The Vivi Nation Podcast

The Vivi Nation Podcast
A podcast to encourage an active nation, featuring interviews with people about challenges they’ve done, training tips and tricks, inspirational stories and so on. We cover topics on cycling, running, nutrition and general health & fitness.

#18 - Preparing to fail and failing to prepare
May 13 • 50 min
The Vivi team reminisce on some of the mistakes we’ve made in our many adventures and share some advice on how to prepare for them. Basically, we share some amusing anecdotal stories and laugh at our misfortunes, as well as discuss the concepts of…
#17 - Surviving life in lockdown
May 1 • 48 min
With the UK in lockdown, James Randall, Nick Smith and Vivi host Chris chat about mental and physical wellbeing during this period, as well as virtual challenges, motivation, building healthy habits into the working day and more.
#16 - Coming back from injury and a trip down memory lane
Mar 28 • 29 min
In episode 16, my good friend Sam Jones, a keen cyclist and policeman, joins us to chat about his cycling and triathlon experiences as an amateur, fitness in the police, and his long stint doing rehab following an injury. We also take a trip down memory…
#15 - Exercise, work and family
Feb 10 • 24 min
In episode 15, Jacob Wardrop joins Chris to discuss the balancing act of working life, starting a family and finding time to exercise. We chat about his experiences with two children, fitting exercise into a busy working schedule, the benefits of doing…
#14 - Running ultras with James Randall
Oct 23, 2019 • 25 min
James Randall joins us to chat his 500 miles for GRIT running challenge, shortly after starting with the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh. We discuss his training, race day preparation, the challenge, his love for running and what motivates him to do long-distance…
#13 - Triathlons and duathlons
Jul 23, 2019 • 39 min
Chris is joined by his brother and regular amateur triathlete/duathlete, Nick Smith. We discuss the difference between the two, training for a multi-discipline event, race day tips, our experiences and more.
#12 - What’s it like to cycle around the world?
Jul 16, 2019 • 15 min
James McKinven chats with Grey Baker about his experiences cycling around the world. Tune in to hear about his favourite stories, what it’s like cycling through Asia and the US, battling the elements and more.
#11 - Living a healthy lifestyle
May 1, 2019 • 47 min
Nicola Meighan, Maria Bailey and Claire Donnelly talk about normal people living a healthy lifestyle. We cover eating healthy, including a being vegan, how everyone does things differently as there is not a one-size fits all solution, the challenges of…
#10 - Training for a half-ironman
Apr 23, 2019 • 31 min
Maria Bailey discusses her latest challenge, training for her first half-ironman. We cover her motivations, the difficulty of multi-discipline training and the lifestyle changes she has made.
#9 - The Brighton Marathon 2019
Apr 15, 2019 • 45 min
The day after the Brighton Marathon 2019, Chris is joined by his brother, and fellow first-time marathon runner, Nick. They discuss the experience, including the course, their race strategy, the high and lows, and advice for fellow first-timers.
#8 - Cycle tour of Ireland, Mizen to Malin
Apr 11, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Chris is joined by Maria Bailey and Claire Donnelly to talk about cycle touring, specifically their 700km cycle tour from Mizen to Malin in Ireland.
#7 - Hiking and the Three Peaks Challenge
Apr 2, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Chris and James discuss doing the three peaks challenge and their experiences hiking. Tune it to hear what it’s like to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and hear why you should try hiking too.
#6 - What fitness and running means to me?
Mar 28, 2019 • 7 min
In this short episode, we’re joined by Adam Davey to discuss his running tips, what motivates him, why he likes Park Run and why he enjoys being active.
#5 - The Paris to London 24-hour cycle challenge
Mar 21, 2019 • 45 min
Chris is joined by Tom Verghese to discuss their 24-hour Paris to London cycle challenge for Prostate Cancer. Tune in to hear how it went, what it was like for Tom as a non-cyclist, and why you should give it a go.
#4 - The best fitness tech to keep you motivated and help achieve your goals
Mar 15, 2019 • 42 min
Whether you want to lose weight, get inspired, see your exercise activities, build muscle, track your eating habits or something else, there is tech readily available for every fitness goal. Listen to Chris and James round-up their favourite fitness tech,…
#3 - Eating healthy on a budget
Mar 4, 2019 • 32 min
When you first start out with healthy eating, it can be quite daunting. It is also one of the most difficult things to start and commit to because it is a complete lifecycle change. Chris and James discuss how best to eat healthier, without breaking the…
#2 - Training for your first marathon Q&A
Feb 24, 2019 • 30 min
What’s it like training for your first marathon as a non-runner? In this episode, Vivi founder Chris details his training outline and tips, the biggest challenges, advice for other beginners and key takeaways.
#1 - Tips for cycling to work
Feb 15, 2019 • 43 min
Our very first podcast episode explores the benefits of cycling to work with regular cycle commuter James McKinven. We dive into why he does it, how to get started, cycling safely and what motives him to get active.