Ah, another Friday rest day – 11hrs 30 logged since last Friday, and 6hrs since Monday.

I had another ‘urgh, I’m training and training and not getting anywhere any faster’ ‘meh’ on Wednesday night, in which I had a good groan to my flatmate and generally winged about my inability to take a chill pill, recover, and do a good session well. As a result, I decided to get up Thursday morning and do a 1.5k swim time trial, either to give myself a boost (assuming faster), or prove to myself that I needed to change the way I’m operating.

1.5k swim time in Spring last year = 32min32
1.5k swim time on 3 March 2011 = 28min(i think)45
The seconds are all a bit willy-nilly-guess work, but regardless- it can’t be denied even if I was minutes out, that there is a clear and concrete improvment there. Not fast, no, but I think we’re going to have to accept swimming will always be my poorest discipline and any improvment is a very, very good thing.

I now need to find a way of accurately measuring my biking.
As I’ve been off running for so long, I’ve spent a lot of time on the bike, and riding with Redhill (now a proud member of G4, there being six groups – g1-g6, G6 being the fastest – the only way is up) and the Farnham club whilst I was there has given me a lot more confidence on descent and taught me that I need to stop meandering/grinding up hills and pedal a bit more furiously.
Quite handy that club time trials start next month. That’s that sorted.

Running – is just a sore spot. Meant to be my best of the three pronged sport, maybe I just coast but it’s not getting any better. If consistency is the key, injury has snatched the unlocking device from my hands.

Still, 2/3 is better than none. Bring on May. And June. And July. 🙂

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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