I am starting to learn that running or swimming or biking for 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week, might keep me active but it does nothing to improve my fitness. And the ActiveX strength workouts I do twice a week have been a reality check for me.
Today our circuit went like this: run 400, 20 push ups, 15 Box Jumps, 10 pull ups; repeat 3 more times.
I felt like my lungs were sealed shut and I was sucking air in and out of a small opening, my run pace got slower and slower, my arms felt like rubber and I once again felt like I have never worked out before.
These workouts are notoriously difficult but I am consistently falling behind the rest of the group even though I thought I was in pretty good shape.
I realized after the workout that I have always been active but I haven't pushed my limits in a long time. I trained for some 24-hour adventure races a few years ago but even those workouts were pretty low intensity and by my own design. I was focused on building my enduranceand was able go for 24 (or 36 hours)but I neglected the other components of a total body workout.
The longer I sit here writing, the more my lungs are opening up, my breathing is getting less labored and the more excited I am to be replacing my lazy workouts with a total fitness routine. It still stinks to be the slow one but at least I have something to shoot for.
-I swapped Monday and Tuesday's workouts, and Wednesday and Thursday's workouts, so I am swimming on Mon/wed and running / cycling on Tues and Thurs.
-I did ActiveX on Friday instead of resting.
-I did not get the chance to run on Saturday.
-My bike workouts were longer and more intense than they were supposed to be.
Week Three workouts (12/3-12/9)
-I missed my Wednesday swim
-I rested on Thursday as well
-I did my bike ride and strength training on Friday instead of Thursday.
-I plan to do the Saturday run and the Sunday ride as planned.
Thoughts and Questions:
Swim: I like having my swims on Monday and Wednesday so I would like to stick with that.
Strength: I am still trying to fit ActiveX into my schedule but I am not sure how that will conflict with climbing in the future. Plus one of the ActiveX days is Friday, which is supposed to be my rest day.
Bike: I ride with a lot of people who are better than me, when should I go alone and when is it OK to push myself on what is supposed to be a low intensity ride?
Yoga: Finally, If I wanted to get in on an occasional yoga class, what would be the best day for that?
On another note: I signed up for Wildflower over the weekend--even though every time I mention it, people tell me it is one of the most difficult triathlons out there...and even though I read this article about the race.
Looks like I will have to do a lot of hill training to prepare. Bring it on!
Belle is a little active but she wants to get more active. Follow her through videos and blogs as she works with help from Active Expert Gale Bernhardt to prepare for the wildflower triathlon next May.