Kettlebells and Butterfly.. I MUST be bored..

Ah… home for Christmas.
WHAT to say?
I really don’t have any little glimmers of interest or insight.

Sticking to the schedule has been a bit of a fail. Mainly becuase I can’t do the run sessions, and so have been replacing them with cardio-circuits and (ugh) kettlebell sessions. To add to this – I can’t always turbo as there isn’t always garage space, I can’t ride due to ice and snow, and therefore swimming is the only constant.

I have been enjoying training, however, and all replacement sessions have either been equal, longer, or harder. Long term – this is a bad idea as the idea of sticking to a set routine is that I can build on it. But hey – it’s the week before Christmas, and I’m not beating myself up over anything.

So.. what sort of replacment sessions?
I used to do 5x10min Kettlebell sets happily, with little affect the next day. On Tuesday, I couldn’t get to the turbo (apparently in Farnham, we put cars in the garage, not bikes..) so I did 3x10min KB as opposed to 40min bike.

…Wednesday morning.. OUCH! Hamstrings were like two elastic bands pulled over a child’s fingers and about to ping. I guess that goes to show what happens when you build up strength, and then let it go..

I’ve been having a lot of fun in the pool. Mainly because I’m reading Michael Phelps’ autobiography. All I can say about his writing is that the ADHD shows through! It’s riveting though and quite motivational.

I started shoving a few poor attmepts at butterfly in a while ago. Mainly, because we had to do one length at my last coached swim session. I’ve never actually made any sort of attempt before but I managed to get from one end of the pool to the other in some sort of splashing motion and since then I’ve been slightly obsessed with sticking the odd length in.

First, I just made it up. Then I did some youtubing… This was followed by arm only, leg only drills. Then I had a go at putting it all together. Mainly because it’s really bloody hard. I’m 97% sure it still looks like I’m making it up/drowning but I’m enjoying it and no lifeguards have jumped in to ‘save’ me yet.

I can see lots of arguments against this. The strongest being that there is still A LOT wrong with my front crawl – so why in hell am I trying something new? And will it really help me next season? Well – no – probably not. My reply is that anything that keeps me motivated for training when it’s snowing and cold and misurable and there are no races on the calender for months cannot possibly be a bad thing.

So – no – I’m not being that disciplined in pre-Christmas week. But I am still training, and training hard enough to be exhaused by.. erm… 8:53 – so all must be on track. Ish.

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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