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In 2015, after barely two years practising the sport, Tia-Clair Toomey stunned the CrossFit world (and herself) by taking 2nd place in her rookie year at the 2015 CrossFit Games. Proving it was no one-off, the former track athlete went on to repeat her success with a second place in the 2016 Games, officially earning herself the title of two-time ‘Second fittest woman on earth’.
51-year-old ultra-runner and multi-day stage race specialist, Carolin Botterill, wasn’t always into running. It wasn’t until she was 36, and a mum of three, that she began the journey which would ultimately lead to her becoming an ultra-runner – accidentally – via a bid to get fit and lose weight. At first she walked, then she ran, and just kept running. Now, 17 years later, Carolin has completed some of the toughest multi-day ultras on the planet, taking her from the Arctic Circle to the Peruvian jungle.
In one of the most insightful interviews I’ve posted, Carolin shares her experiences with me, including the lengths she goes to in order to acclimatise to extreme heat and cold ahead of her ultra-events.
As Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Times’ Style supplement and former editor of Elle and Cosmopolitan magazine, 48-year-old Lorraine Candy is one of the most recognisable faces in British publishing. Her job takes her abroad for weeks at a time and to multiple evening events, which she juggles with the no-less demanding role of being a mother of four.
So what made the already time-poor Editor-in-Chief (who couldn’t swim more than four lengths of front crawl two years ago) decide to take on training for the seriously tough Lake Geneva ‘Signature 70’ relay swim?
Ahead of the 6-person, 70km relay, which takes place in just over a week’s time, I put some questions to Lorraine in order to find out.
Erin Bastian is an adventurer and expedition leader. Her love of sea kayaking (she’s a qualified instructor) has led to some epic adventures on sea, including paddling an incredible 800km down the west coast of Patagonia (one of the world’s toughest wildernesses), Chile, in 33 days.
She’s pretty awesome on bike and foot too, cycling 1300km around Iceland, and training for her upcoming running challenge to run the 190km-long, jagged mountain ridge of Corsica’s GR20.
Here, we kick off talking about Erin’s Chilean sea kayak expedition in Patagonia.
Photo Credit: Jack Chevell
Last weekend, Pro cyclist and sprint specialist, Jolien D’hoore, took the Belgium National Road Race title, adding four-time national road race champion to her cycling CV. Today, on the opening day of the Giro Rosa, Jolien will line up with her Wiggle High5 team mates to take on the Team Time Trial, so it seems fitting to share the chat I had with the 27-year-old ‘Belgian Bullet’ earlier this month.
I grabbed five minutes with Jolien a few hours ahead of her stage win on the final day of the OVO Women’s Tour in London.
18-year-old climber Georgia Pilkington is a British Para Climbing champion and two-time British Deaf Climbing Champion, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago.
In this interview we talk hairy climbing moments, finger strength training, and surviving mental meltdowns on The Matterhorn.
As part of her job for insight.tv. adventure presenter Francesca Chiorando gets paid to do some pretty cool things for a living. You might also recognise the keen obstacle course racer from last year’s reality TV show, Spartan X, which pitted contestants against each other in ‘games’ of physical strength and mental agility.
I grab some time with Fran to talk Troll hunting, Spartan X, and eating disgusting Icelandic delicacies as part of her new insight.tv Access All Areas TV series, which started yesterday.
In August last year, Laura Jones couldn’t run a kilometre. But now, 10 months later, she has three marathons under her belt as part of her incredible ICANRUN7 challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents within a year. Yesterday she hit marathon number three, in Banff.
I quizzed Laura about her experience so far, including how it felt to run the highest trail race on Earth, the Everest Marathon.
Pro cyclist and two-time French National Time Trial champion, Audrey Cordon-Ragot captained the Wiggle High5 Pro Women’s Cycling Team going into last week’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour. After taking the Queen of the Mountains jersey on day one, she dominated the hill climbs to retain it throughout the 5-stage women’s cycling race and be crowned overall Queen of the Mountains.
I caught up with Audrey in London where the team were relaxing by the Wiggle Team Bus an hour ahead of the final stage, stage 5, of The Women’s Tour. The crit race. A fast, flat 10 laps of the 6.2km circuit and a stark comparison to the hilly Derbyshire route of the previous day’s Stage 4 (arguably the toughest stage with more than 2000m of climbing.)
I'm a sports/adventure journalist and copywriter, and I LOVE reading about badass women in sport, fitness and adventure. So I’m on a mission to find them, share their stories, and quiz them about their training, their motivation, and insider tips (totally hoping some badass magic will rub off on me along the way!). Plus I’ll bring you how-tos, must-have kit and tales of epic from some of the coolest and toughest events on the planet.