It’s Friday, here we are again.

I’m entering my first Time Trials, so that’s certainly an exciting start point. I meant to have a go last season but for some reason my thoughts never materialised into action.

I always assumed I would begin with a 10mile, but I’m actually doing a 25. The reason being (other than, to be honest, this one is close and convenient), I think 10mile might actually be harder. Certainly far more removed from my comfort zone.

Clearly, if I pushed it to the same extent for both, the 25 is harder, but that is never going to happen, and right now I’m not at the right point in training to exect my body to go full pelt for 10miles. I’m neither mentally or physically prepared. For a 10mile, I basically need a bit of experience and I need to learn how not to breathe, think, or stop pedealling for however long it takes. Well, that is my prognosis, make of it what you will.

Speaking of hard paced sprinty type stuff, it has occured to me to realise what is so wrong with my running.

With swimming, I’ve got three sessions which I MAKE SURE happen every week.
1) 500m drill, 2k of intervals, 500m drill
2) long swim, 3k with 1x recovery lap (breast/backstroke)/300m
3) against the clock 1.5k
All this is specifically geared towards:
1) speeding up pace
2) thinking about stroke
3) applying it to race

Biking I do:
1) A turbo session with intervals.
2) A hard and short (1-2hrs) ride in which stopping is not allowed and slowing on hills is deeply discouraged.
3) A group ride (50-60miles), lots of thinking and talking about handling, currently working on better descents as I officially suck.

Running training is… well. I try to always do a long run. And I try to always do a run off the bike after long ride on Saturday. And I do lots of what I call tempo runs, but are probably more ‘slightly uncomfortable but harly pushing it’ runs.

I enjoy running. I think I actually use it as a recovery sport. And I hardly ever work really hard, mainly becuase I’m petrified of getting injured. This did start to resolve itself in the early months of Winter when I was doing a track session every week, but obviously the curb trip put pay to that. I desperately need to get back on a track and start seeing running as training, as opposed to happy-go-lucky jogging.

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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