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Endurance Strength Training.....the recovery spin class

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Well needless to say, after yesterday's endurance strength training session, I was a tad sore this morning. (

Don't get me wrong, it was a good sore, the kind of sore that reminds you that you have muscles in all sorts of weird parts of your body. It's the kind of sore that says, "hey dumbass, why did you decide to start using us after all these years, we've been pretty happy atrophying away down here!"

As the morning wore on, I wasn't shaking it off, so I made secret plans to duck out at lunchtime and sneak in a spin class under the guise doing some "management by walking around"

Quite possibly the smartest thing I did all day!

Now when I'm in town, it's tough to break away during the day to hit the gym. On the road at conferences and other meetings I have to attend, I've got more opportunities. But this week has been fantastic!

At last week's scheduling meeting, I told my front office staff to leave me wide open this Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday....miraculously, they listened and did just that! Tons of white space on the calendar....I don't think I have been so productive in months. I knocked out tons of things on my never-ending to-do list, got caught up on a bunch of professional reading I had let slack off, prepared a bunch of reports that needed some undivided attention, knocked out tons of correspondence, and basically networked like a I got in a lunchtime workout Tuesday & today.

I strolled in to the spin class today still feeling a little wobbly from yesterday's lower body endurance workout. As I got on the bike I seriously questioned my own sanity and wondered if I hadn't made a monumental blunder attempting a hard cardio session after a tough ST workout.

But once curvilicious instructor gal started pumping up some Black Eyed Peas ("I got a feeling") the world seemed just right and next thing you know I was revving it up past 90 RPM and steadily pushing up the resistance.

And then my legs started loosening up and it felt as if some biophysical miracle flushed out all the leftover lactic acid from yesterday. Hill climbs, sprints, intervals, you name it, I was all over it. 50 straight minutes of pretty damn hi-intensity cardio on the bike, punctuated by 30 second breaks to towel off the sweat and chug down a few gulps of water.

Yeah, so maybe there is something to this endurance strength training after all.....sheesh!

Have a great night spark friends!
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    "endurance strength training"...sounds painful! But I'm sure it was good!
    2078 days ago
    Nothing beats a good turn on the bike! Maybe you can rent one in Hawaii and go for a ride up one of those volcano things.
    2078 days ago
    Yep, as crazy as it sounds, a workout while being sore can help recover. I do not really understand how that works, but found that it also works for me.
    You seem to have found your balance - strength, cardio, food - I think just that is maintenance. Doing something you like that makes you feel good, strong, healthy, happy and balanced. One day you might just stop loosing weight and there you are on "maintenance". To plant a flag on the day you realize you want to stay just like you are is a celebration of achievement ~ don't miss that happy moment!
    Enjoy your sweating and have a nice trip to Hawaii.
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    2079 days ago
    Gotta love a good workout!
    2079 days ago
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