Fitness Blog

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spin class today...

kicked my ASS! I'm gonna be feeling that for the rest of the week. Thanks a lot for that...

I know, academically, why working hard feels good. But sometimes, the more you push and the more it hurts (not in a permanent "Oh crap, I'm gonna be seriously injured for life," kind of a way, but more in a "Oh crap, this is what my limit feels like. What happens when I push a bit harder," kind of a way), the better it feels. I don't know if it's just that your body produced more endorphins, or if it's a mental thing, or what. I guess I don't really care. Finishing a hard workout, lying there sweaty with my muscles burning has a feeling that's not quite like anything else I've ever experienced. It's just a feeling of satisfaction and well being that I only ever get when I've worked my ass off. And it's good times.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday Spin, Saturday Cycle

Totally spaced on recording this here, but did an hour of spin on Thursday (was really hard, and I worked my muscles really heavily) and did 30 miles on Saturday. The cool thing about the ride on Saturday was that I burned my previous average speed by over a mile an hour - and that was with traffic. So I was really pleased by that. Maybe, if I keep it up, I will be able to do the STP in a day...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

cycling/rowing combo

I didn't have a chance to go to spin class today, but I was able to spin on my own bike and the cycleOps today. Went hard for 25"48', and ended up quite sweaty. After that, a simple and easy 1k on the rowing machine rounded out my workout. I focused, like my wife suggested, on stretching way out. So far out, in fact, that I need to make a mental note to move the stuff behind the rowing machine next time before I use it.

Additionally, I did some ankle strengthening exercises on the BOSU ball. I think that really shows how bad my balance is and how bad weak my ankles are. My goal was 1 minute standing on a single foot while still. I was nowhere near still, and only sometimes single footed. And while I only touched my other foot to the ground, it's not something I should have to do. It's definitely something to keep working on.

Another exercise I did on the Tour de BOSU was a sit/stand type of exercise I saw on youtube that looked interesting. In practice, it was not what I envisioned. It didn't work my abs as much as I thought it would. I would doubt that I will try it again.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rowing Day - new PR

Did 5025m in 19:05, shaving 45 seconds off of my previous recorded PR. That's a pretty big chunk. My wife, however, said that I need to stretch out my stroke and really take advantage of my length. So that's something to work on, for sure. But it felt good - with the exception of the hope that I wouldn't vomit. I didn't, so that was a good thing.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

37.75 bicycle miles

Did 37.75 miles on my bicycle today - bringing my grand total for the year to 4% of my goal with 91.41 miles and leaving me with 2386.18 miles remaining. Some of these miles were hard fought. This included over 1100 feet of ascent. It started out quite a bit slower than usual - my wife is just getting into cycling and isn't quite ready to hit the speeds that I normally move at. However, after she turned back, I was really able to turn up the speed. I think that if I was able to push the trail consistently, I could probably average about 18 miles an hour (the trail is quite flat. There is some elevation gain but it's gradual. Most of the elevation on today's ride was on roads after we headed off the trail). Today was about 15. Next time, next time.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1 Hour spin class

Just completed the "Vicious Cycle" spin class at Seattle Fitness, and man, am I tired. Overall, it was a really good run, and I felt good - but it was exhausting. As the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, I'll be dialing back the spin classes and replacing them with real cycling, but until then, this spin class is pretty sweet.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Short Row today

Had a bunch of errands to do today (you know how it is, first day back from vacation) - but wanted to get something in. So I rowed - hard. 1km, 3:40. My lungs were burning and my heart was racing. All in all, a job well done. I think I don't do enough sprinting exercises, and I really should. Maybe this will become a regular occurrence - and as I get better I'll either cut time or increase distance.

Also spent Friday and Saturday down at Joshua Tree, hiking and driving through the park. In a word - awesome. The world is really an amazing place. Get off your ass and go see it.