Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Well this morning I had a wake-up call... I have thought I was in pretty good shape. I've been working out regularly, can do 35 minutes on the elliptical, and get that heart rate up there. I live in Orlando, where it is flat, and in 29 days we are heading for Seattle and then onto an Alaskan cruise. There are lots of hills and mountains to be climbed on the trip, so I am trying to get into shape for that. Today I decide to use the Stair Climber...
There are 2 types of stair machines in my gym. One is a pedal type and the other is actual stairs like a little escalator... first I jumped on the pedal one. It wasn't operating smoothly, and I got off after a minute or so, and the girl on the one of the 2 other type machines said that she was leaving, so I could have her machine. OK!!!
I clambered on.. it's pretty high to get onto. Right next to me was this woman about my age, but teeny tiny. She uses this for an hour every day. So I start the machine. It's not fast enough, for sure, and I don't know how to make it go faster. Then I realize the level button does it. So I speed it up... 7 seems about right. Still a little slower than the one on my left, but I am doing it for the first time! After 30 seconds, I was starting to feel tired. At a minute my heart rate was up quite nicely. At 2 minutes I was panting and wheezing. I gave up at 2-1/2 minutes. My heart rate was 144 and I was winded. My legs were jello.
I was absolutely mortified... the stair master had me for breakfast! I jumped over to the nice safe elliptical machine, and did my normal workout. Although I did do it at a higher level for most of the 36 minutes... because I was quite warmed up, LOL. I also kept my heart rate up over the 80% number for the entire time, which was great.
Will I try the stair machine again? Yes. Not this week, but next week, and I'll start with level 3 or 4 and see how that goes. I'm going to shoot for 5 minutes. And try to get up to 15 minutes by the time we leave on our trip.
One of my Sparkfriends said she had never heard of someone trying to train for vacation before. I really hope that by being at my best and having active shore excursions planned I can return in as good of shape as I left in. I fantasize that I will come back at the same weight I leave at, but that probably is a fantasy. But hey, a girl's got to dream, right??