Training Brain On

Weds: Swim: 1×1.5k, 10x100m, 1x500m
Thur: AM: 90min ride, PM: 30min steady run, 10min drills

I revised long and hard today. I have learnt all about: the EU, government structure, British constitution, the treasury, proportional representation, planning permission and local government funding.

I think if I hadn’t gone for a bike ride this morning, and a run this evening, my head might have swollen up and either exploded or imploded (I’m not a med student, I couldn’t tell you which).

I did consider skipping the bike ride to do the above work, same as I pondered over disallowing last night’s swim in favour of knuckling down.

There are several reasons why I chose to stick with training.
1) It something of a mental crutch – either a time to allow myself to think my own thoughts, or a time to not think at all. I might go a bit crazy if I were stuck inside in front of the glaring screen all day.
2) It keeps me alert. A fresh mind is a mind ready to absorb – and nothing keeps you fresher than a blast of cold air and a bit of sweating.
3) It’s become an intrinsic part of my life. Sticking with routine, where possible, helps most people stay relaxed when the pressure is on.

So there we go.
However – untill the afternoon of 11th December – expect posts to get a little bit shorter..

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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