Tues – AM: 3k swim: 1×500, 15×100, 1×500, 500 drills, PM: 60min bike mit Harry (read: slow :-p)
Wed – 60mins run, interspersed intervals (read: crap, lazy version of interval session)
Thur – 80min turbo (@165-175bpm), 40min run
Fri – we shall see

The cold is getting a bit off-putting, isn’t it?
Right now, I am wearing a very large hoodie, enjoying the slightly-overfull feeling that comes of eating excessive amount of porridge for breakfast, and deciding if today might just become a lazylazy rest day.

I could swim – the water would be cold.
I could bike – cold.
I could run – cold.

I could gym – boring.
I used to like the gym – but lately i’d much rather training felt like it was gearing up for something – preperation for swimming, biking and running – outside. I know that cross training has its benifits, but it doesn’t always feel as productive as it might have a few months ago, when I was basically ensuring I totted up enough minutes/hours a day to keep myself placated.
(NB: I don’t mean placated – that’s far too strong/negative a word – I mean contented. However, I considered changing the word several times – but decided it sounds too pretty. It is a nice word.. and this is my ‘informal’ blog so I suppose I can use words I dont mean purely for effect if I wish)

Ah! I have just got to the bottom of my attitude change.

Every session needs to have a purpose. Even if that purpose is a simple recovery run (eg last night) – I will train better if I know why i’m doing it. Jumping between static machines in the gym might maintain a so-so level of fitness but it won’t make me race better, really.

Long run and steady turbo were a bit longer this week. I was tempted to stick with the normal length on both occassions, but I didn’t, and I won’t next week either – and eventually they will become ‘normal’, ready for me to add to them once again.

Now I know why i’m running for an extra 15mins on a Monday morning and letting the garden wall inhabit my vision for an extra 20 on a Thursday – it all feels a bit more worthwhile. Same with the other sessions. It’s all about purpose.

(Maybe adding 15min and 20mins to previous 60s is too much for a one week increase – 10% rule and all that jargon. But then if it doesn’t hurt it must be ok – right? Well – i’ll know pretty soon if it isn’t.. )

I suppose I should go sign up for next seasons races..

(ps – exams – 1wk away – I’m told they’ve only ever given one A – and very few B’s – and if we happen to get a good exam, the majority of my class will hopefully get C’s. Well – if that’s not enough to change the “A or nothing” attitude i’m not sure what is. Anyway – as promised – blogs are descending into garble – I can only apologise – normal service will resume, some time soon after.)

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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