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Five Things Every Beginner Cyclist Should Know

March 12, 2015
Cyclist next to Big Ben

I’m not very graceful. I have constant scrapes on my extremities. I live a little more haphazardly than I would like. I once got called a real life Miranda and I’m still not sure I’ve entirely made peace with that. That being said, I know how to cycle. Well, I know how to cycle in JenTerms™. I can’t tell you about elevated gains, or what it’s like to ride in a peloton, or where to get the best pair of cleats. But I did go from tentative little lady; riding only at the crack of dawn for fear of taking on London’s roads and losing, to cycling allllll the way to Paris on a bike that wasn’t even completely appropriate. Much, much more on that here. So if you’re thinking about getting into the saddle, first of all DO IT, but secondly here are my alternative little tips they don’t…

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Fitness

Running Tips From A Non Runner

February 10, 2015
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Oh hey reluctant exercisers. I’m the accidental fitness fan, nice to meet you. I’m also a fan of food. And wine. Mmmmmalbec. It’s all about balance right? A few people have emailed asking me about running after I trained for a half marathon, and given that I could run a total of an entire three kilometres when I signed up to cycle 200 miles and then run 13, it might help to get a few tips from a non-runner who sometimes runs. ‘But running a half marathon makes you a runner!’ You cry. No it doesn’t. I trained myself to run far enough to make it over the finish line back in 2013 because people donated their hard-earned money, and until last month when I managed 10k on the basis that I got lost, I hadn’t run more than about 8 kilometres since at very infrequent intervals. Sometimes I’m taken by a fresh…

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Fitness

London to Brighton – 54 Miles of Madness

June 20, 2014
London to Brighton 4

My muscles are creaking, my calves are stiff and my head feels a liiiitttle bit fuzzy. 24 hours since I joined the masses and rode 54 miles (+5 +6 but who’s counting…) for British Heart Foundation’s flagship London to Brighton ride. And my body knew about it! It’s Friday now, and I can walk again, which is helpful. Whhhyyyyy? Since the mammoth London to Paris half marathon challenge of 2013 (I might have mentioned it) I have been, on the whole, keeping up the fitness routine while maintaining a bit more of a training life/social life balance. I learnt so so much about myself and what your body can do that I vowed to never throw away the feeling I had over that final finish line – having set my mind to achieve something quite massive (for me) and seen it through, and learnt a shit load about myself along…

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Fitness, Wellbeing

Savasana In The Sky – Yoga at the top of The Shard

June 14, 2014
That's my concentration face guys...

Hot yoga, ashtanga yoga, gravity yoga… it’s all happening in the world of the bendy. But how about yoga among the actual clouds? Y’know, up there in the sky? Not possible, you say. Well… it is when you head 68 floors up to the top of Europe’s tallest building for your class. I was invited to a yoga class atop The Shard – 800ft above the hustle and bustle of the capital. I was extremely up for it – I’m such an advocate for the benefits of yoga (oh, here’s a little video of my incredible experience at a yoga retreat) for all humankind. In a world where we’re constantly connected, on the go, in the loop, switched on, heading here there and everywhere as fast as possible, constantly being made to think four days ahead, yoga puts a big fat hand in your face (albeit calmly and serenely) and makes you stop.…

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Fitness, Reviews

In A Spin? Review of Psycle London

April 16, 2014
Psycle Quote

One dreary and moody not-quite-spring-yet evening as I scurried out of work with my head down in a hurried bid to dash through the Oxford Circus crush and reach my friend on time, I was halted by a glowing beacon of new shop frontage with clean branding and an enticing air of general wellbeing loveliness. Behold, Psycle. Whaaaaat? Psycle. Psycle presents itself as a low impact, high intensity total body workout on a bike, drawing on concepts popular in the US that are rapidly making their way over here as more and more people swap their brogues for cleats and get pedalling. It’s definitely been the buzz about fitness town – everyone from Vogue to the Evening Standard have been busy praising this 45-minute woop fest since it opened a few weeks ago. But is this anything new? Is it a passing flavour of the month or can it stand the test…

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Fitness, Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

Yoga Review Published on Hip & Healthy

November 26, 2013
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Hello! I’ve been writing stuff again… a few months ago I passed myself off as a ‘savvy cyclist’ (their words, not mine) in an article for health and well-being site Hip & Healthy. I’ve made it on there again – this time a written non-diabetes related review of my heavenly trip to Kaliyoga in Spain – of which I made a diabetes-related video which you can check out here – although be prepared to feel overcome with the urge to jump on a sun lounger/yoga mat, spend time balancing your inner chakras and becoming a devout raw-food vegan. There’s been heavy focus on video-based shenanigans with The Big Challenge – now something of a distant and surreal dream – so it was nice to get back to the written word. You can read my review by clicking on the image below. Yayyyy. Namaste.

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Fitness, The Big Challenge, Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

Cycling To Paris and Running a Half Marathon With Type 1 | missjengrieves

November 13, 2013
London To Paris

MOST MAMMOTH EDIT EVER. But it’s here! Nearly two months on, the challenge is a completely surreal distant dream. The finer points are all a bit hazy, but the feeling I got from that epic week will never ever leave me. What a year. So where the hell have I been all this time? Well, apart from getting very heavily reacquainted with the bottom of a wine glass – normal service and then some has resumed – I’ve also been busy moving house, getting a new job and being consistently distracted by the sudden regular appearance of a human boy. GASP. And I thought it would have time on my hands after this was over… silly, silly Jen. This video is 22 minutes, so quite an investment on your part (soz in advance for the heavy use of the nostril angle) but if you’ve any interest in diabetes, cycling, running,…

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Fitness, The Big Challenge, Videos

Cycling 100 Kilometres | missjengrieves

September 3, 2013
London To Paris

Yes, I know, people keep telling me and I’m not one to argue given that it’s 100% fact. I’ve changed. So I made a little video of my exploits as this absolute non-athlete goes on a casual 100km bike ride of a bank holiday Monday, in preparation for my pant-wettingly fast approaching bike ride to Paris in aid of charideeeee. Thought it might be amusing to watch me struggle (did I mention? Categorically NOT an athlete) but also vaguely interesting to see how I manage my blood sugars over such a sustained period of exercise. That fact that I couldn’t avoid the most UNFLATTERING CAMERA ANGLES EVER SEEN EVER EVER is something I’m slowly coming to terms with. Good job I’ve got no pride really. P.S… Soz to Kellogg’s, it was no personal attack on you. I’m talking about cereal bars in general. Promise. Enjoy! Please like the YouTube vid,…

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Fitness, Reviews, Travel, Videos, Wellbeing

VIDEO: Yoga Paradise – A Week At Kaliyoga, Spain

August 28, 2013
Kaliyoga

Thanks to the lovely people at Kaliyoga for the most wonderful week in which my eyes were undoubtedly opened. Since I’ve returned I feel like I’ve been living in technicolour. I tried to make this video complete so that you could sit back and enjoy without having to wade through a text blog entry afterwards explaining all the numbers and fun stuff. Sooo, have a watch and please pipe up with your thoughts and comments about yoga, wellness, exercise and diabetes and whether anything I’m jabbering about rings true with you as well. Maybe you aren’t diabetic and you use yoga as a way of keeping your head clear; I’d love to hear from you too! I knew I would enjoy this trip but I did not ever expect it to have such a lasting affect on my lifestyle. Intrigued? Let’s watch… xxx Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Fitness, The Big Challenge

#Progress… Intense Training with Type 1

July 20, 2013
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Sooooo… I’ve been a bit quiet recently, on here and Twitter. Normally when I say that it’s because I’ve been dashing about getting into various pickles, generally as a result of a lethal combination of general day-to-day idiocy (it’ll be charming to someone, some day…) and slightly too much vino of an evening. This time, however, is so very different. I’ve been quiet on here, I’ve been quiet on Twitter, I’ve lost my social life and abandoned my housemate to move into the gym… I’ve become a fitness FREAK. Turns out The Big Challenge – named such for an over-exaggerated self-important dramatic effect – is a lot bigger than I anticipated, and is every bit as Big as I was theatrically and ridiculously making out. After the dreamy drinky festival haze of New York (aka the Last Hurrah) was over, I knew it was time to get serious. I was…

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