Monday, 11/9: 16 Mile Bike Ride + Core + Pole Fitness
After traveling home from Indianapolis all day on Sunday, I got home early in the evening and decided to take a day off of work on Monday. I wanted to catch up on my rest and kick off my recovery period with some downtime. After spending the better part of the morning in my pajamas, on my couch and drinking coffee, I headed out. It was gorgeous and I really wanted to go for a run. I drove to my favorite area, but hopped on my road bike instead. My legs felt good, and I biked for an hour. I didn’t plan a route or know how long I was going to ride, I just left and came back when I felt like it. I haven’t had an unstructured workout like that in…I can’t remember. I didn’t know if I would feel like riding for even 10 minutes, but an hour later I was back at my car. It was a gorgeous day, and I missed my bike.
I came home and did some core work. I’d been slacking on it and I felt like doing it, so I did. That was my theme for the week – I was only going to do what I felt like doing. I headed to pole class since my sister in law was going, and I FINALLY got my leg straight in the Allegra!
We also learned something called a Glamour, which is a variation of a move called a Teddy. I don’t love the actual pose called the Teddy because the grip is somewhere near your armpit and it hurts your skin pretty badly. The variation we learned still kind of hurts, but not quite so bad (again trying to smile so I don’t look like I’m being tortured…or constipated):
Tuesday, 11/10: 1500 Meter Swim + Core
My body was sore from the pole class on Monday, and I was just tired in general. I got up and headed to the pool and made it 1500 meters before soaking in the hot tub. It’s 400 more meters than I swam last time! I wasn’t too fatigued from swimming, just bored. I get really bored with swimming, which is a problem because it is such good cross training. I had really good intentions of doing something like 2000 meters, but I didn’t want to. So, in the spirit of enjoying the lack of structure, I sat in the hot tub instead! I did about 20 minutes of core work later that night, including a plank for 5 minutes and 40 seconds.
Wednesday, 11/11: Yoga/Core + Pole Fitness
I came home from work and spent some time on my yoga mat doing core and some very basic Ashtanga stuff. I just did some sun salutations, and the standing sequence and it felt great. I went right to pole class and we learned so many new things again. The last four classes I took we learned a LOT. I have some videos of some combos we learned, but nothing looked super solid. It was a really fun class, though!
Thursday, 11/12: 1400 Meter AM Swim + 2.5 Mile Walk
I felt MUCH better swimming on Thursday, even though my workout was 100 m shorter. I got up a little later than I should have to get to the pool and I was doing a “sprint” workout, so lots of shorter distances in the workout. I was bummed that I didn’t get my butt there earlier. I only had about a half an hour to swim. Based on the way I felt on Tuesday, I figured that would be plenty of time . I actually felt really good and didn’t finish the whole workout because of the time crunch!
I started with 3 x [100 meters easy, 4×50 meters]. I started super easy for the 50s. I decided for the first set, I would do my 50s on 1:15 since I haven’t been in the pool in forever. That means I have 1:15 to swim 50 meters and if I have anytime leftover, I rest until the next interval. I felt awesome, and I was consistently hitting the wall in 45 seconds so I felt like I didn’t lose much. On the second set, I did them on 1:10, and then on 1:05 for the third set. The main set was supposed to be 3x [200 meter pull, 3×50 meters] – “pull” means to use a pull buoy that goes in between your legs so you can’t kick, just use your arms. I did the 200 pull, and did the 3×50 meters on 55 seconds. I was able to do them in just under 40 seconds so I had a little rest with each one. At that point, it was 5:55am and I have to be in the shower at 6 so I can walk out the door by 6:25, so I did a 150 meter pull and called it a day. I had just enough time to sit in the hot tub for two minutes before I absolutely had to get ready.
We had parent teacher conferences at night, so my friends from work and I went for out a walk after school. It felt good to be outside and moving, and then we all went out for dinner before we needed to return for conferences.
Friday, 11/13: Pole Fitness
After work, I headed to pole class. The studio owner has open studio time before the 4pm class, and got there by 3:30 so we got to play around before class started. It was perfect because we got to do our warm up early and were able to use the rest of the class time to finally work on the many new thing we learned. Before this one, the past few classes I went to were so hard because we kept learning new moves but didn’t have time to keep working on them. Since this class was more low key, we kind of just made a list of everything we wanted to work on and went for it. I took some really fun videos of some combos I played around with. We learned a pose on Wednesday called “Dragonfly” and I couldn’t get it that night. I realized it was because I needed to position the pole near the back of my armpit, not my back. As soon as I figured that out, I got it:
It’s kind of painful because you are being held on the pole by your armpit and the outside of your thigh. Once I figured out the grip, it didn’t hurt as badly as I originally thought.
Saturday, 11/14: Pole Fitness
I woke up early and headed to pole class. It was just me in class and I worked on some new things and a few old poses that I still had yet to master. I was working on one pose that I still haven’t quite gotten, the machine gun. While working on it, I sort of tweaked something in my chest! Pole injures? Oh dear. I was able to finish the class and be somewhat productive, which was good.
Sunday: 11/15: Yoga + Hike
Micheal Lear was in town teaching Mysore at the studio where I used to teach. While I have practiced yoga over the past year, it’s been mostly yin yoga. I’ve not done full primary series in over a year. My yoga friends, who still have very advanced practices, urged me to come to class. I almost didn’t, but at the last minute I hopped in my car and headed to the studio. It was a grueling, tough practice – both physically and emotionally. I have a post coming about that.
In the afternoon, I hiked the game preserve with Emily and Brooke. It’s the extremely hilly trail I was running in the spring, and I hadn’t been out there in a long time. We didn’t run, but we hiked and it didn’t hurt my calf. I know it’s not the same strain as running, but if it were going to hurt, I feel like those climbs and descents would have aggravated it.
These two do a great job of showing how steep the trail really is, I’m so glad we took this shot:
It felt so nice to kind of “go with the flow” and do whatever I felt like doing. My goal for next week is to get back to the gym and back to doing some physical therapy exercises, and to do a few more days of core work. I’d really slacked on it so my goal was to do it more than once this week, and I did it three times. I just kind of let myself go with the flow this week and just do what I felt like doing. I couldn’t tell you the last time I went out for a workout without some sort of goal – whether it be a certain distance, pace, or time spent doing the activity. I gave myself this week to just enjoy being active and remind myself why I began all of this in the first place, and it was wonderful.
Swim: 2900 meters ♥ Bike: 16 miles ♥ Run: 0 miles
Do you like unstructured weeks?