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.
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.
The Outer Hebrides is one of the most magical places on earth. As my love affair with Scotland developed over the last few years, I remember whispers from people saying I had to go there. Having spent a week road tripping, adventuring and wild camping through the OH, I urge you to add these islands to your bucket list. If you are looking for an unforgettable, breathtakingly beautiful, fun, adventurous and off the beaten track experience, here are my favourite hidden gems for you to explore and experience.