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Good Training Makes for Happy Days

Friday – deadlift ladder, squats, calf raises, arms etc, 3x (5min row, 10min bike, 10min run)
Sat – Rest – 20min open water swim
Sun – 90min run (prob 20min or so spent being lost/lazy.. so at least 1hr run!), 30min open water swim

Training the last few days has been feeling truly excellent. I feel really alive and full of energy – and I got back on the scary metaphorical horse of sea swimming- and it seems to be going well! If it continues to improve, I should be donning my wetsuit on 11th July to begin my first open water tri!

Friday’s training was great, I think due to a combination of a proper nights sleep, and knowing I had no time constraints. I’ve been training before and after work til now, but I had the day off so I could spend as long as I wanted – so I did. Also, the short intervals meant I really pushed it on every one, rather than relaxing into a longer bike or run.

Today’s run was very hot and sweaty, but I soon found a trail through the woods of Stanmer Park, which had me dwelling on some of the stories from ‘Born To Run’ (I finished it by the way – an excellent read). The mixed terrain kept my mind engaged, and though I had to take a detour over a barbed wire fence, and negotiate with a bed of stinging nettles, I couldn’t have been happier.

Not much else to say on the deep and meaningful procrationation level, only that good training makes Michelle a happy girl.

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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