Silver Lining

I’m counting bike commute’s the last few weeks – becuase I’m now working in Hollingbury – which means going up Ditchling hill (not steep – longish), or Coldean hill (steep!) – Soooo I think it’s only fair!

Thur – 20min run,30min bike,10min run, 10min bike, + bike commute
Fri – Bike/Row/Run (gym)
Sun – 20min run, 20min row, 10min run, arms and core weights
Mon – AM- 2k swim, 1-2hour bike (commute)
Tues – Gym – 3x10min row, 3x10min bike, core/arms – hour bike (commute)
Wed – AM Preston Park – 60min (6lap/25lap/3lap), PM 1(and a bit)k swim

Today’s training was one hell of a struggle. Last night I managed about 5hours sleep, for various reasons. Frustratingly, I woke up an hour earlier than necessary, and couldn’t get back to sleep – wasting what could have been a whole hour, and could have made all the difference.

Still – at 6.30 am my alarm told me it was the time I should have woken up, so up I did get, porrige I did make, and training I did do.

The session takes place in Preston Park, where I and two other crazies meet up, run around in circles (known as laps), get on our bikes and peddle in circles, and then run again. To the naked eye – crazy people who don’t understand the concept of lie in – to the trained eye – eager athletes on the road to success.

Absolute exhaustion meant this wasn’t the best session I ever had. However, completing a session when you’re not ‘at your best’ is good for mentality, I think. When the going gets tough, the tough remember all the times they’ve suceeded before, and today shall be another mental video clip I can add to my video library of times i’ve managed to carry on, despite the changing variables of life making it tricky.

You know what they say about every cloud..

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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