Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day!  I started my day by sleeping in (if you consider 6:30 am sleeping in) then hit the scheduled Insanity Workout for the day - Max Cardio Recovery.  The word "recovery" should be taken VERY lightly there.  It was 45 minutes of strength/yoga style stuff that kicked my trash.  I finished a half hour ago and my quads are STILL burning.  I will probably attempt a 3-4 mile run later this evening, to help counter today's calorie overload!

BUT...I did get on the scale this morning and found I finally broke past 151 on the scale leaving me at 150.5.  I haven't seen anything under 151 in well over 8 months! WOOHOOO!

I have so many things to be thankful for, but since this is a sports/training/running/triathlon/fitness blog, I will focus on those kind of things I am thankful for today.

Number 1 - I am thankful for my body.  I am thankful that it is healthy and strong and can take the abuse that I regularly put it through.  I seem to like pushing the limits on things, with a "Go big or go home" attitude.  I am not good about easing into anything, often leading to my own burn out, injury, or frustration.  I am thankful for my body for taking this abuse and it keeps going!  I am thankful for the fitness I have that I am able to go and do the things I love...swim, bike, run, Insanity, run and play with my kids like I am their age, or just put up with the demands of working full time and being a wife/mom/sister/friend.  I am amazed at the human body and its capabilities and so grateful for my health!

I am thankful to have discovered triathlon this year!  I feel like I have been in the sport for much longer than I have, probably because I have always been interested in it, studying it, etc, and just barely this year tried it!  It seems like the Women of Steel Tri, my first, was just a month ago!  As much as I loved running in my pre-tri life, and I still do, triathlon has brought me more challenges, fun, friends and experiences than I could have even imagined and I am just one season into it!  I already have tons of big ideas for 2013, none of which are official (in the form of a registration that is) but I can't wait to see what it brings.

Have a great Thanksgiving!  Be safe, and Happy Training!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fit Test #3

So, today was the start of Week 6 of Insanity, thus the third Fit Test.  Here are the results:

Switch Kicks:  108...up from 105
Power Jacks:   53...up from 51
Power Knees:   89...up from 86
Power Jumps:  37...down from 44
Globe Jumps:   12...same as before
Suicide Jumps:   21...down from 22
Plank Jacks:  49...down from 53
Lower Plank Oblique:   60...up from 58

I was up or the same for most of these.  This was done at 4:00 in the morning, and I was sore from last week's work outs.  And, I can't hide the fact that I did pretty much skip Week 4, though I did a good job making up most of those work outs last week.  So, it is what it is.  In other news, I did lose weight last week, and am down a total of 8 pounds since starting this whole thing.

This week starts the beginning of Month 2, which everyone I know that has done Insanity has told me is by far the worse. Apparently the work outs are longer, and harder.  I am hoping that is true, as I still feel that I need my butt kicked.  I did the Fit Test this morning, and will do the official first work out of the week tonight after my son's choir performance.

Happy Training all!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Life happens

Well, this was supposed to be week 4 of Insanity.  I only did one of the 6 workouts this week.  I had a week of several early morning meetings and then class this week with some projects due, and then the other mornings, lets face it, I was too damn tired to get my fat apple out of bed.  So I hit the work out today and it killed me!  I guess that is what I get for taking a week off, I don't just get my butt kicked like normal, I get killed!

Luckily with looking at the calender, this coming week is supposed to be a "recovery" week with some light yoga every day, and nothing too bad.  I have decided to make up the workouts I missed in the mornings, then do the yoga in the evenings, and be back on track.  It isn't too hard to double up on these work outs if some of the recovery ones are the second one of the day.  Stupid me for slacking off though!

In other news, I have decided to try a new product.  I am doing the Total Lean 7 day FAST from GNC.  I think the reason this appealed to me is that I have hit a weight plateau, and needed something to kick start it. This is a cleanse, but not one where you stop eating.  You still stick to a 1500 calorie a day diet (for some this may be a huge restriction, but it is what I have been aiming for) but you use their protein shakes 2x a day, plus some vitamins, and other stuff as well.  I will let you know how it goes, it starts tomorrow!

So back on the wagon for me.  I really enjoy these work outs...when they are done:)  I just had a crazy week, was lacking in motivation, and now to get back at it :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

She's missed me....

It has been way too long since I have been on my Chariot.  I can even tell you what times in the past 2 months.  Since Wildflower Pedalfest, which was August 18, I have been on her two other times.  The Bear Lake Brawl, and the Ogden Valley Tri.  I aggravated my shoulder pretty good on the Pedalfest, so I stayed off to let it heal only getting on for those other two races, then once those were over my focus turned solely to the St. George Marathon, and then to Insanity.  So, long story short, she has been neglected.

I got up this morning and did two Insanity work outs, but as the day went on, it was just gorgeous out, and I knew I wanted to get out.  The fam was all occupied, I got the clearance to be gone for a bit from the hubs, and I got her out, checked the tires, and headed out to Antelope Island.

I couldn't have asked for a better ride!  The weather was awesome, it was only windy a long the cause way (but really, when is it NOT?) and there were buffalo all over.  It was sunny, and I thoroughly enjoyed being on my bike.  I did notice my shoulder getting sore, but I didnt' care. I noticed that the biking seemed effortless after 3 weeks of Insanity!  Seriously, an hour and a half on the bike, it seemed so easy compared to what I have been doing!  I didn't push it too much, but it was great.  Hopefully this will continue and I will see improvements when I get back to swim and run as well!

The forecast is calling for cooler temps and snow next weekend, so this may very well be the last outdoor ride for awhile.  I am hoping because I have been such a good girl this year, that a bike trainer is in the works for Christmas, and once Insanity is over, I can ride the Chariot inside in the mornings :)

But, I think she has missed me as she was so good to me today.  And honestly, I have missed her as well.