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Jumping Beans

Blog count has been somewhat slow in recent weeks – I can only apologise and say that employment status is still hazy and thus there have been other issues on my mind. (For example, how it is that I know only of two friends who have found graduate jobs, one of which involved driving and washing cars. When she asked in what way the job fitted the description of ‘graduate job’ she was told ‘in that we only employ graduates.’ Funny one liner, I’m sure.)

Anyway, training has been great. Following the departure of nasty flu-ey, achey disease, body felt rejuvenated and full of jumping beans. The lack of running is still scuppering normal plans a bit, but I’ve adapted to the nice, comparatively simple Leatherhead to Redhill commute beautifully with thanks to Donyngs leisure centre which is located just round the corner from work, has a gym, pool and showers (my colleagues will be pleased for this) and opens at 6.30am. So I can arrive, swim/gym, shower, and still arrive bright as a button half an hour early. Then go do it all again come 6pm, before heading ‘home’ to dinner. I’m staying at LBs parents home in Leatherhead, many thanks to their kindness.

I have been missing short commuting cycle rides in the light. Before buying car, I never thought I would say this, but as I walk from car to work in the rising light I keep spotting cyclists in their commute and feeling jealous, as regrettably my weekly cycling is all now carried out on turbo, sweating away in a lamp-lit garage.

Weekend cycling, with Farnham Triathlon Club, however, was beautiful. I went out both days, Saturday with the group, and on Sunday (on my own = no drafting), following the club swim session. In the latter, short sharp ride, I hit 30.8mph, on a ride that included few benefits from downhill sections, so I’m rather proud of my speed-limit-breaking ability on the flat. Outside riding gave me back the buzz I’d missed, and hopefully I’ll be enjoying more come Saturday.

Work is great, but no guarantee it’s long term.

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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