Distance: 62 miles Weather: cloudy then wet and cold. (Mmmmm). Day three, my last, started in much the same way as the last two – eating breakfast sat alone. Much like the day before when I was the king of my very own b&b, today i had an entire ‘all you can eat’ buffet breakfast […]Read more "Mind Over Matter part 2 day 3: Leicester to Bolsover"
Distance: 92 miles Weather: mostly sunny Despite the beauty of the surroundings and the much missed feeling of accomplishment from a long ride, last night was pretty awful. I know what to expect from these punishing rides by now and so I should have drank more water – it was a terrible mistake. Cycling […]Read more "Mind Over Matter part 2 day 2: Oxford to Leicester"
Distance: 81 miles Weather: Pompey drizzle, driving rain and hot afternoon sun Southsea to Shillingford (near Oxford) I’ve thought about cycling this route ever since I got a bike. I’m not sure why. As people keep telling me, three already today, there is a perfectly decent rail line connecting Portsmouth and Chesterfield, so why […]Read more "Mind Over Matter part 2 day 1: Southsea to Oxford"
In a few days I will be setting off for what can only be described as Mind Over Matter: Part 2. Unfortunately this time it will just be me, Tommo, without the nullifying and constantly reassuring presence of Morgan’s arse just ahead of me. For this second instalment of our very own set of life-changing […]Read more "Mind Over Matter part 2: Southsea to Bolsover"
It is now over two months since we came back from our epic challenge; two months which, personally, have been some of the hardest of my life. Our challenge changed things. It helped us to realise that anything was possible; no longer did even the biggest and most unbelievable of events feel unachievable. Walk 30 […]Read more "Battling redundancy stress"
Two weeks since we finished on that hot Singapore afternoon, two weeks that has seen us both go through a period of major readjustment. It’s not been easy (although after writing this a few days ago, the Napalese earthquake then struck – so all in perspective). With bodies and minds firmly institutionalised to grinding out […]Read more "An overthinking mind"
Here Morgan takes us through his thoughts post-cycling and what he thinks the future holds for Mind Over Matter: Three weeks, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a great deal of time. Three weeks on a bicycle, with a saddle that feels increasingly like it was designed as a torture device in medieval times, […]Read more "Post cycling blues"
When I was 23, about a year after my brother died, I sat down with my then boss, an irritating little man called Bryn, and talked about what I wanted to do in the future. I think it was supposed to be one of those annoying professional development exercises where I tell him I want […]Read more "Mind over Matter UK – The birth"
Ok, so we are back. Sorry. We just couldn’t help ourselves. Since we returned from our adventures a few things have become frighteningly clear and so, as you have been so incredibly generous with your response to our event, we thought it might be good to share some it with you. If someone had […]Read more "Back to normality!"
Distance: 71kms (49 miles) Weather: hot and humid And so it began. After 22 long, consecutive days of riding, we had made it. We had cycled 2,100 miles. We had cycled through SE Asia’s hot season and, to all intents and purposes, smashed it. If someone had explained to us exactly what we would […]Read more "Day 22: Kota Tinggi to Singapore!"