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This girl is on FIYEEEEEAHHH!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

So here I was, blah blah blah, wah wah wah, about not making huge strides of progress on the bike. Then Monday night, I got on the bike and was all BANG! POW! ZOOM! I ended up with a new personal best of 15 miles in 57 minutes. I'm sure the people behind me could see the smoke coming off my butt cause it was on FIRRREAHHH.

I don't know what possessed me to do it. My usual bike was taken and I was pretty disgruntled about that. But the bike I ended up on is more of a "typical" bike so I suppose I need to start getting used to it somehow. And then I got on the bike and just went crazy. I felt really good and only had 1-2 moments where I was dragging a bit, but I finished strong.

And when I was done, my legs felt a little numb, but I really didn't feel that tired. I had a little soreness yesterday (mostly my bum), but it wasn't bad at all.

Could it be all Jillian's fault?

"Jillian" is what I've decided to name my newly purchased foam roller. Because that thing makes me whine and cry and b*tch like there's no tomorrow, which is what I imagine Jillian Michaels would make me do if I had to train with her in real life. I've used it about 3-4 times now and each time it's hurt a little less. It's still pretty painful though. But if that kind of beast mode is a byproduct of that torture device, then Jillian, bring on the pain!

Today I managed to finally get in the pool for about half an hour. I didn't do as well as I would've hoped. I was floundering quite a bit and really just could settle into a rhythm, but hey, it's a start. I didn't drown and I remembered my HRM (which worked in the pool, yay!). I'm surprised I only burned 184 calories and my HR was actually pretty low, but I guess then it's a good thing I have it.

I definitely need a new suit though. And I didn't have my swim cap or my shower stuff delivered yet (should be there today!), so it was a bit of a nuisance getting ready for work. Looking forward to my new goodies.

One odd thing to note is I've had some trouble sleeping. I don't know if it's anxiety or what, but I'm having a hard time going to sleep and staying asleep. Last night I slept pretty hard, but I think that's just from so many nights of little to no sleep. No caffeine after 5pm (actually none at all most days), no workouts after 7:30 p.m., etc. Not sure what's going on at this point. I thought working out more would make me sleep BETTER.

Food's going OK this week. A client took us out for lunch today and I was good and only did the soup/salad (Olive Garden). Though I did do 2 bowls of soup, I only had 1 serving of salad and 1 breadstick. Annnnd I gave away 3 of the 4 Andes Mints I scored. Which is major because those are one of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world. Managed to shoehorn Mom's cooking into yesterday's calorie range. So I need to start thinking about my weekend plan.

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    Congratulations on the bike! Foam rollers are great and can be painful. The secret is to sneak up on your muscles. Support yourself so that the first ten or so times you roll over an area you are not using your full weight. If you find a real sore spot, stop on if for 30 seconds or so, then roll on it. Keep up the great work!
    1938 days ago
    The foam roller is genius! I don't have one, but my friend does, and my back always feels so good after I use it.

    Congrats on the bike progress! As for the swimming, yea, it can be discouraging when you look at calories burned, because swimming gives you a lot less bang for your buck, but it's so good for giving you nice long muscles and I think that if you bike or run a lot, you need the change-up. Besides, nothing feels as good as getting in the pool--to me anyway.
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    1938 days ago
    Way to go on reaching your 15 mile cycling goal! This blog made me laugh. Smoke coming off your rear end? Great image!

    When I was going to the pool last year, I never did get my groove swimming. This year is going to be different. I plan to watch and re-watch some of how to swimming videos on YouTube to help me get the timing and breathing right---and then practice, practice, practice.
    1938 days ago
  • KATYDID412
    What kind of an HRM do you have? I'm thinking of investing in one ...

    BTW, you are ON FIRE!!

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    1938 days ago
    Let me fan your flames! Great job! Out of curiosity how long were you in the pool? I love swimming but don't have a waterproof HRM.
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    1939 days ago
    Good work kiddo! Nice victory on the bike and even in the swimming....remember, just getting in the pool is an improvement over the past.

    Olive Garden's can be done well. I like their grilled chicken caesar....tell them to bring the dressing on the side, ditch the croutons, and it's a pretty good meal in itself!

    Stay strong Firewoman!
    1939 days ago
  • 2013AM
    Nice job on your bike progress! Yesterday was day 1 for me at the gym in a looooong time. Did 4 miles on the bike; took me 20 minutes and I was walking funny when I left the gym...sore butt!
    And what control to give up those delicious mints!
    1939 days ago
    Great work! You are rocking it. emoticon
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