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saef
10-03-2011, 10:56 AM
Join us in this thread during the beautiful month of October, as we celebrate our physicality and what our bodies can do when they're released from the chairs that normally hold us captive.

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I put this picture up because when I looked at it, I could actually **smell** the wet leaves and feel dampness on my face.


saef
10-03-2011, 11:06 AM
As for me, I've some catching up to do:

Saturday, Oct. 1: 60 minutes on Stairmaster stepper, resistance at five, with me puzzling over foot placement, whether centered, weight on heels, weight on toes. A few wobbles & grabbing the rails before going on hands-free. I'm glad that this machine is in the front row, right at the windows overlooking the river, and I can't see how people react to my occasional rail grabs.

Sunday, Oct. 2: 15 minutes arc trainer, resistance at eight
60 minutes shoulders, chest & triceps routine.
45 minutes arc trainer, resistance at six, felt like a light run.
This is the pushup workout. I have a very large maroon bruise on my left knee and a smaller matching maroon bruise on my right knee. Next time I'll drag a pad over for the pushup intervals in the weight area. (I should mention that I'm pretty sure these bruises have something to do with my taking Motrin or Tylenol every three hours for my root canal for the past three days on the dental surgeon's instructions. Because I have done this before without bruising.)

Monday, Oct. 3: 45 minute spin class, seriously heavy resistance, on an unfamiliar brand of bike, with a teacher who usually keeps us seated & pushing & pulling. Getting to the class was scarier than the spinning alongside all hardcore Upstate runners in the class. I didn't like driving through the countryside in the dark through a fog at 5 AM but that's what one must do out here, to get to something that was just a two-block walk away from me every day, if I wanted it. No deer in the road, fortunately.

In the evening, 60 minute Kripalu yoga class.

paperclippy
10-03-2011, 02:33 PM
Hi Saef! Love the fall photo.

10/1:
biked to and from DH's 5k race (he set a PR and took 3rd in his age division!), 15 mins each direction
15 min dog walk

10/2:
60 min-ish dog walk, involving a good arm workout of trying to teach Booboo to walk correctly on the leash

10/3:
30 mins pilates:
- 10 min legs/thighs
- 10 min abs
- 10 min back

I had the ganglion cyst in my wrist drained this morning. I was hoping getting rid of it would let me be able to put pressure on my hand again but so far no dice. It is still very sore from being poked with needles so hopefully it will get better.


traveling michele
10-04-2011, 01:48 AM
How are we already on October 3?
Let's see if I can recap....

October 1: 60 minutes walk with dh and Dewey. I woke up this morning with an extreme pain in my neck-- couldn't turn my head at all so didn't think the gym was in the cards.

October 2: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga. Neck was much better though certainly not back to normal. Thought yoga might help but it didn't seem to do anything one way or the other.

October 3: 60 minutes Body Pump. Neck the same today so I'm just going to ignore it and hope it goes away soon. I'm pretty sure it is due to stress.

Totals:
3 days
210 minutes

silverbirch
10-04-2011, 08:40 AM
Nice picture, saef. Thank you.

I've decided to spend a fortnight (= two weeks) really working on rehabbing my poor old body. Then we'll see where we are. I can't go into winter with a niggly back.

So I was at the gymn this morning and yesterday morning. I put in a complaint about a personal trainer who approached me yesterday. He was pushy and patronising. That's no good, friends. Up with this I shall not put.

See you tomorrow, I hope.

paperclippy
10-04-2011, 10:53 AM
10/4
26 min doggie powerwalk
5 min swiss ball crunches

traveling michele
10-05-2011, 01:39 AM
How are we already on October 3?
Let's see if I can recap....

October 1: 60 minutes walk with dh and Dewey. I woke up this morning with an extreme pain in my neck-- couldn't turn my head at all so didn't think the gym was in the cards.

October 2: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga. Neck was much better though certainly not back to normal. Thought yoga might help but it didn't seem to do anything one way or the other.

October 3: 60 minutes Body Pump. Neck the same today so I'm just going to ignore it and hope it goes away soon. I'm pretty sure it is due to stress.

Totals:
3 days
210 minutes

didn't want to go to the gym tonight after working both jobs as it is cold and wet outside. Did make it though.....

Oct. 4: 60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
4 days
270 minutes

saef
10-05-2011, 07:15 AM
Tuesday, Oct. 4:
20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, resistance at five, with just a few wobbles
60 minutes arms and shoulders routine
40 minutes back on the Stairmaster stepper, resistance at six, more wobbling, but more confidence as I figure out how to keep moving on this machine

Wednesday, October 5:
45 minute spin class with a different instructor who does seated sprints and faster intervals with lighter resistance than Monday's instructor. My spin bike was having technical problems, though. It stuck sometimes when I peddled while standing and it would give a kick & keep going from momentum after the sprints. It took me a while to confirm it was the bike & not me. I feel so displaced in this new gym, among a different type of gym-goer, on different equipment (a StarTrac bike as opposed to a Life Fitness bike) and with different styles of spin instruction that my confidence is shaken and I feel like I'm beginning all over again at this. So I wasn't completely sure it was the bike; I thought I was doing it all wrong.
60 minutes Kripalu yoga class. A lot of breathing and then, a lot of abs work.

silverbirch
10-05-2011, 07:59 AM
Wednesday

Gymn (that's three days in a row). I'm giving concerted attention to how my body feels and what makes it feel better. This is helping my niggles go away. The physical ones, anyway! The others may take a bit more time. :)

traveling michele
10-06-2011, 12:28 AM
didn't want to go to the gym tonight after working both jobs as it is cold and wet outside. Did make it though.....

Oct. 4: 60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
4 days
270 minutes

Oct. 5: I went to the gym for a Zumba class because I thought it was Thursday! Oops..... stayed and did the elliptical instead.

60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
5 days
330 minutes

silverbirch
10-06-2011, 08:19 AM
Thursday: gymn again (4th time this week). Back is slightly niggly again and has been made more so by another test drive.

The test drive was in a Peugeot Partner Tepee. Er, who thinks up these names? It's quite a nice van/car although the steering seems a bit vague. Fantastically big wing mirrors. I told my mother you can fit a goat in the back. My sister thought that could be quite smelly. One of the videos I've watched features a St Bernard - that's how big it is. (NB I put that bit in for the animal lovers.)

paperclippy
10-06-2011, 09:16 AM
Silver, I was watching Top Gear on BBC America once and they were test-driving cars with giant dogs in them, including a St Bernard. Was this one of those cars?

10/5: nothing

10/6: 29 min dog powerwalk, 1 min crunches swiss ball

silverbirch
10-06-2011, 09:58 AM
No, it wasn't Top Gear, just one of the adverts. :dizzy: Have a look at two of them! My brain is currently full of brake horsepower and mpg and the rest. Let me share!

With dog. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrX84t0SICw)

Without dog but with music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnSYmPtxSQI)

saef
10-06-2011, 11:00 AM
Birchie, I'm trying to figure out what, exactly, is on that family's "to do" list for that particular day. Apparently they're going to return some unsatisfactory topiary to a garden center, they're going on a ramble & also plan to do some birding, they're taking the dog to be clipped, and then perhaps they'll do some fishing? (I connect the husband's hat with a trout fishermen's attire. You stick the flies through the brim.)

Thursday, Oct. 6:

20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, resistance at five
60 minutes back & biceps routine
40 minutes Nautilus elliptical, intervals, resistance at nine and four

silverbirch
10-06-2011, 11:29 AM
Saef, it's challenging, isn't it? Yet they seem confident that all will go smoothly and no difficulty will raise its head. I find it amazing that each topic (for want of a better word) stands alone and does not seem to impinge on anything else. And it's all so clean.

Is this the experience I'd have, should I buy this vehicle? I don't think it would have the stamina for our lives somehow.

But the wing mirrors are Huge. I really like them.

saef
10-06-2011, 01:54 PM
Yes, yes, it's far it's too clean. Because there are no empty soft drink or coffee cups mashed on the floor, there is no dog hair, there are no mud splashes (because this family only walks on dry, clean grass when they're doing their outdoorsy things). Most of all, there is no smell. For a family going out into the country? What?

I remember what my mother's station wagon was like when I was seriously into riding and had to be ferried to lessons & shows & etc. with paddock boots, rubber stall-mucking boots & saddle & sheepskin saddle pad with aroma of horse sweat and protective helmet with aroma of little girl's sweaty hair. And never mind the bits of straw and fragments of dried horse manure (despite all the stomping on the gravel outside the car that occurred, under mother's strict orders, before I got back in to ride home).

My verdict: That family doesn't actually go outdoors, it just dresses up like it's going to. Then it goes shopping or something.

Which is, actually, what the majority of people who own such vehicles do.

Those vehicles (or a variant thereof, usually black & shiny) are also very popular where I used to live among what would euphemistically be called Urban Youth. But I never see Urban Youth with their car stereos blaring from the cannon speakers in the trunk used to sell these vehicles.

traveling michele
10-06-2011, 11:14 PM
Oct. 5: I went to the gym for a Zumba class because I thought it was Thursday! Oops..... stayed and did the elliptical instead.

60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
5 days
330 minutes

October 6: 60 minutes Zumba (right day! Hooray!:carrot:)

Totals:
6 days
390 minutes

saef
10-07-2011, 09:28 AM
Friday, Oct. 7:

45 minute spin class, after getting melted frost off the car at 5 AM. As with every year, when the weather changes, I forgot whether one is better off blasting hot or cold air on the inner windshield in the morning after a frost. Which one clears up the moisture & which one creates more fog?

This spin class was sparsely attended, with just five people, but apparently it's the first time it's been offered on a Friday morning. There are some serious athletes in that class. The leg muscles on those people! I am keeping up, but have not yet adjusted to riding on the different brand of spin bike. Everything that I once did unthinkingly feels labored & stilted & off-balance. Which is a good metaphor for the rest of my life, too.

saef
10-09-2011, 06:31 AM
Saturday, Oct. 8:

60 minutes on the Stairmaster stepper, resistance at five, finally getting the hang of this thing -- most of the time.

60 minutes Kripalu yoga class, with the class full of more than 30 people, on a splendid sunny Saturday in October, a throwback to summer but with a slight crispness in the morning. I think I'm figuring out my body through this class. My hips are very tight and inflexible. But I do cobra and sphinx quite well, so I have either abs or back muscles that are flexible. (Maybe from over a year of thrice weekly Pilates classes.) My hamstrings aren't that bad. But my quads are extremely tight, so much so that it's painful for me to kneel & try to sit back on my feet. I'm putting all these findings together into a clearer picture of my physical strengths and limitations.

saef
10-09-2011, 05:49 PM
Sunday, Oct. 9th:

Ran a 5K today at the Apple Festival down in Lafayette, in the most gorgeous countryside imaginable, in perfect weather, with the trees nearing their peak foliage colors and the corn and soybeans and pumpkins all coming in. Our start line was just over a little country bridge, a very modest one made of poured cement, probably from around the turn of the century. The water flowing there was the color of chocolate milk from all the recent rains. I heard a bird overhead singing in a whispery way, recognized the song, put my head back to look directly upward at a nearby telephone wire and discovered an Eastern Bluebird looking down into the crowd of fidgeting runners.

I think my time for this race was close to last month's time. My mother accompanied me this time and seemed to enjoy the pre-race bustle and the free bagel that I snagged for her. (She loves it when things are free.) I asked her to watch the timer for me when I crossed the finish line, but she didn't recognize me. She thought I was wearing an orange shirt; I was wearing a lime-green shirt. I'm not sure why she forgot the color because she helped pin my number on it. She was still looking down the chute, alertly watching for me to arrive, when I came up behind her, finally finding her in the crowd, and asked her what my time was.


ETA: I looked up the race results. My time was 32:23, not as fast as my last race, at 32:21:80, and with the same pace at the mile of 10:26. If I take the time to learn how to run -- to use better form, and to pace myself -- I really do think I can do this in a half-hour.

traveling michele
10-09-2011, 11:01 PM
October 6: 60 minutes Zumba (right day! Hooray!:carrot:)

Totals:
6 days
390 minutes

October 7: 32 minutes running on treadmill

October 8: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga

October 9: 60 minutes walk with dh and Dewey

Totals:
9 days
572 minutes

saef
10-10-2011, 08:01 AM
Monday, Oct. 10th:

45 minute spin class with the instructor who sets the resistance very heavy for most of the class. I did better this time, mainly because I believe I've figured out the settings for this brand of spin bike.

60 minute beginner Kripalu yoga class. This is week four of a six-week session. We were learning the
"ocean breath" last night, which I plan to practice today.

saef
10-11-2011, 09:52 AM
Tuesday, Oct. 11th:

20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, aerobic setting, resistance at five
60 minutes shoulders, chest and triceps routine. This is the one with all the pushup intervals. I do girlie pushups using pushup handles.
40 minutes Nautilus elliptical, intervals at nine and four, half backward

Oh, and those pushup handles that I use during this weight routine? I got them from TJ Maxx. I had to cross gender lines to get them. They were not with the exercise equipment for women, such as the yoga mats, the pink dumbbells under seven pounds, the Pilates bands, etc. No, I had to go over to the men's section of TJ Maxx, and there they were.

traveling michele
10-11-2011, 10:22 AM
Good job on the 5K Saef. Your time is really pretty good! And I'm sure you can improve it if you wish.

traveling michele
10-11-2011, 10:23 AM
October 7: 32 minutes running on treadmill

October 8: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga

October 9: 60 minutes walk with dh and Dewey

Totals:
9 days
572 minutes

October 10: 10 minutes elliptical, 60 minutes UJam dance class

Totals:
10 days
642 minutes

paperclippy
10-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Catching up . . .

10/7: 15 min dog walk
10/8: 75 min yoga class, 22 min doggie powerwalk
10/9: 90 min doggie powerwalk (Carter was such a good boy!)
10/10: 15 min dog walk, ~20 min pilates video (abs/legs)
10/11: 28 min 2 mile powerwalk at lunchtime.

k15g15
10-11-2011, 10:55 PM
Can I join in? I am new to maintenance as of a week ago...

Today:15 minutes running, 30 minutes eliptical

traveling michele
10-11-2011, 11:38 PM
Can I join in? I am new to maintenance as of a week ago...

Today:15 minutes running, 30 minutes eliptical

Welcome! Please do join us. I find it quite helpful to post my progress here and see others as well. Congratulations on your weight loss too!:carrot::carrot:;)

saef
10-12-2011, 07:36 AM
Welcome, k15g15. Personally, I find the accountability of this thread very motivating. And when I feel like I'm an immovable lump, I can look back through it & see that's not so & I am being too hard on myself.

Michele, thanks for the encouragement on my running. I have watched a bit of some YouTube videos on running form and have picked up some sensible advice about avoiding heel striking, which is counter to how I've been using the elliptical and arc trainer, where you want to push down with your heel. I know for a fact that I run too heavily, like a Clydesdale. Also, I may be running with my body too rigidly upright, which would explain why I feel it in my back. I hear so much about correct form in exercise that I thought there had to be a better way to run, but I didn't know. YouTube is such a godsend for this kind of thing. I do want to get better at this, particularly because good form is always easier on the body, safer & a better way to avoid injuries.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

45 minute spin class, with the instructor who's into peddling more slowly and with heavy resistance, and who only occasionally has us stand up. No jumps, no squats, no peddling while crouched low over handle bars, no holds, no weight intervals. In other words, no fooling around on the bike. Apparently this is the Schwinn Method or Schwinn School. It simulates actually being on the road. It makes the other spin classes I've had seem very frou-frou, as if they target a demographic with an attention deficit that requires lots of entertainment & variety to keep going.

Oh, and let me rant a bit here. Girl on the bike to my right. If you want to talk to your Best Friend Forever for 10 minutes (quite a ways into the class, not during the warmup period, before anything has happened or during stretches) about what you're both going to wear to your friend's wedding in two weeks, and then want to check your text messages for three more minutes, why the --- are you in spin class? Other people around you are trying to sweat hard and listen to the instructor. You know, like get a workout. Like, really focus on their physical fitness. Babe, if you want to multitask, go out of the classroom and use a stationary bike. A class is a class. There's an instructor up front. She's there for a reason. You owe that instructor attention and respect. No matter whether she's relating a history lesson or leading you through hill sprints.

Ahem.

traveling michele
10-12-2011, 10:23 AM
Saef-- I don't think my spin instructors would allow the talking. How rude. I have taken spin from only a few instructors but they sound more like the Schwinn School-- we alter resistance and do some standing but I've never done jumps or anything like that.

I feel like I need to post here because I usually do each day but I couldn't exercise last night (worked from before 7 am till 7:30 pm) and I won't be able to tonight or tomorrow night (bookfair until 8:30 pm each night). I hate getting out of my routine--- it just makes me cranky-- I wanted to cry last night-- but I think it is just sheer exhaustion. Dh said Friday after the book fair I'll just crash, and I told him I was going to the gym first!

saef
10-12-2011, 08:33 PM
Also on Wednesday, Oct. 12:

One hour beginning Kripalu yoga class, with a lot of breathing and a little bit of ab work. I'm not very flexible and breathe too shallowly, but all that Pilates work is serving me well in the asanas that really work the abs.

k15g15
10-12-2011, 10:05 PM
No time for hard core exercise today...taught all day and then off to the second job till11:30 so I walked a mile with my class this afternoon and did 15 minutes of counting by 2s,7s,12s, and 5s while working out in "3rd grade excercise/dance class" or math as I am supposed to call it...:) They love doing squats and push ups while counting their patterns...kids are too funny!

saef
10-13-2011, 08:08 AM
Thursday, Oct. 13:

20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, resistance at six, aerobic setting
45 minutes arm & shoulders routine, and I think soon I'll be able to go through this sequence twice, as P90X recommends, or will increase the weights
40 minutes Stairmaster stepper, same setting.

The gym has three Stairmaster stepper machines; one is broken, with a sign on it. A heavy older woman got on the one next to me with a few cheerful words. I don't know this woman, I just know her by sight. I witnessed her starting her training at the gym back in 2008, when my father was dying & I moved back home for a month & a half to be with him during the last few weeks of his life. This woman was red-faced then & despairing during her workout sessions with her trainer. Now she is not dangerously obese, though still heavy, but no longer red-faced, and oh, what a change in her demeanor. It's good to see her get on the machine confidently, to chat with me about it, and then, after a few minutes, to see her trainer join up with her. ("I never see people on these machines" her trainer said. "Well, WE'RE on them," countered the women referring to herself & to me.)

So this woman has kept at it. And has had results. And not just in her weight. In her whole manner & her way of facing the world.

Damn. She doesn't know me at all but I think she's amazing.

When I see her, I think of my mother, whose blood work just reported a further elevation in cholesterol, and how I wish my mother would even walk a little in the neighborhood, let alone show up at the gym regularly and work with a trainer.

I think of myself, at my heaviest, and how I would never have dared face a personal trainer then. I had to lose more than 100 pounds before I even dared to speak to a trainer. Like someone like me had no business talking to a healthy fit person.

I need some of that woman's attitude. Still.

So yeah, this is what me, an ostensibly fit and normal weight woman, is thinking when a heavy woman gets on the machine next to her. Which may help some heavy woman afraid of going to the gym. I know that it might have helped me, when I was over 240 pounds & felt a gym could only be a place of fear, pain & humiliation for me.

traveling michele
10-13-2011, 10:20 AM
What an eloquent post Saef. You have so many of those.
You are right-- your post could help those not willing to step foot in a gym. My dd says she isn't a gym person, but I'm sure if she had more confidence/was a healthy weight, she wouldn't have such reservations.

Still no exercise for me-- worked almost 14 hours on my feet yesterday and will do a repeat today. Hoping to get to Bikram Yoga tomorrow. My weight is down though as I'm hardly finding time to eat and I'm drinking way more coffee than I'm used to to fight the fatigue.

paperclippy
10-13-2011, 01:31 PM
10/12: am dog walk
10/13: am dog powerwalk, but a short one (15 mins) since I got up too late

paperclippy
10-13-2011, 01:35 PM
Also Saef, about heavy folks in the gym -- DH and I think that way too. Whenever I see a heavy person in the gym, I am mentally cheering them on. When we are driving together and see a heavy person walking/running outside, we always have some conversation that boils down to "good job" although the person out there running doesn't hear us.

I'm always afraid to actually say encouraging things to people. I think because I know people have mixed reactions. When I have done races in the past, and I was trudging my way through, coming in close to dead last, I always felt better when people would call out to me, "You're almost there, you're doing great," and the like. Meanwhile DH feels worse when he hears things like that because he interprets it as, "You're doing so badly that we have to cheer for you because you suck so much and we feel bad for you." :shrug:

Usually if I have the opportunity to engage in conversation with a heavier person while exercising, and they mention anything about weight loss or fitness or anything, I am very quick to tell them that I used to be obese, hoping that it will encourage them to see that it is possible to lose weight. I also don't hesitate to tell people that I ran my first mile when I was 22, or anything else about my personal fitness history.

saef
10-14-2011, 07:50 AM
Michele, when you have these Book Fairs, I wish I could transmit some stress relief over the screen to you magically. I know what it's like to disappear into my job & to know my life is way out of balance. The only thing that makes it bearable is that I know it's only going to be that way for a little while. But sometimes when we're in the middle of it, it seems endless, like life is always going to ask for more than we can possibly give & that we never have any respite for ourselves. Hang in there. I am sure yoga is going to feel really good, once you finally get to it.

Jessica, when you talked about people applauding at races, I could relate to both your view and your husband's view.

When I have done races in the past, and I was trudging my way through, coming in close to dead last, I always felt better when people would call out to me, "You're almost there, you're doing great," and the like. Meanwhile DH feels worse when he hears things like that because he interprets it as, "You're doing so badly that we have to cheer for you because you suck so much and we feel bad for you."

At the 5K I did in September, one of the guys timing it manually called out to me, "You just hit 30 minutes. You pace looks good, I think you've got a lot left." He was right. I had enough left to really sprint for the last few yards. He sounded like a trainer. I believed him & so I believed in myself. And so I thought of anyone applauding me as applauding that last burst of effort.

But on my bad days, I believe what your husband does, that there is something condescending and they are applauding out of pity. But I only believe that for a little while. I believe anyone who's around people who put out an athletic effort understands what goes into that, the mental part, as well as the physical training, and so their instinct is to support it anytime they see it in anyone. It's not only part of being a good sport, it's part of being a good human being. Just finishing a race means so much for many people.

Friday, Oct. 14:

45 minute spin class, with sprints, and me still hating this brand of spin bike. It isn't very smooth when one peddles while standing. Let me just say it outright: The Star Trac spin bikes are cr@p. Yes, I said it. Star Trac, rethink your bike design. Or pay your workers in China better so they take more pride in assembly. I want back the Life Fitness bike that I had at my former gym so very badly. I am turning into an Equipment Brand Snob. In ellipticals & spin bikes, the brand makes a world of difference to me. The expensive ones just seem to have better action. I don't feel off balance or unsupported. I want to not think much about the machine or the mechanics, I want to think about my form and my pace & etc. Instead I've got to compensate for the machine's mechanical issues, sometimes just to be safe. (I am sure that jerky action when I peddle while standing isn't good for my knees.) I'm adapting to the new instructors fine but I don't like the bike.

EZMONEY
10-14-2011, 08:21 AM
As someone who has been involved with high school and college cross country and track, 5K's and marathons, both as a participant and volunteer/spectator....

I can assure you that by far the vast majority of the people are there to encourage and support....seriously, why would they still be out on the course long after "their" runner has passed by?!

Oh sure, every now and then there is that butt-wipe teen age punk who showed up only because his cheerleader girlfriend was there with her team to volunteer...but we know who they are and that they are everywhere in life.

One of the greatest compliments I ever received in my life was when several boys and girls on my son's high school cross country team, years ago, told me that when they were running they pretended that I was their dad rooting them on....since their parents never came out to watch...

yes, I was THAT dad...the one always cheering and rooting the kids on....

I'd would do it at the gym too (when I used to go...obvious I don't go now...lol) but I think if I hollered and screamed in the gym I might get escorted out!!!

Kind people root people on sometimes in their minds....

When you are out on the course or at the gym remember MOST people in the world are pretty decent folks.....

NOW GO GIRLS GO!!! YOU'RE ALMOST THERE!!!

traveling michele
10-14-2011, 10:31 AM
Gary-- you brought me to tears this morning with your mention of the kids pretending you were their dad cheering them on. How sweet and from someone who didn't have parents cheering her on-- I know you must have made a world of difference for them.

Dead on my feet. Book fair ends at noon today technically though we don't close until the last customer leaves. Then we have to pack up everything and I have all of the financial paperwork to do. Just praying I can get out in time for yoga tonight. We've *only* had one shoplifter that I know of. He put an eraser in his pocket and has had consequences as a result-- apology letter to me, discipline with the principal, call home, etc. Always makes me sad.

Hopefully I'll be back to posting real exercise tonight!

EZMONEY
10-14-2011, 11:08 AM
Thank you Michelle...I am sorry your parents didn't cheer you on :hug:...

what I said was absolutely true. What I did not say was that I was blessed with a job (construction) where I could start very early in the morning or work overtime when I needed to in order to make the race times....also a very understanding boss with kids in sports.

There was always around 100 boys and girls on our cross country teams so there was bound to be parents that couldn't make the events, because of work, as a lot of them were in the afternoons.

There was also a lot of support from parents that could.

I remember a few times when kids would be thanking me after the race and saying that they wished their parents would come to the events, I shared what I just did about work with them...

one time a kid said my parents don't work Saturday....

we were at a Saturday event....

My kids would tell me time to time how some of their friends would say they were so lucky to have their dad watch them....

Broke my heart....maybe that's why I always stayed back rooting for the last kid to go by....just in case their parent wasn't there....and why I still do today when I help out or watch at the races.

paperclippy
10-14-2011, 12:20 PM
10/14: 30 min dog powerwalk this morning

Gary, that is a really touching story about those kids whose parents weren't there to cheer for them.

I think what is the most frustrating about those moments at the end of a race are when you see how many people are already done and realize how far back you are. Like for me, last year I did a sprint triathlon that was at a park. Now, I nearly made my goal time and was going really fast FOR ME, but I still came in close to dead last. The most frustrating thing was coming back from the bike segment and having to slow down to weave around the pedestrians who had already finished their run and were headed to the parking lot (which yes, is a failure of the race administrators for not keeping them out of the way, but still). It was also frustrating on the run to see all the people walking to the parking lot which was along the run course. BUT, I really appreciated those people going to their cars who cheered for me.

Saef, it is so hard to sort out our own feelings of inadequacy. I see your race times and I envy you, because despite the times I have done training programs and pushed myself really hard, I have never been able to pull off anything so fast. I pick up training books and get depressed when it says something like, "This is a book for the slow people," and then the program is based on being able to run 10mins/mile, which is super fast for me. On the other hand, when I have done races and I finish faster than the last time, or I finish a longer distance, I still feel great because at least I DID IT and there are so many people out there who never did.

Okay, now I am going to be depressed all day about my perpetual injuries. :p

EZMONEY
10-14-2011, 11:26 PM
Jessica I know how you feel. I remember the first 5K I did...walked it...my son was in cross country, my daughter walked it with me and Angie walked with me instead of running. My son ran the race then ran back to meet me about 1/2 then walked with all of us in. If I was last I was damn close!

As I got better I could run them, although slow....but no matter how fast I got when I got to the beer garden the real runners were already drunk! :D

I have to say though, once I went to walking them as I got older, I met a lot of nice people in the back of the race.

Keep going gals...get to the front of that pack!! You're almost there! :carrot:

traveling michele
10-15-2011, 12:27 AM
October 10: 10 minutes elliptical, 60 minutes UJam dance class

Totals:
10 days
642 minutes

Hooray! Book fair is over and I exercised!:carrot::carrot:

Oct. 11: none
Oct. 12: none
Oct. 13: none

Oct. 14: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
11 days
732 minutes

saef
10-15-2011, 07:43 PM
Saturday, Oct. 15:

60 minutes on Cybex arc trainer, hill intervals, resistance at nine, and this was a real workout. Glad to be back on this machine at my new gym.
60 minute beginning Kripalu yoga class

saef
10-16-2011, 02:58 PM
Sunday, Oct. 16:

7:32 rowing on the Concept 2 at my new gym got me just over 1,500 meters, and I stopped there, having tired myself out. I don't remember how to pace myself to do 2,000 meters. It's been a while since I rowed that, not having had access to an erg machine.

60 minutes back and biceps routine, with an awful lot of lat pulldowns. My new gym has all kinds of great equipment, but not a Gravitron.

45 minutes stationary bike, halfway with the bike's height set at No. 2, and resistance at a steady 9, then the rest of the way with the bike's height set at No. 3, resistance at 8.

60 minutes yoga class. This was an exercise in humility. I've been going to a beginner Kripalu yoga class three times a week. But this seemed to be a vinyasa class at a much higher level, and I was lost and physically incapable of following parts of the class. No headstand. None of those inversions with one toe pointed straight up in the air. In fact I have enough trouble going down in runner's lunge, keeping my head up & back straight & managing to get all five fingers on the ground. What is it with my thighs, hips and haunches?

silverbirch
10-16-2011, 04:43 PM
Quick post before I turn out the light. I've been in the garden for a few days, sorting out the border and cutting hedges. I'm doing 20 mins on, 20 mins off in an attempt not to overdo it.

Saef, I've missed your news about the new gymn. Is this the one with the hopeless person who didn't turn up? A gymn to which you gave, graciously, the benefit of the doubt? Or is it somewhere else which has emerged out of the early morning mist?

Good work, everyone! Breath! Stretch!

traveling michele
10-16-2011, 11:57 PM
Hooray! Book fair is over and I exercised!:carrot::carrot:

Oct. 11: none
Oct. 12: none
Oct. 13: none

Oct. 14: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
11 days
732 minutes

Oct. 15: after working a million hours (felt like) at the book fair, I had to be up at 4 am to work my second job. I tried to go to the gym-- got as far as my gym clothes and shoes on, my water packed, and gave up. Just couldn't drag myself there.

Oct. 16: hopefully can get back on schedule! today-- 90 minutes Bikram Yoga. It was an interesting class because since I started these classes 6 months ago, I am always in the middle row in class (there are three rows). Like most people, I stay in a similar spot each class. Today the instructor asked if anyone was new in their first 2 weeks and the woman in front of me raised her hand. The instructor asked me to switch with her because they don't want newbies in the front-- she said that the "experienced" students need to be in front to lead the others. I was right next to the instructor with the mirror in front of me. I was so self conscious trying to do everything just right. This instructor is a real stickler for form and she corrected me multiple times (to be fair--- she corrected most people). It was exceptionally hot and I was just dripping, plus trying so hard to do everything just right-- I was even more exhausted afterwards! :carrot:

Totals:
12 days
822 minutes

saef
10-17-2011, 09:02 AM
Birchie, yes, it's the gym where the "trainer"* never showed up for my orientation at 10 AM on a Sunday, and no one ever called to explain. After giving them several days, I called to complain. (I had the devil of a time trying to find out where the franchise's main office was. They kept claiming they were local but really seem to have come out of Ohio.) Two days after I complained, someone else called & offered to show me the place. He made a sale almost right away, after offering an apology, mostly because the price was decent and I was drooling over all the new equipment and the full slate of classes, particularly the 5:45 AM & evening spin classes, which are harder to come by around here than where I used to live. Also I saw some pretty seriously fit-looking people on the machines and in the free weight section. Turns out the local professional hockey team trains there, though I've been unable to identify any individual hockey players for certain. (I do not follow this sport.) The spin classes are full of runners, and on Friday they are all talking about the races they plan to run, and then, on Monday, what the races were like. They do marathons & half-marathons & so I shared nothing about my recent goal of cracking 30 minutes on a 5K.

Monday, Oct. 17

45 minute spin class, with some serious resistance going, and the instructor complimenting me on doing really good with the resistance today. The instructor ran a half-marathon on Saturday, then ran six miles on Sunday in a local marathon, trying to encourage flagging friends.

I'm mentally contrasting the spin class members here (which include some muscular large males) with the Russian mafia wife in my downstate Pilates class, who seems to run a tanning salon as a hobby. It's a different type of gym goer here most definitely.


* These are really fit-looking salesmen, rather than people who are knowledgeable about fitness, exercise or gyms. They have formica desks in one section of the gym & it looks like a shady boiler room stock or real estate sales operation, like in "Glengarry Glenn Ross."

paperclippy
10-17-2011, 12:21 PM
10/15: 40 min doggie powerwalk
10/16: 30 min bike ride, 15 min dog walk
10/17: 30 min doggie powerwalk

saef
10-17-2011, 09:36 PM
Also on Monday, Oct. 17:

1 hour beginning Kripalu yoga class, with the class starting to learn inversions

traveling michele
10-17-2011, 11:09 PM
Oct. 15: after working a million hours (felt like) at the book fair, I had to be up at 4 am to work my second job. I tried to go to the gym-- got as far as my gym clothes and shoes on, my water packed, and gave up. Just couldn't drag myself there.

Oct. 16: hopefully can get back on schedule! today-- 90 minutes Bikram Yoga. It was an interesting class because since I started these classes 6 months ago, I am always in the middle row in class (there are three rows). Like most people, I stay in a similar spot each class. Today the instructor asked if anyone was new in their first 2 weeks and the woman in front of me raised her hand. The instructor asked me to switch with her because they don't want newbies in the front-- she said that the "experienced" students need to be in front to lead the others. I was right next to the instructor with the mirror in front of me. I was so self conscious trying to do everything just right. This instructor is a real stickler for form and she corrected me multiple times (to be fair--- she corrected most people). It was exceptionally hot and I was just dripping, plus trying so hard to do everything just right-- I was even more exhausted afterwards! :carrot:

Totals:
12 days
822 minutes

Oct. 17: My 60 minute body pump class was changed to a 30 min. body pump class followed by (I think it was called) CRX for 30 minutes which used bands for resistance and was mainly core work.

Totals:
13 days
882 minutes

traveling michele
10-19-2011, 01:34 AM
Oct. 17: My 60 minute body pump class was changed to a 30 min. body pump class followed by (I think it was called) CRX for 30 minutes which used bands for resistance and was mainly core work.

Totals:
13 days
882 minutes

Oct. 18: 60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
14 days
942 minutes

saef
10-19-2011, 05:15 AM
Tuesday, Oct. 18:

I'd much rather go to the gym first thing in the morning, almost entirely for the psychological relief of having done one good thing for myself before the day's onslaught begins. Tuesday was one relentless barrage of emails from which I hardly looked up till nearly 6 PM. Then dinner. Then gym. And the gym was jampacked at 6:30 PM, and the weight section was all guys, and me with my little five-, eight-, 10- and 12-pound weights, trying to get a bench, then moving off to the tiny corner under the stairs where I'd placed my mat and pushup handles.

20 minutes warmup, aerobic setting, resistance at five, on the Stairmaster stepper
60 minutes triceps, shoulders and biceps routine, the one with the pushup intervals. Finally, I am getting better at doing pushups. But I feel self-conscious about doing them in front of all those large, very fit guys. As self-conscious as I felt when first visiting a gym when I was fat.
40 minutes Stairmaster stepper, aerobic, resistance upped to six, and this was difficult & tiring, though the movements are small.

Mudpie
10-19-2011, 05:50 AM
Tried something new yesterday. Have read descriptions of lunge-walking and decided to give it a try in the small park where I take my remaining creaky girl. I did 4 sets of 15 lunge-walk steps (if that makes sense) :dizzy:

Wow! Very tiring and my whole butt aches today. I think I'll try it again when it's not pouring rain so probably Friday.

Dagmar :cool:

saef
10-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 19:

45 minute spin class
60 minute beginner Kripalu yoga class

My back and shoulders are still sore from yesterday's workout. I felt fine when I woke up but it set in as the day went on.

traveling michele
10-20-2011, 12:40 AM
Oct. 18: 60 minutes elliptical

Totals:
14 days
942 minutes

Oct. 19: 30 minutes boot camp
30 minutes Core/bands class

Totals:
15 days
1002 minutes

saef
10-20-2011, 09:23 AM
Thursday, Oct. 20:

About 10:33 rowing on the Concept 2 to reach 2,000 meters, a very humbling number, which demonstrates to me how one has to stay in practice with this to stay up to speed. But everyone who's ever been on a crew team and has gotten up before dawn to practice knows this already: It takes constant practice.
45 minutes arm & shoulders routine, which is feeling like an old friend, and I'm debating doing the whole routine twice, rather than once, which is what Tony Horton tells people to do on the P90X video.
45 minutes Alpine climb at resistance of eight on the stationary bike

paperclippy
10-20-2011, 12:41 PM
Behind again!

10/18: 30 mins pilates "total body bangin' workout"
10/19: 30 mins stationary bike, hill program level 6

saef
10-21-2011, 08:48 AM
Jessica, I want to do a Total Body Banging Workout too!

But mostly I am wondering, does the workout bang your body, that is, beat you up till you're wiped out, or does your body end up being bangin' as a result of the workout, that is, very bang-able ... I'd better not go any further with that verb or adjective.

Friday, Oct. 21:

45 minute spin class, and yesterday's aches are working themselves out. But I feel like a zombie from lack of sleep last night.

silverbirch
10-21-2011, 08:54 AM
very bang-able ... I'd better not go any further with that verb or adjective.

Thank you, saef. That's enough now. :o

Gymn this morning. It's going OK and I'm making progress but I still woke up with a stiff back.

EZMONEY
10-21-2011, 09:13 AM
I received an email this morning that my winning prize will be dropped off to Angie on Monday afternoon at a yoga class she is teaching at the studio.

Pretty sure I will never see it!

And I am smart enough not to ask questions! lol

Here is my gift ...

FIRST PLACE: A package of body products, candles and books from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing - Value $300 and a free copy of the Home Cooked Comforts ebook.

Thanks once again for all of you that voted here to help me win...

big hug!

paperclippy
10-21-2011, 09:25 AM
LOL Saef, at the beginning of the workout she says, "I hope that name isn't offensive to anybody!" A little of both I think. As with most Pilates workouts, it's as hard as you make it. I did the "beginner" version of most of the moves.

saef
10-22-2011, 08:17 PM
Saturday, Oct. 22:

60 minutes stationary bike, Alpine climb, resistance at nine
60 minutes beginner Kripalu yoga


Then I was walking around an antique show for a couple hours.

saef
10-23-2011, 03:48 PM
Sunday, Oct. 23:

I ran in a 5K Race for the Cure, this one in honor of an area resident, Carol Baldwin, who's the mother of the Baldwin brothers, the actors. (I believe Alec Baldwin is the eldest son.). Carol Baldwin is a double mastectomy survivor & arrived at the race in a wheelchair to see us off. And there were a lot of us, rubbing our arms & shivering, with gray clouds overhead but sun breaking through at last.

Anyway, the good news is ... I now have a new personal best time. I broke through 32 minutes, running it in 31:37 net time and 31:39 gun time. (When I'm done posting here, I'm off somewhere to look up the definition and why the times differ.)

I wore headphones for the first time, which may have helped me maintain a better tempo. But also I was watching my form, specifically, thinking about a few tips I've read online: Looking straight ahead, trying to keep my arms from going up or crossing my midsection while pumping, and trying to land on the front part of my foot, rather than on the heel or midfoot. (I had been heel-striking, partly because of some idea that because this was the way to use an elliptical, it was also a good way to run.) Also I leaned just a fraction forward, rather than bolt upright, which seemed to be a good move, as I had no back soreness during the run or after the run.

This race was exciting because there was an altruistic hum in the air. It's the whole anti-breast cancer movement. (Which I have mixed feelings about -- for some of the same reasons Barbara Ehrenreich enumerates in her book "Blindsided.") What's interesting is how many runners dedicated the race to someone. They had a tag, like your number tag, which you could put on your back. Mine was dedicated to my mother, who has been a breast cancer survivor for nearly three years now. I was both heartened and saddened by how many people had these personal dedications on their shirts.

Note to self: Next time you run in this kind of event, wear a pink shirt.

This was the one event that I've run in where participants actually wore the event's official shirt that you got at registration. (Maybe to keep warm.)

BTW, every run I've participated in so far has served free bagels. Is the bagel official running food throughout the U.S. or is it a northeastern thing?

Mudpie
10-23-2011, 05:26 PM
I'm doing double cat visits tomorrow and Tues. so no exercise in the a.m. I did double the sets of reps with the weights this morning to try to compensate for this coming Tues. I can feel things starting to stiffen up now, although I was fine at 6 a.m. when I did the reps. I will know my butt is there tonite. :p

I also did the last of our required work at the sailing/paddling club. It was a beautiful day and I was all alone at the club, except for a gaggle of Canada geese. They became accustomed to my walking past them within minutes and were following me at the end, hoping for a handout. Magnificent birds but quite jaded by urban living. I toted 10 garbage binful's of debris out to the road and our little strip of beach (the paddlers are kinda ignored by the rest of the club and off in a corner) looked good when I was done.

Good evening all!

Dagmar (lift that barge, tote that bale) :cool:

EZMONEY
10-23-2011, 07:37 PM
..........

BTW, every run I've participated in so far has served free bagels. Is the bagel official running food throughout the U.S. or is it a northeastern thing?

SAEF Bagels at races is very common at 5K and Marathon events...as well as bananas and oranges. Runners eat these for a "carb load" prior to running. A lot of the bigger races around here have get togethers for their 5K and marathon teams at the local pasta joints to load up the night before...a very fun tradition here with some of our high school cross-country teams too for carb loading and bonding.

saef
10-24-2011, 09:15 PM
So runners still carb-load, EZ? In this era of low-carb and paleo eating, the practice continues? Well good for them, for the sake of the bonding, anyway.

Monday, Oct. 24:

45 minute spin class with the teacher who pushes us into putting on maximum resistance
60 minute beginner Kripalu yoga class, with the teacher going into the idea of one pose flowing into the other

EZMONEY
10-24-2011, 10:12 PM
So runners still carb-load, EZ? In this era of low-carb and paleo eating, the practice continues? Well good for them, for the sake of the bonding, anyway....

Oh my goodness! ABSOLUTELY! At least the well trained ones I know and a well known guy around our parts...now friend and past coach in college of my son...a guy by the name of Steve Scott...you may have heard of him ;)

Looking at the shape of these runners I am pretty sure they don't worry about their carbs :)

Now, as for me, I carb load with pizza and beer AFTER the race :D

traveling michele
10-24-2011, 11:10 PM
Oct. 19: 30 minutes boot camp
30 minutes Core/bands class

Totals:
15 days
1002 minutes

October 20: none-- traveling to see dd

October 21: 30 minutes elliptical on dd's elliptical (much harder than those at the gym! Sweating and gasping for breath!)

Oct. 22: 30 min. on dd's elliptical again

Oct. 23: none-- traveling back home

Oct. 24: 30 minutes body pump class and 30 min. core/bands class

Totals:
18 days
1122 minutes

saef
10-25-2011, 08:28 AM
EZ, I hear so much about low-carbing and paleo eating on the Internet ... maybe I need to get out more & spend time around actual runners to see how they live and train.

As for me:

Tuesday, Oct. 25:

20 minutes warmup on the Stairmaster stepper, aerobic setting, resistance at six
60 minutes triceps, shoulders and chest routine -- the one with the pushups. Also, since the free weight area was relatively unpopulated, I laid myself back on a weight bench and tried an unloaded bar for bench presses. I'd been using a 50-lb barbell and before the flood, had gone up to 60-lb barbell, so I was able to handle it. It's a bit more awkward to hold but I was able to do it comfortably.
40 minutes on the Stairmaster stepper, resistance at six, and this felt doable, as if I'd figured out the balance and foot placement

paperclippy
10-25-2011, 08:41 AM
Saef, eating enough carbs is critical for endurance athletes! You will often find if you look that the people on the internet who focus on the low-carb/paleo type diets are people who focus on weight lifting, body building, etc. You need a lot of protein to build muscles and not a lot of carbs. However, you need those carbs to run a marathon (maybe not so much for a 5k).

The goal of carbo-loading is to store up glycogen in the muscles. The glycogen is then used during the endurance activity to provide energy to the muscles. Carbo-loading, though, is really a complex issue and not as simple as "eat spaghetti the night before." Also, it is key for endurance athletes to consume high glycemic index carbohydrate *while* exercising (the gu, gels, shot blocks, etc. -- basically salted sugar) to provide a continuous stream of glucose to the body to use as fuel.

In any case, I'm obviously not an expert on the issue, but carbs are important for endurance athletics. That said, the post-race food is usually just junky stuff for people to feel like they earned a right to eat. ;) I often see cookies and muffins at races. Personally, after running a race, I have never been able to eat anything because my stomach gets upset -- all I could ever handle was gatorade. DH on the other hand chows down on the bagels and muffins and then feels guilty later. :lol: Post-workout recovery meals should include both carbs and protein, which is why they've been pushing chocolate milk so much lately and you'll find it at a lot of races.

EZMONEY
10-25-2011, 09:34 AM
JESSICA I am living proof that you can run a 5K w/o carbs...on coffee alone....maybe why my times are not that good! ha!

SAEF a lot of the food provided at 5K's is just what businesses are willing to donate. Back when times were real good some of our 5K's had full on pizza making trucks from Freschetta.

It's been 10 years now but Angie and I trained with an excellent program here to do our marathon. We were broke into our areas of ability but I have to say it sure was inspiring watching and learning from those elites and just damn good runners!

saef
10-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Thanks, EZ and Jessica, for helping me figure out the running culture.

I'm an interloper and a rank amateur, since for many weeks, I don't run at all, not till the race. But I can't shake my admiration of runners.


Wednesday, Oct. 26:

45 minute spin class, tough as usual, as the marathon-training instructor was doing tabatas with us
60 minute beginner Kripalu yoga, with the instructor who's into breathing and being gentle.
What a contrast between them.

traveling michele
10-26-2011, 11:06 PM
October 20: none-- traveling to see dd

October 21: 30 minutes elliptical on dd's elliptical (much harder than those at the gym! Sweating and gasping for breath!)

Oct. 22: 30 min. on dd's elliptical again

Oct. 23: none-- traveling back home

Oct. 24: 30 minutes body pump class and 30 min. core/bands class

Totals:
18 days
1122 minutes

Oct. 25: 30 minutes running on treadmill

Oct. 26: 30 minutes Boot camp plus 30 minutes CX core/bands class

Totals:
20 days
1212 minutes

saef
10-27-2011, 10:43 AM
Thursday, Oct. 27:

20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, warmup, resistance at six
60 minutes biceps and back routine with weights
40 minutes Stairmaster stepper, trying a lighter resistance at four, putting weight in my heels, trying to see if I could work hamstrings and glutes

I tried the Gravitron machine at my local crummy gym. On this one, you kneel while using the bars to lift yourself. I found myself arching backward rather than keeping my body straight, which can't be good, so I stuck to the lat pulldown machine instead.

traveling michele
10-28-2011, 01:18 AM
Oct. 25: 30 minutes running on treadmill

Oct. 26: 30 minutes Boot camp plus 30 minutes CX core/bands class

Totals:
20 days
1212 minutes

Oct. 27: 60 minutes Zumba

Totals:
21 days
1272 minutes

saef
10-28-2011, 08:12 AM
Friday, Oct. 28:

45 minute spin class


This is turning into a sort of "rest" day for me, in that all I do on Fridays is get my cardio done early in the morning. I am thinking maybe I need to work on abs afterward, to get something else in, as I am really missing my old twice-weekly Pilates classes.

Can I say again how the spin class members intimidate me? Again at the beginning of the spin class, when we are just sitting upright, peddling, warming up our legs, they were talking about their marathon training. One of them was disappointed in her time because she was just slightly to slow to qualify for Boston. The others were encouraging. They talked about how they loved half marathons, because they "leave you with something afterward" and are less exhausting. Also, after class, the instructor was talking about her foot injury with a very compactly muscular triathlete guy (who usually stays on the bike after class to get through further work on his own), who was giving her advice on treating it, beyond rolling it over an iced water bottle. He was talking about fluid buildup, which was interesting, but I did not want to obviously eavesdrop.

Some class members run on the treadmills for a while after spin class. They wave to me as I head to the stretching area & then leave, feeling like I am skipping out early.

I'm fascinated by the difference between the culture in my current and former spin classes.

In my old neighborhood, the 6 AM spin class people are not necessarily marathon runners. They are just people who work long hours at their jobs, getting home too late for evening exercise classes, and the gym is on the way to their train, so they work out, shower & make up at the gym, then walk a half-block further to the train to get to work.

Here, where people don't walk as much (except pairs of women out for exercise), the early-morning spin class people seem to be the really serious athletes.

So, the norm on exercise & training & fitness varies according to your peer group. Whereas in my old spin class, I seemed to be training hard, in my new spin class, I am not. Not at all.

traveling michele
10-28-2011, 10:56 AM
Saef-- your new spin classes would intimidate me! Most of the folks in my spin classes are not serious athletes. There are a few that wear their biking gear so I assume they bike outside competitively but they don't talk about it.

traveling michele
10-29-2011, 01:49 AM
Oct. 27: 60 minutes Zumba

Totals:
21 days
1272 minutes

Oct. 28: 60 min. elliptical

Totals:
22 days
1332 minutes

saef
10-29-2011, 05:33 PM
Saturday, Oct. 29:

60 minutes Cybex arc trainer, hands-free, hill intervals, resistance at eight, and this really worked me
60 minutes beginner Kripalu yoga class, with an instructor I hadn't worked with before. She must teach the 9 AM and 4:30 PM classes, which are during my working hours. (In fact, a great many of the yoga center's offerings occur during my working hours.) She was really good, as they all are.

saef
10-30-2011, 12:46 PM
Sunday, Oct. 30:

10 minutes rowing warmup on the Concept 2, to get to 2,000 meters, at a rate of about 39. I want to row more often, as I used to, but can't always find the time before 5 AM to drive over to this gym, which is farther than the old beatup gym in the village
45 minutes arm, shoulders and biceps routine. Again I am thinking I need to do this twice, as P90X tells me to, but I was short on time.
60 minutes vinyasa yoga, very challenging, particularly pigeon and crow. I was not very birdlike today. Anything in hips, butt and upper thighs, I can't do. Probably not coincidentally, this is my "zone of shame," the part of my body that I dislike the most (other than loose skin). Being a pear has something to do with this.

traveling michele
10-31-2011, 12:18 AM
Oct. 28: 60 min. elliptical

Totals:
22 days
1332 minutes

Oct. 29: 95 min. Bikram Yoga
60 minute walk

Oct. 30: 40 min. elliptical

Totals:
24 days
1527 minutes

saef
10-31-2011, 08:02 AM
Oct 31:

45 minute spin class, with me wearing my "Dawn of the Dead" t-shirt, which I got from the gift shop in the Zombie Museum in the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, where "Dawn of the Dead" was filmed. Part of my family lives in Pittsburgh, and has been there for a good while now. Have I mentioned that friends of my cousin and his wife were extras in "Dawn of the Dead"? And that when they watch the movie, they point them out to me? One was a zombie, but the other two were in the scene where the good ole boys out in the country are getting their rifles out to do some zombie-shootin', and they are popping the tops on their Iron City beers.

60 minute beginning Kripalu yoga class, the start of my seventh week of trying the practice three times each week. A sparsely attended class because of Halloween.

traveling michele
11-01-2011, 10:31 AM
Oct. 29: 95 min. Bikram Yoga
60 minute walk

Oct. 30: 40 min. elliptical

Totals:
24 days
1527 minutes

Oct. 31: 60 minutes (30 body pump, 30 cx)

Totals:
25 days
1587 minutes

Not my best month-- missed too many days but hopefully November will be better!:carrot: