1.       Different surfaces mean very different things to a tyre: It’s difficult to describe the joy gained from seeing the newly tarmacked road you’ve been hauling on give way to loose gravel – finally, a lower friction surface to...
Purpose, belonging, teamwork, camaraderie – this is what the British Army gave me.  I spent over a decade of service as an officer in the Royal Engineers and was fortunate to deploy on operations to Afghanistan, as well as...
In February 2018, a few months of feeling unwell, my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a large, low grade but life threatening brain tumour. It was causing brainstem compression that caused all sorts of...
As cyclists, a good bike position for comfort and performance is essential, adapting it to our riding preferences, whether we’re racing short events, multi day, long distance or ultra bikepacking events. Focus is on the contact points of hand...
High Power is a way of thinking with higher expectations and achieving richness in body and mind. A quest for knowledge and wisdom of the body, mind and spirit. Stripping all the unnecessary noise and allowing a clear and...
We start each day with a mountain to climb and for many of us, the start of a mountain is the hardest part. Why? The summit is so far off that the difficulties we face on these lower slopes seem...
I read somewhere once that, “success is firstly finding your happy place and secondly, getting paid to go there...” I don’t think there’s a better quote to sum up my life as a professional beach lifeguard. As a former elite triathlete...
The only race I did last year was the Pembrokeshire Ultra 34 miler.  Jon coached me for it as I was massively under prepared from spending most of the previous six months plodding around the hills of the UK...
These words are banded around a lot in the mountain culture and have made their way into all the various sports that I regularly pursue. From trail running and alpinism, where they make sense, drifting into skiing and even...
So how was it that a complete none runner ended up here, 3 days into a 5 day ultra, vomiting, drinking warm electrolyte mix, and baking in 40-degree heat. Lets take it back a few years. I was lucky enough...

Running Mt Toubkal

I’m sure I can’t be alone on this one? You and your partner are looking for a short break or holiday and you just have to find a way to link in a great challenge or adventure. So that’s what Morocco...
We had the option to delay when we saw the forecast mid-week. It was looking decidedly sub-optimal (and that’s the optimist in me speaking) and each of us took a long, hard think about it. Ultimately, attempting to ride...
Mountain guiding is unsurprisingly a strenuous profession, however as with anything it seems to get’s easier over time.  Being quite new to the game I found some of the psychological pressures and stresses to be the most draining part...
Failing in the outdoors is an important and necessary process in order to develop yourself. The modern ‘mountain athlete’ must be able to take the perceived failure and turn it into a positive. Sitting around spiralling due to backing off...
I have learnt a few things from long distance bikepack riding, namely about bike set up and products which help to avoid physical issues out on the ride. Having ridden bikes for the  best part of 25 years, my...
Skiing solo to the South Pole was physically hard. It was without doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve run some marathons, done a few ultras, run through the South Shropshire Hills. I’ve done a bit of wild...
Training during isolation We have been thrown into a crazy time with many people only allowed to leave their homes for a short walk or a trip to the supermarket. How, as athletes with training goals, do we cope and...

The Little Things

The Little Things I have found that as an athlete and coach, focusing on the little things can sometimes have the biggest impact. What do I mean? Ok, example 1. While running across the alps in 2017 I had 7 days...
In a world where we see on a daily (even minute to minute) the bodies of amazing athletes and models, we see people hitting the most amazing training sessions some people even advertising you too can get Abs in...
Nowadays it’s hard not to notice all the tech surrounding the endurance and adventure sports world, every day in social media an advert will pop us telling us the latest gadget we need to get our best run, best...
There is sometimes confusion on whether we should be using strength work in our training and what type of strength training we should use- when and how is best to apply it. Below I hope in simple terms to...
I am going to start this article with, its meant to be FUN.   Working with endurance and adventure athletes has shown me many patterns, some good and some not so.  Most of us are aware of the negative sides of...
This is topic is really important to riders of all levels as it can affect anyone. As a coach I have worked with many athletes and most at some point in their training have caught a cold, had flu etc....
Great friend and former E3C rider Sam Pantling was tasked with bike packing around Faroe and making a great film and blog which was used by the Tourist board of the Island.  Take a read, it's a beautifully crafted...

Take it to the max

Traveling to events around the world and listening to athletes talk about their training, keeps showing me a recurring theme, what methods they are using to measure performance, it is becoming clear still that athletes are not fully understanding...
WEMBO European 24hr MTB Championships – Penafiel, Portugal September 2019 Flying to Portugal for European 24hr Championships brought many new experiences including flying with a bike in tow and racing abroad. Limited time off from work meant I flew in...
Over the last five years I have been working with Jon with the primary aim of not making a fool of myself when aiming to compete rather than just attending the World 24-Hour Mountainbike Championships. I would consider myself quite...
This all began last winter with my goal of climbing 100,000m on skis. With a dry start to the winter this proved hard to get off the ground. I found myself skinning up pistes then walking back down them,...
The next available home workout will appear here. Welcome to all those using these training plans. The purpose of these sessions is to give a sensible structure to some training during this lock down period of time and remove the...