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Better things to do…

Short post tonight…I haven’t done too much in the way of training yesterday and today.  I was supposed to swim yesterday and run today, but neither of those happened.  I decided I had better things to do last night, meaning I went to visit with a dog to possibly adopt.  She was awesome!  I really hope to bring her home this weekend, but Curtis still has to meet her.  He’s away for work right now, so he couldn’t come with me. 😦 Then tonight I stayed at my parents’ house after weight training with my mom, so I didn’t go for a run.  We did stage 1 week 5 workout B:

A. Deadlift – 3 sets of 10 @ 110 lbs

B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 3 sets of 10 @ 20 lbs dumbbells

B2. Wide-grip Lat Pulldown – 3 sets of 10 @ 65 lbs

C1. Lunge – 3 sets of 10 @ 20 lbs dumbbells

C2. Stability Ball Crunches – 3 sets of 12 @ 45 lbs plate

I don’t have any heart rate data because I forgot to stop my watch after the workout.

Now, back to watching Top Chef! 😉

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Adventure Weekend

Happy Monday!  Sorry for the hiatus, I completely forgot to mention that I was going to be away for the weekend and probably not able to blog at all.  Curtis’s company had a team-building weekend retreat out near Timberline Resort in West Virginia, so we left right after work on Friday to drive out there.  Needless to say, I did not get in my planned workouts for the weekend.  I was supposed to swim Friday, run Saturday, and bike Sunday, but I did none of those things.  Instead, I had some pretty adventurous fun.  Saturday, we went rock climbing in Nelson Rock Preserve.  I have only ever been climbing in indoor climbing gyms, so this was a huge challenge.  The guides set up several different routes for us to climb, some were “easy” and the most difficult were 5.8s.  I had been really curious how I would do now compared to previous attempts indoors, because I’m a lot stronger now from weight lifting than I ever have been in the past.  I climbed the 5.6 route first and it was really challenging.  There were a couple of times when I thought I couldn’t continue.  I said “I can’t” a lot during that first climb, but each time, I managed to persevere.  I am positive that a year ago I wouldn’t have been able to be as successful as I was this weekend.  I did have some trouble with my legs shaking in the beginning, but it got better with each climb that I did.  I guess I still need to work on my “mental training” and convincing myself that I CAN do it.

We had more adventure on Sunday when we went white water rafting at Wisp in Maryland near Deep Creek Lake.  It’s one of the only man-made white water courses in the world.  I’ve actually been there once before, so it wasn’t quite as exciting as climbing.  Still, it was a fabulous time.  Everyone in our raft got dumped in the water twice and a couple people more than that.  We actually did a pretty good job of navigating the course and the only times we fell out were when we were trying to do stunts like “surfing” and a tombstone.  After our very fun and adventure-filled weekend, we headed home.  Most of the rest of the group headed back to WV for another night, but I had to work today and Curtis had to leave for a business trip in Atlanta, so we opted not to stay the extra night.

This afternoon I had weight training with my mom, we are on week 5 of stage 1 of NROL4W:

A. Squats – 3 sets of 10 @ 90lbs

B1. Push-ups – 3 sets of 10 @ BW

B2. Seated Row – 3 sets of 10 @ 75lbs

C1. Step-ups – 3 sets of 10 @ 22.5lbs

C2. Prone Jackknife – 3 sets of 12 @ BW

Duration: 55:45

Average heart rate: 126

Max heart rate: 180

Calories: 357

After getting back home, I went straight out for a run.  I felt fantastic.  The weekend “off ” must have done great things for me.  I ran for 40 minutes and I have no idea how far I went, but I felt smooth and managed to get into a rhythm really quickly.  I’m going to try and map it out, but a fair amount was on trails that are difficult to find on the web maps.  I just estimated my route on mapmyrun.com and it looks like it was just about 4 miles give or take a bit due to curves in the trail that I couldn’t account for.  I have been using gmap-pedometer.com for ages to map runs, but today I tried out both mapmyride and mapmyrun and they are a little bit snazzier than gmap pedometer.  The downside to both of them is the ad that pops up if you don’t have a premium account.  Otherwise, the functionality is about the same, but mapmyrun/ride may be a little smoother than gmap pedometer.  The elevation feature, in particular, is a bit more useful on mapmyrun.  My stats for the run were:

Duration: 40:00

Average heart rate: 175

Max heart rate: 190

Calories: 465

Teaser…stay tuned later this week for some thoughts on 70.3 races that I’m considering for next year and in the future.

Have a great week!

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Refreshed

My day off yesterday gave me the much needed boost to feel refreshed and ready to jump into my workout today.  Mom and I did Stage 1 Workout B, week 4 of the NROL4W.

A. Deadlift – 2 sets of 12 @ 100 lbs

B1. Shoulder Press – 1 set of 12 and 1 set of 11 @ 20 lbs dumbbells

B2. Wide-grip Lat Pulldown – 2 sets of 12 @ 70 lbs

C1. Lunge – 2 sets of 15 @ 20 lbs dumbbells

C2. Swiss-Ball crunch – 2 sets of 10 @ 45 lbs

Finally!  I am making progress on the shoulder press.  I was so close to pushing the last rep, but I just could not get my left arm to go all the way up.  Next week I’ll make it for sure (especially since we’re going down to only 10 reps!).  Both mom and I have been having form problems on the lat pulldown, but I think it as a lot to do with the cable machine we have to work with than a lack of strength.  I’m going to stay at 70 lbs till I can get the form into control.

Duration: 57:46 (but I forgot to stop it for a little while after the workout)

Average heart rate: 135

Max heart rate: 183

Calories: 428

After my weight lifting, I had a quick smoothie with 1% milk, 1 tbsp almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, a banana and some ice cubes.  When Curtis got home an hour or so later, we went for a 30 minute run near our house, including two short sprint efforts.  I mapped the distance and it looks like about 2.8 miles, which is a 10:43 pace.

Duration: 39:17 (includes cool down)

Average heart rate: 161

Max heart rate: 200

Calories: 400

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Lake Swim, Bike, Run

I haven’t gotten around to look at any information on training with heart rate zones yet.  But that hasn’t stopped me from training!  I had  a fantastic weekend, for training and just for fun too.  On Friday after work, I swam 3500 yards right after work.  I made up the workout, which included a ton of pulling with a pull buoy and a fair amount of kicking too.  I also worked in all the other strokes as well, so that was pretty fun.  I forgot my heart rate monitor at home, so I don’t have any workout stats, but I felt like I was working fairly hard nonetheless.

Later in the evening, in the pouring rain, we drove down to Curtis’s dad’s lake cottage.  What a gorgeous place!  We got up fairly early on Saturday morning and went for a very humid run.  I did a total of 70 minutes, but that was broken up with a bathroom break in the middle.  I actually felt really good during the second half of the run.  It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come with running just since the beginning of this year!  I never would have thought I’d consider myself a runner, but I kind of do. 🙂 Stats for the run (paused during the break):

Duration: 1:13:02

Average heart rate: 165

Max heart rate: 185

Calories: 763

Early in the afternoon, storm clouds started rolling in and we started hearing thunder in the distance.   There were torrential downpours until 4 or 5, so we spent the time inside hanging out and visiting.  After the rain finally stopped, we headed down to the beach area of the lake to go for a swim.  I made up an imaginary course of about 700 meters, I’m guessing.  I sighted on a white boat with a blue awning and then a flagpole with an American flag and the third sighting was on the dock.  Curtis swam with me, and did about half the distance and waited for me back at the dock with his cousins and sister.

Duration: 12:06

Average heart rate: 153

Max heart rate: 165

Calories: 110

I felt pretty good in the water, and I’m glad I got a little open water practice in, even if it was only a short swim.  I did learn that I only need to be sighting about once every 9-12 strokes to stay in a straight line.  Hopefully I’ll get in a little more open water practice before the tri.  Nation’s should have pretty good sight-lines, the finish is sighted on the Washington Monument!

The rest of the evening was pretty relaxing, we had a cookout for dinner and then afterwards went to meet the family’s new horse.  We didn’t stay at the barn long though, it was already dark so just long enough to get him settled in.

Sunday morning, Curtis and I got up and got our bikes ready for our 2.5 hour ride.  Since it had rained on our bikes all the way down and they had gotten rained on Saturday, they needed a little TLC.  Curtis also had to change his tube on his rear tire again.  Last week, I picked up some chain lube at the LBS, it’s called Rock N Roll, and it’s actually a combination cleaner and lubricant in one.  Wow, it did wonders for my bike.  All I did was dry the chain off, and remove as much of the excess water from the rain as possible.  Then, turned my bike upside down to rest it on its handlebars and saddle and applied a steady stream of the liquid to the chain while back pedaling.  After the whole chain was lubricated, I continued to backpedal the tires for several seconds.  Then I removed the excess liquid from the chain, and voila! as good as new!  I followed this procedure for the first time last week, and could not believe how much smoother my ride felt.  I will definitely be using this product again in the future and regularly to keep my chain in good condition.  I would highly recommend it.

When we finally left for our ride, it was about 8:00AM.  We rode out on the main road for about 10 miles then another highway for about 7 more miles before turning back.  The course was mostly rolling throughout with a few bigger hills.  We also had a couple encounters with some dogs, two sets actually.  They chased us, which believe me, is a fabulous incentive to pedal harder.  We managed to out-pedal them and continued on our way.  It was an absolutely gorgeous morning for a ride, but we were both a little sore from the run the day before and were having a bit of trouble pushing through.  We made it though!

Duration: 2:24:27

Distance: 35.23 miles

Average speed: 14.6 mph

Max speed: 31.1 mph

Average heart rate: 146

Max heart rate: 176

Calories: 1228

Wowza, that’s a lot of calories burned first thing in the morning.  I had a half bagel and cashew butter before we left then another when we got back.  It lasted awhile, but I wish I had brought some sort of snack for the ride.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t brought anything from home and there wasn’t anything easy to bring from the lake house.  I think that for the rest of my long rides I really need to bring some type of snack.

After our bike ride we went on another ride- a horse-back ride!  Curtis’s step-mom has several horses at a barn nearby the lake house, and we took out a few of the horses for a ride around the grounds.  I road River, a beautiful bay boy.  I am by no means a good rider, but I do love to take advantage of opportunities to ride, when I can.  I really enjoy it.

After our ride, and very busy weekend, we headed back home for my grandmother’s birthday party at my parents’ house.  And after that we had a meeting with a volunteer with the dog rescue organization so she could check out our house and determine whether we’d be approved to adopt through them.  We found out today that we’re approved!  Now, to find our dog!  Hopefully we’ll get to meet some soon.

Today, I went to Mom’s for some weight lifting after work, as usual.  We did Stage 1, workout A, week 4:

A. Squats – 2 sets of 12 @ 80lbs

B1. Push-ups – 2 sets of 12 real push-ups @ BW

B2. Seated row – 2 sets of 12 @ 70lbs (I lowered the weight on this because I felt like I was sacrificing form to increased weight)

C1. Step-ups – 2 sets of 12 @ 22.5lbs dumbbells

C2. Prone jackknife – 2 sets of 10 @ BW

I’m feeling quite tired from my very busy weekend, and I’m afraid I might be starting to overdo it a little bit.  So, I’m going to take tomorrow off completely.  I had a swim planned, but I’m just going to let that go this week.  I think I need the rest.

Have a great week!

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Entire Water and Heavier Weights

In my last post, I completely forgot to mention that my new heart rate monitor came on Monday!!!  It’s the Polar F6, and much improved from my old cheap one.  I managed to find one on ebay for half retail, so I got a good deal on it too!  I forgot to start it for my bonus workout on Monday night, so no idea what the stats were.  Tuesday ended up being an unplanned rest day, so I didn’t get to play with it then either!  I had planned to use it during my swim that afternoon, but of course, when I got to the pool it was closed.  They had heard thunder and it wouldn’t open for another hour.  That was too long for me to wait since I had dinner plans in DC with a friend.

Wednesday morning I got up early to do my swim then, and lucky me the pool was open and completely empty!  The lifeguard told me the entire water was just for me. 🙂  I only had time for 2000 meters of a swimplan.com workout.  It wasn’t a great workout, I was having a lot of trouble staying buoyant, which is quite unusual.  As a result, I could feel my legs dragging through the water and slowing me down.  I think it may have been the extra core work making my abs sore and not wanting to pull their fair share of the weight during the swim.  Here’s the stats from the HRM:

Duration: 48:35

Max heart rate: 174

Average heart rate: 153

Calories: 446

On Friday I’m planning to do a LTHR test to find out what my training zones are.  We’ll see how it goes!

After work was my weight workout with my mom.  We started with about 15 minutes light walking/jogging to warm-up a bit, then jumped right into week 3 of workout B in stage 1:

A. Deadlift – 2 sets of 12 @ 75lbs

B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 1 set of 10 and 1 set of 8 @ 20 lbs Dumbbells

B2. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 2 sets of 12 @ 70 lbs

C1. Lunge – 1 set of 15 (oops, I can’t count!) and 1 set of 12 @ 20 lbs Dumbbells

C2. Swiss-Ball Crunch – 2 sets of 10 @ 45 lbs plate

So, remember how I was having trouble with the 15 lbs dumbbells for the shoulder press here and here?  Well, today we decided to weigh them and make sure they actually were 15 lbs.  Guess what? They’re actually 20 pounds.  And at that light of a weight, that’s actually a pretty significant difference- 33% more than my heaviest lift previously!  So, now I don’t feel quite so terrible about being stuck at that weight.  At this point, I think I’ll just stay here or drop back to 17.5 but not all the way to 15lbs.  I’m going to see how my first set goes on my next B workout and decide then.  On my other dumbbell exercises the weight has been ok, so I’ll probably just stick with the 20lbs.

Weight training + warm-up stats:

Duration: 49:34

Max heart rate: 198

Average heart rate: 129

Calories: 331

Stay tuned, there will probably be a bonus post later tonight. Have a great day!

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I’m on a Roll

I’ve been doing really well with this whole training thing.  Sunday was my first brick leading up to Nation’s, and I think it went pretty well.  I did a 21 mile ride followed by about 2 miles running.  The bike ride was quite a nice contrast to the incredibly hot run on Saturday.  I got up fairly early, around 7:00AM, and ate a small breakfast of dates and almond butter.  I really should have brought a snack with me for the ride, but I thought I’d be able to push it out.  I didn’t really think about the fact that I wouldn’t want to eat when I got back from the ride and was leaving for my run.  I should stop making excuses though, I know better than to go for over an hour without sustenance!  My ride was pretty slow, only about 14.2 mph on average, but I’m chalking it up (at least partially) to my legs being tired from the run.  Thankfully, it was fairly cool that early in the morning, and a lot of the trail was shaded.  It definitely had the feeling like it was going to be getting hotter, but it wasn’t yet!  Overall, it was a decent ride but not fantastic.  I did manage to get my running legs pretty quickly after getting off the bike, so that was good.  I just ran a couple loops around my neighborhood and added a bit extra to do as close to 2 miles as possible.  Then I took a nice 10 minute walk to cool down.

Today was a lifting day, so I headed over to Mom’s after work for some NROL4W action.  Here’s the workout:

A. Squats – 2 sets of 12 @ 70 lbs

B1. Push-ups – 2 sets of 12 real push-ups

B2. Seated Row – 2 sets of 12 @ 80 lbs

C1. Step-ups – 2 sets of 12 @ 17.5 lbs Dumbbells

C2. Prone jackknife – 2 sets of 12 @ BW

I increased all my weights today since there were 3 fewer reps per set, and I felt great on everything.  I was feeling really strong today, which was a nice change!  I haven’t been feeling great about my weight lifting skills lately, but I think I’m back in the groove now.  I’m really on a roll with my training!

I got in some more gym time after weight lifting too.  Curtis and I had planned a run with his dad because he was in town for work for the night.  As it turned out, he wanted to go to our gym and lift instead, so we headed over there to meet him.  While he hit the weights, Curtis and I did some running on the track to warm-up.  We also did a couple of sprint intervals before heading down to the free weights.  Since I had already lifted for the day, I decided to do some extra core work as I feel as though I’ve been lacking in that department with the NROL4W program.  I just did three different exercises at 2 sets each:

Plank – 1 set @ 2 minutes, 1 set @ 90 seconds

Leg lifts – 2 sets @ 1 minute

Russian twists – 2 sets @ 1 minute with 10 lbs medicine ball

After my core work, I spent some time stretching out really well.  I’ve been feeling pretty tight lately, and considering trying to work in some yoga I just haven’t yet figured out when I’ve got the extra time.  Might try it on Thursday.

Dinner tonight was a delicious meal of tequila lime chicken, which we marinated since last night, roasted baby red potatoes, and salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber, green onions and feta.  Deliciousness.  The chicken was so perfectly tender and juicy and so flavorful!  The recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa, and it’s the perfect summer meal.

Now, it’s off to read some blogs and get to bed!  Good night and have a great week!

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Intervals

I made an impulse purchase today.  I saw an Polar F6 heart rate monitor on ebay for a pretty good deal, so I bid and won it.  It probably won’t get here for several days to a week, but I’m excited to finally be able to record average and max heart rates for my workouts.  I think it’s going to be a much better tool for me to track my fitness level, as far as cardio goes anyhow.  It doesn’t have a user’s guide with it, which I think is why it went for less than retail, but I don’t think it will be a problem.  I found a copy online that should be able to tell me everything I need to know!

After work today, I headed over to Mom’s for weight training.  We did a short walk to warm-up a bit then jumped right into it.  Today was week 2 of stage 1, workout B:

A. Deadlift – 2 sets of 15 @ 60 lbs

B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 2 sets of 10 @ 15 lbs (this is supposed to be 2 sets of 15, but I can’t get there with the 15lbs DBs and the 10 lbs are too light)

B2. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 2 sets of 15 @ 60 lbs

C1. Lunge – 2 sets of 15 @ 15 lbs dumbbells

C2. Swiss Ball Crunch – 1 set of 15 @ 35 lbs and 1 set of 8 @ 45 lbs (only supposed to be sets of 8 but 35 lbs was too light)

We’ve finally got a system down so that we’re being much more efficient and following the rest times more closely.  It’s been great to get in a good weight workout so quickly.  I think I’ve figured out my weights a bit better now, just in time to increase them for slightly shorter sets next week!

After weights and returning home, Curtis and I went for a run.  I decided it was a good opportunity to do some intervals, so I did 5 x 1 minute fast and 2 minutes recovery.  In all, we did 4.67 miles.  I finished in about 53 minutes.  Pretty slow pace, but I’m going to make the excuse that I lost a lot of ground during my recoveries.  I also forgot to change my socks, so I ended up with terrible blisters by the end of the run.  Oh well.

I’m really happy with the way my training is going, but I’m a little worried about my nutrition for the next week.  I’m going out to lunch Saturday, dinner Sunday night, probably Monday night, definitely Tuesday night, and Wednesday night cooking with a friend.  Eating out always screws up my schedule, but hopefully I’ll be able to find something that fits into my normal eating habits.  Eating out is one of my biggest struggles as far as healthy living goes.

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Weekend Workouts

I’m starting to feel a lot better about my training and the tri coming up.  My training has been more regular over the last week and I’m starting to feel like I’m not playing catch up quite as much as I had been.  I guess I didn’t lose as much of my base fitness as I thought I had.  Or maybe I’ve just done a good job of gaining it back.  Whatever it was, I’m glad to be back in the game!

Friday was a planned complete rest day.  I got home and felt like I should go do something anyways, but managed to convince myself to stick to the plan since I had done a pretty good job of getting in my workouts during the week.  Curtis and I had a “date” night and went out to a nearby seafood restaurant for some fresh fish.  We had a delicious dinner, starting with sushi as an appetizer.  Then seared ahi tuna with mushrooms and truffle sauce.  It was quite good.  Curtis had a whole flounder for his meal, with a really delicious cucumber salad on the side.  It was a very nice and relaxing evening.

The running club has a five mile run every Saturday morning (and a 10 miler on Sundays), so we decided to get up early to make it for the 8AM start.  Curtis had to drag me out of bed, because I woke up and decided I really didn’t want to go.  But we went, and I’m glad we did.  I started out running in the middle of a pack, but I was pretty much alone.  They all seemed to know each other and it was hard to find an opening to break into the conversation.  After a few minutes, they picked up the pace, faster than I wanted to push it.  So I fell back and met a really nice woman who has quite the running resume.  She has run numerous marathons and ultramarathons.  We ran together for the rest of the way together.  It was really nice because she’s been a member of the club for a number of years, so she could tell me a bit more about it and introduce me to a lot of the other people.  We did walk for a bit on a few hills, but ran the majority of the five miles.  I tried to not be the one to suggest dropping to a walk, I only asked to walk once.  The rest of the times, she was the one who decided when we would walk.  I think I’ll try it out again on Saturday and really try to run the whole five miles without stopping, even if it means I have to find someone new to run with.   The whole run took 53:11, so about a 10:30 pace.

After running, we met up with a bunch of the club members for breakfast at the town center nearby.  I had a very delicious bagel with veggie cream cheese.  Yum.  It was a nice break from my usual oatmeal for breakfast.  I don’t think we’d do the group breakfast on a regular basis, but it was nice to meet a few more people.

I did go to see a dog later on Saturday evening, and to see how she would do with my cat.  Unfortunately, it did not go well.  My poor kitty was not very happy about having to travel in her carrier and then get to a strange place to meet a big German Shepherd Dog.  Needless to say, she will not be my dog.  She definitely needs a cat-free home.

Having my workout done early in the day on Saturday was such a treat that  I decided to do it again on Sunday and go for my bike ride first thing in the morning.  I’ve found it’s easier to keep up with the training on the weekends if I commit to it first thing in the morning.  I did 34 miles in 2 hours and 19 minutes at an average 14.9mph pace.  Throughout the ride, I had a really hard time clipping in on my right pedal.  I’m not really sure what was wrong, at first I thought there might be something stuck in the pedal or in the cleat, but I checked mid-way through my ride and didn’t find anything.  I’m not sure what the problem was, but I hope it doesn’t happen again!

When I got back to the house, I was really happy to see that my average overall speed was a bit faster than my speed on the first leg of the ride (14.8mph).  It was a beautiful morning, if a little hot and humid.  I managed to keep up a good breeze to keep me cool throughout the ride.  By the time I was done, it was nearly 11AM and the sun was really beating down hard.  The rest of the day was pretty low key- Curtis and I wrote thank you notes for our wedding gifts and watched movies all day.

Today was my day for weight training with my mom.  We did NROL4W Stage 1, workout A:

A. Squats – 2 sets of 15 @ 60lbs

B1. Push-ups – 2 sets of 15 real push-ups

B2. Seated Row – 2 sets of 15 @ 70 lbs

C1. Step-ups – 2 sets of 15 @ 15lbs dumbbells

C2. Prone jackknife – 2 sets of 8

We’ve finally got our sessions worked out so that we are a lot more efficient about taking turns.  We had been trading off on each set, but that wasn’t very effective because it threw off our rest intervals.  It was also hard to constantly change the weights between my mom and me.  We haven’t figured out the perfect set-up yet, but we’re definitely making progress.

Tomorrow, I’m going to try and get to the pool in the morning to get a swim in before work.  We’ll see what happens.  I’m not very tired, but I’ll need to be asleep in a half hour in order to get enough sleep to get up on time.

Have a great week!

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Finally, a Swim!

This morning I got up early to get to the pool so I could get a swim in before work.  Finally!  The pool was open, and the lanes were nearly empty, so I managed to actually swim.  I only did 1400 meters, but after the foiled attempts in the past couple of weeks, I consider that progress!  I do need to find my good goggles though.  We took them to Fiji with us, and after that they never made it back into my gym bag, so now I have no idea where they are.  The others that I have fog up quite badly.  My work out was:

600 meters Freestyle warm-up

100 meters Freestyle with fins, 6 strokes with head up and 6 strokes with head down

100 meters streamline kick with fins

10×50 meters choice (Freestyle with 6-head up/6-head down, Butterfly drill, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, Butterfly kick with fins, Breaststroke drill with fins, Backstroke kick with fins, Freestyle full stroke with fins)

50 meters Push & Glide

50 meters Freestyle easy

After work I headed over to Mom’s for some weight lifting.  We did workout B of stage 1 of NROL4W:

A. Deadlift – 2 sets of 15 @ 60 lbs

B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 1st set of 8 reps @ 15lbs dumbbells and 7 reps @ 10lbs, 2nd set of 10 reps @15lbs

B2. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 1 set of 15 @ 70 lbs and 1 set of 15 @ 60 lbs

C1. Lunge – 2 sets of 15 @ 15lbs dumbbells

C2. Swiss-Ball Crunch – 2 sets of 15 @ 25lbs and 35lbs

As you can see, I had a bit of trouble with choosing weights today.  I did better on Monday with selecting the correct weights.  The weird thing was that the DB shoulder press was really hard at 15lbs, but that’s what I usually lift!  I’m not sure what the deal is.  I’m still getting used to my mom’s weight set-up, but I was surprised at how hard the 15lbs were.  But when I backed down to 10lbs they were much much too light.  I think I need to be at 12.5, but that’s a difficult weight to make with these dumbbells.  They’ll be uneven.  So, I’m going to press through with the 15s till I can lift them comfortably.  Hopefully I’ll figure something out when I graduate to 17.5s!  The lat pulldown was more difficult without the bar to hold my legs down!  I had to decrease the weight on the second set to complete it.

I am thinking about joining a running club that’s local to my new house.  They do runs on the weekends, 5 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday.  It might be good to find some new people who run. I’ll keep you posted on what I decide.  I might do a “trial” run this weekend on Saturday, so stay tuned for an update.

Also on the books for Saturday is looking for a dog to adopt.  Wish me luck!

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