LIVE, SMILE AND RIDE YOUR BIKE
ZOE WILSON / 26 / CYCLIST / PODIATRIST
Zoe Wilson lives in the stunning English Lake District which has always been her home. Zoe currently runs a private Podiatry Practice in the lakes, specialising in lower limb biomechanics amongst other foot and ankle/ lower limb related problems. She has been tirelessly working towards her Master's degree in Podiatric Surgery since graduating in 2015. Zoe spends a large amount of time working in various surgical departments up and down the country where she gets to help many different types of people. The reality of this type of high stress career is that you just have to love people and that's a true representation of her nature. Zoe has been able to do so much for other people and is never afraid of a challenge! Zoe bought her first road bike just over 3 years ago following the loss of her Grandad and a difficult section in her life. Zoe's determination and strength enabled her to put her all into cycling, resulting in her becoming an ambassador for different cycling brands! Zoe now works with Ale cycling, an Italian road cycling brand and partakes in weekly time trials, training for road racing, triathlons and whatever other challenges she can find!
Well, I would like to keep that to myself for now but there's big things in the pipeline! Working in Nepal would have to be one in the coming years and of course aiming towards my first trainee post as a surgeon...
BUCKET LIST NO. 1?
To visit Nepal and to travel to other parts of the world I haven't yet seen.
Theme tune to my life has got to be... Oasis, Live Forever.
FAVOURITE CITY AND WHY?
Difficult... I study part of my Master's in Glasgow and I love the quirkiness, hard working attitude, rawness and friendliness you encounter on nearly every corner! There's many other cities I love and Miami or Dubai would be a close second... So yeah, very different I know! Perhaps that's my love of how diverse the world can be... I am a country gal after all said and done!
THREE PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF
The pieces of advice I would give myself would include: Love yourself, always be kind as you never know the struggles someone may be facing in the back drop, be true to yourself and do what makes you happy, don't worry about the ones who don't matter it's the ones that do that deserve your undivided attention. Loved ones are precious, you don't have them forever so never miss an opportunity to tell them how much you love them and how they have shaped your life decisions, success and character.
Coniston, The Lake District.
Cycling, fell adventures and anything involving running about!
Henry Marsh - author and consultant neurosurgeon, Ueli Steck Mountaineer. Henry marsh wrote a couple of famous books following his vast career in neurosurgery, his first was called Do no harm and my current read "admissions". He demonstrates the most wonderful level of frankness whilst creating a certain amount of exposure and vulnerability which is rare to read from a consultant's perspective. He never loses site of the incredible, inconceivable and frankly miracle natures of how the body works. A truly terrific read on both accounts. Ueli Steck whom was otherwise known as "the swiss machine" has had numerous summit successes over the years conquering The north face of the eiger and achieving a world record as well as a solo summit of Annapurna. Ueli Steck sadly lost his life in April 2017 acclimatizing for a non oxygen summit attempt on Everest. RIP. I will never forget some of his famous quotes including: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow" and "day by day, one by one. It is the here and now that counts. what comes next is uncertain in any case.
WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRING PERSON YOU HAVE MET AND WHY?
The most inspiring person I have ever met is my mum. Despite the struggles of my father's ongoing illnesses, setting up a business and succeeding throughout the turmoil of selling and moving house, family illness and loss, smiling bright every day and never showing an ounce of weakness she is my rock and my best friend! YOU GO MUM! YOU ARE AWESOME! She is superhuman to me.
BRAVEST/SCARIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
There's a few I guess. I went to New Zealand travelling on my own when I was 13, went to work in aid work in Africa for some time amongst poverty stricken areas and communities. Surgery is pretty scary, pretty daring and something I will always be glad I did. Change is scary but change is also a pinnacle for moving forward not to be scared.
My biggest fear... Open water and the sea. The unknown marvels that lurk beneath the surface astound me but terrify me at the same time!
Exploring the Maldives by speedboat and snorkeling at every available reef, definitely cycling to watch the Tour de France when it came through Yorkshire! Or sailing the Hudson river at night to witness the New York skyline (scary! but unforgettable).
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