Another RestDay Blog..

Woke up this morning after ten hours of luxurious sleep, slipped out of bed and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast. Made a lovely fresh lunch as opposed to shovelling last nights dinner into a lunch box and headed to costa, before arriving at work a nice hour early to sit and read in an empty office. No joke – this is what every morning would be like if I didn’t train.

Friday rest day blogging seems to be becoming a regular post. Lovely.

I wondered, briefly, why I didn’t just do this everyday. But then, I suppose, I would gradually slip into a routine of crap TV, later bedtimes and general time wasting, and I probably wouldn’t appreciate the Friday calm nearly as much as I do now.

I had a great couple of sessions this week, and all seems to be going pretty well.

Thursday morning’s 70min turbo session has finally progressed to 85mins. I did aim for 90min but after 85, I wasn’t weary, but bored and decided five minutes wouldn’t make too much difference. I followed it up with a 30min technique swim. This was literally 1.5k of 25min drill, 25min front crawl – I emerged from the water feeling like I’d done something productive in the chase for better technique.

Tuesday swim was also a good one. After deciding my 20x100m set was becoming futile and boring, I adopted a new session, that went like this:
warm up
1x25m, 2x25m, 3x25m, 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.
cool down
It seems rather easy, because every ‘set’ is only one extra length long, but the idea was to keep just above threshold for the whole session. The result is that 1,2 and 3 etc are pretty easy, but by the time I get to 250m I’m really struggling. Despite the short sets, it actually adds up to 2.5k + whatever I warm up/cool down with. And I start and end at the ‘right’ and of the pool, which for some reason pleases me. Perfect.

I suppose, the next step up would be to take out the recovery breaks and replace them with 25m breastroke, which is what we sometimes use at Farnham tri club swim sessions. Maybe I’ll try that in a few weeks time…

Well, those are the three most productive feeling sessions of the week, though with 7hours training down since Monday there are a few more I could bore you with.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, I shall be testing out the Redhill/Reigate area for biking territory. From my drives (I hate driving through places I’d love to cycle), I can definitely confirm there are some fantastic lanes and hills to experiment with. Fingers crossed for no snow, ice or rain..

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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