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Memories & Experiences

What I’ve been up to

Below, you’ll find a selection of my thoughts, memories and experiences as well as snippets of news. But for my main blog, please go to HardasTrails.com.

Spartan Race Training Camp – Part 1 – A Romantic Getaway

It was supposed to be a romantic weekend with my long-suffering girlfriend. A trip down to Sussex for a spot of camping, dinner in a local gastro pub, followed the next day with some trail running and perhaps a bike ride. Having been away for much of April, running the Marathon des Sables, I felt I owed it to her to do something 'fun' together. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brushing teeth in restaurant. Not cool![/caption] So when I got the invite to attend the first ever Spartan...

Day 8 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Wincanton to Launceston - 107 miles This is my penultimate blog on what has been an extraordinary journey that began 8 days ago in John O Groats and tomorrow will finish 982 miles away in Lands End. I've been writing about the event from my tent, usually around 10.30 each evening, when I should be asleep, resting after what has been a hard day in the saddle. I say hard, because there is no easy day on the Rode Across Britain. Each day has certain characteristics which will...

Day 7 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Ludlow to Wincanton - 122 miles When we were listening to last night's briefing about Day 7 being perhaps the toughest stage due to the distance and climbing, I was a little worried. My ITB had tightened, causing my knee to hurt on every pedal stroke. I suddenly saw this being a long 3 days. However, I then visited 'Healing Sue', a sports physio/masseuse who fixed me to the point where I had no more pain. Bearing in mind how infrequently I get a sports massage (can...

Day 6 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Aintree to Ludlow - 105 Miles I can't quite believe it, but I've somehow managed to cycle 662 miles in the space of 6 days. I've never travelled so far by my own means before in such little time. Indeed, a chap I've come across on my travels, Ben Rockett, came and spoke tonight about how to stay motivated when you're hurting all over, yet still have another 350 odd miles to go. He encouraged us to find rock bottom and then go that little bit further...

Day 5 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Carlisle to Aintree I've just got back to my tent situated in the middle of Aintree Race Course and it's already 11pm. I'm in this conflict as to whether to write an update or simply let today slide. However, bearing in mind it's importance, I'm going to give an outline of how it went in bullet points - because it's quick and I must get to sleep!! Today was the longest stage of the entire week At the 50 mile point we officially were half way...

Day 4 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Glasgow to Carlisle - 105 miles With any multi-stage race it's almost inevitable that there's going to be an 'off-day.' It might be where you run out of energy, you can't get your food down, your kit (or bike) goes wrong or you just. Well, I'm hoping that this was the day. I say hope, because it wasn't exactly 'difficult', rather it was tiresome and somewhat boring. In fact, if I had to describe the feeling, it would be one where we'd all been told off by...

Day 3 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Fort William to Glasgow There's nothing like brushing your teeth whilst a thousand midges try and help you. Scotland may be a beautiful place and Fort William may be the epicentre for sport in this neck of the woods, but by heck was I grateful to leave the camp this morning. Not event the prospect of riding 116 miles and 7600ft of climbing was enough to deter me from staying. I awoke this morning feeling as though the midges were hammering on my tent flap, trying to...