The goal for this season was to step up to Olympic distance – and the goal race started off as Milton Keynes.

However, once it was done, Milton Keynes didn’t really feel like the culmination of all that hard work… I still felt like I had a lot left to prove.

So, I decided to just keep it going as long as I could and enter a load more races.

The problem with that is that little bits of my body started to niggle – a dodgy foot, dodgy ankle, dodgy bum.

This week, I topped it all off with a dodgy infected wisdom tooth. Totally unrelated to training, but I basically decided enough was enough.

I started Pride 10k and Bexhill with a “I’m tired, so I’m just going to do my best, but it’s not going to be my very best” sort of attitude. And that isn’t good enough, or worth it.

Coach has set me an ambitious goal for next year. I’m not sure I’m capable, but I’m damn well going to try and I’m not ruining it with a couple of end of season half arsed attempts.

This year has been a very good warm up. It has been one hell of a learning curve too.

Along the way, there have been nasty 4am wake up calls, some worrying pre-race niggles, and logistical fitting-things-round-life nightmares. However, more importantly, there have been some amazing breakthrough moments, amazing finish moments, and moments with racing and training buddies that I couldn’t recreate.

All in all, I’ve had a fantstic time. I’m a bit sad it’s over, but then I know I’ve got the funny winter-training moments – the bonding over numb fingers and toe-warming coffee – to look forward too.

The warm up is done now. Time for a break. Putting my feet up for 1 month as of NOW -with easy biking, easy swimming, easy running – only as and when I feel like it.

After that – it’s core work. Winter miles. And more core work. And some more winter miles.

Bring it on.

But first – while I absorb the shock of an unforseen break, here is the summery of my racing career SO FAR.
(I thought I better do this now, before another year passes..)

2010: A whole lot of floundering around learning about this thing people call “exercise” followed by a bit of discovering “training”.

2011: Coached as of May. Massive improvment but lacking the winter build up I could have had if I’d looked for help sooner. Working on swimming and biking, only maintaining running.

Marie Curie Swim
1.5k: 00.32.00
East Grinstead Super Sprint
200m swim: 4.59, 11k bike: 24.08, 2.5k run: 10.27
Ringmer Sprint
500m swim: 11.28, 23.5k bike: 48.36, 6k run: 30.23
Newhaven Sprint (open water)
600m swim: 18.38, 17k bike, 36.03, 4k run, 21.13
Southwater Sprint (open water)
400m swim: 10.05, bike: 36.38, 4k run (suspect! short coure?): 18.07
Phoenix 5mile
Brighton 10k
Firle 10k (hill fest)

Marie Curie Swimathon (I name thee : Season Starter. And will do thee every year.)
2.5k: 49.21
East Grinstead Sprint (May) (As above)
500 swim: 9.02, 26k bike: 51.27, 5k run, 23.15
Redmon TT
25 mile: 1.16
10 mile: 25.30
Ardingly Sprint (June)
500 swim: 8.59, 23k bike (+epic MARATHON to reach bike..), 50.34, 5k run: 22.29
25 mile: 1.09
Horsham TT
25 mile: 1.13
Sussex Oly (July) (Hill fest)
1.5 OW swim: 28.13, 40k bike: 1.30, 10k run, 54.06
Horsham TT (I seriously really, really enjoyed this!!)
50mile: 2.27
Milton Keynes (July) (bike/run a bit short.. Lesson: Check bike chain pre race!)
1.5 OW swim: 27.58, 40k bike: 1.13, 10k run, 47.16
Pride Run
10k: 48min (WHOOPS. PACING FAIL.)
Bexhill Sprint
Overall – 1.30 (No splits up. First Sea Swim – mainly learning experience!)


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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