Thursday, May 12, 2011
I finally tried CrossFit yesterday and my daughter tried the kids' program. She loved it! I am a little unsure right now.
Our warmup was on the rowing machine. We had to take turns as there were 7 rowers and about 21 people. This was an unusually large class for them.
Next, they all worked on kettlebells. There actually weren't enough to go around so I watched. I have only used them once before and wasn't quite sure what to do anyway. At the end Matt, the instructor, worked with me teaching me some basic moves.
Then we were divided into 3 groups. Our group had 3 more experienced men and 3 fairly new women. Some of the exercises were new to the other 2 women, too, so we needed a lot of help!
The 3 groups went through 3 stations. Our first station was called Cyndee. Basically, we were doing sets of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats. Matt told me to do 3/5/10 instead. I told him I've been working out a lot, and he said I should play it safe and I could complain later if it was too easy. Well, we were supposed to do 5 sets during the alloted time, and I only finished 4! That's part of my humbling experience!
The pullups are pretty neat. We were working out in a garage at a strip center. The doors were open and we had bands, kind of like huge rubber bands, that you step into that help support you while pulling up. They are color coded for how much they help you. I tried the easiest...way too easy. The second band...still too easy. And the third...just right! Or, so I thought. I couldn't even do my 3rd set of 3!!! So, I'll be backing off.
Also, on the pushups, I was on my toes going to town. Matt told me I was only doing 'half' pushups. Huh? He said I had to have my chest hit the ground. Later, one of the guys explained that during CrossFit competitions, you actually have to lift your hands off the ground while you're down to PROVE you are all the way down. So, you are getting a FULL range of motion. Yikes!!! I have work to do!
And, the squats...another humbling experience. You see, my ankles barely move past 90 degrees. I think that is my problem. I can NOT squat very low. And, Matt wanted my legs parallel to the ground. Well, I just coulnd't do it! But, I'll keep trying.
Our second station involved kettlebells & rowing. (The photo above was one of the 'best' in the class. Wow!) I was able to use the kettlebells this time and think I did OK.
(Another photo from class. I like that they post photos daily! This was our class, but I'm not in any of the photos.)
Then, we were to do 2 minutes on the rowing machine. One of the ladies had, earlier, shown me the proper form. Matt kept telling me to pull harder. He wanted to keep my number in a certain range. I couldn't keep it there, but did my best! When you were done, you wrote the calories burned (to show how hard you worked), either in your book or on the board. You did 3 sets of kettlebells then rowing. My cals were 19, 20 & 20.
Our last set was doing 10 squats with a weighted bar (term?) and then burpees (which I HATE!!!) for 2 minutes. Since my squats are so pitiful, he had me just use a 10 pound kettlebell. The other 2 ladies in my group also used kettlebells, but they were using heavier weight. I squated on top of a medicine ball and tried to get down low. Not easy for me!!! We counted the burpees and wrote them down in our book or on the board. Mine were 15, 14, & 14.
So, I'm unsure about CrossFit. As I mentioned, my daughter loved it. There were only 4 kids in her class, and she knew one of the boys from church! And, I knew one of the ladies... a very good friend & it was wonderful she was there. Anyway, in the kids' class, my daughter did all kinds of cool things including jumping rope, hopping onto boxes, and playing games. Because of her, I'm guessing I'll be back! But, I thought I'd love it and just didn't fall in love with it... yet. Oh, and I'm not sore today! That's good news!
One last note (so I don't write 2 posts & I know this is already LONG!)...I also rode my bike, in the rain for the first time, about an hour after class. My neck & hip were hurting. I will not be riding again until I get refitted! And, I HATED the ride! The only fun part was it rained part of the time & I enjoyed my first wet ride. But, I hate getting out there & just riding alone! I need a group to train with, or I'll have to give this up.
Between the CrossFit class & bike ride, I burned 850 calories! And, I'm down another .5 pounds this morning. At my VERY LOWEST of 130.5!!! Just SO CLOSE to those 120's!
Take care & have a great day! I have a run planned for this evening...hoping the rain comes this morning & not tonight!
How badly do you want it?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The scale moved down this morning. I really don't understand it as I've taken most of the past week off (except for the triathlon & last night's run) and haven't been eating very well. But, I'l take it!
So, I'm back down to my LOWEST weight. 131. It feels GREAT! And, with just 2 more pounds, I'll be in the 120's (something I never dreamed of a year ago!) and I'll have lost 30 pounds since I re-started this journey June 1st of last year. (I have already lost 30 from my high of 3 years ago, but I totally got off track for about a year & a half.)
I REALLY want those 2 pounds by June 1st! We'll see if I can do it! I'm off to the right start this morning. I've already drank 1 glass of water & tracked my banana. And, I have TWO workouts scheduled for today... my first CrossFit class (I'm so excited!) and a bike ride while daughter is at swim team practice.
I hope everyone else is off to a great start! This is a NEW day! We can do this!
How badly do you want this?
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I went running tonight. I am so proud of myself! It was about 90 degrees today and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make myself run. But, I did!
Actually, I took off 2 days before my triathlon, then had the triathlon, and then have taken off the 2 days since the triathlon. So, I've been feeling kind of sluggish and eating pretty poorly. I'm really disappointed in myself, but ready to get back on track!
Also, my half marathon fell through...again. It is really not her fault, but my sister-in-law had a conflict come up and so, once again, she won't be going... which means Nana won't be going...which means I won't have a babysitter...which means it's kind of silly to travel all the way to California to race. I'm disappointed! I've been training hard & was looking forward to a fun race AND meeting a handful of SPers!!! But, it just isn't going to work out! That also has had me bummed. But, I must move on!
I worked on speed again tonight. I'm really wanting to get faster. I love using my Garmin watch, especially as I'm learning to use some of its functions! Tonight I set it for intervals: 2 min runs followed by 1 min walks for a total of 10 intervals. Well, I averaged a 12:04 pace! Just last week I tried this same interval, but only did 8 repeats, and averaged 12:09! So, I'm improving! Yeah!
I also did a 5 minute warmup run, so ended up running almost 3 miles (2.93) in 35:05. My PR for a 5K is now 36:45 based on this weekend's triathlon. So, I'm working on beating that! I plan on using the 'virtual partner' on Thursday and seeing if I can get close to a 12 minute pace. My plan is to run that 5K once per week until I CAN run it at a 12 minute pace.
Tomorrow I'll be riding my bike during my daughter's swim practice. AND...I'm trying CrossFit!!! I'm really excited! I can't wait to tell you all about it!
Monday, May 09, 2011
When I got home from my triathlon on Saturday, I had an email from SparkPeople. It said I had been voted as a SparkPeople Motivator!!! I'm humbled... and amazed... and thrilled!
How could I have done what I've done in the past year without SparkPeople? How many people have I told about SP? I LOVE SP!!!
So, thank you!!! I'm not even sure how you vote for someone to be a Motivator. But, thank you to all those who voted for me!
On my page, there is now a "SparkPeople motivator" button. How neat is that??? And, if you click on that, you will see there are 5 categories. My category is "fitness achievements." WOW! I am 41 years old and have never been an athlete of any kind until last year. I am amazed that I could be motivating others in 'fitness achievements!'
I loved seeing another of my buddies, AMOHAME2, on the same page. And, LILPAT3! One of the people who motivated me at the very beginning of my journey! And, LIGHTNINGRUNNER! Check out any of these great lady's blogs for more 'fitness achievements'. They are incredible ladies who inspire me!
I have taken off the 2 days since my triathlon and not eaten well. So, tomorrow it is time to get back on track! I'm supposed to be running a half marathon in about 4 weeks, but it looks like that is falling apart. It is frustrating, and I will hold on to it if possible... but, if not, I will look forward to my next event! (whatever that is!)
And, I hope to try out CrossFit with my daugther on Wednesday. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and am really excited!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I did it! It has been a hard week, especially since the OWS (Open Water Swim) clinic last weekend when I had a panic attack. I've worried & worried about the OWS portion of this week's tri... and I did it!!! I also worried about coming in last in my age group. Well, I was at the BOP (back of the pack), but not quite last. And, what matters more, is that I came in a little better than my goal time. Yeah!
(photo from friend's iPhone)
So, here are the details...
I woke up at 4:10 wide awake & ready to go. I got to the parking lot about 5:20 and joined my friend/personal trainer (Sara), who was doing her first triathlon, at the bike rack. I went to get my timing chip... and there was a problem. I was #707, and they did NOT have a chip for me! They called over someone in charge & she assigned me a different number & said she would go officially switch it over. (Apparently this did NOT happen as my new #1100 is listed as "unknown participant" and the time is 36 minutes off because they started that chip with the elite wave. Ugh! I'll try to fix this problem on Monday.)
We had lots of time to walk around. We had a great position on the rack - just one rack in and near the bike in/out. We walked that path a few times to make sure we knew where our bikes were racked. We also walked down to the water to look at the buoys, but they weren't up yet. Sara had several friends (she also teaches boot camp) who were there competing - either individually or in relays - so we stopped & talked with them.
As the transition area got set to close, I grabbed my banana & water (I'd already drank a protein drink) and headed towards the port-o-potties. But, as we approached them, we noticed the park bathrooms & got in line there instead. Nice!
After that little necessary trip, we headed to the water to watch the elite wave (6 athletes!) and the men start. We watched several waves (we were #10 of 15) and saw what the mass start would look like. This is an 'in water' start, but about 2/3rds of the swimmers actually got in the deep water & treaded, while the rest stayed nearer the shore where they could stand. We decided we'd be in the latter group!
(Oh... side note... I had STRUGGLED with the decision about whether or not to wear a wetsuit. They are only legal if the temp is 78 or lower. How great for us who didn't wear suits, and those who wanted to, that the water temp was 77.9!!! Legal for them and relatively 'warm' for us! No gasping & shock from the COLD like I felt even last week at 75/76!)
We moved to the start area & my husband & daughter found me! I stopped & hugged/kissed them and thanked them for coming. It was an EARLY day for a weekend!!!
I was a lot less nervous than I expected. At least until we actually got to the water & got the '3 minutes to go'. I waded in to my head and moved my arms & jumped around. I was trying to get used to the chill. It was hard to hear the speaker, but I finally realized he was counting down our last 10 seconds... and then it was time to GO!
I started swimming freestyle. It wasn't long before I was getting 'crawled over'. It's HARD swimming like this! For several minutes, I had ladies hitting my feet and it feels like they are pulling you under. It makes it hard to swim! But, I kept going. Once or twice, I gave a harder kick when I'd gotten hit several times in a row.
Finally, we were spread out enough & I was clear. I was breathing every other stroke... the entire way. That wasn't my plan, but it was all I could do! I was a LOT better at sighting the buoys than I'd been at the clinic, too. I kept going & going... it feels like a LONG time.
After awhile, the next wave caught up with me... and started climbing over me again! What a terrible feeling! I was afraid wave after wave would catch me! I was in a 'pink swimcap' group, and all I could see were yellow caps! I figured, by then, that I was the last pink swimmer. It was kind of upsetting, but I told myself to be proud... I WOULD finish!
About 100 meters from the end, I saw another pink cap near me. YEAH! I wasn't out here all alone. I pushed near the end and swam until my hand hit the ground. Then I got up, and was actually able to run a little! (Unlike the 1st tri.)
I got to my bike rack and saw Sara's bike still there. (She's also in my age group.) So, I knew I wasn't last! She came up while I was putting on my shoes. She had Lock Laces & I didn't, so she got out slightly before me.
I ran with my bike until the MOUNT line. I hopped on and struggled to pedal. It was hard to catch my breath, too. I saw Sara just up ahead. She had to pully over. I asked if she was OK... she needed to adjust her pedal. I don't wear clipless shoes & neither does she. But, she had cages & her feet weren't in them right.
She stayed behind me until about mile 7 when she passed me. I told her I'd keep her in my sight, though. And I did! My hips, especially my left, REALLY started hurting by this point. I was near tears & making faces. I tried adjusting my body and my feet, but I was in a lot of pain. Finally, at around mile 11, I thought I should just try moving faster. I did, and it worked! It relieved the pain! I was able ot pass Sara, too, and stay in front of her for the rest of the bike ride. I saw my husband & daughter near the bike finish. And, again, Sara & I finished so close together that we saw each other at transition.
I racked my bike, took off my helmet, grabbed my sunglasses & visor and 'ran' towards the run exit. I was struggling. I was thinking I could NOT run. Sara caught up with me and we walked and talked. Then we ran and couldn't talk. I could not catch my breath. We kept walking, then running, then walking. At about 1.5 miles I told her she should go out and run. I needed to walk but she looked strong. I told her I wouldn't let her out of my sight. She ran some, but we both kept running & walking. I kept her in sight and she never got too far ahead, but I just couldn't stick with her.
At about mile 2 (of 3.1) I saw 2 other ladies in our age group pass me!!! I SO wanted to run after them and catch them! I tried... I ran a little. They were slow. But, I just couldn't catch them OR Sara. At the last water station, I saw they all 3 got water & walked. So, I kept 'running.' But, it didn't do me a lot of good. I was just so tired.
At about .5 miles to go, I started talking with a male runner. All of the males go before the females start, so he was quite a bit behind. He said it'd been a hard race. I agreed! We both walked & ran some together. When I could finally see the finish line, I started to run. I wanted to walk again, but I didn't let myself. I ran through the finish!!! I did it! I finished the triathlon!!!
(post race photo by dd10)
Here are my times:
500 meter swim 17:01 (3:24 pace...vs 2:41 at 1st tri in pool)
TT1 2:50 (vs 2:21 1st tri)
15 mile bike 58:25 (15.4 mph pace...vs 13.1 mph 1st tri, but that was hillier & very windy)
TT2 1:06 (vs 1:14 1st tri)
5K run 36:45 (vs 40:17 1st tri, but that was hillier)
Biggest news: I can't believe my 5K time. That is a PR for me!!! And, I honestly walked about 1/3rd of the time! Am I really running that much faster???
My goals were:
18 min swim (did 17:01)...yeah!
2 min TT1 (did 2:50)... further from water than figured
58 min bike (did 58:25)...a little disappointed because I thought I was riding faster
2 min TT2 (did 1:14)...actually, I should have realized this would be faster
40 min run (did 36:45)...WOW! My thought is that maybe it was short, but I'll take it!
Thanks again for all of the support & encouragment!!! You all really lift me up when I'm feeling down and feeling like things are impossible. THANK YOU!!!
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