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..)

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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