Blog No 2

With the emergence of my shiny journalism career, I have decided it might be necesary to have 2 blogs:
1) for writing exciting stories about amazing people/research/etc
2) for boring you all with the details of my own poor attempts.

So, in the vein of ‘old blog style’, this week:
Sun: 10k (11.95k!) race – came 3rd! ***EDIT : CAME 1ST***
Mon: 2.5k swim (1.5 + 10×100), 1hr commute commute, 40min gym (snatches, 1leg stands, cables)
Tues: 2k swim, 40min bike commute, 40/50min ride to Beacon
Wed: Planning track session

Of course, there are two exciting pieces of news above: I finally took the plunge and did my first 10k race (funny, I don’t think people realise what a total noob I am until I point this out), and two: I came third. Rather pleased with that. So here is my race report: ***EDIT. ACTUALY, 1ST AND 2ND WERE MEN, SO I CAME FIRST =D ***

I spent Friday icing, massaging and generally fiddling with my ankle, which I decided was clearly ‘injured’. Then kept myself up all night deciding if I should simply not do the race. Eventually decided to tell brain to stop being so bloody ridiculous, as ‘injury’ was 99.9% likely to be pre-race hypercondria. Which of course it was.

It being my first 10k (12k?!), I really wanted to take it fairly easy. The first 4k felt really great though. I probably over enforced the ‘taking it easy’ policy on the hill, and at all the water stations. I have never physically stopped to drink the water before.. not something I plan on doing again!

I sped up a bit when the trail levelled out at the top, where views were pretty breathtaking (or was that the freezing cold air?!).

The wind was both icy and off-putting and reminded me that I need to get my haircut at some point. I had a great time, though, so sight is clearly an overrated sense…

There was a huge tarmac downhill section. Not sure i’m a fan of that from a joint protection point of view.. but I did overtake 2 women who probably would have beat me if it wasn’t for my crazy-out-of-control downhill speeding.

Overally, a really great event. Plenty of parking, lots of yummy food and well marshalled.

Maybe next time I will choose a flatter 10k, in order to get a vague idea what my actual average time is.

I was obviously really pleased to have come 3rd. However, I expect it has a lot to do with there being a half marathon and a 10k on – which somewhat halves the competition. Undeniably a good start though.

Published by michellearthursbrennan

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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