Training Camp Prep!

It will be 5 days before I shall be rolling through the beautiful hills of Mallorca. In reality, this also means I need to get my life in order before I can go…
For instance, bike, kit, work, life, emails, travel insurance….Oh god the list endless!
Breathe Corbett, just breathe!!! PANIC!!!

So, while sitting here at my local launderette munching on my apple, gazing at my apple screen (ha, that sentence just made me giggle)… I guess I really do have to pull my finger out of my derrière, and get training camp planning!

When you have a life as crazy busy as mine (no really)! Living in a small flat in with your long term, who in turn owns just as many bikes, if not more than I do, and races just as much as I do, if not more, then our lovely little home can sometimes feel like bike shop….

So I have been here an hour now, and apart from reminiscing back to the 1980’s Levis advert where Mr hunk strips down to his boxers to the song of “I heard it through grape vine” I haven’t actually seen another person come in… Anyway, Unlike today’s adverts like Insurance or wonga!! Like seriously WTF!!! I reckon the TV should bring back Mr Hunk stripping down to his boxers and screw the ad’s of today… Corbett, this isn’t getting your insurance done!

Send…… Fab, travel insurance sorted and paid for! Of course with a history like mine of falling off mountains, this is quite an important task not to forget.


The alarm goes off and it is 02:45am in the morning, plane leaves at 06:30am… This is the last time I ever take an early morning flight!!! The panic of trying to drive down the M25 on route to Gatwick with a half eaten piece of toast, and sleepy dust in the eyes, really isn’t appealing any more, hell am I just getting old? No, unless you are on a tight riding timeline, then it’s afternoon flights all the way from now on!

Arrive at airport, check in, weigh bike, yawn…Bike weighs exactly the same as all the other million times before I have travelled, but airport man still needs to weigh the box and stick another bloody 20kg sticker before I can say Bon Voyage to the little steed………. Zzzzzz……..

Whooohooo…..Hello Mallorca, but who said there was going to be wind, rain and SNOW???????? Hang on, I didn’t sign up for bloody snow!!! Thank goodness for the bike shops have a great selection of winter kit! Luckily the weather did improve over the week, and the sun did shine and managed to clock up over 1,400km in 2 weeks…

Mallorca is such a great place if you are looking for great riding, amazing views, and normally, really good weather. If you search around, your can get some great deals, and look out for easyjet early sales to make it even cheaper!


Notes for travelling:
Do make a list of what to take before travelling
Don’t do early morning flight, unless you are time pressed
Do check-in with your apple phone and save boarding pass to phone
Don’t buy cheap travel insurance, look into “dog tag” insurance
Do arrange pick-up from airport, which is bike box friendly
Don’t pack too much, visit the local bike shops instead, which are great and cheap
Do pack medical supplies – big warm miles can cause chaffing
Don’t pack anything but your bike in your bike box incase it doesn’t turn up
Do carry helmet, shoes and kit spare in carry luggage in case you need to hire bike
Don’t forget to take youy DI2 charger as you wont find one in the bike shops!
Do check the weather reports before you go, for appropriate clothing


Les Filles Women’s Race Team


Well it certainly has been a years of changes for me…

Not only have I switched careers, I also decided to give myself a kick up the backside and join a new racing team! I love club riding / racing, but it can make you a little complacent… Therefore I contacted Nicole Oh, who is the head of Les Filles Women’s race team read: Les Filles (A highly successful women’s race cycling team in London) to see if they had a space for a new rider…

I was so lucky to have been accepted on the team of 12 as it was just the tonic I needed – I have put a solid winters training in, and now looking forward to a 14 day cycling camp in Mallorca with the Team. It will be a gruelling 2 weeks of training, and hopefully a little bit of sunshine! I will keep you updated with news through the summer, but we also have a Les Filles website which all the team will be keeping very active on!


Follow your dreams…

You may or may not know, but In July 2012 I was competing in the Trans Alp Mountain Bike race which covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy in 8 days. They say its one of the most gruelling mountain bike races to come out of Europe… Well, they were not wrong as by day 6 I was riding along one of the tracks and a rock came away from my back wheel, and fell through a waterfall fracturing my Lumbar 1, broke my elbow and had to be rescued by medics in a helicopter.

I was in hospital for quite a while in Italy while they nursed me back to health and sorted out the repatriation back to the UK. The Italian doctors said I was extremely lucky to be alive, and I still to this day count my lucky stars that I survived the fall.

The accident certainly changed my view on life as it exactly 1 year since I left the big city to follow my passion in Fitness and Sports Therapy! I trained with Lifetime to become a personal trainer and also qualified as a sports massage therapist gaining an ITEC qualification with London School of Osteopathy.

Since qualifying I really haven’t stopped!! I have been lucky to freelance with businesses like Summit Wellbeing, where I have concentrated on Sports Massage Therapy and gained valuable experience dealing with different sporting areas / injuries and rehabilitating athletes back into their sport with various techniques.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I run a ROWFITT circuit session at Fulham Reach Boat Club with contains high cardio and functional strength exercises. If you would like to give it a try, the first session is free to see if it’s for you.

When I’m not doing Sports Massage, you will find me personal training cyclists and triathletes to help achieve the goals and aspirations… Therefore no rest for the wicked!

So since following my dreams, I have met the most incredible inspiring people, and really have changed my life… Be bold, be inspired, be brave….

March 2015 has BIG changes happening for me, so watch this space!

TC xx