What can be said? Nine days into the new plan and I’m still alive!
The hard sessions have been about learning the true meaning of pain, and the easy sessions have been about recovering from afore mentioned sufferfest. That is probably all you’re getting in terms of detail.

The purpose of it all is to break out of the slightly monotonous plateau I seem to have adopted. Thankfully, I’ve seen a few minor break-throughts and so, fingers crossed, the only way is forward – and faster.

So, failing detailing each and every session- what to share?
Focusing my eyes on individual goals in each and every session has been pretty eye opening, so let’s go with that.

I have detected within myself a habit. It would appear that I am prone to striving so hard to achieve a given goal I sometimes forget to concentrate on the job in hand. My eye isn’t on the ball – it’s on where the ball will be in five minutes time, so to speak.

The problem with that is that you don’t always tick off the short term checkpoints along the way. And the problem with that, when it comes to training – is that one will not manage to cut minutes off a long distance without first learning to cut seconds off the shorter ones.

Not only that – but if your metaphorical eyes are busy adjusting to the (metaphorical) long distance improvement, you rarely stop to take stock and notice little improvements along the way.

Short term goals will lead to long term gains. So, tomorrow I will run every short term set with everything I’ve got – I’ll count the seconds, and let the minutes look after themselves. And if, by the end – I feel like fainting, passing out or dying – I’ll know that in the long, long term – that’s a bonus.

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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