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Breaking the Commandments: Holy Day of Rest

Fri – AM 30min gym, squats/thrusts/snatches/swings (generally short bursts of intense…) PM: Club swim cancelled! What’s a girl to do when trying to follow a schedule?! Well: 3x2k, 1×1.5k, 1x1k, 1x500m row = 9k row + commuting

Today I am struggling with the concept of ‘rest day.’

I don’t think any coach would write even an elite athlete a training plan without a ‘rest day.’ Every week, it is necessary to have a day in which one does not spend a couple of hours sweating out their body weight.

For some reason, however, last week I decided it would be ok for newb-Mc-newbison here to just skip it and go for a run anyway. And today, rest day week 2 has spun around and I was totally tempted to splash around in the pool.

On waking up this morning, however, I stood up and observed: my legs are tired (probably from squats), my shoulders are tired (probably from swings, snatches etc..), and over the last week I have been thinking of my bed long before ten oclock.

Now, how, I wonder, did I suppose I could swim well with tired legs and tired arms?
I’m sure I could drift up and down and convince myself i’d done a good session if I swam a nice 3k, but, having done so, I would not have got any faster or better at actually swimming.

So – today: enforced rest day.
That is the law.

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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