Swim, Bike, Run Part 2!

The Pyrenees week, obviously, was primarily orientated around biking. After a long plane trip (the actual journey was very short, the delays less so..), I arrived home, and was whisked off to stay in my uncle’s flat at Caswell Bay, in Wales.

The week was an action packed, runing and swimming adventure, with a sprinkling of biking. I had at least one sea swim everyday, and saw myself becoming more and more confident every day. My first swim lasted about twenty minutes, partly because the day had begun with a hilly 70min run, but also because the waves were filing my nose and mouth with icky salt water which I was still fairly unused to. By the end of the week, I found myself swimming between the bays, as though the waves weren’t even there.

Running on the beach began with 5x1k reps – and a combination of the sand, and the lack of trainer-cushioning luxury i’m used to, the session was tough on my legs, and saw me limping for about two days! It was well worth it though, and if I had the chance, i’d love to get myself wading through the sand once a week.

After two weeks of serious training, I took a rest day, then had:
Tues – 3hr ride, 10min run
Wed – 3k swim, 30min run
Thur – 30min ride, 30min run, 30min ride, 15min run
Fri – 40min easy run
Sat – rest
Sun – race!

Hopefully, i’m sucessfully rested, well trained and ready to go…!

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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