Sociable Training

Tues – 25k bike, 5k run
Wed – 1hr – 20min run = 7laps, 30min bike = 23laps, 10min run = 4laps (500m)
Thur – Rest
Fri – AM – 30x500m laps = 40min (bike), PM – Phoenix 1hr swim session (LOTS drills!)
Sat – 5k time trial, 6x5min laps bike


Lately i’ve been taking great pleasure in doing more of my training with others, or at least making it in some way more communal. Wednesday’s bike session will eventually be carried out with Phoenix, and will be aiming towards 75 min of 10 laps, 30 laps bike, 5 laps (7.5k run, 15k bike). Sadly, it isn’t happening the next few weeks but i’m excited for when it does. Soon I might be starting a grass session on Thurs nights with Brighton and Hove, so with Friday being Phoenix Swim, and Sat being the Brighton and Hove Park Run time trial, I shouldn’t exactly be stuck for training buddies!

Last nights swim was really enjoyable, actually, because I was swimming in a lane with one other swimmer, who was of a very similar ability. In fact, we did the last few sprints side by side and finished almost simultaneously every time. This meant it was more fun, but I pushed myself, too, without feeling like I was out of my depth or getting frustrated – perfect.

Park Run today was equally helpful. However, the relaxed, friendly atmosphere was actually more so than I was expecting, and I found myself relaxing a little too much.. I made a time of 23min30. My last PB was 22.30 (on a flat), pre-injury, and today I really wanted to find out what I could achieve. Though this was my first ‘proper run’ post the break, I feel i’ve got fitter, so I hoped I could do better. However, there is a lot to be said for the benefits of regular, but not pressured time trials – regular fun run races take some of the anxiety out of ‘real races’, leaving just enough adrenaline and excitement to fuel a new PB. Regardless of improvement potential, I really enjoyed the feeling of arriving at 8.40am, and finishing my run at 9.23, along with lots of other sweaty, but happy running folk. And when it comes down to it, it’s all about enjoyment anyway .. sometimes 😉

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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