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..

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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