Joining the Party?

Weds – 50min pool run and swim, hour cycle
Thurs – 30min swim/pool run, 3x2min, 3×90 sec, 3×60 sec intervals, hour cycle

Firstly – apologies for lack of blogging. In the last two days, i’ve been working on two dissertations, stuffed 3,700 envelopes, and been ‘last week of term’ Christmas partying.. it’s been a bit hectic! Am however, finally finding the guts to share the blog on facebook…

As of late, i’ve been doing a fair amount of early morning/late night sea front cycling. My normal pool is closed, so i’m having to go a little further afield. What i’ve discovered on my peddling missions to find my exercise space is that there are so many people in my home city that run. There are gentle joggers, manic racers, running buddies in their pairs, and loan rangers who pound the pavement with their only their thoughts to keep them company. The sheer number of runners who dedicate themselves to nightly practice and training is phenomenal.

The ‘lovely boyfriend’ (I have decided this is his name for the blog. Don’t know why. In true blog style, maybe it will soon become ‘LB’? Everyone in a blog deserves a silly double barrelled nickname..) – recently commented that our city doesn’t have much of a sports community. I disagree. I’ve been swimming for about a month, and i’ve already begun to recognise faces, had a few really interesting chats with interesting people (and a few uncomfortable ones with one particular individual, who needs reminding that the pool is not a watery version of Oceana, in all its breeding ground glory…) and I can hardly peddle my bike along the sea front without the danger of knocking over one of the running crowd. Furthermore, if you look into sports teams, there are simply so many! There is a team for pretty much every sport, and the majority are full of friendly people, who are so in love with their sport, they would probably welcome a mongoose onto the team as long as it possessed enough enthusiasm. Right now, I find myself pondering on the idea of checking out the water polo team. I’m a bit nervous, i’ve never played before (had never heard of it before!), but the captain has even posted a message on gumtree, which states that new players are very, very welcome! I am finding myself very, very tempted.

It’s easy to assume that because a community isn’t easily vi sable, it isn’t there. However, I can tell you that this seaside town has plenty of sports enthusiasts. Furthermore, the more I scratch the surface, the more I realise how interconnected the whole community is. Not only that, but I find that when people sense genuine enthusiasm and interest, they are always happy to give advice. Learning from those with experience is not just a necessity, but it is a welcome one. There is a community here, and with the rise awareness of healthy living (maybe the government adverts are hitting some chords somehow..), i’m pretty sure there are growing running, swimming, cycling, sporting populations all over the country. If you want to get involved, you have to make the effort to find them. You wouldn’t go to a party on your own, and expect to be flooded with eager strangers looking for conversation. To become part of a social circle, you need to make an effort. Without meaning to make this post sound biblical in it’s importance…: Seek, and you will find.

Published by michellearthursbrennan

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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