>I know! It’s been aaaagggggeeeessss again. Sorry people! After my last post we went on a week’s camping holiday to Wales and as anyone with kids knows it takes 3 days to get ready for a holiday before you leave and 3 days to recover when you get back.
Not to mention endless loads of laundry etc. So I am once again waaaaayyy behind on blogs – nigh unforgivable when you lot have been out there running triathlons and doing half ironmen (women?) and running marathons with your heels falling off and all sorts of crazy stuff. Sorry! I will catch up – it’s on my to-do list. Ha.
So. After my overtraining insight and post – thank you for all the amazing feedback by the way, you are too kind! – I did what I was threatening to do and joined the gym. The reason I was hesitant to do this was:
- I have joined and left this gym about 3 times already and have left each time because I did not use it enough;
- because it costs money and I’m trying to cut costs;
- because I have finally seen that despite being a chatty Cathy I never seem to last long in groups and gyms are a very “groupy” kind of place.
However. If I’m going to cut back on my running – a bit – I need to do something else. I like being fit and strong AND I just cannot bear to think of getting fat again. Anyone who has ever been fat knows it’s just awful and losing masses of weight is hard hard work and I just don’t want to climb that mountain again. So. I need to branch out! Do the opposite of me! Not let myself stumble on roadblocks that have stopped me before. So I have made the following resolve:
- to use the gym 3 times a week;
- to get private swimming lessons so I can improve my skills;
- to just )(*(**&^*&%^* do it and get over myself.
One of the things that fells me is any class requiring co-ordination. As soon as someone lithe steps in front of a mirror and starts doing any kind of “moves” I screw up. My moves are not the same, my moves go in the wrong direction, I mix up left and right.. And then I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and instead of the early 80s Olivia Newton John picture I had in my mind there is a sausage in lycra moving in the opposite direction from everyone else. But! The new motto is suck it up, and suck it up I will.
So to prove this, let me present to you this week’s achievements so far. Sunday – ran 10 miles easy (giving me a total of 24 miles for last week which, given that all of this mileage was run because I wanted to run is great!).
Monday – cycled 14.5M to the gym (up and down hills), ploughed up and down the pool for 1000m trying to follow Kelownagirl’s swimming tips, got back on the bike to cycle 14.5 miles home. Minimal transitions there people, and I was on my bike by 6am!
By the time I got home, just after 9am, I was toast but I did not get to sit down (or lie down, hmmmm) because I walked straight into summer holiday sibling strife and spent the rest of the day trying to be productive and not get my kids to kill each other. In the evening I went back to the gym (I know!) to do an hour’s “body balance” – basically yoga / pilates type stretching which was hard and lovely. Slept like a log! Yesterday I ran 6M easy and then in the evening did my first ever VIPR class. Oh. My. Goodness. I have NO upper body strength. I am a weed! And this weed is feeling it today. But Jill – that means 2 consecutive days of ab workouts! So Emz, watch out – I’m right behind you. (Only joking! Emz will have showered off her washboard abs, had a three-course meal and a post-marathon nap by the time I come in..).
As for the long-term – for this year, I have no plans. My osteopath thinks I should concentrate on 5Ks and 10Ks to get faster. Somehow I cannot get excited about this plan, but maybe I will. My overall consideration is to get stronger – and my iron levels are going up, people! – and to get back into enjoyment of exercise – which is also happening. I’m going to spend the rest of August trying out the various exercise classes my gym is offering and will probably settle on a couple that I will rotate, focusing mainly on core strength and flexibility. I will get my swimming lessons organised and started. And I will buy a new roadbike. You may recall that back in November I bought a bargain Cannondale on ebay. Well, as these things go it was not such a clever move – I have been suffering with back pain on that thing and when I took it into a decent bike shop for some advice on fitting it the guy told me straightaway “that bike is waaaayy too small for you”. I kind of knew that – it is titchy! – but it’s a Cannondale! (Anyone want to buy a bargain Cannondale? It’s probably suitable for 13-15 year old?) So in the next few weeks I am going to buy a new bike and keep that up. I am loving the fact that on a bike I can actually go places – I can cyle to people’s houses (remember I live in the country – everyone lives at least 10M away from me) and then cycle home.
Overall – I’m on the up. I have some BIG plans for next year but will keep those under my (new Nike) hat for now – for now I’m just firing up my mojo and lovin’ it!