4, 2017 in motivation triathlon ironman kona monday morning motivation triathlon world championships

Watching the coverage of the Ironman World Championships is inspirational but most people dont have 17 hours to spare, so this highlights video that focuses on ordinary people may provide motivation for you within 10 minutes. The island may not care who they are or why they came. Its currents can wash away resolve. Its []

Monday Morning Motication – Rick and Dick Hoyt

content discovered on Monday, November 27, 2017 in motivation triathlon inspiration monday morning motivation motivation monday

In 1962, Judy Hoyt gave birth to a son with spastic quadriplegia and cerebral palsy. Judy and her husband Dick were advised to put Rick in an institution, but they decided to fight for his inclusion into a normal life. At 10 years old, they managed to get Rick his first interactive computer, which allowed []

Monday Morning Motivation: Iron to the Core

Decorated long-distance triathlete Sebastian Kienle gives an inside look at what it takes to be an Ironman. From preparation to race day, its a life spent enduring gruelling trials, but every small success makes the arduous journey worth it. Iron to the Core video IRONMAN World Champion! The man in the focus right now! SEBASTIAN: []

I managed a sprint tri in the space of a week

I really thought that I was going to get back into a routine of work, training and blogging with M starting nursery but three weeks in and her attendance is 25% 😦 The poor thing has picked up every illness going and shared it with the household, so Ive not had a lot of free []

Monday Morning Motivation: Island House Triathlon

content discovered on Monday, November 13, 2017 in motivation triathlon island house triathlon monday morning motivation triathlon

The 2017 Island House Invitational Triathlon will take place at Highbourne Cay in the Bahamas on 17th 18th November. It will be staged as three events over the course of two days, awarding $500,000 in prize money. There are four British women taking part: Leanda Cave, Rachel Joyce, Holly Lawrence and Emma Pallant. Sadly, the []

Monday Morning Motivation: Flatline to Finishline

content discovered on Monday, November 6, 2017 in motivation heart health inspiration monday morning motivation

One in three people will suffer from heart disease in their lifetime, but only one in a million will thrive from it. HEART: Flatline to Finish Line® is the raw and emotional journey of six individuals from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world’s most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN® triathlon. []

Monday Morning Motivation: Joe Skipper – Gettin...

content discovered on Monday, October 30, 2017 in motivation joe skipper monday morning motivation

Joe Skipper is the fastest British long distance triathlete, having finished Challenge Roth in under 8 hours, so I thought it might be useful to hear about his training schedule in this video that was released in February 2016. Id normally get up around eight oclock, sometimes a bit earlier. To be honest, since Ive []

Illness stops play

content discovered on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in running southampton parkrun

My plan for last weekend was to go swimming on Sunday, but M was unwell, so we cancelled that plan and went for a long walk instead. She was ill all week and I also had a cold, which changed my plans. I cycled to work on Monday and Thursday, which was good, but I []

Running with a buggy Q&A

content discovered on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in running buggy mums buggyfit running buggy

Im regularly asked questions about running with a buggy (and other issues relating to being a running mum), so I thought Id share some of my insights and some useful links in a single post Do I need a special buggy? Its recommended that you only run with a buggy that is designed for running. []

parkrun Challenges

content discovered on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in running challenge goals parkrun

I love attending parkrun every week, so Ive decided to set myself a number of parkrun related challenges for the next year. Most of them are teeny tiny goals, but I thought they might add some fun. Achieve my 250 club (17 parkruns to go) Qualify for a cow cowl (I need to do 1 []

Monday Morning Motivation: No Limbits

content discovered on Monday, October 23, 2017 in motivation disability

If this film doesnt inspire you, then I dont know what will! To learn more about Mark Ormrod, visit his website: http://www.markormrod.com/

From Blind Man to Ironman – review and giveaway

content discovered on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in motivation product review triathlon blind triathlete giveaway paratri paratriathlete

Its been months since Ive been able to read a real book, but Baby M is finally sleeping spending night time in her own room, which means that when I get into bed, I can have a light on and can read. There are lots of things from the last year that I want to []

First run after returning to work

content discovered on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in running swimming great south run southampton parkrun

Its hard to believe that my maternity leave is over and that Im back at work. Im now working a compressed week (8-6pm, Monday-Thursday), which means that Ill still have some free time during daylight hours when Ill be able to cycle/run. Im also intending to make use of my lunch breaks to do some []

Please vote for me…

content discovered on Friday, October 20, 2017 in blogging 2018 running awards

Fat Girl to Ironman has been nominated in The 2018 Running Awards and Id love it if you would vote for me. Vote for Fat Girl to Ironman. If you vote in 5 different categories you’ll receive a 10% discount with the top Online Running Retailer of 2017! Thank you 🙂

parkrunning Down Under

content discovered on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in running swimming parkrun parkrun tourism

As soon as we had booked our flights to Australia, I got online to check out where the nearest parkruns were. I found that there was a parkrun at Gosling Creek in Orange, just a couple of miles away from where my brother lives and that just two weeks before we were due to arrive []

Monday Morning Motivation – Doyle Carpenter

content discovered on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in running doyle carpenter ultrarunning

Its a short one this week what could be more inspirational than reading about a pensioner WINNING an ultramarathon: 77 year old wins two-day ultramarathon

Back to Southampton parkrun

content discovered on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in running buggy running southampton parkrun

It was lovely to be back at Southampton parkrun this weekend, although there just wasnt enough time to catch up with all of my running friends. Trevor and Alison were doing their 200th parkruns, which is a great milestone to reach. I met up with Rachel, a friend from Buggy Mums. It was lovely to []

Monday Morning Motivation – London to Holyhead ...

content discovered on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in cycling motivation audax long distance cycling

53 years ago, people were getting up to incredible feats. This short documentary shows the longest unpaced single day classic cycling race that took place in 1964 (not 1962 as the caption says). Does that inspire you to get out on your bike for a ride this week?

Monday Morning Motivation – Crying in the Rain

content discovered on Monday, September 4, 2017 in motivation triathlon inspiration monday morning motivation motivation monday norseman

I liked last weeks motivational video about Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon so much that I went hunting for another one and found this one from 2014 enjoy! “The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain.” ― Samuel []

Chariots of fire – my review of the Thule Chari...

content discovered on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in cycling kit product review bike trailer cycle to work thule thule chariot lite

It’s coming up to 1 year since Baby M was born and so I’m planning my return to work. In the past, I loved my daily cycle commute it’s not a long ride, but it’s just long enough for me to feel like I’ve had some exercise and fresh air and for me to []

Monday Morning Motivation – Ain’t no mountain h...

content discovered on Monday, August 28, 2017 in motivation triathlon monday morning motivation norseman

Earlier this month, some tough triathletes took on the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, which is one of the hardest triathlons on the planet. Heres a video about last years event. If youd like to find out more, visit the event website.

Back to being ‘Productive’

content discovered on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in running southampton parkrun

Veri Ivanova After a rare night out on Friday (by rare, I mean the first time that Stuart and I have gone out since I had Baby M), I really didnt want to get up on Saturday morning. Stuart, M and I arrived early enough at parkrun for us both to chat with friends. I []

Monday Morning Motivation: We are marathoners

content discovered on Monday, August 21, 2017 in motivation running marathon monday morning motivation

Im not sure this video qualifies as motivating, but the number of stereotypes that it includes made me smile, so I thought it was worth a share. Marathoners are a different breed. Their world is full of meticulous planning; of getting up before the sun; of personal sacrifice; of lungs gasping for air as they []

Monday Morning Motivation – John Young

content discovered on Monday, August 14, 2017 in motivation disability inspiration john young paratriathlete

One of the most inspirational triathletes that Ive read about recently is John Young who is a little person (his words). http://bethehammerjy.blogspot.co.uk/ If John can achieve a Boston Qualifying marathon time and complete an Ironman, what excuse do the rest of us have?! If you want to find out about Johns latest adventures, check out []

Monday Morning Motivation – Drive progress

content discovered on Monday, August 7, 2017 in motivation feminism inspiration monday morning motivation

I really like this Audi commercial that emphasises that men and women should be treated equally, however, it was deemed to be controversial when it was first screened. What do you think?

Monday Morning Motivation – Angela Shartel

content discovered on Monday, July 31, 2017 in motivation running angela shartel inspiration ultrarunner ultrarunning

Im guessing that first thing in the morning probably isnt when you have time to watch a 20 minute documentary, but please do yourself a favour, save this link and schedule time to watch this brilliant 20 minute documentary this week. Ultra Angela tells the story of Angela Shartel who has battled depression and poor []

Monday Morning Motivation: Julián Molina Shreds...

content discovered on Monday, July 24, 2017 in cycling motivation bmx disability julian molina monday morning motivation

After a collision with one of the local buses when he was younger, Julian Molina was left with a completely destroyed foot, which later became infected with gangrene, traumatically resulting in the amputation of his entire leg. Most would quit here, but not Julian. Despite his situation, the man has only looked forward and up, []

Monday Morning Motivation: Why not now?

content discovered on Monday, July 17, 2017 in motivation swimming adult swimming vivian stancil weight loss

I love this video about an amazing woman who took up swimming as an adult please do spend 3 minutes watching it. Why Not Now: Vivian Stancil from Riley Hooper on Vimeo. If youd like to read more, have a look at this article: Doctors weight-loss order pushed her into the pool; now shes []

Pacing at parkrun

content discovered on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in running pacing southampton parkrun

A few weeks ago, one of my friends commented on Facebook that her 8-year-old son was speeding up and that she felt she was holding him back at parkrun. At the time, he was running at around 27 minutes, so I felt that it shouldnt be too much of a challenge. A date was set []

Starting Pilates

content discovered on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in running parklives pilates

Id hoped to get my week off to a good start with a swim, but after getting home late on Sunday evening, there was a lot of organising that needed to be done yesterday 😦 However, today turned into a very good day First up was a new class: pilates. Ive done pilates a few []

Swim the triangle, run the prom

content discovered on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in running swimming aquathlon jubilee aquathlon penzance promenade

This week Ive been down in Cornwall visiting my mum for her birthday. There are loads of events on this weekend (including Lordshill 10k and Southampton City Ride), but I had intended to do St Ives Biathlon. This is a race that involves running and swimming, not skiing and shooting. Its a 2km run then []

Lee on Solent parkrun and some info about Hants...

content discovered on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in running blogging hampshire run blogs

Southampton parkrun was cancelled today because a large event (Gung Ho!) was taking place right across the Common, so this gave Stuart and I the chance to do a bit of parkrun tourism. Id like to try the new(ish) event at Whiteley, but I knew that would be busy, then I got an invitation that []

Back on it – a weekly round-up

Hello again! I feel like Im finally getting back on top of things, so heres a round-up of my week Saturday Volunteering at parkrun For the second week in a row, I was a volunteer at parkrun this time as a Run Director. Because of building works, were currently on an alternative route []

Eating healthily and trying MYHK

content discovered on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in nutrition product review healthy eating nutrition ready meal

Ive been working hard to eat healthily this year. Im fortunate enough to be supported by The Athletes Palate, but its still hard for me. I expected to have an increased appetite whilst marathon training (especially as a breastfeeding mum), but Id forgotten that that hunger sometimes lingers after the race. Ive also been struggling []

Missing in Action

content discovered on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in blogging

Hi! Ive not been blogging much recently for a variety of actions. Ive been desperately trying to stay afloat and Im not managing it very well. I really appreciate everyone who reads my blog and especially those of you who take the time to comment, but I need to acknowledge why I started this blog []

Southampton Marathon – possibly the best race I...

content discovered on Monday, April 24, 2017 in running marathon pb southampton marathon

When I heard that there was going to be a full marathon in Southampton, I immediately wanted to enter. Ive never been lucky enough to get a place in London Marathon, so this is the next best thing (for me). I also thought it would be a good comeback race after having Morgelyn theres nothing []

Swimming with a legend

content discovered on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in swimming adele prince blogsquad duncan goodhew swimathon

As you may know, Im currently training for Swimathon, which is going to be a massive challenge for me. Ive not been swimming as much as I used to because its a logistical challenge with Baby M, so when I was offered the chance to have a swimming lesson with Duncan Goodhew, the President of []

How to deal with stinky cycling shoes

content discovered on Friday, March 24, 2017 in cycling cleaning cleats cycling shoes

Spring is finally here with longer daylight and sunny days hurray! For me, Im hoping this means that there will be more opportunities for cycling (certainly by the end of April when my baby will be old enough to go in a bike trailer). However, Ive just got out my neglected cycling shoes and []

Have you entered Swimathon 2017?

content discovered on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in swimming duncan goodhew swimathon

Ill be posting a lot about Swimathon in the next few weeks as Im thinking about it a lot. Ill be completing my 5k swim at The Quays in Southampton on 07/04/17 (I hope), although Im a little worried about just how long that will take. (Its 200 lengths! Ive swum 5k before, but it []

Monday Morning Motivation – Courage is already ...

content discovered on Monday, March 6, 2017 in motivation courage inspiration monday morning motivation motivation monday ram trucks

OK, so Ive never seen a Ram Truck (theyre not available in the UK), but I love this inspirational commercial showing strong women breaking stereotypes Have you ever though I could never do that! Have you ever thought, I could never climb a mountain or compete against that! Have you ever thought you just didnt []

A review of SportArt Compression products

content discovered on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in kit product review calf guards compression socks insoles sportart compression

Ive been trying out a range of exciting new products recently, including three items from SportART: Compress socks Calf guards Insoles SportART is a relatively new company set up by a pair of Ironman triathletes. The first product they developed was insoles. They came up with a technique to analyse human feet and develop sports-anatomical []

Brug review

content discovered on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in product review brug outdoors

Ive been fortunate enough to test a Kickstarter project recently: Brug by Wunderlife An innovative bag/rug combo. This is a really interesting product that I think will appeal to a wide range of people. The brug can fold up really small (about the size of a 2 pint carton of milk). Which means that it []

PBPB – getting back on form

Well, Im fully into the swing of marathon training now. On 16th, my buddy Pete managed to get me around 17.5 miles, which is the longest run Ive done for a very long time. I had been nervous about doing the run after doing Buggy Mums, but that class was cancelled, so I went for []

Monday Morning Motivation – How good are your b...

content discovered on Monday, February 27, 2017 in cycling motivation cycling skills danny macaskill inspiration monday morning motivation

One of the reasons why Ive decided to take part in cyclo cross is that I really want to improve my bike handling skills. I know that Im nervous at times, and I dont always react to hazards as well as I could, so I admire anyone who is a really confident cyclist. However, there []

Monday Morning Motivation – What can you endure?

Jaret Grossman: Theres a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You see all successful people have this belief, they have this understanding, that Im going to do something different than has ever been done before. They have this idea that theyre not going to be told what to do, because they []

Monday Morning Motivation – Unlimited you

content discovered on Monday, February 13, 2017 in motivation inspiration just do it monday morning motivation motivation monday nike

Life isn’t about finding your limits. It’s about realizing you have none. Narrator: Shhh. Baby Daniel is just waking up. Hes going to win a State Championship one day. Narrator: This guy? Hell run a marathon. Runner:Who will? Narrator: You, man! Runner: Me? Narrator: She is going to have the best swing in the state. []

The Athlete’s Palate

content discovered on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in nutrition food diary julie sparkes nutrition reverse osmosis the athlete s palate

Id been hoping to share this post with you a while ago, but Ive had more than my fair share of setbacks. Firstly, I had a cold, then Baby M hit the dreaded 4 month sleep regression early (cue waking every 45 minutes at night!!!) and the finally, my beloved MacBook Pros hard drive failed. []

What Valentine’s Day means to triathletes…

content discovered on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in cycling running swimming triathlon valentine s day

There are several challenges for non-triathletes who are dating triathletes The first challenge is buying the right gift. Typical Valentines gifts include: underwear shoes Then of course, there are the activities. Youre thinking you might need some lube to get your pulse racing, whereas we want a HRM (or some body glide)! Anyway, theres no []


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