Core MOT was now almost a week ago. I’m pleased to say it went rather well, I seem to have improved enough to move onto the mobilisation stage. This involved actually putting the tensing/lifting/slow motion exercises into practice with even weirder one legged prancing-about-like-an-ungraceful-fairie exercises.

We’re now into week three of the first four week block of Winter. Week one felt a bit painful, mainly because poor body was being forced back into hard work it had escaped for about a month. Week two felt excellent. Week three is dragging. I’m rather looking forward to rest/test week which is week four. This is a fairly common pattern that I’ve got accustomed to but it doesn’t make the start of week three any easier.

It occured to me recently that during race season (so far my only experience of proper, focused training…) training fits around races. There are many taper days and recovery days to wind up and down after the tough sessions, and the goals are close and easy to reach.

I’m starting to realise Winter is more of a constant grind. There are fewer genuinly nasty sessions, there is more tough strength and endurance work to do, but it doesn’t need to stop for races, so it really only stops in recovery week.

During summer I faintly realised this, and I was looking forward to uninterrupted training, where I hoped I could make some genuine gains. I am still excited by the prospect, but it has occured to me it is going to have it’s drawbacks. I suppose it makes actually resting during rest week all the more important – no sneaky “getting lost on a run” or unecessary “happened to cycle to the pool” (please remind me of this next week!)

That, and I suddenly need to magic from nowhere the cash for gloves, legwarmers, winter tyres, decent lights and overshoes. But that’s a whole differnet issue..

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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