Category Challenges

Flying down the Thames in rather chilly conditions!

One of the great things about triathlons is that with three different disciplines involved you can still train for at least one of the disciplines if you pick up an injury.  As my last post mentioned I have stupidly managed to pull my quads playing hockey – this happened to be the day before my […]

Zero fitness to Olympic distance triathlon in less than 3 months – challenge completed:)

I have done it – I have successfully completed my first ever Olympic distance triathlon in what can only be described as monsoon like conditions. Why did autumn have to come with such a bang on the day of my race – especially with the day before being so gloriously warm and sunny?  But despite […]

Here I come, ready or not!

Well the big race day is dawning and the nerves are starting to kick in and I am starting to realise the sort of challenge I have let myself in for! I did my last training session before the race this morning,  I now have 2 rest days and am now starting to think about […]

Punching kicking and scratching – and that was just the men!

I thought that it would be a good idea to see how my swim training is going so I entered the 1500m distance at the Human Race Marlow swim event.  I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do the distance somewhere other than my training lake.  This was one lap of a […]

Is it as easy as the Brownlee brothers make it look?

I have always been open to trying new ideas and activities – the reason I bought my mountain bike in the first place was that a friend suggested entering a multi-sport race (canoeing, running and mountain biking) – she had to wait for me on the run and then the roles were reversed in the […]

Is climbing Kilimanjaro an achievement?

You may have read my previous post about the trials and tribulations of climbing Kilimanjaro.  The thing that I found surprising and which left me really puzzled was that despite it being the hardest thing I have ever done, I didn’t feel the sense of achievement I feel I should have got.  Don’t get me […]

Man cannot live by Haribo alone – but it can definitely help get you up a mountain! My story of climbing Kilimanjaro

Back in January when I knew I was going out to Tanzania for 5months I thought ‘let’s climb Kilimanjaro while I am there’.  I was going. It was there. So it seemed the natural thing to do (at least it did at the time).  I didn’t really thing about what it involved much beyond that!  […]