Tues – 3k swim (500m drills, 1×750 (this was initially the 1500, but I really had to get out to pee..!), 1×1500, 100s and 50s)
Wed – 5k Track (400s and 600s), 30min run

Feeling pretty damn good today.
My swim yesterday felt pretty great too. I’ve been toying with adding to the distance for a while. Swim sessions always used to be 2k, but lately I found myself feeling like i’d done hardly anything by the end. I dabbled with 2.5k a few times, and have finally decdied that Tuesday swim might as well be a 3k. The last 100s and 50s got a bit broken up as the pool space became a little more restricted (ahem. Restraining myself from bitchy comments about annoying people. See previous rant..) but it was really all about getting in some good longer distance swims.

The track session i’ve been going to is made up of male vets, all of whom are faster than me. However, unlike my last (poor fated..) attempt at track sessions, I genuinely look forward to this one. I’ve been three weeks in a row now, and so hopefully I will actually keep it up.

I think it has a lot to to with the people at the session. I don’t feel intimidated because I already know they’re faster than me, so to be honest, as long as I keep up my pace, i’m happy. Absolutely destroying myself keeping pace with people who are just a little bit faster than me might have given me a short term speed boost, but it certainly didn’t pay out in the long run! (literally..) Working to your absolute limit is certainly a way to improve, and as I get more confident, i’ll maybe start to push it more. Right now, I just want to make sure I stay out the way of the physio..

After all, we’re all just here to enjoy a hobby.. (yea, right..)

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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