Friday, December 6, 2013

Shoveling Snow Counts as a Workout

At least I hope it does!

It's been a long day and I'm TIRED.  I got home from work and went straight from the car to shoveling snow.  Just what I wanted to do.  I was out there for maybe 20 minutes before my face went numb - temp was around 5 degrees Fahrenheit - and my back was killin' me!  So as I'm thawing out, I'm thinking about today's workout... and yes, I wanted to chalk up the snow shoveling as the whole workout and just go to bed.

But then I started feeling guilty for skipping the bike because it's the long ride day, so I hopped on figuring I'd do 30 minutes.  I pushed through and made it to 60 minutes on Level 6, did 10 miles and burned 258 calories.  I'm counting the shoveling for strength training though - biceps, triceps and abs were the plan.  I think shoveling worked all that and my back too.

Ok, so on to the important stuff!!  I'm looking registering now for a triathlon this summer.  There are several to chose from... I'm either doing a "sprint" (1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run) OR a "super sprint" (1/4 mile swim, 8 mile bike, and 2 mile run).  I'll keep you posted!  If you want to check it out, here's the website I'm looking through for races... Without Limits Productions.  I'm looking at either the TriBella or the Xterra Aspen Valley.  Idk, what do ya think?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Triathlon Training While on Vacation?

Who exercises while on vacay?  Me!  I was actually looking forward to my workouts - weird, huh?

Fortunately, the place where we stayed had a small fitness center...

Treadmill, Elliptical, Stationary & Recumbent Bikes and a "Universal Gym"

I followed (as best I could with the equipment I had) the beginner triathlete program for Week 4.

I didn't have web access right away on the first day, so I guessed at the time for the bike and was a little off.

Month 1 Week 4 Day 1:
Bike:  35-40 minutes (I did 30 minutes including a 5-minute cool down)
Lift:  Back, Biceps, & Legs
Stretch: 10-15 minutes

9 miles / 273.5 calories / avg rpm 80
Month 1 Week 4 Day 2:
Bike:  50 minutes w/ 5-minute cool down
Lift: Chest, Triceps, & Abs
Stretch: 10-15 minutes

15 miles / 500.1 calories

Month 1 Week 4 Day 3:
Bike:  55 minutes w/ 5-minute cool down
Lift: Chest, Triceps, & Abs
Stretch: 15-20 minutes

18.51 miles / 542.9 calories
And here I am trying to bike and take a pic and the same time!  Hence the blur =D

I haven't compiled all the Strength Training info yet, but I'll post it later because I do like to keep track of it and posting here is an easy way to do that.

As for this week's workouts, I did the bike stuff on Monday but missed the Lift, and I did the Lift today, but missed the bike.  However, I did make it to swim class tonight.  I'm feeling much more confident in the water, now I just have to work on keeping my front arm up when I roll to breathe.  I'm getting there though!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Trip to Mexico!

Yes, I ran off to Mexico last week and got back late Saturday night.  I've gotta say, THAT'S the way to spend a holiday!  It was snowing and freezing and crazy windy when we left Colorado Springs last Sunday morning, but by Sunday evening we were on the beach.  Here's a video...

In my previous post, I said my goals were to drink lots of water, exercise lots, and not to eat lots.  Well, I think I succeeded in everything except the water.  I didn't buy bottled water in the US because I was told the resort provided it.  Well, it was in a gallon jug, not bottles, so I was constantly forgetting to take water with me to workout.  And yes, I did workout!!  Details on that tomorrow.

And the good news is... I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and I gained ZERO!!!!!!!  Yes!!

So, how was your Thanksgiving?
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