In the interest of updates:
First race of the season done (also first TT ever, and first female – hardly an achievement there only being three), and a 5mile run logged today. The plan was TT + 10k to simulate Oly, but on a sunny day, and on tired legs – I chucked the extra mile..

In the interest of broadly speaking:
I have just read ‘Dating a triathlete – a useful translation service’ , followed by ‘Reasons not to date a journalism student’. I suppose these two contributing states make me somewhat of a total nightmare.

Here’s a giggle for you:

http://www.tritalk.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=74155&view=next&sid=1dd628f608a8c575676fa639cc83e076

http://justabeer.blogspot.com/2011/03/reasons-why-you-shouldnt-date.html

Quite seriously, though, a career that is far from 9-5, and a hobby that consumes a healthy 10-12 hours a week means I’m probably not always as available as I should be to the friends and family who do everything they can to support me.

A lot of my social life comes through training. If you ever played ‘the sims’ – training in a group is the easiest way to add plus points to ‘social’ and ‘health’ scale simultaneously.Actually, being part of a club is a great hand for work too because it is an easy link to a hugely varied cross-section of people, from whom to extract news.

There is, of course, the fact that there are a lot of people in my life who move in neither journalism, nor triathlon circles, but who are a huge support to me and provide me with more strength and determination than I deserve. It is these people who should claim the award for sheer mental willpower (or mental-ness full stop).

So, before it all really begins to pick up, I post this:
To those that listen to my winging when I don’t do well, and hear me garble on when I’m pumped on adrenaline like a hamster on amphetamines – the podium spots are reserved for you.

In advance – I apologise for:
– not drinking from now until end of season
– going to bed too early
– eating all your food
– being boring in general

And, most importantly, Thank You. This season I shall endevour to be a pleasent, and enjoyable person to be around at all times, exluding the evening and morning preceeding a race.

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

1 comment on “

  1. Great post Michelle! You have real self insight.The sims bars are:HungerComfortHygieneBladderEnergyFunSocialRoomAs long as these stay topped up you'll be happy. LB

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