When did autumn arrive?

This is to be a quick update, but here we go.

So, how is my break going?
Rather enjoyable. I’m not sticking to any format, any schedule, I’m just cycling when I fancy, swimming when I feel like it, and running when I think it seems a good day for it.

(Bike and I arriving in Brighton. Apologies for the bad picture, sun was so bright I couldn’t see what I was taking. But you get the idea. And dear me – you should see my tan lines!)

I am on holiday from work for a week too, so on Thursday it seemed a good day to cycle to Brighton and back, racking up a comfortable 80miles. My winter base rides were all about 50, so this was fairly new territory, but surprisingly enough I found it easy as pie, which was nice. I’ve cycled the roads I took a million times before, but usually with my head down (actually – not down enough – I’m working on my position before next season, don’t you worry!) and my mind on the clock. It was beautiful to take in the surroundings.

Off jogging to my local (Priory) park recently, I looked below me and realised the crunch I heard was autumn leaves. This surprised me, because I realised I never remembered them turning to orange on the trees, hadn’t noticed the closing nights (other than to note the inconvenience when it got too dark to cycle in the evening). The sun set on the pond in the park as ripples graced its surface, and I realised how much of life I’d barely noticed.

When your eye is so foucsed on speed, distance, time, sometimes you get a little blinkered.

It’s important to campture these moments, and hold them in your mind. The world around us is so wonderful, and the pleasure that can be found in just living is really worth so much more than the pleasure of a PB.

So yes, I’ll be back training hard in not very long, but I’m going to hold the snapshopts I’ve collected on gentle country ambles in my mind. Heaven knows, I’ll need them when the winter comes..

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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