As you probably know I can be quite an impulsive person. I committed to cycling across America before I’d done any research and I’m heading from New York to San Francisco because it feels right (despite this probably being into the prevailing wind – see https://www.windy.com/?38.112,-99.287,5 to see a live wind map). Which is why … More On a whim and a prayer
Life. It’s a pretty weird thing, right? I’m 30 now and can no longer pretend that I am not an adult. In some ways I feel like I’m in a better place now than I have been for a long time. Firstly, I continue to be married to someone who loves me and accepts me … More Just because I’m happy doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.
Right. So, the London Marathon has been and gone. I’ve taken a few weeks to “relax” – eating well, spending evenings at home, and even having a day out with my wife. Now that’s done and dusted the time has come to look to the future, and my solo bike ride across America next year. … More One year to go!
So: I didn’t win the London marathon. I was 39587th out of 42,428, finishing in a personal best time of 6 hours, 8 minutes and 4 seconds. Lots of you will have seen videos and updates on the day but I thought it would be worth making a note of how the day went before … More I ran a marathon!
It is now exactly a week until the London Marathon (why not sponsor me now?!) Nothing I have read about training for a long run suggests moving your mum into a nursing home the week before a marathon is a valid training technique. However, this is exactly what I have been doing for the last … More Distracting practicalities
This is a story about an old cat who reached the end of her life and passed away peacefully on her owners lap. It’s a story I’ve wanted to write since it happened last year, but I’ve not been able to find the words. And I guess that’s because it’s so much more than a … More The death of a cat
When I decided to cycle across America I knew I’d need plenty of time to fundraise, plan logistics, and get fit. I gave myself two years, setting off in Spring 2020. Naturally, I needed something to keep momentum going and for some reason I decided that running a marathon would be that thing. I’m delighted to … More The toughest run
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that my ride from New York to San Francisco will be done on my trusty Specialised Tricross. I originally bought this bike from Certini’s in Saltash back in 2006 before I first cycled LEJOG and since then it’s carried me on 2500 miles and £10,000 of … More The Bike (part 1)
A few weeks ago I asked Facebook friends to let me know who they knew in America. As you might know my plan is to essentially do a speaking tour on bicycle – visiting community groups to talk about my journey, both physical and mental. Whilst I’m hoping my talk will be engaging and I’ll … More Discovering America
So today I ran my first 10k. It’s been about 6 months since I did my first training run (which was a 5k park run so dire I took a 2 month break). I had to talk about half of the distance, and probably wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t accompanied by my champion cousin … More The first 10,000 metres