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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If there is one feeling I wish I could package up and share with the world, it would be the way nature makes me feel. I have never felt more alive, free and strong in myself than when standing on top of a mountain. The wind blowing around me, clouds shifting to give way to a beautiful sunset, my heart and lungs beating. I literally feel on top of the world. There’s something about the wind, the flow of water from rivers and the vast expanse of the wilderness, that makes me feel afraid and protected, vulnerable and confident at the same time. It’s almost as though, in the whispers of the wind, I know everything is exactly how it should be and I don’t need to worry about a thing.
When I close my eyes and imagine idyllic summer days, I think of blue skies, and sunshine, trees blowing in a gentle breeze, picnics, ice cream, afternoon naps and a dip in the sea to cool down. I found all this more in Skåne. I am beyond grateful to Visit Skåne and Vejbystrand Hostel for inviting my Mum and I to experience this wonderful corner of South West Sweden for a few days in late June and I’m really excited to share my favourite experiences with you!
Do you ever feel like your mind is about to explode with all the information you take on board on a daily basis? Do you ever feel overloaded with your obligations and never-ending To-Do lists or like you’re being pulled in a million different directions with all the roles you are juggling in life? How often do you feel like you are giving and giving but rarely take a moment to yourself to stop, breathe, reflect and restore YOUR energy? If you are nodding your head, perhaps you could benefit from some time out in nature! Tucked away in the Austrian Alps, Saalfelden Leogang could be just the ticket!
This blog is sponsored by Special K.
It’s race day! We’re lined up at the start of the Great Manchester Run, fired up and raring to test ourselves on the half marathon course, the atmosphere feels electric. Last minute checks; eat half a banana, drink water, go to the toilet, get playlist ready: all set. In the final few minutes before the gun goes off, we give each other hugs, high fives, take a deep breath and then its show time.
Running is not something that came naturally to me. I always felt like the unfit, back-of-the-pack runner who looked at other people running effortlessly in complete awe and confusion about how they could run like that. But I am always up for a challenge and pushed myself to learn and improve! I can vividly remember how much I struggled to run my first 3 miles and the sense of achievement when I did it. This blog is sponsored by Special K.
My journey with getting fit and my passion for challenging myself began in 2008 when I decided this would be a great way to relieve myself of the boredom and limitations of my 9-5 graduate sales job. I was young, ambitious and full of energy. I wanted to build my confidence, discover something I felt passionate about and push my limits. I signed up for my first race and began getting fit.
A world of extraordinary possibilities are waiting for you via an overnight journey from the heart of London to the wilds of Scotland. Every time I take the Caledonian Sleeper train my friends message me saying “You love that train!” or “I can’t believe I’ve not done it, take me next time!” It is true, I am obsessed with the Cal Sleeper and I want to share the reasons why in the hope that it might inspire your own magical journey from London to Scotland (and back!) via the sleeper train. The train ride is all part of the adventures that await once you escape the city and head North to find your slice of wilderness to stir your soul.
The first time I skied was aged 16 on a family holiday. I remember that feeling of flying down slopes with the wind in my face and eyes streaming from the exhilaration of it all! I felt totally alive. I was immediately hooked and cried the whole way back to England when the holiday was over. I know that sounds silly, but the mountains captured my heart and the thought of going back to school in London and studying things I wasn’t remotely interested in like chemistry just didn’t make sense. I was also a 16 year old girl and I may have had a mountain crush I was sad to leave behind. Lol….
I almost didn’t go to Scotland. I almost caved into my doubts “It’s too far to drive, it will be too cold, I’ll be on my own and might get lonely, it’s dangerous, I don’t want to leave my cosy home where I feel safe, have I completely lost the plot…”
Something inside me said “You need to do this” and so I did. Over the years I have learnt to listen to that voice inside me; my gut instinct and intuition. It has served me well.
I knew I needed to go to Scotland. To feel the wide open space and the wild of the Highlands running through my soul. For me, Scotland is the antidote to London life. Scotland, and specifically Glen Coe where I drove to, is my favourite place on the planet. The views are outrageous, you feel this power from the mountains towering over the road coming up from the South. The deep valley was carved out centuries ago from glaciers and volcanoes. It’s an amazing place to adventure and the widlerness reconnects me with who I am at my core. I wanted to feel that.
Sometimes you’ve just got to say “I hear you doubts and fears, thank you for protecting me, but I’m going to go for it anyway!” That’s exactly what I did.
Imagine the sea glistening like diamonds dancing in the sunlight, the road carving through the mountains ahead, the sweet summer smell of forest pines, and of course, your ultimate girl (or boy/girl) gang cycling beside you. Welcome to Mallorca – possibly the best cycling destination on the planet.
Mallorca is a magical island waiting to be explored, and although it’s fantastic for hiking, climbing, yoga, watersports, and the food, the reason it draws me back again and again is because of it’s cycling. If you are inspired to venture off the beaten path on your next holiday, pack your bike and head out on one of these famous routes. You’ll love it!
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.