A little demotivated..

Sun – 11/12k run – 6 laps of Preson Park – 4xsteady up, down, flat, 2xsteady flat, up fast, steady down, 250 kettle bell swings
Mon – 3km swim, 8min legs, 8min buns, 8min abs

Exhausted after today’s swim, but pleased with the results. I have developed a bad habit of taking too many strokes per length, so one of the Phoenix coaches told me during a training session to work towards only taking 20-25 per lap. I decided to have a go at this during my session today. Seriosuly worked the arms, trying hard to make sure I actually did something with them, rather than just moving them fast and kicking hard! The work majourly took it out of my arms, but I was appaled when the best I could manage was usually about 25, often 27 or 30 strokes.
The it dawned on me (at about 2.9k) that I was swimming in a 25metre pool.
And that the session had been in a 25yard pool.
If 25 yards = 22.86 metres, 25 strokes per lap in yards is 27 strokes per lap in a 25 metre pool.
Having spent the whole session irritated by my less than adequate results, it turned out my 27 stroke laps were ‘good’ (for me) and my 25 stroke laps were ‘very good’ (for me.) What a silly moo. Still, the confusion did mean I had a very extended swim session which will hopefully be benificial!

Sunday’s run was fun – if a little hindered by late night and a few cocktails the night before. The weekends running really opened my eyes to how lacking my outdoor running training has been. I’m quite worried for my race on Sunday – i’ve not done any speed work out doors since injury, and i’m scared to in case of irritating the strained foot which is still not 100%, and fees tired and achey the day after a run. I guess i’ll just do my best, and hope I can improve as the year goes on…

Conclusion: current biking improvement: good, considering was total noob before, current swimming: as biking, current running: nil. Feeling a little demotivated, and stating to realise my last few months training could have been better if I had done this or that. Still, trying to reassure myself i’ve got all the time in the world to become a bit more pro. Newbie status will have to do for now!

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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