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..

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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