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Monday started with a visit to my knee surgeon, and I now have Decisions and Plans to make. Luckily this beautiful soul and her athlete brain were on hand - all the way from Oman 🇴🇲 - to help assess the many pros and cons, and to be a voice of reason. (Meaning: the person who knows my athlete ego best 😂) 🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🧘‍♀️ @annie_athlete you are 1 in a Million! 😘 • • • #friends #triathletes #ironmanathlete #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #kneeinjury #kneehab #meniscus #meniscussurgery at Westfield Stratford City

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Rained on, lost, ran out of data, more lost, late to Parkrun 🙈 but just made in time to cheer for @sewbusylizzie 🏃🏼‍♀️ with a long overdue brunch catch up after 😊💙 A beautiful Saturday morning made all the better for being outside on the bike with a fairly happy knee 🎉 32kms! ✅ • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #salomon #dhbsport #thuasne #kneeinjury #kneehab #meniscustear at Bromley parkrun

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It’s pouring rain in @gozwift, London has sunny blue skies, and I’m inside on Zwift 🤦🏼‍♀️ I feel like Alice in Wonderland with everything back to front! 😂 I was confident about taking a 3rd flat lap of the volcano today, and I tested some moments of intensity in the 2nd. No notable knee complaints so far! 🎉 I’ve been hesitant to try cycling outside again, but after today’s progress, I’m going to attempt it this weekend 🤞 Despite the progress in reducing pain and inflammation, i’m seeing a surgeon on Monday about the surgical route - turns out my tear is a BIG one 😱 In the meantime, have an awesome weekend! 🚴🏼‍♀️ Ps if you’re on Zwift, connect with me so I can wave Hello as you fly past 👋 - I’m BlondeonaBike 😊 • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #swissside #wahooligan #tapintopower #oakleybike #zwift #gozwift #kneehab #kneeinjury at Zwift Watopia

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I’ve lived with myself for 30-something years; I know all my bad habits 🤦🏼‍♀️ To help mitigate the inevitable negative thoughts and behaviors that might jeopardize my KneeHab, I’m continuing to set Training Goals. They are a number of productive, healthy tasks that I can focus my energy on while trying (still failing) not to freak out about my plummeting Training Peaks CTL 😭 The only requirements are #s 1-3. Everything else is a boundary, providing it feels ok 👌 This might seem OCD and I know many people who’ve said “just forget about training and cycling!”. But that isn’t particularly useful advice to someone who’s spent most of their life being athletic! 🙈 I have goals and plans for most areas of my life, abandoning them for KneeHab is akin to asking me to forget I am female, or Australian, or any of the other things I just AM 💁🏼‍♀️Better the devil you know and can manage effectively, right? 😉 What about you? How do you cope with injury, illness, rehab, and general time away from the bike? (Or anything else you’re passionate about?) 🚴🏼‍♀️ • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #cyclist #specializedwomen #rehab #kneeinjury #nike #thuasne #ironmanfrance #triathlete #meniscustear #traininggoals #trainingplan #kneehab at London, United Kingdom

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I’ve cycled in London for 10 years and this is the 1st time I’ve seen official guidance for cyclists and motorists! Thank you @metpolice_uk 🙏 🚴🏼‍♀️ When I first started cycling, I hugged the kerb or parked cars on the left, mistakenly thinking it would give motorists more space to pass, thereby making me safer. Several years and innumerable close calls later, I confidently “own my space in the lane”. I don’t have to tell you much abuse (and macho engine rev’ing 🙄) I get in return. 🚴🏼‍♀️ The subject of riding 2 abreast is *hugely* controversial, even though it’s allowed under the Highway Code. Motorists simply aren’t aware or don’t understand that it’s better for all of us! Most times, the extent of the abuse isn’t worth it, so a frustrated and more dangerous single file it is 😣 🚘 To present both sides of the situation fairly, there isn’t a single day on the bike where I don’t see cyclists pulling dick moves. It’s “sometimes I’m a pedestrian, sometimes I’m a car, I’ll pick and chose according to what suits ME best”. That attitude and behavior only serves to make everyone more frustrated, impatient and intolerant! We would all benefit from being better aware of our rights and responsibilities on the roads. And categorically we all need to have more respect for the “greater good”, i.e. if we all as individuals try to do the right thing, everything works better 🙏 🚔 You can find the original image and post on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MetCycleCops/status/1026930919389708293 - please share it widely, get this message out! • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #wahooligan #metpolicecycling #metpolice #staywideroftherider at London, United Kingdom

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Winning on Wednesday! 🎉 1st outdoor cycle with my “new normal”: @thuasneusa knee support, flat pedals, and my granniest Granny gear. My smile couldn’t be bigger! 😀💙🚴🏼‍♀️ The hardest part of today’s commute was reverting to flat pedals on London’s crappy roads - my feet were bouncing off the pedals with every bump! 😂 • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #cyclist #specializedwomen #rehab #kneeinjury #nike #thuasne #ironmanfrance #triathlete #meniscustear at Central Saint Giles

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Remembering how good I felt On Top Of The World makes me forget it’s Monday 😝 I’m SO glad I got to have this ridiculously painful yet extremely rewarding experience before my knee called for a Time Out! 💙🚴🏼‍♀️ • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #wahooligan #oakleybike #kneeinjury #meniscustear #lamarmotte at Col du Galibier

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The verdict: a meniscal flap tear to the posterior horn 🦏🤷🏼‍♀️ WTF??? 👉 The tear is not going to repair itself but it can be “manageable” in the future without surgery. It could still tear completely if I’m not careful 😱 👉 It might be 6-12 months rehab’ing and returning to training as if I am a beginner. It’s the perfect opportunity to go back to basics and re-learn many things in better ways 😊 👉 Most importantly: once the pain and inflammation has subsided, I can cycle for short periods at low intensity with little/no resistance (+ a sexy knee brace). Thankfully this perfectly describes my commute 🎉 There’s no doubt about it, my cycling life is going to be different going forward. Deep down I know that seeing my passion from a new angle will present many opportunities to discover new things but I’m still crying as I write this because (a) it’s just shit and (b) the thought of life without cycling is horrible. A huge thank you to the wonderful Insta cycling community across the world. Your comments and messages of support have been so touching and I’m happy that I can continue to be inspired by your journeys here! 😊💙🚴🏼‍♀️ • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #wahooligan #kneeinjury #meniscustear #rehab #newbeginnings #sporttape at Greenwich Peninsula

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What I thought I’d be doing today: Haute Route Norway Stage 1 🚴🏼‍♀️⛰🇳🇴 What I’m actually doing: lying in a magnetic resonance imaging tunnel in London 💀 Since most of my sports goals this year have been derailed for some reason or another, my immediate sports goal is to NOT MAKE ANY SPORTS GOALS 👍 Please excuse the sarcasm. I must have vomited out my sense of humour at some point in the last 2 weeks that I’ve simultaneously been suffering extended Norovirus symptoms 😂😩😭 • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #mriscan #ismybumshowing #senseofhumourfailure #kneeinjury #sportsgoals at London, United Kingdom

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Sometimes I forget to stretch after my bike sessions and then I end up feeling like a cyclist-pretzel 🥨🤪 (Hunched shoulders and tight hip flexors, anyone?) I have a “mini flow” that I aim to do 3-4 times a week. It stretches front and back, both sides and rotationally. It’s short enough to fit into an ad break and it makes me feel like a brand new, un-pretzel’d human 🧘‍♀️ Try to hold each pose for 8 breaths and it should = 10 mins total👌 + Child’s pose + Gentle cat-cow + Kneeling shoulder stretch both sides + Sun salutation into hanging forward fold + Low lunge (knee down), with back and/or side bends, both sides + Goddess pose + Seated or supine twist left then right + Savasana 🙏 • • • #blondeonabike #yoginionabike #bikeadventures #yoga #yogaflow #yogaforcyclists #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen at Greenwich Peninsula

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Shout out to these crazy Ghosts 👻 who are currently riding 500km non-stop Pau to Barcelona, with more climbing than Everest! Strong progress through the night guys!!! 💪 Well on time for lunch on the beach in Barca 🏖 Check out their page @roasted_ghost_rdc for progress and info about their cause 🚴🏻‍♂️ • • • Repost from @roasted_ghost_rdc - Whatevs • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #roastedghost #ultraendurance #weridesllnight

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I was struck down with Norovirus last week 🤢 The last thing I’ve felt like doing is cycling. The 2nd last thing is putting pics on Instagram. So here’s an old, vaguely cycling-related snap that I sent my Aussie Nana to show off my new hair cut. I know, don’t ask 😂 I’ve you’ve never experienced Norovirus, I pray you never do (and I’m not even religious) 🙏 For the rest of us, no word will ever be spoken of our experience... but OMG I KNOW 😭 Here’s hoping normal cycling service can resume this week🤞 • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #personaltrainer #sportsnutritionist #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #swissside #wahooligan #tapintopower #oakleybike #sickchick #greeneyes #louisgarneau at London, United Kingdom

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What a race! What a finish! AWESOME cycling from the women on #LaCourse today 🚴🏼‍♀️💨 • Repost from @mitchelton_scott using - The first images from another victorious day for @annemiekvanvleuten and Mitchelton-SCOTT, another performance to live long in the memory!👊🏼 📷 @gettyimages • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #mitcheltonscott

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Officially the highest elevation I’ve cycled to in France! 🇫🇷 What’s the highest you’ve cycled? Was it also your toughest climb? Passo dello Stelvio 🇮🇹 @ 2,760m is still my highest ever cycling summit ⛰ I think these 2, plus Mt Hotham in Aus 🇦🇺, are officially the climbs I’m most proud to have completed 🏆 One thing is becoming pretty clear: my body does not like exercise at altitude. Drunk-like nausea adds a special flavor to the experience 🤦🏼‍♀️ • • • #blondeonabike #bikeadventures #cyclingadventures #cyclingpics #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos #cyclingmotivation #fromwhereiride #queenofthemountain #inspiringwomentoride #bikegirl #bikegirls #strongher #ridelikeagirl #shutuplegs #enduranceathlete #specializedwomen #swissside #wahooligan #inmyelemnt #powertap #tapintopower #oakleybike #teamoakley #servicecourse #lamarmotte #coldugalibier at Col du Galibier

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