adventureR. endurance ATHLETE. BLOGGER. SPEAKER
I believe everyone has the capacity to achieve something extraordinary.
I'm the only person in history to have climbed the highest mountains in the eight Alpine countries and cycled between them, climbing five times the height of Mount Everest in 32 days. I've cycled 300km from London to Paris in 24 hours on nine occasions, completed multi-sport adventure races around the world, raced my bike coast to coast across the USA, completed 100km ultra-marathons, and I'm a two-time Ironman finisher.
I'm a TedX Speaker and my mission is to champion ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.
I never imagined any of this would be possible.
I'm an adventure athlete, blogger, writer and motivational speaker. My passions are fitness, adventure, cycling, triathlon, mountain sports and exploring mental toughness. I have a strong desire to explore the unknown and become the best I can be.
This all started when I took the plunge to leave my 9-5 career behind and reinvented myself.
I believe that it is through challenging ourselves that we stretch our limits, break down barriers and realise we can achieve far more than we think.
My mission is to empower you to feel invincible and as though you can do the most badass, inspiring and challenging things that scare and excite you in equal measure. To explore what your body and mind can do through the world of adventure and endurance sport.
Fitness is about what my body can do, not what it looks like. I focus on functionality rather than aesthetics, on developing a strong mind instead of focusing on negatives. It's changed my life, I'd love to help you on the journey to change yours!
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I think I may have been addicted to the feeling of productivity to the point of risking burn out. The culture that I see on my social media feeds and feel (especially living in London) of working 24/7, of relentlessly grafting and hustling towards your business, your dream, your goals… It’s inspiring, but it’s also exhausting, can cause anxiety and it leaves no time for you to be YOU.
If you asked me “who is Challenge Sophie?” I would be able to answer that easily. She’s motivated, ambitious, a go-getter, she delivers her A-Game, she’s a dreamer and a do-er.
I love being that person. But that person, or rather, that part of me, has had tons of air-time in recent years and it’s been all too easy to forget about Sophie. I see this with my friends and fellow entrepreneurs, especially women; we can put so much pressure on ourselves juggling multiple jobs and projects. It’s become the norm to demand, demand, demand, without giving ourselves enough time off to rest, play and be our natural selves! Busy is the death of productivity and happiness. Guard your time, it's your greatest asset
I didn’t realise I was stressed. Stress seemed like the image of someone pulling their hair out and not being able to manage the demands from life. Yet I feel like (at least on paper and in my mind) I am managing it. Some days, crushing it! I’ve always been ambitious and hard working, but I’ve never experienced anything like the courage and energy these last few years have required. Couple the physical and mental demands, with the pressure I pile on myself, and it was going to be a risky game!
Sometimes I get frustrated with myself for letting this whole concept of body confidence, take up so much space and energy in my head. It’s something I worry about pretty much on a daily basis. The shape and size of my body seems to fluctuate constantly, so it's an ongoing challenge.
I literally feel like I’m about to cry writing this. I know that sounds silly, and is a totally silly thing to get upset about. But it’s so frustrating to be working hard at something and not see the results we're hoping for. Moreover, it’s something I find embarrassing, especially given the nature of my job.
In late April I spent a week in Morzine at the inaugural Nomads Camp hosted by Action Academy. In the mornings we had workshops, in the evenings we had talks (one of which I gave) and during the day we would work on our own projects, collaborate and brainstorm with each other, and enjoy the amazing French Alps with runs, cycling, yoga and even some hot tub action! If you like to work hard and play hard, this one's for you...
If I had to choose one mission to dedicate the rest of my life to, it would be this. To inspire and empower ordinary people, like you and me, to achieve extraordinary things, develop a robust self-belief, and overcome the fears, doubts and obstacles that hold us back.
Every year I run my annual London to Paris Sportive where 120 people join me from all over the world to take on the epic challenge of cycling 200 miles in 24 hours between two of the world’s most iconic cities.
A week before the event this year, Caroline contacted me saying she would be unable to come because her Stepfather was dying and she had just split with her boyfriend. After a few emails back and forth, she said she was committed to giving L2P24 her best shot. Here is her story of heartbreak, bravery, resilience and ultimately, pride...
I have always felt like life tries to make you fit into boxes. Social norms, expectations and boundaries placed on our lives. We can often find ourselves adhering to other people’s rules about how we should live and who we should be.
Through adventure I realised there are no limits to who you can be or what you can achieve. In fact, it’s the opposite. Today I’m sharing with you my favourite cycling challenges that could raise your life to the next level, should you choose to accept the mission.
When we face fear, we can overcome it. When we try new things, we broaden our horizons. When we live in the moment, our days feel long and full. With it's iconic 200,000 year old volcano, Mount Teide, and 365 days a year sunshine, find out why I think Tenerife is the ultimate island for adventure.
Energy management is one of the biggest challenges we face on a daily basis. I often get asked “How do you maintain the energy to do everything?” No two days are the same for me. Without any consistency or routine, I have to do the best I can to stay on top of everything and deliver at the level I want to.
I run two businesses, train every day, travel away from home for roughly two weeks of every month, create content for my social media accounts that reach 1.2 million people every month, and often put myself through gruelling physical challenges. Having the physical and mental capacity to deliver is my top priority!
Mum and I will forever cherish those lazy afternoons relaxing in the Palazzo listening to the waves lap on the shores of Lake Como. The sun filtering through our window, and the memories of that morning’s activity - kayaking, cycling, breakfasting - fresh in our minds. Lake Como has been on my bucket list for 20 years and the moment I laid eyes on the place, I knew why.
Watch the video from my Alpine Coast to Coast expedition to climb to the summits of the highest mountains in each of the eight Alpine countries and cycle between them.