Fri- 2.5k swim
Sat – 30min jog + strides + drills
Sun – Brookes 10k
Mon – AM: 75min run, pm: gym/core

So Brooks 10k came and went. It was an ok race, and nothing went horribly wrong, nothing went totally right. I think it just kind of ‘went.’ 10arrived, the gun sounded, and off I ran. And quite frankly, I somehow couldn’t really be bothered. I carried on running until I crossed the line. I didn’t do so particuarly slowly, but nor was I particuarly fast either.

I think maybe this time around (10k cherry-popping – excluding the strange experiment that was Firle) it was all about learning how to pace. The last few races i’ve done, i’ve gone off the start line way too fast, so I was concentrating on that.

Races don’t feel like races right now – everything just feels like a bit of extra training. I keep lining up at the start and wondering why the hell i’m even there. Yesterday was a good run, but certainly not my best. As exemplified by my happy little 8mile joglet this morning. It was a pretty slow one, but if i’d races well yesterday I wouldn’t have been up for it.

With off-season fully in swing, it’s time to hang up the race shoes and work on endurance, technique and strength. A little bit of training-racing wouldn’t go amiss, but lets leave the real hard efforts for a couple of months. If I feel like I did on the start line yesterday in a few months, I certainly won’t be making myself proud.

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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