Ohh dear – it has been a while.

Basically, it suddenly became evident, with the booking of an exam, that I really, really had to get my cheek to the desk (?) with shorthand – so I’ve been busy working, training, AND learning a whole new language, made up primarily of squiggles.

In short – updates:

Last TT was SCCU 10mile..:

This went pretty well, though I didn’t expect it to.
I began with the thoughts: “Oh dear, I’m just starting, and I’m hungry..” Brand new diet has been working well over the last few weeks but this was the first event since it began and beginning was a struggle. Few minutes in and I forgot about it. (I’m now two weeks in, my scales are smiling and need for silly foods seems to be almost gone.)

All was going well until I reached the turn point. Number 25 had passed me (lame) already. As I rounded the rounabout – I saw him pass me again.
Thought stream went as follows:

1) de ja vou?!

2) did I go wrong and chop off a bit of the course?

3) screw it – slow down – race over…

4) is entirely possible he was wrong.. ahh… PADDLE HARDER!

((* 5) This is a 10mile TT – why are you even capable of coherent thought? Work harder biznitch..*))

So I did – but for the second half I still had the nagging feeling I’d screwed up and it wasn’t worth trying.
Actually – it was number25 that was wrong, I was entirely correct- and I came first female – so that was nice 🙂
Average speed over 10miles has been boosted from the region of 18mph to 21.3mph in the last few weeks – I like this.
Didn’t have much time to dwell on any of the above due to it being a brick session – so I (delicately – and carefully) dumped the bike, strapped on my uber lovely new racy trainers and headed off.
Got back.
Drank recovery.
Went home to sleep.
All in all, a damn good effort for an elaborate training session.

In lieu of having hours to tappety tap, here is a summery:

Swim – 500m – 9.02 – some ARSE got in my way – so as is custom I kindly and politely tapped his toes – and he wouldnt get out the way. So I did it again on the next lap. Didn’t get out the way. And again. Sooo on the 4th time I got pissed off and over took him mid lane – and he then proceded to tap my toes until I got away from him. Not a hideous time – could have been better without intervention from ^.

t1 – 2min – Don’t . Ask. ! Lost my bike..(this has never happened before – panic!)

bike – 26k – 51.27 – course is 100million times hillier than expected. Lesson learnt: visit course before race.. or not – maybe ignorance was better!

t2 – 1.49 Lost my trainers… (As above!)

Run – 23.15 – Happy with this as it’s faster than last years ‘tri leg’ runs – intrigued to see how flat out 5k will go – last year tri 5ks were about 3mins slower than normal 5ks – so either I’ve got more adapted to tri legs, or I’m faster. Or both, or neither. (And I’m told, for the first year, the course was measured accurately too.)

Overall : 1.27.47

I’m a bit unsure about my feelings towards this one.. it went ok – and I have improved – but not nearly enough – much work to be done. However – if you think you’ve done enough, or you’re happy with your time – well – you’re in the wrong sport my dear.

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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