Midlife Fitness Files: I had to go gluten free – and had loads of energy overnight

Midlife Fitness Files: The Telegraph’s new health series where we get fitness advice from experts as they discuss us through their weekly workout and daily diet

Professor Pam Kearns, 60, is a Cancer Research UK funded pediatric cancer doctor at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a researcher at the University of Birmingham. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband Jules.

“I am a passionate cyclist. When the weather isn’t ridiculous, I bike to work most days and also take on challenges that some think are crazy. The last big one was stuck in the saddle for 11 hours two years ago – 184 miles from Morecambe to Ridlington on the Way Of The Roses. I raised money for Cancer Research UK and a charity called Child Of Mine for bereaved families of children with cancer – it’s an incredible motivator.

Logistics is a big part of regular training

Every morning (in the dark) I drive from my house to my next stop, where I join other commuter cyclists. Sometimes there are up to six bicycles crammed into the car, but nobody complains. We all come from different backgrounds and professions, and we’ve all got to know each other – it’s pretty sociable.

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