4 Sets no rest between stations 90 second rest between sets:
3 sets no rest between station
Ever had one of those weeks where everything just seems out of alignment? Food, exercise, work... I not sure if just getting out of my routine because of the cramp aftermath and not being able to get focused, or the fact that everything was just hurting or that I really couldn't be bothered. I missed a Monday session and few early morning sessions, and thats not to mention how my diet just went out of the window this week. Over indulging on the chocolate a little too much and just not really staying focused.
I suppose we all have those days or weeks and unfortunately there isn't anything I can do about it now, whats done is done, its was yummy at the time, but I guess I have to start getting serious again. Geez its hard work trying to be good but before we know it our 24 hour event will be here and I know I would be wishing that I done everything properly and should have eliminated all the crap from my diet.
I think just having a week of semi rest and recovery, a few over indulgences will hopefully help to get it out of system. After just a great week last week, I should have guessed that a crappy week wouldn't be that far behind. I still, however managed to complete a workout tonight..
Since starting this journey, I never would have predicated how far that I have come. Having a goal has helped keep me focused on my training (the diet is still a hard part), but baby steps. The diet has improved and I have cut a lot of the crap that I used to eat especially the muffins and cookies, although a treat once in a while doesn't hurt. Anyway, since starting I have achieved so much including doing things that I never thought I was capable of and getting my own PBs. This also helps when your doing a class with some great people.
The Thursday night Met Con class is always hard, especially when you get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when it comes to the sprint runs. No matter what I do, I still get nervous and feel sick, as soon as Jake mentions that its time trials its just such a horrible feeling. I should really be getting used to it, as its the same feeling I get every time I do an obstacle run.
The class started off with some sprint drills, side shuttles and bursts and then we went into the time trails. We must have all pushed each other as we all achieved our own PB's, of course we weren't going to stop at one and did another 2 rounds (untamed)
By the end of 3 rounds my legs and arms were like jelly, I don't actually think I could feel anything anymore but the scary thing is, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love pushing myself and being pushed, at the time I am thinking of so many things, including trying to correct posture, breathing, time, grip and anything else that went through my head. At the end of the day I know that it will be finished soon and that moment of sickness will soon pass, the part when I can breath again will soon be here and then give it another half an hour and I want to do it all again... Its a good job that its not quite half an hour but 12 hours later I will be doing it all again.
The great thing about doing a class built on HIIT, is that you are most certainly pushing past your own personal limits both physically and mentally. To get to a certain stage in your fitness on your own is always difficult to conquer, but when you have some pushing you to more than what you think you can achieve is definitely something else.
Stepping off the treadmill today was more like wobbling off the treadmill, there was a stage when my legs didn't actually feel like my legs any more, they just felt legs jelly, your breathing is so heavy and hard that it doesn't feel like its you doing it, but you just have to push. Although there were points today when I did stop to catch my breath, will the feeling of not being able to get past it is just horrible. There was points that I truly did think I was going to see todays lunch again, but the worst thing about it, you move on and within a minute you've recovered and then you question yourself, can you push yourself harder or longer. Is there a point in my own head that I stopped not because I couldn't actually do it, but mentally I started to struggle.
Have to say that there is something so addictive about feeling of achievements afterwards, that you have achieved so much more than what you expected and you can give so much more. 24 hours is a bloody long time and will be a challenge both physically and especially mentally, but having faith and belief that we can do it will make the world of difference.
The ongoing debate and battle between healthy weight loss, what is it? Secretly you always hope for more. On the occasions where either your haven't lost any weight or even gained weight, you have to ask yourself the questions why? Are you lying to yourself about how much calorie intake you are actually consuming, or does the fact that you are developing lean muscle need to be taken into consideration.
I would be lying if I wasn't slightly disappointing by my overall weight loss over the last couple of weeks. and as I know what I can achieve, I want to get there again BUT... there are some major differences from when I weighed 52kgs and now, one being the most significant is that I am stronger, I feel stronger and Spartan last week proved that I am.
My Cardio during that time was quite crazy with a lot of road running involved, hence the issues with the knees and ankles (and true running really does help with the weight loss and keeping it off BUT... if you get injured, you can start putting on the weight again), so alternatives need to be found.
Of course over the next 8 weeks, I will be continuing to monitor my weight and take a weekly photo just so I can see the physical changes (maybe at the end I will add the pics, but not now) BUT... the one key thing that I did do at the start of this journey was take my overall statistics including full body measurements and muscle and fat percentages. This, I believe is where we are going to see the changes and not on the scales.
With Jake being away we had Roxy aka 'mini Jake', the sweat came quick and fast especially on a 31 degree day. After the warm ups, including some sprints, we did a circuit as follows:
1 minute on x 3 rounds
The morning started, as most morning do ;) with a workout. Started off with an 1/2 hour bootcamp session, the only major thing that was probably most concerting would have been the additional pushups on the bosu ball, considering my workout yesterday also consisted of pushups as well as a full on boxing class. Felt good to get through it, 4 and a bit rounds of the following:
and then we incorporated the 20,000 plus steps done today (to be far this does include the run later on in the day), and then a 5km run. Felt great and good to be moving again (missed having those run moments), and now just need to increase the distance which I am sure I will get there with some time and patience.
Yes, it is a crazy thought to actually get up at some extremely stupid time and do a workout, whether you are heading to the gym or just going for a run, but I will tell you the reason why I do.. Because, you roll out of bed get your gym clothes on, brush your teeth, brush your hair and your out the door within 15 minutes. Well not all of you are as lucky as us, and have a gym literally in our back garden, so it takes probably less than a minute to get to the gym, however the other gym does take 15 minutes, and if you go for a run its even closer. Not to mention you can workout at home (so its even closer than close).
Anyway back to the point of getting up at some stupid time to go to the gym, it basically there are a couple of reasons:
So based on this, yes I do have the alarm set at 5.15am every morning, but by 7am its all done, and that also includes this morning, which for me, I had to push through some serious barriers. Doing 3 1km rows with only a minutes break was both mentally and physically challenging, there were times that I was seriously considering giving up and walking away, and there were times were I actually wanted to break down and cry, which to think that wasn't that long and somehow we have to pull through mentally for 24 hours! That will truly be a test.
The great news is I got through it, and surprising managed to carry on with the next part:
Now at 9pm, I am feeling a little tight but it does seem like a lifetime ago, and seriously it really does set you up for the rest of the day.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.