Mental Wellbeing – A Podcast

  Mental health is just as important as physical health, they go hand in hand in creating an overall good state of well being. During this lockdown we took the time to have a chat with Hester Viney, a councillor and trainee psychotherapist. We pick her brains on what she believes we can be doing to look after our own mental health during these uncertain times. Could this global pandemic actually benefit some of us? Is there things we can learn perhaps and are we Continue reading →

I Miss My Bike…

It seems like an eternity since I last felt the saddle between my cheeks, the wind-rush in my face and sweet smell of chammy cream in my nostrils. Fantasizing of those good things in life, home and play I feel fit and strong – all the riding seems to have paid off, training for something entirely different. I’m a million miles away from my trusty carbon steed, hauling large rucksacks around the rain forest, climbing previously un-scaled cliffs, exploring new cave passages deep with the Continue reading →

What Is Your Adventure Based Top Trump?

Keith shares some honest thoughts on endurance events, top trumps and the majesty of Everest. I don’t want to write a spoiler alert here so it’s straight over to Keith…  We’d paused for a day in the one street town of Manang in Northern Nepal to prepare our bodies for the next couple of days. They were going to be tough – ascending the Thorung La at 5500m almost at the run with heavy loads of camera and sound equipment. To film the next stages of Continue reading →

Exercise Is Key To Getting Back To The Mountain After Injury

[Ed: for anyone who is injured, let Keith’s story be your inspiration to work hard on your rehab, to get to love the gym (and your physio!) and get those exercises dialled to recover fit and strong for this coming winter season! Over to Keith…] Spring 2012. I was in the consultant’s room waiting for the results of an MRI scan on my right ankle. I’d snapped my foot in two in a climbing accident and thought that 20 years of additional wear and tear, Continue reading →

More Filming And Apps From BeFitApps HQ

We’ve been in the ‘App Cave’ filming again and we’ll soon be able to share some very exciting new programmes. BikeFit, RunFit, CoreFit and a whole suite of 8 minute apps.  As an existing BeFitApps member you’ll receive access to these programmes absolutely free! The first challenge was in fact to find a week that fitted into our team’s busy schedule, but we did and here’s an insight into what happens during a typical filming week with the BeFitApps team. Our extreme adventure cameraman, the awesome Keith Continue reading →

My First Ultra Marathon – A Beginner’s Guide To the UTMB

Ten days ago I ran across the finish line of the OCC, an ultra marathon that makes up part of the infamous Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). The race had started in Orsiers, Switzerland and finished 53 kilometers later in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Along the way I had to navigate 3,300m of elevation gain and crucially stay ahead of the time barriers and cut-off points. It was my very first ultra and I made it home in 14 hours. Running 53km was a serious step up for me, the furthest I had run Continue reading →

Top 5 Tips To Consider When Buying Your First Trail Running Pack

There’s just over two weeks to go until the OCC and over the past few weeks I’ve been upping the altitude and kilometres and it has been causing a few niggles. My knees have been giving me some problems so I booked in with Neil for a physio consultation (yes, even his wife has to book herself into his diary to be seen!). I obviously went in for my knee diagnosis but Neil had other ideas: “When did you sprain your right foot?” “What?” And then I remembered that a few years ago I Continue reading →

Bali – An Unlikely Mountain Biking Destination

From volcano rims to lava fields, from forests to rice paddies, from weird tropical fruits to swimming in infinity pools…. You can expect all this and more if you go for a week’s mountain biking in Bali! After the world physiotherapy conference in Singapore Tony and I wanted to make the most of the trip over to Asia and do something a little bit different.  Too hot for climbing, keen to have some beach time but also up for a challenge, we signed up for the Bali Mountain Bike Boot Camp with Continue reading →

Behind The Scenes At The Volvo Ocean Race

THE ROLE OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR BLOG POST FROM LISBON I’m in Lisbon and its 5.58am. I have been up since yesterday at 6.30am and myself and the team now have a very full day ahead as the boats we have been waiting for since the early hours are just coming into sight over the horizon.  I am working as Human Performance Director for DONGFENG RACE TEAM and it is not the first time on this edition of The Volvo Ocean Race that I have Continue reading →

First sportive of the year – La Petite Bisou

The weather is turning and its time to get out and blow away the cobwebs and start getting seriously fit for the summer. For me the first serious outing is La Petite Bisou sportive which is a fabulous local event with excellent organisation. You really do feel like a professional cyclist with the start/finish gantries, motorbike outriders, roadside spectators and rolling road closures. However, at this time of year even a 75km event is enough to really tire the legs and body which are unaccustomed Continue reading →