Mon – 45min run – 20min fast, and bike
Thus – Swim – 2500m, 15min row and bike (making use of the gym…!)
Wed – 5K fast, 3k jog (bad idea…), 8×8 goblet squats and bike
Thurs – 2500m swim

Ooops. The curse of self competition struck me on Wednesday. The seemingly friendly little screen on the treadmill that records time and distance seemed to let its smile fade, and in its place the mocking seconds built to minutes. So – well – I kicked its ass. My body responded by telling me off, and now i’m feeling a little delicate and sore. I think a tiny bit of me has been upping my running each time, to see how far I could push it. Looks like i’ve found the point.

My attitude towards this injury has altered as time has gone on. At first, I saw it as a fault, something broken, that needed fixing – plain and simple. I expected Rest to wave its wand and allow me to return to training as normal. I realise maybe its a little more complicated. I need to return gradually, and learn to think about training differently. Getting stronger, faster, better is a gradual process – you push it, and you push your body over the edge. The body can only adapt at its own pace, it cannot be forced.

I guess I understand that this pain might return a few times, and when it does, I need to stop whatever it was I did, take a few days rest, and take it down a notch until my body is comfortable. Kicking the ass of the treadmill is not worth it if it involves pummelling my own poor bottom too. This, I should bare in mind!

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: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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