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 [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 1

By | November 10th, 2015|BLOG, MS, Racing, Training|

Being a cyclist can be a tough gig for anyone, those that are training to race or just those trying to stay fit. Most of us do the early morning training before family and work commitments, or sometimes just because there are bunch rides that we love to do for the social aspect with the [...]