S’no running like snow running..

Tues – 1hr45 turbo, 15min core
Wed – 500m, 20x100m, 250m drills (=2.75k swim. Got too lazy for the last 250?! Pushed the 100’s though – felt deserving of laziness..), + 20min Hill Reps + 10min jog

Training has been totally McGarbled. Why?

Well – I decided to return to Farnham for a few days to revise. Then, of course, it snowed. And now I am stuck here.

However, I have been discovering new capabilities as a result of snow. Due to lack of available swimming pool yesterday, I discovered body/mental constitution is in fact strong enough to manage 1hr45 on a turbo in order to replace normal 1hr swim and 1hr bike.

What is even cooler, is that I re-established my relationship with hill reps. Hill reps have been shelved as of late, partly in favour of track and interval sessions. With running down to three sessions a week: one long, one intervals, one steady/drills, there hasn’t been much space for the little wonder of butt-mobalisation exercise.

Well – today there was certainly no chance of running round in circles, though ice skating clould be a possibility. Being in Farm-Town-Parentel-Ville there is also no gym/treadmill available unless i’m prepared to spend money on the gym (I am not.)

Usually, I would select a Fartlek run in this case, mainly becuase I quite enjoy them. It’s easy not to push myself so hard, because I can set the pace. Today the majority of ground is icy. No chance of getting very far and a good fartlek run would probably result in a fartlek-fall so that idea was down the drain.

The only real safe option is: running on grass, and runnig mainly uphill.

Now, with hill reps on a hill such as that which I chose – there is no easy option. Going slowly will result in falling back down the hill. Avoiding the hill is not possible. Perfect.

Off I set – up the hill, round the field in a little ‘recovery circle’, down a slope, and back up again. And repeat. And repeat. And.. yep.

Not only did I find myself very, very (not so pleasently) warm – hopefully I engaged my lazy-bum a bit as well.

If nothing else, I certainly provided light entertainment for the parents of small children sledging down the hill..

I think hill reps should become a regular session, and it being winter, maybe even replace track sessions as lately they’ve become treadmill-interval-affairs and I don’t think they’ve been all too productive.

Onwards and upwards, as they say.
Let’s all hope the snow goes away soon..

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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