My name is Hannah and I’m an aspiring adventurer, endurance athlete and blogger.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very ‘outdoorsy’ family who travelled to wild places in search of a trail to ride, river to kayak or mountain to climb. These experiences I had as a child have stayed with me into my adult life and encouraged me to get out and live life to the full.
In 2012 I was sitting watching the Olympics and was in awe of the amazing athletes racing round Hadleigh making mountain biking look almost effortless! It was that moment when I decided to have a go at my first ever cross-country race. I was hooked from first entering the arena the buzz of the spectators, the friendly nature of everyone it was a great community to be part of. After two years I had worked myself up to elite and felt that I had reached my peak in cross-country.
A new cchallenge
Looking for a new challenge I turned to endurance racing, competing in my first 24 hour race with my boyfriend Martyn, this was a fantastic experience it was tough both mentally and physically. The journey together was a brilliant experience and we finished third even with a 4 hour nap!
This ignited me to take the plunge and try a 12 hour solo this was the most draining thing I have ever done I felt pushed way out of my comfort zone, but it taught me a lot out myself and my will power to grind out the miles even when I just wanted a cup of tea and a nap.
I wanted to try more endurance events but one thing was missing. I was missing the journey, in training I would make routes around the villages in Hampshire, where I live, or across the South Downs and I enjoyed the accomplishment of saying today I cycled from here to here. So I started looking at stage races, as if by fate this was about the time I met Michelle a South African mountain biker, over in the UK studying. Talking over coffee after a ride the Trans Alp came up, the next week we had signed up as a team and the rest, as they say, is history. The Trans Alp was one of my greatest achievements and it taught me that although I like racing, my passion is in the self-achievement of setting out with a goal and the personal victory as you get closer to making it happen.
I love to challenge myself physically and mentally and putting these two together in endurance sport has taught me a lot about myself and showed me the benefit sport can have in all our lives. My next challenges for 2017 are climbing Mont Blanc and 24 hour mountain bike solo.