Human Nature..

Experiences as of late have led me to dwell upon the attitudes we have to other people around us. Sometimes, when the sun is shunning us, the wind is pummelling us and the everyday dross of daily life is getting us down, it’s pretty easy to make our bad moods everybody else’s problem.

On Monday, I took to the free weights room at the gym. The four walls of doom! Generally, this room is cluttered with copies of Men’s Health, some new cocktail of doom concocted by Lucazade, and filled with iron pumping muscles belonging to hairy assed men. I had decided, however, that it was high time the squat rack and I spent some quality time together, so I held my head high and entered the doom-room. I was, in fact, greeted by a friendly one-time triathlete who was actually really helpful, and gave me some great advice for starting out on the road to Squat-Dom.

In great contrast, today, my mood lightened by the happy events of the previous day, I sauntered my way to the pool, hoping to see some friendly faces and maybe have a few between-set chats. Instead, I spent a fairly significant amount of time dodging flailing arms, legs, and other pain-inflicting limbs splashing around me. Granted: sometimes it simply happens that a limb comes into contact with another persons head, or general swimming vicinity. Today, however, I found myself playing chicken with a swimmer who simply refused to budge an inch. This ambitious pacer not only pushed me into the rope (which I positioned myself as close to as possible, in the expectation he would swim slightly further from it, and me, resulting in a very simple transaction of bodies) but caused me to stop, and fill my mouth and lungs with water. This might have been acceptable, had he later acknowledged the action, and made some form of half hearted apology. Instead, he proceeded to completely ignore the event.

The two experiences of human nature, one following so soon after the other, led me to consider the way we treat one another in the world. When the sun is shunning us, and the wind is pummelling us, maybe we would all do well to consider the fact that we are not the only ones.

Monday – 30k bike, 5k cross train/run, learnt to use the squat bar at the gym :-), 10km commute bike
Tues – 4x400m + 6x100m swim, 20min bike commute
Wed – 2k warm up jog, 5k run, 40 min commute bike and weights
Thurs – 30k bike, 4k cross train and weights
Friday – resttt
Sat – 1hr swim, 10mile bike
Sun – 5k run, 3k cross train, 20min strength, 10 mile bike
Mon – 40min strength, 2000m swim, 10ish mile bike

Published by michellearthurs

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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