My Annual London to Paris Sportive | L2P24

My Annual London to Paris Sportive was an unforgettable weekend! Why? Because the demands of the challenge strip you to the core. This connects you with who you are and you see the strength, power and true grit that lies in your hands when you complete it. It's a game changer! Excited to share with you my blog and film! Hope you join us for 2018! http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/my-annual-london-to-paris-sportive-l2p24

London to Paris Sportive #L2P24 #OneLifeLiveIt

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I never knew it was possible to fall in love with a country like you do with a person, but that's exactly how I feel about Scotland. Just so damn in love with this place, so grateful for this beautiful life, these incredible opportunities to explore and share my passion, to share them with the special people in my life, and of course, with you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ #OneLifeLiveIt VisitScotland Outer Hebrides PC: Alexis Nikon

Sea Kayaking with dolphins on the Outer Hebrides!!

Whilst sea kayaking around the Isle of Barra, a pod of bottlenose dolphins came to say hello!! Couldn't believe it! Magical moments on the Outer Hebrides VisitScotland Isle of Barra Surf and Coastal Adventures
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The Outer Hebrides Q&A Favourites โค๏ธ VisitScotland

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It's the season for wild camping and there's no place quite like Scotland to do it. It's no secret that I fell in love with Scotland years ago, finding it the perfect place to recharge and explore the wilderness when I need an escape from city life. The more I explore the more I realise there is no end to the vast, unspoilt and awe inspiring natural wonder here. Scotland keeps on giving! ๐ŸŒ…#WildCamp VisitScotland Outer Hebrides Nikon

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Wilderness, adventure and breath taking views come as one in the Outer Hebrides. In the last 24 hours we scaled two mountains by bike with a few adrenalin pumping descents! Explored the rugged coast line jumping off cliffs and foraging wild food from the sea. After a 30 minute drive to the West side of Harris we found the most glorious sandy beach which seemed to go on forever. If you want an escape from modern life, have an adventure, a road trip or just explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Check out these amazing islands โค๏ธ#OuterThisWorld VisitScotland Outer Hebrides

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On the right of the first photo you can see a shelter built into the rocks. Last night we slept in this bothy right on the Atlantic Coast of the Outer Hebrides. In the direction I'm looking there is nothing until you reach Canada. The night was wild and beautiful, yet restless. Waves crashing against the cliffs, wind howling around the bothy. Breath taking sunset. Moments to cherish forever โค๏ธ VisitScotland PC: Alexis Nikon #OuterThisWorld Outer Hebrides

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Waking up in a castle was a magical way to start the day and set the scene for what happened next... ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿšโค๏ธ Gale force winds and rain subsided into a glorious day as we embarked on the first day of our Outer Hebridean Adventure. Standing stones and beaches to rival the Caribbean were amongst a few of the hidden treasures we explored. To cap it all off one of my followers brought the search and rescue helicopter and winched himself down to say hi from the air! Now we're off to camp in a bothy. What a way to kick start our road trip! This place is #OuterThisWorld Where should we go next? VisitScotland Outer Hebrides

#LoveScotland #ScotSpirit #VisitOuterHebrides #OneLifeLiveIt Natural Retreats

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Transported from the centre of London to the Scottish highlands over night via the magical Caledonian Sleeper ๐Ÿš‚โค๏ธ Next stop - The Outer Hebrides. Any recs guys?
VisitScotland #ScotSpirit

Scotland from the Air | DJI Mavic Drone Film

My favourite place in the world, from the air
Am about to jump on the over night train to Scotland, so thought this as good a time as any to share this! Here's my edit of everything I filmed with my Mavic DJI drone whilst living in the Cairngorms earlier this year. Hope you like it and go visit this extraordinary corner of the world! VisitCairngorms

So excited to be on the front cover of Trail Running magazine UK but these words from @mtngeekuk say it all "So amazing to see - a REAL runner, with REAL struggles and REAL goals! Keep up the great work #OneLifeLiveIt" Thank you Simon, Trail Running Mag and to all of you who support me in my mission to champion ordinary people achieving extraordinary things ๐Ÿ™Œ
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If you want a copy you can buy it online or in shops across the UK. My feature on #WorldsToughestMudder is in there! Tough Mudder UK

How to Manage Stress

Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress and reinvigorate yourself with energy and positivity! It's always the first thing I try with great results! BRITA United Kingdom Coach Mag #StressLess #MoreMove #Spon

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Woke up on top of a hill with these amazing ladies ๐Ÿ’ƒโ›บ๏ธ#wildcamp #WomensAdventure #OneLifeLiveIt #GoProGirls

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Do you ever feel like you are doing the best you can, but it doesn't feel like enough?
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I've not felt myself this week and a dip in motivation affects everything. For someone who thrives off productivity, I find it hard when I can't be as productive as I'd like. I've been ill, I'm tired, the weather is really heavy today, I can't get ontop of my inbox, I have loads of content to create and I've not exercised in a week....BUT here are the things I know:

1๏ธโƒฃ Thinking about all the things we're not doing brings us down. So don't do it. Make a plan to tackle what's on your mind and the rest can wait. We want to be superhuman of course, but we cannot create more time and enjoyment of life is KEY!

2๏ธโƒฃ We can't fight it. If there's a dip in motivation, feeling off, down or anxious, there's ALWAYS a reason for it! Listen to yourself, work out what's going on and adapt. I am not fighting it, I am giving myself time, space and love to move through it. Always happens much quicker than getting frustrated with yourself!

3๏ธโƒฃ Focus on what is GREAT! In fact, forget great - friggin awesome!! Two weeks ago my London to Paris Sportive was a massive success, a huge amount of positive energy flowed from it and feedback like "it was the best weekend of my life" means so much to me! I have already sold 25% of the places for 2018, so I focus on these things. I know I can't do everything and give myself time to bounce back ๐Ÿ‘Š

Hope you guys are great - just thought I'd share this with you as I've been quiet on social this week and wanna keep it real! Life is a challenge for us all to figure out and make it work, but we can do it!! #OneLifeLiveIt PC: Tom Shaw

The interesting thing about fear is that when we do the things that are difficult and scary, they become easier and our we can learn to control our fears before they control us. Forget fฬถeฬถaฬถrฬถ. Power through it ๐Ÿ‘Š #SHOCKYOURSYSTEM 22.05.17 #borntomove #shockabsorberuk Shock Absorber UK

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This year has seen me sleeping in some pretty weird and wonderful places! On top of a hill, inside an snow cave, in a hotel made of ice, on the Sleeper Train, the back seat of a coach with 60 people on L2P24... I'm totally happy to forgo comfort for adventure, but it's also amazing to indulge every so often. Whilst in Lake Como I had the opportunity to stay in a Palace! Like an actual palace (turned into a hotel ๐Ÿ˜‹) Mum and I were the only people there and although I was battling an infection, there was no place more divine than this to rest, hang out and watch the world go by. And those breakfasts ๐Ÿ‘ŒThank you ๐Ÿ™ Palazzo del Vice Re IC Bellagio

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Ever since I can remember I've had a passion for places that have both mountains and water. Lake Como has been on my dream travel list for over 20 years, the moment I arrived I fell in love. I don't think it matters how long it takes us to turn our dreams into reality, it's the commitment to do it that's important โœจ #LakeComo #DreamsIntoPlans #OneLifeLiveIt Bellagio Water Sports

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Such a special day on Lake Como with my Mum โค๏ธ It involved a lot of this๐Ÿฆโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿšคand a little of this ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜œ to make it the perfect Italian experience ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Thank you Michele Gandola

Bellagio Water Sports IC Bellagio

Lake Como Friday Surprise Bellagio Water Sports

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Today's vibe โœŒ๏ธFinally switching off and relaxing. With views like this I could sit here all day ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅโ˜•๏ธ #LiveLoveLakeComo

Bellagio Water Sports Hotel Il Perlo Panorama - Lake Como

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Energy is pretty low having put so much into organising London to Paris Sportive but arriving in Lake Como feels like heaven on earth! So excited to chill here for few days ๐Ÿ˜ Bellagio Water Sports Hotel Il Perlo Panorama - Lake Como
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When everything you believe in, dream of and work for comes together โœจ I could feel it in your hugs, I could see it in your eyes, what it meant to us all โค๏ธ Feeling tired today but so, so proud of you all ๐Ÿ™Œ #TodayIsYourDay #L2P24 #onelifeliveit London to Paris Sportive

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Rolling into Paris with 120 of you was unbelievable! Well done all of you, what an outstanding effort you put in to get to the Eiffel Tower. 320km in24 hours. Boom!! #DreamsCanComeTrue London to Paris Sportive ๐Ÿ˜โœจ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Words cannot describe how utterly incredible the last 24 hrs have been. 120 people, 300km, London to Paris in 24 hours. Insane emotion, pride and energy. Thank you, you did it!! ๐Ÿ™ London to Paris Sportive #L2P24

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An epic start to my annual London2Paris 24 hour sportive! The vibe in Greenwich rocked as we checked in 120 of you and we set off for the coast. Rolling through beautiful English villages in the glorious evening sunshine before tucking into fish and chips and crossing the channel! It's been a real adventure so far and it's only just begun. Today is your day guys! #L2P24 London to Paris Sportive

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It's time!!! Who wants to cycle 300 km from London to Paris in 24 hours with me? My favourite weekend of the year is about to commence and I can't wait! London to Paris Sportive ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท#LetsDoThis #Motivation #OneLifeLivelt #L2P24

Wanna cycle London2Paris in 24 hours with me tomorrow? #L2P24 London to Paris Sportive

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I always love hearing about your adventures esp the wild and whacky ones! Had the pleasure of meeting Chris who is taking on the Mongol Rally in this rad NissanLEAF electric car this summer. First time for me driving an electric car too, it felt so smooth and easy to drive โœŒ๏ธEnjoy the adventure Chris what an experience awaits! Nissan Electric Plug In Adventures #ElectrifyTheWorld #NissanLEAF #Sp

Climb Your Mountain

I remember when running three miles felt like the hardest thing in the world, but things change when you find your passion. You've got one life, live it!

Merrell #MyNature #HerNature #merrelloutside #DoWhatsNatural #Sp
Thanks for the drone clip Perfect View Productions

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It's impossible" said pride. "It's risky" said experience. "It's pointless" said reason. "Give it a try" whispered the heart โค๏ธ
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Make this week yours! Grab every opportunity you can and throw yourself into it with all you've got ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Love this shot from Action Academy Nomads Camp sunrise hike with Co-Founder Mickey. Snapped on my DJI #mavicpro #mondaymotivation #adventrepreneurs ๐ŸŒ„

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Congrats to everyone who ran the London Marathon today! I was thinking of you all and remembering the pain, emotion and pride from running it last year. You guys rock! I wore my personalised DBA Sports bra in support of all you runners today and took my bike for a spin in the sunshine ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ #runwithheart #reasontorun #LondonMarLondon Marathonrathon

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Best of luck to everyone running London Marathon today! You've put in the hard work, so when it gets tough, know that you are ready and you can handle the heat. You've got this! Believe in yourself and give it everything. The London Marathon is amazing. I'm rooting for you ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Cycled up this mountain in my lunch break today. Damn I love the mountains!!! Action Academy rocks! Hope you guys have an AMAZING weekend! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ Oakley #liveyours #adventrepreneurs #lovecycling #gopro

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You never have to ask me twice to go on a sunrise mission. This morning rocked! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ™‹
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Four years ago when I quit my job in London, I dreamed of creating a new life on my terms. I wanted to explore the world, to not be confined by the walls of my office, I dreamed of creating something of value, and above all - something that was mine. That no-one could impact or take away from me. I hated someone else having so much control over my life and wellbeing, and adventure had helped me develop the mindset to believe in myself and the courage to say YES to my dreams. The decision to leave the company I'd invested so much of my life into was heartbreaking and petrifying. But I thought if not now, when? I asked myself, "If someone else can do it, why can't I?" I set out to make it happen and began figuring out what I wanted to do with my life with no plan, no map, no job prospects, just the belief that maybe I could do it...

This week I am in Morzine in the French Alps for Action Academy - A buzzing community of people aligning their passions with their career objectives. In the mornings we have workshops about branding, growth hacking and working remotely etc and in the evenings we have inspiring talks. I gave one last night. In between we run, cycle, do yoga, ski, work, share ideas, brainstorm, create, network and make shit happen. Today we finished with a beer in the jacuzzi!! We are entrepreneurs, investors, athletes, freelancers, creators and people who love adventure. We believe we can do work we love that challenges us and pays the bills, whilst also living a life of adventure. We work hard and enjoy our time off in a place that inspires us.

If you want to make changes to your life, believe me - you can. You can live any life you choose. You could be here with us if this is your thing, we'd love that! My good friend @dougstidolph started this community and it's growing fast. Maybe see you some of guys on the next one ๐Ÿ˜œ#NomadsCamp #adventurpreneurs #OneLifeLiveIt #Morzine #IfNotNowWhen #GoPro

How to deliver the performance of your life, TODAY

Good morning! You are ready to deliver your best today. You donโ€™t need to wait, you donโ€™t need someone elseโ€™s approval, or for them to do it with you. This is your life and you know yourself better than anyone else does. You are ready and the world is ready for you!! New blog is up 'How to deliver the performance of your life, TODAY' http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/how-to-deliver-the-performance-of-your-life-today-1

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Easter Hill Sprints and Licks with the Pooch

Hill sprints with Northern Flattie ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธHe loves licking sweat off me! Running gives you such great bang for your buck with endorphins. Felt SO good after our 10km, loved being out in the hills with this pooch ๐Ÿ˜Now time to enjoy the Easter chocolate stash! ๐Ÿซ๐ŸฃHope you're having fun peeps ๐Ÿ™Œ

#GoPro #PeakDistrict #EasterWeekend GoPro

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Today: Run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ+ Cycle ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ + Beer festival ๐Ÿบ = Happy ๐Ÿ˜Š My kind of triathlon! Lots of family, friends and fun in the Peak District. Check out my IG stories if you wanna see what I've been up to. Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฃ

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One of my absolute faves; standing on the summit of this mountain at sunset I counted NINE layers of blue mountains on the horizon as the sun set over the Cairngorms with Perfect View Productions
Tag who you'd love to be here with and have an awesome Easter weekend! Snapped by Kirk on the MavicPro drone

Move More

Being in better shape is not all about crushing it in the gym or completing an epic challenge, it's about moving more in every day life. Here are some of the small things I do to get up, get moving and feel good

BRITA United Kingdom Coach Mag #MoveMore #Spon

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Oh hey guys ๐Ÿ˜‹ I've not posted in a while... I don't have a grand reason why, I've just been feeling off balance. I struggle with 'The Yo-Yo Effect'; when your life swings from one extreme to the next, like so much happening to not knowing what's coming next. I'm back in London and trying to find my groove here after being away for two months. I can feel something shifting with my work and what's coming next, but it's a challenge to figure it out whilst keeping up with everything else, but no-one said it was going to be easy! I've been working as hard as I can, but constant go-go-go takes its toll. Let's just say, I really had to take a large dose of my own advice recently and ask myself if I'm doing the best I can?! ๐Ÿค” For now these feelings need to be respected and given space so I can work through them. I'm trying to accept that. You can't fight these things! Anyway, am loving the spring vibes and just wanted to say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹ #Onelifeliveit

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How often do you tell yourself you are doing the best you can?
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Our self-critic exists to keep us in check but can lead to a downward spiral of negative internal dialogue, self-doubt and low self esteem. This week's blog is all about my experience dealing with self doubt and the inner critic in the last few weeks and the three steps I took to alleviate the pressure, re-ignite my motivation and accept that I'm doing the best I can. You are too!! For anyone who has ever fallen off the path, or into the trap of comparing themselves to others, experienced low self esteem due to what's going on in your head, or rejection and failure leading to thinking "I am not enough" check out my blog, link belowโœŒ๏ธP.S you are enough!

http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/you-are-doing-the-best-you-can

Munro Microadventure

You all know I'm a big fan of microadventures as they are a super fun, easy to organise and low cost way to create more adventure in your life. I teamed up with Holiday Inn Express to create my perfect weekend Microadventure. I climbed Mount Tarmachan, a popular Munro in Scotland, and followed an epic day in the mountains with a great night relaxing at the hotel. Check out my video and go plan your dream micro adventure!

#WeKnowWhatMatters #MunroMicroadventure #OneLifeLiveIt #Sp

Do you have a big dream that you'd love to do 'One Day'? Sharing how I got started with adventure, how it changed my life and inspired me to turn my one day into TODAY with my world-first Alpine Coast to Coast expedition in this month's Adventure Travel Magazine Stoked to be featured alongside Bear Grylls and a bunch of other awesome folk who I'm thrilled to call friends โค๐Ÿ”๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ
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The Coast to Coast involved climbing the highest mountains in the 8 Alpine countries and cycling between them. I climbed and cycled 5 times the height of Mount Everest in 32 days in August 2014 right st the start of my journey with Challenge Sophie just after I quit my job
#AlpineCoast2Coast #Onelifeliveit #DreamsIntoReality

The Scotland Chapter

It's time to close my Scotland chapter! I kept where I was staying and why I was there on the D-Low, but all is revealed on my latest blog. Included is my home for the last two months from the air captured with my Mavic drone. Thank you Scotland, you've been epic! #OneLifeLiveIt #TheHayloft

http://www.challengesophie.com/blog/category/the-scotland-chapter-aviemore-cairngorms

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There's an air of change in the wind! Will you set your wild heart free or keep it hidden from the world โค๐ŸŒฌโœจ

Sunset Mountain Run. Going to miss this place!!

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It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not
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P.S Is this place for real? ๐Ÿ˜
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Could this be the most beautiful place on Earth?
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On Friday night I made an impromptu decision to go The Isle of Skye. I've heard so many incredible things but never been. That had to change! I hiked the Quiraing loop, watched the sun set and rise from deserted cliffs, slept in a quirky caravan I found on Airbnb and wandered the glorious coastline for hours wondering how many shades of blue I could see. Skye may have just overtaken Patagonia as my favourite place on the planet for wow factor and wilderness soul food ๐ŸŒŽโค #LoveScotland

EXPLORING THE CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS

When winter walking in Scotland gets kinda wild ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ”
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Link in bio to full video. Filmed and edited by me on GoPro Hero5
Rad mountain kit from Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Adventure partner WillCopestakeMedia

#ColdestCorbett #Cairngorms #LoveScotland

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