So my first meeting today started at 7:30 AM. They were actually a series of working meetings, which I much prefer to the "sit back and listen to this presentation" type. Still, we were at it pretty hardcore for the next 9 hours.
Then a bunch of my colleagues wanted to hit this BBQ joint for dinner. I told them OK, but I had to hit the gym first, so we agreed to dinner at 7:30.
I lifted yesterday after landing, so today was cardio. I found a lone spin bike in the over-crowded gym here. It had an interesting set-up, with a big video screen that you could adjust to show you either a) bucolic scenes of winding roads, b) an effeminate male instructor urging you to "pedal faster", and c) A readout of all your vitals (heart rate, cadence, calories, etc)
I went with C!
For the last few weeks, I have been tweaking my "Hard Interval Cardio" playlist. It's not an HIIT workout (i.e. short bursts of all out sprinting interspersed with 60-90 second breaks), instead I wanted something that I could sustain for about an hour that has alternating hard hill climbs and sustained sprints.
I downloaded a pretty cool library of kitschy workout music free from Amazon (see blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) and I've been messing with my playlist to the point where I've finally got warmup, hard climbs, flat road sprints, and rest breaks all alternatingly built in just right for a good 60 minutes.
And today it paid off! I really like having audio cues to kick in that guide the workout. It helps not having to keep looking at my watch. When a particular tune comes on, I kick it up a notch or relax as needed. Hey, it works for me.
I then tackled the Nike Training Club's "Ab Burner" workout, the one that kicked my ass last week. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
Well, I can't say yet that I kicked its ass, but after adding abs back into my routine (I've done this 15-minute ab workout 4 times since the 20th), it was decidedly easier. If there is any consolation to this tale it's that we can get back in shape quickly once we've built a good foundation. But those first few tries are rough!
The last piece of trivial knowledge I feel compelled to share with my SP friends is the coolest so far!
Don't know if any of you is troubled by your gym gear getting a little "stale" after repeated use to the point where even after a good washing they're never quite as good as new.
Well I do, and I have some favorite shirts that need constant washing and SWMBO is on the point of revolting, threatening to stop doing my laundry! Yes I know I could go buy some more, but I REALLY LIKE THESE SHIRTS!
So last weekend this buddy of mine was telling me of his deer hunting adventures (he has totally bad luck out there, but every now and then he bags me a few lbs of fresh venison)
He starts telling me how he washed all his clothes the night before in some Gucci new deer hunting detergent to get rid of the human smell (deer have very sensitive noses) and that leaves no UV reflecting light (they also have great eyesight into the UV range)
I ask him to tell me more about this magic elixer and he claims that it is super-charged stuff that gets rid of every possible trace of human scent...."even a bloodhound couldn't track you!" he tells me (not sure what he meant by that, but I tried not to take it personally)
It's called....wait for it.....Scent-A-Way!
Intrigued, I called up the local Bass Pro Shop and sure enough they had some in stock. So before flying up to Virginia this weekend, I gathered up everything in my workout clothes drawer (yes I have a "workout clothes drawer") and emptied about a half gallon of this stuff into the washer.
So far so good! So far pretty incredibly good! My fave shirt has survived 2 solid workouts this trip and is in perfectly clean smelling shape for a 3rd one tomorrow before I fly back home.
More to follow....now if I can just find something to get that cat smell out of the catbox!
Have a great night Spark friends!