New Gear..

Tues – 2×150 KB swings with squats/planks/ab wheel etc between, 45 min spin bike, 15min cross train

I have officially given in and decided to splash out and see my physio about the foot, which is once again feeling tender. Also investing in a new nose clip tomorrow, along with swimming… the costs of this sport don’t half mount up!

Hoping the physio will just tell me to keep using the orthotics – that seems to be the general consensus. Pain seems to be back after I ‘down graded’ to the least supportive option, so i’ve boosted my weird little gel inserts back up to heavy support. Feeling very concerned about the lack of running training as of late, and Sunday’s race – but I figure i’ve kept up my fitness, worked on maintaining some leg muscle, so as long as I don’t ‘forget’ how to run (which isnt going to happen – just imagine a bear chasing me and i’ll be fine!) then all should be well, really.

In exciting news, I am now going to look incredibly (excessively?!) pro in my brand new Tri Suit that LB gave me for my early birthday present! Its olive green, which wouldnt have been my first choice, but once in it fitted like a glove – and its by a very good brand.

Tri suit shopping began looking as though it wouldnt be hugely successful – every spots shop owner in Brighton shook their head, and said they could only order in. All hope was almost lost of a same day purchase, until one shop owner mentioned she’d recently seen four suits in… TKMAXX – of all places.

Of we trotted, and after some searching – sure enough – a proper, elite tri suit, sitting on the rails of TKMAXX, thrust among the ‘tshirts’ (of all places?).

New gear never fails to excite. Worryingly, I will now need to live up to my pro appearance on Sunday!

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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