2016 A Year of Highs and Lows

By | December 31st, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends, Motivation, Racing, Training|

Well 2016 has come and gone with some amazing highs and some really sad lows. I never thought that a year could be such a roller coaster. But life is funny like that, you never really know what is around the next corner in our ever changing lives. But it is how we end up [...]

Good-bye Italy Hello Rio!

By | September 9th, 2016|Motivation, Racing, Training|

I said goodbye to Italy yesterday and the wonderful family and staff that run the Hotel Faro in Montichiari. It has been a really good 4 weeks of training in a beautiful part of the world. It also helped me concentrate on my job next week and that is performing to the best of my [...]

10 Days Until Rio

By | August 30th, 2016|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Well I have been in Italy for 2 and a half weeks so far and this morning I farewelled the rest of the team as they headed to Rio.  Stuart Tripp (hand cyclist) and I are the only two riders left in Italy with an amazing team around us, Lia - physio, Nick - coach [...]

Upper Austrian Tour

By | May 30th, 2016|Celebration, Friends, Motivation, Racing, Training|

What a great week of racing! Although there were only 4 trikes involved, this tour was an extremely valuable experience. I got to race with the fastest male trike rider in the world, Hans-Peter Durst from Dortmund, Germany. The lessons I learnt from riding right behind him were fantastic and although I wasn’t able to [...]

The Road to Rio Begins in Ernest!

By | May 9th, 2016|Motivation, Racing, Training|

This week my preparation for Rio has taken the next step.  I am currently in Belgium training for a few days before I head to Cologne, Germany for the Cologne Classic where I will race with the men.  Then it is back to Belgium for the World Cup in Ostend. This World Cup will be [...]

Defy The Odds

By | April 25th, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, MS, Training|

2 Days ago on the 23rd of April I celebrated the 18th anniversary of my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. On that day a very uncaring neurologist told me that "my life as I knew it was over, go home put your affairs in order before you become incapacitated." He told me I would never do [...]

It Takes a Team

By | February 6th, 2016|BLOG, Motivation, Training|

I have been a bit remiss in writing lately but I have good reason, I have been training hard! My road to Rio is in full swing and between upping the training on the bike I have really been working hard in the gym. But it isn't all about me, yes I am the one [...]

2015 The Year That Was

By | December 30th, 2015|Celebration, Charity, Motivation, Racing, Speaking, Training|

My last couple of blogs have been written with sadness in my heart, but this year has also been one of a number of huge highs to go along with those lows. With just a few days left in 2015 (where the heck did it go?) I thought I would write about those highs and [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 5

By | November 22nd, 2015|BLOG, MS, Racing, Training|

This is the last instalment of my 5 part series on what I deal with on a daily basis in order to train and compete as an Elite Para Cyclist. I love racing, in fact if truth be known racing to me is much more fun than training. I love the fact that I get [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 3

By | November 15th, 2015|BLOG, Motivation, MS, Racing, Training|

I’ve now written about a couple of symptoms that I have to deal with such as heat intolerance and balance issues, but I think that one of the most debilitating symptoms is fatigue. Now I know a lot of people will say, ‘but I get tired too’. Unfortunately this type of MS fatigue is a [...]