Ultra-endurance cyclist Tiffany Winchester returns to Sparta Chicks Radio this week.
In that conversation, Tiff shared her background and her preparations for an iconic event called Paris-Brest-Paris (or PBP) - a 1,200km event held in France every 4 years considered to be the Olympics of the ultra-endurance cycling world.
This time, Tiff returns to share how the event unfolded, the trauma it inflicted on her, the physical, mental and emotional toll it took on her and how she was able to recover from it.
An iconic race - and a great storyteller - require a long conversation. So I have divided this episode into two parts.
In Part 1, Tiff shares:
* the last 3 months of her preparation for PBP including how she tried to balance full-time work, her training load, family and travel,
* how her self-confidence got ‘wobbly’ when she arrived at bike check-in for PBP,
* why she chose to start her race at PBP at 4.30pm,
* the reason she struggled during the first 70km (of a 1,200km event) and the point at which she realised listening to other people’s advice was no longer serving her,
* what she loves about riding through the night and what her ‘sleeping’ plan was going into the event,
* what happened to her “lady parts” during the ride and why she needed white wine vinegar, and
* why she ultimately had to stuff a bidden into her bra to hold her head up after her neck muscles stopped working around the 900km mark.