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..

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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