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  • Hurricane Abi

    11 October 2014

    This week has been a storm! A hurricane of training, teaching, plans, friends, photos and grumps swirled together and creating havoc in high speed rush mode!! So where do I start? Meeting the fabulous James Greenwell, CEO of Proto-col has ignited my passion...

  • Buddhism, treadmills and Halloween

    31 October 2014

    So its Halloween as I write this, ‘All Hallows Evening’ the celebration of remembering the dead, revolving around “humour and ridicule to confront the power of death” we carve pumpkins, we dress up in costumes and eat mountains of sweets- a brilliant...

  • Events

    06 July 2014 ( #Race event sport run women swim triathlon london cardiff toughmudder marathon )

    Some of my favourite events- London marathon 2013- this was my first marathon. I didn't train well, I wasn't in good health and it was boiling hot. Yet I loved it. I raised £1300 for the NSPCC, I finished it! (4hrs 3) and the atmosphere was out of this...

  • Friends forever

    07 July 2014 ( #friends sport run swim social secrets advice university school )

    Sport is amazing for meeting a wide range of people. I have always struggled socially outside of sport. Found it difficult to read people, their intentions and trust. University was a huge challenge socially, I learnt so much, I found being very sensitive...

  • The Big GB

    17 September 2014 ( #Triathlon sport money )

    So, its been a while. What can I say? new job, new home, new friends, new clubs...oh yes and a GB squad qualification. Lovely. Its been rather mad to say the least, I feel like I'm on a cloud floating in a life that I have always wished for. Training...

  • its all in the head

    19 October 2014

    Since moving to Market Deeping and working in Peterborough I have met a huge amount of new friends, a large proportion on these may I add are through running and triathlon. Moving gyms, training with several different clubs, and having a program written...

  • Girls guide to tough-mudder

    12 July 2014

    I have learnt a new trick - or maybe just realised a coping mechanism I have developed. Ok ready? It is- turning your brain off and just doing it. Just go, move, dont think. where did I realise this? Tough Mudder September 2013 Cardiff. I jumped into...

  • Inspiration

    05 August 2014

    So I'm thoroughly inspired and ready to take it all on. Generally in life I am incessantly hyper-active and in 'taking over the world' mode. Recently described as 'Duracell'. Until I hit my wall of anxiety. Focus leaves me, doubt fills me and my brain...

  • Keep on pushing

    22 September 2014

    A week on, and I'm almost there with a speedy carbon fiber bike - courtesy of Terry Wright Cyles- Market Deeping. A wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable (thank goodness- as I'm clueless) cycle shop have recognised my potential in triathlon, reaching this...

  • Ultra-marathon & the bionic woman

    16 November 2014

    So I need a general word vomit, so much has happened since my last post! Of course, a 50km ultra-marathon has bern successfully completed! I suppose I still cant quite believe I ran, yes all the way, no walking, 31 (& a half) miles of forest trail on...

  • Chalk & Cheese

    23 July 2014 ( #Relationships sport love coffee )

    Being observant means not just seeing objects and materialistic things, it also means interpreting and analysing behaviour and feelings. In teaching we observe children working, learning and playing and use this to figure out ways to support that child's...

  • “It doesn’t matter who you are. What matters is your plan.” The Dark Knight Rises

    02 October 2014

    Recently I have discussed my route into and around sports with many people; questions such as: why do you like running? Why did you stop swimming? Why did you start triathlon? And it’s made me stop and realistically consider the reasons behind some of...

  • Growing up & Superwoman

    09 July 2014 ( #Run women growup time money kids parents )

    This year I have transformed into a student living with my parents, with plenty of spare time and the most responsible thing I did was successfully pay a gym membership and phone bill... To suddenly I'm a fully qualified (1weeks time!) teacher, about...

  • Modesty

    06 July 2014 ( #Sport race run advice modesty gym blood sweat tears )

    Running and most other sports are portrayed by the media as clean, attractive, muscular, slim, neat and shiny. Its not. And if it is your simply not putting in any effort. Once, when lifeguarding at a leisure centre I watched girls trot in and out of...

  • Abi on my shoulder

    14 August 2014 ( #sport run anxiety race perfect )

    Sometimes in life I feel like there are two Abi's, one on each shoulder. Yes, this is a slightly strange post. One Abi loves life, takes the challenge and is an immature, optimistic, ambitious young woman. The other Abi, seeks absolute perfection in all...

  • Why does money not grow on trees?

    06 July 2014 ( #Trainers sport triathlon run swim cycle bikes money popular speed )

    So running seems to be a sport where money buys you great trainers (apparently you need like 3 pairs?!) miracle-inducing sports nutrition, over-priced earphones and sparkly lycra leggings. That hurt my bank account enough. Entering races for £15 seemed...

  • Just keep swimming

    08 August 2014

    So as a child I went to centre parcs every summer for around five years. Brilliant, great, lucky me. However the lake there was always full of huge gross fish that would snap up my wotsits when i dropped them off the platforms there. So needless to say,...

  • Morning panic reading (men - read with caution)

    06 July 2014 ( #Women girl period running advice sport panic )

    Serious female chat- you've been warned. So this morning I am going on a long slow run with a running friend who has helped me so much over the past two years, my running guru, person on runner knowledge. However it dawned on me....I'm on my first period...

  • Training vs Tanning

    05 July 2014 ( #beauty sport women girls run bike swim pamper tan )

    Today I walked into a beauty salon, a salon where women walk in day in day out intending to be transformed, polished, rubbed, waxed or inked. As a girl who embraces a muddy trail, a sweaty 20 miler, nettle stings, blisters, saddle sore bum and darting...

  • pretty, shiny things

    06 July 2014 ( #money women sport triathlon swim run trainers race )

    Back to my last topic- money in sport. So yes money buys you fancy equipment, but my argument to Gordan today on our LSR is when does this become less about performance and more about a display of confidence, an illusion of sporting grandeur? When is...

  • New beginnings.

    06 July 2014

    So on Friday I move into a new flat in Market Deeping. This will be the first time I move out since University. Space is very much needed from my parents, and I have defo got to the age where I need to have my own home. I will be moving in with my partner...

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