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Great Morning at the RiverWalk Athletic Center!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Yesterday was the grand opening for the Riverwalk Athletic Center www.riverwalkac.com so there was no spinning class. The mayor and media and lots of hoopla was scheduled: www.pressconnects.com/ar
I didn't want to deal with the crowds so I passed on going until today. Nice and quiet morning...as opposed to Friday evening when I was last there. Now I know where college kids go on a Friday night if they don't have a date...lol! It wasn't TOO crowded though. Could get to everything I wanted without any grief.

Today I started out with my favorite, the Cybex Arc Trainer, the cardio program level 6...great resistance varying from 40 to 60.

Next a round of upper body strength training and then on to the stationary bike, an upright, not recumbent...I'm liking the upright, made by True, as it has a sort of aerobar in which you lean forward and rest your forearms on...feels a lot like the real thing. I use the Rolling Hills setting, level 13 which gives some pretty firm resistance on the uphill section...I do some standing pedaling during that stretch, trying to build some spinning chops!

Then another set of upper body strength training and off to the pool for a half hour of laps to unwind, followed with the whirlpool and sauna...ahhh! Sinfully SPENT! :-)

I enjoy the rhythm of cardio, ST, more cardio, ST, pool and relaxing for a few mins. in the whirlpool & sauna...seems like perfect sequencing which agrees well with my body.

This was shear HEAVEN compared to arriving home late Fri. evening and getting STUCK in my driveway as the snow was so deep! Had to park on the side of the highway while making like a human back-hoe cutting chunks and slabs of snow/ice which had layered throughout the day...argh! Spent an HOUR just carving out enough to pull into our driveway...and another hour on Saturday getting the driveway relatively navigable!

I like shoveling snow...but PLEASE Mother Nature: No more back-hoe work for me!

C'mon SPRING already!

Have a SPARKIN' week everyone!

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    Don't know how I missed this blog about your new fitness centre -- but it sure sounds as if you're getting the maximum benefit AND pleasure out of it. I do love my cardio, ST, stretch, shower, hot tub, steam room routine!!
    2663 days ago
    SO howare you liking the new fitness club.. I still need to go see it.. But it is the one i'm considering the most.
    2666 days ago
    It seems the fitness center is a great change-up for you, Don. Gotta love new challenges and new toys like the center's machines!

    I agree...spring can come any time. Today was warmer and sunny here, but I'm not going to trust it just yet...

    2667 days ago
    That sounds like an exhausting workout to me--phew! emoticon emoticon on the pool being open (*jealous*). Keep up the fantastic work.
    2667 days ago
    I know what that snow is like. I wish winter was over here but I wlii have to wait a while till June.

    I too love your back ground
    2668 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 9:43:07 PM
  • BOBBYD31
    looks like a pretty cool place, would love to have something like that around here. get good use out of it
    2668 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2668 days ago
    Ah, that sounds like a great workout with a great relaxing finish! I miss being near a gym! We had tornadoes and thunderstorms overnight when our temperatures surged to the 60's and plunged to the low 30's afterward. Now we have flooding! (We live on a hilltop but the road below floods.)

    C'mon SPRING!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2668 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 9:57:27 AM
    Sounds like you outsmarted the mousetrap!
    We don't get a lot of snow in this part of the country, but when we do the shoveling is quite a workout.
    2668 days ago
  • SCOTTK3000
    that sounds awesome!
    2668 days ago
  • JLITT62
    While shoveling may be a good workout, I was glad DH was still home (worked from home Friday) & that we have a snowblower.

    I was supposed to start swimming this morning, but slept late & it looked like the promised sleet was on it's way . . . Only still not here & I probably could've gone. But I think my body was telling me it needs a little rest after all that shoveling over the weekend - I do the steps & the paths for the dogs by hand, and had to do the lighter snow by hand - 3 days of shoveling. Don't think winter is quite done with us yet.
    2668 days ago
    I too have learned the times to go and not to go to the Y to avoid both the crowds and the younger folks.
    2668 days ago
    We are expecting some weather today, I just got back form FLA and it was so nice to run in shorts and short sleve shirt, but I still enjoy running out side in the cold, however, I do not like playing back-hoe to clear the driveway. I will be content when spring come.

    2668 days ago
    I hear you on the snow. We got the same storm right after you and now we are anticipating freezing rain then heavy rain for the rest of today. Spring can't come soon enough. emoticon

    PS I love the new background image on your page!
    2668 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 5:16:02 AM
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