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…!

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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