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Time Wasting,..

MOn – 40min swim (2x600m, 1x400m, 2x100m, 2x50m, 2x25m), 10mile time trial (spin bike..) – 31min20sec, 10min run with increasing incline, 3×15 lunge (per leg), 2×15 + 1×20 leg curl and hamstring (all low weight, high rep), +1hr bike commute (I usually ignore this but actually it does count doesn’t it??)

Note: this post contains no answers or glimmers or hope or sudden realisations.. only meandering wondering…

This morning (Tues) I decided to skip morning training, have a nice lie in and preserve energy for afternoon training. Result? I woke up at 6.30am.. decided to ignore the urge to get up, went back to sleep. On waking, I checked the time, waiting for a triumphant 8am ‘you’ve had a great sleep, well done’ moment – nono, it was 7.15am. Totally incapable of more sleep, and not actually feeling like I wanted it, as well as being starving, up I got, pottered downstairs for breakfast, which I made and ate leisurely. Then I made my lunch.. planned the days outfit etc… still only about 8oclock (bear in mind, work starts 9.30, and if I take the long route, it still only takes 40mins at most to bike there).

Two me sages could be taken from this: 1) maybe some people are just designed to train in the morning. However, I find that if I leave it till later, and do one great big session, rather than two small ones, I nearly always have a great session. Also, Triathlon being one long slog, it makes sense to do a few long slogs a week. Potential message number 2) sometimes its best just to relllaaxxx… read a book, chill (or, 3) some people need to learn to stay in bed!).

If I had the time, and it was socially acceptable, i’m pretty sure I could happily train all day. However, I found myself wondering this morning if there is much point to that? Maybe a short, hard session, from time to time, might be more beneficial than hours and hours of training.

Regardless, i’m at work now – twenty minutes early, feeling a little like i’ve wasted a morning, but feeling decidedly relaxed. That, and i’m overly excited about training this afternoon..

oohhh… planning =D

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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