So I Won =D

Monday – 40min swim, 20min run
Tues – 3x20min bike, 10min elip, free weights and kettlebell
Wed – .. can’t remember.. something..
Thur – am – 1hr bike (coached), pm – 6x500m row, learnt new swim specific weights
Fri – 30min bike (4×1 easy, 1med, 1 hard, plus various), coached swim -1.5kish

So I have not posted in forever – very bad Michelle.

First Tri was Sunday – and guess who won? Here types the Number One in the ‘Novice Try a Tri’, kicking last years ass by three minutes deffinately felt good. Still, it is now about to get serious as I await the Mid-Sussex Tri – 13th June. It’s been my goal race for well over six months, i’ve done two in ‘preperation’, so the determination is well and truly alight. The nerves haven’t begun as yet, but I can assure you it won’t be long.

I’m having real issues over equiptment right now. 1) bike, 2) my dependence upon nose clip. Firstly, I need a bike. Finding a bike, however, is easier said than done. I’ve got my money, ready to spend it, and from every angle I am obtaining different advice on what to spend it on. I am, however, looking at a second hand giant today that may well be The One. If not, however, the search goes on.

2) The nose clip. Last night, I went to coached swim without my trusty nose clip, not on purpose, but because I had lost it. Wonderful. Anyways, I have never swum without one, and the 3 lengths I have tried to do so, resulted in spluttering guttering ew. However, I decided to refuse to let lack of my plastic life saver put me off, having missed training the last two sessions, and off I went. I can report that I swam terribly, slowly, took repeated breaks and was generally embaressed. I also obtained a horrible stitch, some odd belching habits (!) and spent the entire evening sneezing. I was ready to go buy a new one. That is, until someone mentioned how impossible open water swimming would be with the clip. Obviously, i’m sticking to pool based races now, so when I start open water, it will be hard enough, as it is. Learning to breath without a noseclip now will deffiantelty help in the future. Damn.

O well, perseverance.

Today is meant to be ‘day off day’ – i’ve done my six days, and i’ve trained hard. However, Monday is LAST EXAM and i’d rather have that off, to be honest – so – today should be 500m row reps. Woop.

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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