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Join the Fitbitch Challenge Community 2016

March 10, 2016 at 6:35
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Why not join our Fitbitch Challenge community, where we will help inspire and motivate you to take on exercise challenges every month and you could win reward points? From beginners’ challenges to those for regular exercisers our challenges will help you bin the bulge and motivate you to move – magnificently – every month

Exercising and participating is always better with others

Exercising and participating is always better with others

 

All you have to do is become a member of our FREE Fitbitch online community and complete our ONE of our selected challenges EACH MONTH from the list below throughout 2016. You can join ANYTIME in the year but from the month you join, you must continue thereafter to do one challenge per month. Besides, the more months that you complete, the more points you are rewarded and these can be redeemed for up to £150 of our products and services. (T&C apply).

You can stick to level 1 challenges, or mix it up and progress through the levels up to level five (each level corresponds to points and the more you get, the more fitness rewards you will unlock). And if you DO achieve a challenge every month you’ll get a bonus ten points.

Committing to a goal every month will provide focus, motivation and consistency. And the benefits?  Improved fitness, body shape and and an incredible sense of achievement.

We are not leaving you to motivate and exercise alone though.

When you sign up to our Challenge year, you will become part of our 200 strong Fitbitch online community on Facebook and Strava, where you will be able meet up with others to train and participate in the challenges – just like our pictures from previous years highlight. Because at the end of the day, the key to getting fit and staying fit isn’t the promise of weight loss or a perter bum, it’s the fact that you enjoy yourself which all comes down to making sure you exercise with a group of great women. #bettertogether

I’m in, what do I do next?

SIGN UP HERE

The Fitbitch Community Challenges 2016

(if you have a challenge that you would like included, please email rachael@fitbitchbootcamp.com for consideration)

January

(1) Complete a Parkrun, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(1) Complete a four week Fitbitch course

(1)  Road cycle over 25 miles

(1)  Complete the Run-uary Challenge

(5) Run 365 days of the year

February

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Complete the Fitbitch Flexibility Improvement Challenge (a video of the ‘Runner’s Sun Salutation’ will be released. Add one sun salutation a day to improve your mobility).

(2) Get a ParkRun PB

(2) Feb 7th Run a 9 mile trail race

(3) Run the Vitality Brighton, Worthing or Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

March

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Parkrun PB, or two Parkruns 

(3)  March 19,  Run the Birling Gap 10km Trail Race

(3/4/5) Ride a sportive in Burgess Hill – 36 miles, 54 or 72miles http://www.srs-events.cc/event1/event-details.htm

(4) March 6th, Run the off-road Steyning Stinger Half Marathon Or Birling Gap Half Marathon March 19th

April

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) April 17th, Run the BMK 10 km

(3/4) April 24th, Run the RawEnergy Pursuits Bluebell 10 km or 10 mile 

(5) April, Run the Paris, Brighton or London marathon 

May

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Get a Parkrun PB or run 2 parkruns

(2/3/4) Girls Run the World Berlin 10km, Half Marathon or 25km (early bird prices to be released February)

(4) Ride every day in May – whether it’s down your road, on Preston Park cycle track or up the Beacon, just ride. You can join our online cycle community here to meet others to ride with.

June

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1/2/3/4) 5th June, Ardingley Triathlon  (Supersprint, Sprint, Open Water Sprint or Olympic Distance Open Water – we will also organise relay teams if you don’t want to do the full event)

(2) 22nd June, The Weakest Link Relay Race (we will organise teams)

(3) 12th June, Run the Pollesden Lacey Off Road 10km 

(3/4) 12th June, Ride 52 or 74 miles in France with the Wiggle French Resistance Sportive 

(4/5) 18th June, Run the South Downs Half Marathon or Full Marathon (5). Or join a Fitbitch relay team (4) or 24 Hour Relay Enduro 11-12th June 

July

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(2) 13th July, Run the Brighton Phoenix 10km  or Wednesday 20th July Beat the Tide 10km Worthing

(4) 9th July, Team up and navigate, run, bike and kayak in the Chilterns Adventure Team Race

(5) Swim everyday in July  – whether it’s up and down your holiday pool, in the sea or in a training pool just swim

(5) Race to the Stones, 100km UltraMarathon 16-17th July

August

(1) Parkrun

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(2)  3rd August Tri It Aqualathon Pells Pool Lewes  (350m swim,3km run)

(3/4/5) 7th August, Ride 47, 72 or 103 miles in the cycle sportive Haywards Heath Howler 

September

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(3) 3rd September, Team up and navigate as you run, ride and kayak Questars Adventure Race 

(2/3/4) 10th September Run trails through the beautiful Kent countryside, 7km (2), 15km (3) or 21km (4)

(2/3/4) 11th September, Brighton and Hove Triathlon SuperSprint, Sprint, Relay or Olympic

(2/3/4) 25th September, Brighton to Brighton Sportive,

(5) Man Vs Mountain, Lake District 3 September 

October

(1) Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(3) 16th October, Brighton 10 miles 

(4) Girls Run the World trip – TBC

November

(1)Run parkrun, OR complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB

(2) 13th November, Brooks Brighton 10km 

(3/5) 29th November, Three Molehills Team Relay or run it solo

December

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1) Santa Dash

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 Parkruns

(3) December 3rd, Mince Pie 10 miles 

 

Fitness Rewards

12 points and over – £25

20 points and over – £50

30 points and over – £75

40 points and over – £150

Terms & Conditions

  • You must subscribe to the community challenge obligations as outlined on the sign up form
  • Fitness rewards can not be redeemed along with any other offer
  • They can not be redeemed against personal training or Girls Run the World trips
  • All rewards must be redeemed for services that start before the end of April 2017
  • Rewards can not be transferred to another person
  • Only three spaces will be eligible per camp/time where £150 rewards are redeemed.


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Join the Fitbitch Challenge Community 2016

January 21, 2016 at 6:10
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Want to bin the bulge and say goodbye to the guilt of not sticking to your exercise vows?  Then join our FREE Challenge community where we will inspire and motivate you to move – magnificently – every month

Exercising and participating is always better with others

Exercising and participating is always better with others

 

All you have to do is become a member of our FREE Fitbitch online community and complete our ONE of our selected challenges EACH MONTH from the list below throughout 2016. You can join ANYTIME in the year but from the month you join, you must continue thereafter to do one challenge per month. Besides, the more months that you complete, the more points you are rewarded and these can be redeemed for up to £150 of our products and services. (T&C apply).

You can stick to level 1 challenges, or mix it up and progress through the levels up to level five (each level corresponds to points and the more you get, the more fitness rewards you will unlock). And if you DO achieve a challenge every month you’ll get a bonus ten points.

Committing to a goal every month will provide focus, motivation and consistency. And the benefits?  Improved fitness, body shape and and an incredible sense of achievement.

We are not leaving you to motivate and exercise alone though.

When you sign up to our Challenge year, you will become part of our 200 strong Fitbitch online community on Facebook and Strava, where you will be able meet up with others to train and participate in the challenges – just like our pictures from previous years highlight. Because at the end of the day, the key to getting fit and staying fit isn’t the promise of weight loss or a perter bum, it’s the fact that you enjoy yourself which all comes down to making sure you exercise with a group of great women. #bettertogether

I’m in, what do I do next?

SIGN UP HERE

The Fitbitch Community Challenges 2016

(if you have a challenge that you would like included, please email rachael@fitbitchbootcamp.com for consideration)

January

(1) Complete a Parkrun, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(1) Complete a four week Fitbitch course

(1)  Road cycle over 25 miles

(1)  Complete the Run-uary Challenge

(5) Run 365 days of the year

February

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Complete the Fitbitch Flexibility Improvement Challenge (a video of the ‘Runner’s Sun Salutation’ will be released. Add one sun salutation a day to improve your mobility).

(2) Get a ParkRun PB

(2) Feb 7th Run a 9 mile trail race

(3) Run the Vitality Brighton, Worthing or Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

March

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Parkrun PB, or two Parkruns 

(3)  March 19,  Run the Birling Gap 10km Trail Race

(3/4/5) Ride a sportive in Burgess Hill – 36 miles, 54 or 72miles http://www.srs-events.cc/event1/event-details.htm

(4) March 6th, Run the off-road Steyning Stinger Half Marathon Or Birling Gap Half Marathon March 19th

April

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) April 17th, Run the BMK 10 km

(3/4) April 24th, Run the RawEnergy Pursuits Bluebell 10 km or 10 mile 

(5) April, Run the Paris, Brighton or London marathon 

May

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Get a Parkrun PB or run 2 parkruns

(2/3/4) Girls Run the World Berlin 10km, Half Marathon or 25km (early bird prices to be released February)

(4) Ride every day in May – whether it’s down your road, on Preston Park cycle track or up the Beacon, just ride. You can join our online cycle community here to meet others to ride with.

June

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1/2/3/4) 5th June, Ardingley Triathlon  (Supersprint, Sprint, Open Water Sprint or Olympic Distance Open Water – we will also organise relay teams if you don’t want to do the full event)

(2) 22nd June, The Weakest Link Relay Race (we will organise teams)

(3) 12th June, Run the Pollesden Lacey Off Road 10km 

(3/4) 12th June, Ride 52 or 74 miles in France with the Wiggle French Resistance Sportive 

(4/5) 18th June, Run the South Downs Half Marathon or Full Marathon (5). Or join a Fitbitch relay team (4) or 24 Hour Relay Enduro 11-12th June 

July

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(2) 13th July, Run the Brighton Phoenix 10km  or Wednesday 20th July Beat the Tide 10km Worthing

(4) 9th July, Team up and navigate, run, bike and kayak in the Chilterns Adventure Team Race

(5) Swim everyday in July  – whether it’s up and down your holiday pool, in the sea or in a training pool just swim

August

(1) Parkrun

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(2)  3rd August Tri It Aqualathon Pells Pool Lewes  (350m swim,3km run)

(3/4/5) 7th August, Ride 47, 72 or 103 miles in the cycle sportive Haywards Heath Howler 

September

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(3) 3rd September, Team up and navigate as you run, ride and kayak Questars Adventure Race 

(2/3/4) 10th September Run trails through the beautiful Kent countryside, 7km (2), 15km (3) or 21km (4)

(2/3/4) 11th September, Brighton and Hove Triathlon SuperSprint, Sprint, Relay or Olympic

(2/3/4) 25th September, Brighton to Brighton Sportive,

(5) Man Vs Mountain, Lake District 3 September 

October

(1) Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(3) 16th October, Brighton 10 miles 

(4) Girls Run the World trip – TBC

November

(1)Run parkrun, OR complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB

(2) 13th November, Brooks Brighton 10km 

(3/5) 29th November, Three Molehills Team Relay or run it solo

December

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1) Santa Dash

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 Parkruns

(3) December 3rd, Mince Pie 10 miles 

 

Fitness Rewards

12 points and over – £25

20 points and over – £50

30 points and over – £75

40 points and over – £150

Terms & Conditions

  • You must subscribe to the community challenge obligations as outlined on the sign up form
  • Fitness rewards can not be redeemed along with any other offer
  • They can not be redeemed against personal training or Girls Run the World trips
  • All rewards must be redeemed for services that start before the end of April 2017
  • Rewards can not be transferred to another person
  • Only three spaces will be eligible per camp/time where £150 rewards are redeemed.


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Cycle Challenge: Fitbitch on a road Bike

July 12, 2013 at 4:59
Posted by Rachael Woolston

The views from the bike…wish I could lie down in them

Last week, I took to a road bike for the first time as part of my training for the Prudential Ride London, a 100mile cycle race which starts in the Olympic Stadium and heads out to the North Downs before returning and ending on Pall Mall on August 4th.

As you may have gathered, that is less than five weeks away and not long to rack up the mileage so I was out straightaway.

Frankly the first two rides were terrifying. If the clip in pedals didn’t put the fear of God into me, the cars whizzing past just inches away did.

I’m used to off road running and mountain biking.  Still, that didn’t panic me, it was more the thought of riding that many miles.

100 miles. How long is that going to take me? Can I do it with four weeks training and not have to be ushered off the route?

That is all that went round in a loop in my mind, faster than my pedals for sure.

My plan was to build up gradually, giving myself time to taper. But with less than five weeks to go and a busy work schedule, not to mention the need to build up my strength for the Beachy Head Marathon in October, I reaslied it was going to be almost impossible.

The solution, if it can be called that, came in the form of a route already mapped by my road bike loaner @Chufty. As a regular club cyclist with Brighton’s Mitres , Chufty was up on his training and had already mapped and ridden a route from Brighton, where I live, to Box Hill, and back.

The downside? It was 80 miles.

So last Friday morning, bright and early I set off.

Now, if you’re a beginner, beginner, I would not recommend this approach. I may never have ridden a road bike but I am used to endurance training having run three marathons last year.

And as it turned out, the cycling itself was fine. Those clip in pedals though? That was another matter.

They say a road cyclist will experience falling off at least once in their cycle life. That once, I hope, was last Friday.

I went down like a sack of potatoes at a busy road junction. Did it hurt my pride? No, it really hurt my knee and elbow.

But I did it. I cycled 88miles (8miles by mistake, the result of my IPhone battery dying on me).

I spent 24 hours feeling relieved that I could do the mileage and relaxed about the challenge, other than having to work on speed and anaerobic fitness.

Then the anxiety hit again. Yes, I could do the miles but how was I going to learn to ride in a pack in time for the event?

‘Don’t leave more than a bike length between you and the bike in front.’ ‘Don’t sit behind someone all the but move up to the front.’ ‘Make sure you know the hand signals.’

These are just a few of the pieces of advice I’ve been given. So, little wonder that I’m now having nightmares about taking out the entire 20,000 riders due to my poor pack cycling. (Well, OK not the entire 20,000 as that would be saying I’d be in front, but you get my drift).

One the plus side, it’s completely taken my attention away from the fact that I’m doing an adventure race tomorrow involving navigation. Which I’m as good at as pack cycling.

(Check back next week for tips on how to improve cycling anaerobic fitness).

 



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