Planes, sailboats and faffing

Scott spent lockdown with his girlfriend, who moved in with him when the UK lockdown was announced. It went well, with Scott wishing he’d asked her to move in sooner, and they celebrated their anniversary with a BBQ and local adventures, rather than the sailing trip with friends they’d originally planned.  Generally he’s felt fine, … Continue reading Planes, sailboats and faffing

A year in people #74 – Emma

“Tara! I need your help.” My friend Emma shouted from downstairs. “I think you need to call an ambulance.” She was staying with me after an operation in which a metal coil was put down the main (femoral) artery in her leg.  “I think something’s bleeding inside, it’s happened really quickly.” She lifted the covers … Continue reading A year in people #74 – Emma

Feral children and the Death Slide

I sometimes wonder how it is that my brother and I ended up as [fairly] normal adults, because we were pretty feral children. We lived in the middle of nowhere and were given free reign to go cause chaos in the countryside. We'd spend hours outside either in the orchard, or out and about on … Continue reading Feral children and the Death Slide

A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

"Here you go Paps." Sue handed me a pile of envelopes. "What's this?" I asked. "There's one for each day. Open them when you need to." A few days later I sat on the floor in a dusty tent in the middle of the Jordanian desert, items strewn around my feet . I was trying … Continue reading A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

New Zealand: 8 months in

Well, I think it's safe to say it's been, shall we say, eventful since I landed on NZ shores eight months ago. Hell, it's been a bloody eventful year-and-a-bit ever since I decided on a whim to move to the other side of the world last year. You probably all know by now that the … Continue reading New Zealand: 8 months in

Cycling the Little River Rail Trail

In the middle of summer a few months ago, I had a time to kill, a new bike and some shiny new panniers so I decided to try it all out by heading off for a couple of days to bike the Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail. It's a cycleway and walkway that mostly … Continue reading Cycling the Little River Rail Trail

Cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile

It’s Christmas 2016 and I’m running full pelt through Madrid airport to catch a connecting flight that’s about to leave (I’d already missed my original one due to delays) to take me to Santiago, Chile. I eventually arrive to find my luggage didn’t make it. I’m not surprised; delays and me catching a different flight … Continue reading Cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile

Training: Week Seventeen

REST DAYS GALORE this week. Rest Days are Important. Just as Important as the Running Days. It's the time for the body to repair and get stronger. I love rest days. Doing this much training means I love it when rest days come around. I'm practically squirming in my seat with excitement at not having … Continue reading Training: Week Seventeen