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Short Sharp Stints

Yesterday, I found myself a little inspired.

I was in the pool, carrying out another ‘recovery day’ 40minute pool run, when my eyes came to rest upon a familiar face – that of the triathlete I’d been speaking to only days before. My eyes dart around a lot on these sort of long, boring pool run days, so there is no reason this should be of huge interest, other than the fact I also noted that the athlete had arrived 12minutes before the pool was to close for the children’s 9-10.30am session.

Twelve minutes?
What can one achieve in twelve minutes? A quick, pre-work splash??

Well – by the look and speed of this guy, a lot.

Sometimes, a short, sharp workout beats a drawn out ‘warm up, interval one, interval two… etc… cool down’ session, and the benefits probably far out way those of my 40minutes of wading through water. I’m not advocating swapping all long sessions with mini-quick-fire ones, but I think the odd ‘quickie’ might well be a good supplement. Also, it’s probably a wonderful way to wake up to the day.

This morning, I did 200kettlebell swings on waking up. I’ll do my pool running ladder I had planned later, and no doubt take great enjoyment in exhaustion. Still, that nice, quick little workout has had me in a productive good mood ever since. Not a bad way to start the day at all. Just a little thought.

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @MichelleArthurs

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