I can’t really pretend this blog has any point to it, or any theme – or anything. Hence… ‘various’..

The revelations continue.. not only was last newswriting pass rate 40% – overall last year, from my college 17 students passed all modules with A-C. And this, compared to other NCTJ colleges – is actually rather good. City College Brighton had a stunning result, will 11 students passing.
Dear NCTJ: What is the point in setting industry standard qualifications that nobody passes first time round?
I’m told it’s much like a driving test. Similar to a driving test, of course, retakes are not free.
ANYWAY – lets get back to the topic.

I’m having great fun with my super intellegent training excel document. You’ll notice (if you’re at all observant) I’ve stopped listing daily training. You see, it’s all now cleverly contained on a Excel document which magically transforms my higgildy piggildy (thats a lie : actually maticulously planned, pretty much the same every week unless intentionally added to..) training plans into organised precision.

Also – every time I skip a session – the numbers re-jig themselves, and my weekly total takes a little tumble. I’ve never had this before.. and though, really, i’ve never been one to skip sessions anyway (arguably, there is a hint of OCD in this refusal to do so- but then I expect a very high percentage of the population have some sort of compulsive routine)the computorised documentation is one hell of an incentive.

A little bit of technology can make training a bit easier to quantify, i’m finding. Use of HRM has been pretty handy, adds an extra dimension to sessions that might otherwise be a bit boring.

Santa is considering bringing me a GPS speed/distance watch this Christmas, so i’ve been spending much of my free-surfing time investigating the market. Well – not really ‘the market’ considering Garmin basically is the market.

It really is a mighty big decision though. I remember looking over watches last winter, but decided at that stage that I didn’t really require a fancy watch with bells on – and I got my poolmate for swimming – which, it has to be said, has served me well this year.

On request, most people i’ve asked have told me the 310XT is the absolute must have purchase. However, a bit of research is making me question this. Also – I think Santa, who has been masqurading as my Dad since this time last year, will be inclined to favour the 305 and i’m quite inclined to agree.

It isnt a smart move to go for the cheaper option if you’re going to end up upgrading a year or so down the line. However, triathlon and I have accumilated quite a lot of gear over the past few months, and there really does need to be a spending limit imposed at some point.

That, or I just need to get my freelance gig on.

Speaking of which – I made a notebook purchase today. There is something about a new notebook… and the choosing of papery goodness must always be both a science and an art.
The science: notebook needs to be squishable, foldable, the first page MUST fold back to avoid space-wastage on the left hand margin (a special consideration for those of us who write with the ‘wrong’ hand), lines must be wide enough.
The art: notebook must inspire the new owner with words which, in a grimy asda-price notebook would simply not be justified. Exterior of notebook should be leathery and a little bit myseterious, but never assuming.

Hm. That’s all for now chucks, i’m rambling and it’s bed time.

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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