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Maybe next week will be better

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Although I had Monday & Tuesday off, I didn't go to the gym. I reorganized the garage. That was good work, but it wasn't a workout.

I went to Group Kick Wednesday night, and Group Ride Thursday. Eric was the instructor for the Group Ride. Some club members call Eric "the Spin Nazi" because his workouts are tough. He's an Ironman, so he's Uber-fit. This was my second class with him, and he kicked my butt!

The Monday & Wednesday Group Rides are pretty full, so the club added Tuesday and Thursday nights. Fewer people attend those. There were only six of us in Thursday's class, and two of them walked out about 20-30 minutes in. Those that remained were teasing Eric about his 30% attrition rate.

After the ride, I did a strength training workout. I believe I am making progress. Some of the exercises on a physio ball are killing me. They don't look like much, but by the time I get to the end of the set I wonder if I'm going to be able to walk.

I'm also up to seven pull ups and chin ups - with the maximum amount of assistance (112 pounds). I paid attention to keeping good form on most of the exercises, especially engaging my core. It made a difference: my abs are a little sore today. (And this is a no-crunches workout.)

I went for a swim today. It sucked. But I'm keeping at it. I really need to strengthen my upper back and neck. Holding my head in line with my body is really tiring - it's kind of ridiculous how weak I am. I spent most of the time in the pool doing the backstroke, just to get in a workout. I don't expect to backstroke my way through a triathlon, but it's a start.

I'm still working on drills. I am getting better, but progress is really slow. I have to content myself with the small improvements. And I suspect I will be working with a trainer sooner than I thought.

I really had to drag myself to the gym this week. I've had a case of the *meh*s. I doubt I'll get a run in this week. I plan to get up early enough to tomorrow for another Group Ride. Maybe next week will be better.
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SPEEDYDOG 12/24/2013 11:17AM

    Wow, you are really working hard! It sounds as if you are doing quite well. I think if you keep at it you will see some dramatic improvements.

I have done spin before and love the term "spin Nazi".

I can understand your case of the "mehs". You have been working-out pretty hard.

Thanks, Bruce

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HILLSLUG98239 12/21/2013 1:49PM

    My goal is two swims, two runs, and two strength training workouts a week. I'm not currently commuting by bike, so I'm aiming for two Group Ride classes a week. I usually have a day or two a week during which I do nothing except for a walk with the Hubs if the weather allows.

I'm doing the Group Kick class Wednesdays because it's something totally different than the other things I do, and it's a total-body workout. And it's kinda fun, but I suspect the fun factor is solely because of the instructor. (She seems like she's having a great time, and she's working at least twice as hard as I am.)

I'd hoped to schedule one brick workout a week, but I probably won't do that until I get back to bike commuting. There's something amazingly cool about turning one's commute into a T2 practice and brick workout. I'm sure that racks up the IronGirl points.

Once I get back to bike commuting, scheduling workouts will be a challenge. The club is eight miles from home and eight miles from work. I can ride there. work out, and then ride to work, or ride there, work out, and then ride home. We'll see how that works out once the time comes. Last year, I went back to bike commuting in early February, but that was a really mild winter. (I'm okay down to the mid-20's, but that assumes little to no wind. Freezing temps and stormy weather is too much for my delicate constitution.)

The primary purpose of this blog is to encourage me. I find that writing out the stuff that bugs me helps me analyze why it bugs me, and that helps me focus on the solution. If I don't work through the process, it's too easy to focus on the negative. And I can't do that if I want to complete a triathlon!

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EBRAINK 12/21/2013 1:20PM

    Sounds like your "mehs" are being overpowered by your "gottas". If you're going to do that tri, you gotta train. (I suppose you could do it the other way, but I suspect you would not approve of the outcome.)

I'm curious though - do you build down time or recovery time into your training schedule? Do you "rest" by alternating workouts so you're not doing the same type of work with the same muscles every day? I ask because when I'm working up to the daily bike commute, it takes me a month or so to gradually build up to feeling comfortable with riding every day...and then once I acclimate, it stops feeling like it's exercise...

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MISSG180 12/21/2013 12:19PM

    You are inspiring me! I was just about to give up my gym membership because I simply haven't been going, but maybe I will rethink that....

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BJPENNY70 12/21/2013 1:52AM

    Sounds to me like you did excellent. You keep that up and you will be in an Iron Man, before to long. emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 12/21/2013 1:46AM

    What a great mix of exercise and routines!!

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