Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I really need to start turning my HRM for Rowing now that we're getting to do a bit more. BUT! I didn't today so I just have info for my run and Pilates ON THE BALL! haha. More on that in a bit.
So ROWING CAMP!!! We did a cool training drill called "Reverse Pick" in which you work your way through the stroke step by step starting from the Drive. Previously we had worked starting from the release - to arms only, then arms and back, then arms back and legs... Well today, we started in the catch position (knees up body leaning forward, arms straight pushing the oar out), and first did legs only, maintaining body and arm position, then legs and back (maintaining straight arms), and then incorporating the arms. I dunno why but I liked this a LOT better...
ANYWAY -- more full stroke rowing today and whatnot. Our coach was giving a lot of corrections comments while we were out though, and I really wasn't sure because most of it was when we were rowing Stern 4 if it was being prompted by ME or not. So I was feeling a little unsure of myself until after practice when I talked to the coach and cox and they said I was doing great and the cox said it wasn't me, and when I asked the coach for feedback he hesitated to tell me because the comment was regarding something we hadn't really discussed and it was a correction on my finishing position. WOOT. I know I'm not doing everything else perfect yet, but at least I'm doing well enough that there are no major concerns. :)
Then I picked up a few groceries and headed out for my 2 miler today.
THEN I came home and did a NEW workout....
So... I'm undecided. I'm going to try it again and try to do some of the sections I skipped today, but mostly I really liked it!!! :D There was some TOUGH STUFF. It really incorporated different parts of the body as well. Very interesting. I checked it out from the Library and there is a DVD workout, but the book goes through everything in great detail so you don't have to rely on a brief description while the video demonstrates.
So far it's hard for me to feel how my new program is working because I've been pretty worn out most of the time -- I KNOW I am DEFINITELY not getting enough sleep. I do feel that once the rowing goes to the regular schedule I will be able to get used to doing THAT, as opposed to the current wake up every day at 5AM, rowing club till 7:30ish, then run/ST/both, come home or do an errand, shower, nap for like 1-2hours, get up, eat, go to work, come home, cook, eat, get to bed around midnight or later and REPEAT.
If this was going to be a long term plan for me, I would change it. FOR SURE. It is not feasible to maintain this type of a schedule for me for long. Maybe I would try to keep it and just try to go to bed as soon as I get home instead of eating dinner and unwinding from work first before cutting anything else out, but SOMETHING would have to give.
As it is, I just remind myself that this is the last week for this schedule and push on. :)
I found out today that we will not be rowing next week -- our coaches will be gone and they don't want to risk having a bunch of newbies out on the river in an uncoached boat, but some vets will probably go out. I'm thinking maybe I can get signed up in the Aquatic Center by then and at least erg next week so I can retain some of the muscle memory I'm starting to build for rowing -- but the good news is I DON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 5AM OR EARLIER NEXT WEEK! YAY!!!! :D hhahaha. 6/14 will be a meetup to talk about the summer time and then we will get to row that day, too - yay. So that will be the next time after this week that I'm able to get out and row.
I'd also like to say that although I have been very sore and tired, my runs have been going ok! :D They feel mentally a bit tough because I just want to skip it and go to bed or something, but physically they've been ok! I've been keeping my HR below 165, mostly close to or below 155, and I'm faster than I used to be at that HR! Still super slow, don't get me wrong -- but we're talking 13min miles versus 15-15:30.
I guess that is enough for now. :)
Monday, June 01, 2009
Just wanted to :P to the Social Food Situations that come up.
I had one today and I totally caved to it -- I could have not partaken at all, but I did. I AM however, proud of how I partook in it and kept my portion sizes very small and did not overeat. WOOT.
But yeah one of my bosses' last day is tomorrow because he's being deployed AGAIN. (When I first started this job he was away and came back a few months after I started... I've worked here about 3 years.) So we planned a little going away thingie for him -- I volunteered to bring the FRUIT! :) But there was also lasagna, salad, hawaiian sweet rolls (a favorite of mine) and CAKE. But my piece of cake was nice and tiny thanks to the pre-cutting skills of the lady who brought it. YAY. :) I'm totally guessing on the lasagna -- I don't really understand how the tracker had it so I just went with some of both and I'm hoping it's close to accurate.
This morning was -- ROWING ON THE WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(aww there's no rowing emoticon! :( wahwah)
So we got to help put the launch into the water (the boat w/ the motor that the coach sits in), then move our actual boats out and down to the dock -- there is of course, a special way that this is done. Then we looked at the boats again briefly, our coach showed us how to get in. We put our oars in and then GOT IN THE BOATS. WOOOOHOOO!!!!!!
Most of our time spent in the water was kind of drifting, practicing "setting" the boat -- gaining balance in the water by the position of our oars while not rowing. We practiced a BIT of upper body only rowing. So I did actually get to set my oar in the water and push some water! hahaha :D But not very much.
This morning our post meetup email said that she'd be sending out another email soon with adjusted lineups -- I hope this means that some of us newbies were so ROCKIN she wants to put us together in a boat so we can get moving faster. And if that's true I hope I'm one of the rockin ones. HAHAHA.
Well -- I gotta look up some recipes and figure out what delicious meal will work for my remaining ranges tonight, and now here are the promised additional photos from the balloon race. :)
This balloon was the "hare" for the race -- it took off first. :)
The group that hosted this event is a private, not-for-profit organization that's mission statement is "to provide people with developmental disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community."
This balloon was cool because of those quilted little poofy ships on the side. :) hehe
There were over 30 balloons participating in the race -- it was REALLY cool... and in the bottom of that last picture you can kinda see the biggest baddest balloon of them all.
So you may have noticed my bunny ears in that other picture -- that's because the ENERGIZER BUNNY balloon was there and their crew were handing out bunny ears, which I had to get of course. ;) hahaha.
(My DH loved taking that picture -- hahahaha)
You can see this was the last balloon to take off and by quite a bit, too. :) haha. But it was cool enough that it didn't matter.
I guess that's it for now. :)
OH!!!!! My brother got his mission call and he's going to the Colorado Denver North mission, which apparently includes part of Wyoming and Nebraska as well. In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) the young men typically will serve a 2 year mission starting when they are 19. The ladies sometimes serve missions as well, although that is less typical, but if they leave they go when they are 21. WELL!!! My oldest little brother just returned from his mission - the Canada Calgary mission. My sister is currently in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar mission (JUST sent her a package), and now my brother is going to Colorado. The funny thing is that my brother reports to the Missionary Training Center on 7/29 and my sister is returning on 8/17 -- they will JUST miss each other. aww. :) I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY SISTER TO COME HOME!!!!!
OH! AND THERE'S MORE I forgot to write about -- I did the JM No More Trouble Zones DVD today for the first time in AGES. I realllly need to get back on the ST ball. With the whole rowing thing going on I got thrown off and I didn't do any last week. :P (Except lifting boxes and stuff moving on Saturday.)
Monday - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES.
Wed - Pilates
Fri - another JM video.
I definitely want to do the NMTZ video once a week at least -- it is a tough push and I think it really covers EVERYTHING. I also want to make sure I don't stop doing pilates, and get another full body workout in once a week.
So full plan after Rowing Camp will look like this:
Tue: Rowing+Tempo run
Wed: Easy Run+Pilates
Thu: Rowing+Speed work
Fri: Other JM Video
Sat: Easy Run
Sun: Long Run
Saturday, May 30, 2009
We had SUCH a blast. I took a million pictures. It was soooooooooo gorgeous.
I will share more pictures later probably. Right now I'm HUNGRY.
We just got back from helping my DH's mentoring professor move out of their old lab. And I haven't eaten since like... 11:30... and it's 5:30 now so FOOD TIME. :)
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