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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: [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Island House 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 [] read more »

From Blind Man to Ironman – review and giveaway

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 [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Crying in the Rain

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 [] read more »

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

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. read more »

What Valentine’s Day means to triathletes…

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 [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Bad to the bone

If you have 10 minutes to watch this video of Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2015 then youre bound to feel inspired (and in awe of the athletes who take part). If youre looking to test your personal limits and find your mental and physical boundaries in a single day event, I think this is the [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Women for Tri

I love this video from Women For Tri. One day, Ill swim, Ill bike and Ill run. One day, Ill make my mum proud. One day, shell stand on the sidelines and watch me finish because today, I stand and watch her. One day, Ill be an Ironman. You never know who might be watching [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Ironman Objective

Do you have two minutes to spare? This inspirational triathlon training video with Christophe Suquet is a great way to start your week. Passion. Determination. Generosity. Perseverance. Ironman Objective. If youd like to learn more about Christophe (and can speak French), you can follow his blog: read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Meet Non Stanford’s...

Triathlon is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Mastering three disciplines simultaneously puts an immense amount of pressure on an athlete’s body. After a string of injuries forced Non Stanford to take a break from her sport in 2008, it was the mental strain of starting all over again that challenged [] read more »

Fast Fuel – eating for success… and a giveaway

Even if youve not been following my blog for long, youll know that nutrition is important to me. Ive successfully managed to lose weight by eating a healthy balanced diet and have only put on 7-8lbs by Week 39 of pregnancy by eating well, so Im always interested in learning more about nutrition. As we [] read more »

Planning for 2017 and SUTRI aquathlon

After feeling too tired to run on Monday, I arranged to meet my running buddy on Tuesday but fate conspired against me and I didnt make it, so I was pleased when Teri said that she could run on Wednesday. I drove over to The Common and did a gentle warm up whilst waiting for [] read more »


Set 24 Sáb a Set 25 Dom Gratuito Baía de Cascais   No fim de semana de 24 e 25 de setembro, Cascais acolhe o Cascais Triathlon, prova em que são esperados mais de 1000 atletas e que promete superar todos os records em Portugal. A contar para o Campeonato Nacional de Clubes de Triatlo Longo, a prova é também uma competição internacional.Para segurança dos participantes haverá fortes constrangimentos na circulação, dia 24 de setembro, mas especialmente na manhã de domingo, 25 de setembro.   A... read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – The Iron Nun

Felling old this morning? Watch this and feel inspired! If youd like to learn more, you can watch a behind the scenes video I realised the only failure is not to try: If you have half an hour to spare, then you could watch a longer video: Which older people inspire you? read more »

DNF and I feel fine – a guest post from my husband

Originally I had planned to write a post for Tamsyns blog after IM Copenhagen but things didnt go quite to plan and following on from that I wasnt feeling what I thought I should be feeling so hopefully this post will also help me explore that a bit. Firstly, I entered IM Copenhagen back in [] read more »

AJ Bell London Triathlon – my first ever triath...

I was so excited about taking part in the 20th Anniversary AJ Bell London Triathlon that I woke up early, which was completely unnecessary. We had a relaxed start to the day as our event wasnt taking place until 13:20, so we got up at 7am, ate some breakfast and then headed to Southampton Airport [] read more »

Looking forward to AJ Bell London Triathlon

I had resigned myself to only doing one triathlon this year (Winchester May Day Tri), but when the opportunity to take part in the 20th London Triathlon, it was a chance that I couldnt refuse. Ive been to watch the event before and was impressed by the organisation, so I cant dispute the organisers description [] read more »

A full marathon in my home city

I was so excited to learn that there will be a full marathon in my home city of Southampton next year. Ive already entered the half marathon, so am now thinking about upgrading my entry to the full marathon. Ive loved running ABP Southampton Half for the last two years and think the marathon would [] read more »

What’s in your kit bag?

On of the aspects of triathlon that can be off-putting for beginners is the sheer amount of kit that is required as this can represent quite an outlay for many people in comparison with running, for example, which just requires a pair of trainers (and a decent sports bra for some of us). Ive been [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Blazeman

Jon Blais was born in Massachusetts, but moved to San Diego because of its sporting reputation. He worked there with students with disabilities. At the age of 33 he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and was permitted to enter the 2005 Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, which was a lifelong dream. As Blais put [] read more »

Long Course Weekend: Run

Following the sportive, Stu, Roelie and I went out for something to eat. I didnt really have the energy to eat anything, but managed to force down a falafel as I knew Id need the energy. We then headed back to the hotel for an early night. Our room was much less cluttered as our [] read more »

This Girl Can – 18 months on

If you havent heard about the Sport England This Girl Can advertising campaign, where have you been? It has been 18 months since the campaign was launched and, in that time, Ive spent a lot of time thinking about issues facing sporty women. The main criticism of the This Girl Can campaign that Ive heard [] read more »

Long Course Weekend: Swim

This weekend, Stuart and I headed off to Tenby for the Long Course Weekend with a couple of friends, Roelie and Sergio. Originally, I intended to train for the full weekend as a precursor to doing my first Ironman next year. Ive swim the distance before and have completed 5 marathons, but Ive only cycled [] read more »

2014 vs. 2015 vs. 2016

It was so exciting to receive my 2016 SOAS Ambassador kit. Ive shared some pictures on social media, but havent had a chance to blog about it until now. Heres the full kit: Last year, one of the ambassadors made a fantastic video to showcase the new kit: My Facebook/Instagram/Twitter feeds have been full of [] read more »

This week I did something that broke my heart

[written 6th May 2016] I found out that I was pregnant a while ago, but decided not to cancel all of my race entries immediately, in case something went wrong. However, Ironman has strict deadlines relating to withdrawing from races and refunds. In order to receive a 50% refund (the maximum possible), I had to [] read more »

First triathlon of the season

I wish every weekend were three days long. It has been so lovely having a Bank Holiday weekend and Ive packed a lot in, but I know that Im going to spend the rest of the week confused and wondering what day it is! On Friday evening, I stayed at work late and then went [] read more »

More exciting kit glimpses from SOAS

The SOAS Racing sewing machines seem to have been working 24/7 to create our 2016 Ambassador kit. Ive seen so many glimpses of it on Instagram in the last couple of weeks and cant wait for it to arrive in March. I love this hat. I wore my 2015 hat as often as I could [] read more »

What are your goals and dreams?

I think the name of my blog clearly explains my goal: Fat Girl to Ironman I am planning to complete an iron distance triathlon and am still hoping to lose a few more pounds along the way. I also have many dreams theyre not quite goals yet as I havent planned how I am [] read more »

My 2015 race/event awards

This year has been hectic. Ive taken part in a wider range of events than in any previous year. Ive completed single and multisport events and gone further and faster than previously. I even won a race! Without further ado, here are my 2015 race awards drum roll, please Most Scenic Course The runner-up in [] read more »

Is procrastination bad?

Are you a procrastinator? Is it a habit that you want to deal with in 2016? In the video, the tour guide explains, This is where we put our good intentions that never fully materialise and as the adage goes, The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The visitors also enter a room [] read more »

Revisiting my goals for 2015

At the end of December 2014, I set out my goals for 2015, so I thought it was time for me to revisit them. Goal 1: I am going to eat healthy food for 20/21 meals and assess my progress at the end of 100 days (14th April). I hope that I will lose 14lbs [] read more »

Maintaining your balance in December

Hey there! I hope that December isnt proving to be too hectic for you. Im currently battling the office treats that appear at this time of year and trying to balance my workload, festive parties and training. I dont have rollers, but even on a turbo trainer, I dont think I could match Sir Chris [] read more »

Can you change your triathlon performance in 8 ...

Chances are youve carefully planned your training schedule to help you reach peak performance for your A race, whenever it comes in the season. You may also be working on a nutrition plan, so that you are at your optimum weight and all whilst working and juggling family commitments (and possibly study). For many people [] read more »

Secret Santa for triathletes

At this time of year, people start to draw lots for the office Secret Santa, but what can you get if you draw the office athlete? Here are my picks Nuun are fantastic electrolyte hydration tablets. Just drop one tab into your running/cycling water bottle and you’ve got a sugar-free drink with all the electrolytes [] read more »

Another hectic week

It feels like all of my posts start with an excuse about how busy my week has been, and this week is no exception. Hopefully, I will have more time for blogging in a months time when the season winds down. Although if Ironman were to have their way, Id be entering another couple of [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Iron Cowboy

James Lawrence is a double world record holder in 2011 he completed the most half iron distance races in a year and in 2012 he completed 30 iron distance races but he decided that wasnt enough, so in June this year he set off on a journey to complete 50 full Ironman distances [] read more »

What should you put in an Ironman special needs...

Now that Stuart has entered Ironman Copenhagen, Ive already started to think ahead to the day itself (its only 11 months away!) Having done two large triathlons that required kit to be in bags, I know how important it is to plan ahead. Many iron distance triathlons allow athletes to have a special needs bag [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation: Bailey Matthews

Chances are that unless you were on holiday in a remote location at the end of July, youve already seen this inspirational video, but its so heart-warming and motivational that I wanted to share it again. Eight-year-old Bailey, from Doncaster, has cerebral palsy and was cheered over the line by hundreds of spectators after completing [] read more »

What’s your favourite piece of kit and why?

Whats the one piece of kit you couldnt live without? OK, so there are a few things that I really need as a triathlete, such as my bike (Kuota Kharma Evo), my trainers (Brooks Vapors and Pure Cadence/Flow) and my Garmin, but when it comes to clothing, I cant tri without my SOAS tri shorts. [] read more »

Ironman Dublin 70.3 – The Run

I looked at my watch as I headed out and was shocked to see that it said about 4:30. I was confident that I could do the run in under 3 hours, so it would be a new PB for me, as long as I didnt fall apart. There was also a faint hope that [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Tamsyn Smith

Woohoo! Im featuring myself as this weeks Monday Morning Motivation, just because I can! At the end of this week, Ill be taking part in my second half ironman, but I was interviewed by Just Racing (on June 4th) as one of their inspirational stories ahead of the second Challenge Weymouth event: read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Noah and Lucas Aldrich

Many people have heard of Team Hoyt, but have you heard of Noah and Lucas Aldrich? Noah and Lucas Aldrich are brothers living in Boise, Idaho. Lucas was born with lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder that affects development and growth. Lucas can’t walk or talk, but this doesn’t stop him from participating in activities like [] read more »

The GU Energy Weymouth Bay Triathlon

This was the first Olympic distance triathlon that I did last year, so I decided to enter it to try to beat my time. I also thought it would be a good race to do as it involves a sea swim and I havent done any sea swims so far this year. Unfortunately, the day [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – From 280lbs to Ironman

If youre struggling for inspiration, check out Ginger Kabureks amazing story about how she lost half her bodyweight and became a certified personal trainer: From 280 pounds to indoor ironman KRC personal trainer completes Ironman triathlon in one day to make history at facility read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – World’s Top 25 tria...

Have you planned your races for this season yet? Explore more visuals like this one on the webs largest information design community Visually. What criteria do you use to make your decision? read more »


Im currently off work as Im ill and the lack of exercise is making me grumpy and impatient, as well as providing me with the time to browse online, which is never a good thing.Ive seen a few humorous videos this morning, such as but mostly, Ive been reading other peoples blogs, which make me [] read more »

Monday Morning Motivation – Paul Tergat

If you want to know more about Paul Tergat and his achievments, look here: How much do you want to achieve your goals? What sacrifices are you preapred to make? read more »

Fundraising for the Chestnut Appeal

This year, Stuart and I are raising money for the Chestnut Appeal, which supports men with prostate cancer in the south west. It is an important charity that has funded six nurses and a variety of treatments and equipment. The events that we are doing: 26th April Stuart is running London Marathon [] read more »

My goals for 2015

Ive spent the last couple of days discussing the races and events that I want to enter in 2015. Stuart is a firm believer of quality over quantity, whereas I want to enter everything! I quite enjoy doing cross-country running and usually do some of the local cross-country series (CC6) but Stu doesnt want to [] read more »

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