Saturday, May 04, 2013
I started a 6 week boot camp last Monday. With one week under my belt, it's been a good change for me. Each workout is about 45 minutes to an hour long. The instructors change the workout every day, utilizing a combination of cardio and strength exercises. They check your form to make sure you're doing it right, modify the exercise if it's too easy or too hard, and just keep you going. They're good about stretching and cooling down, too. While I'm doing the boot camp, it's hard and my muscles are definitely fatigued by the end of the session. But I can feel a difference in my body already. I already have a teeny bit of muscle definition in my biceps. The only downside is that it takes me 45 minutes to drive there, so I'm in the car for an 1 1/2 hour to get an hour workout. Wish it was closer. So, for these 6 weeks, I'm going to do my best to pay attention to all they are teaching me and to attend 3-4 sessions a week. My goal is to lose 10 pounds in the six weeks.
About the time my boot camp membership ends, I am participating in an non-intimidating sprint triathlon, my first triathlon. It's limited to 100 women, there is no timer running, the goal is to simply finish and celebrate with the other 99 women. I'll ride 13 miles on a bike, then move to a 5K run, followed by a 1 1/2 mile kayak race. I'm hoping that the strength training I'm doing in boot camp will help me with the Tri. I hopped on a bicycle today for the first time in 25 years and biked 6 miles. I need to re-learn the gear shifting and work on eliminating the literal pain in the butt from the hard bike seat, but it was fun to get back on the bike. I'm using one of my husband's bikes to practice and to use for the Tri. If I enjoy it enough, I'll buy my own bike.
On the home front, I'm working on simplifying and decluttering each room of my home during May. So, here's hoping I lose some weight off my body and purge some stuff in home. My May motto - Less is More!