Friday, December 23, 2016

12 Days of Christmas special!

At spin class last night I decided to do something fun! I decided to lead a 12 Days of Christmas theme complete with some holiday tunes!  It was so much fun! And I'm not going to lie, it was tough! But what I love about spin classes is that no one ever gets dropped.  We ride as a group and you adjust your own tension so you get as much as you give!

To those that are curious to what kind of class I led, here is the skeleton of the workout:

12 min warm up - 6 min spin, 6 min single leg drills
11 X 11sec hard, 19sec easy
10 X 10sec sprint, 20sec easy
9 X 9sec hard, 21sec easy
8 X 8sec sprint, 22sec easy
7 X 7sec hard, 23sec easy
6 min climb
5 min standing climb
4 min rolling climb
3 min climb
2 min standing climb
1 min all out sprint!!!

The playlist included a mix of holiday songs and my regular workout songs.  It was actually quite the mix:

The Chanukah song - Adam Sandler
Christmas kiss - Meaghan Smith
Glad you came - The Wanted
On top of the World - Imagine Dragons
Barracuda - Moby
Wish Liszt - Trans Siberian Orchestra
So Happy Together remix - Poogie Bear
Paradise City - Guns N Roses
On the Run - Sam Roberts
Shake Senora remix - Pitbull
Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra
Mad Russian's Christmas - Trans Siberian Orchestra
Loose yourself - Eminem
Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) - Trans Siberian Orchestra
Do they know it's Christmas? - Band Aid
Happy Xmas (War is over) - John Lennon

If you like what you see, come on out to my classes Thursday nights! I promise a good time, a good sweat, a good workout, and good tunes!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Torture Thursdays are back!

If you were following my blog before or if you look back, you will see that I coined my Thursdays as "Torture Thursdays" or TT.  Back then, I was running with the masters track team before going to masters swim practice!  Thursdays were tough!  Since my string of injuries, I can no longer do track workouts, but I found a new way to bring back TT!  Now I teach spin class at Striation 6 from 6:30-7:30pm and then ride my bike downtown to make it to masters swim practice for 9-11pm!  Yep!  Thursdays are back to being tough!  So tough that last week my left hamstring completely seized up on me in the pool!  Oops! Not exactly fun and I was almost brought to tears!  Haha!  I do need to figure out my nutrition so that doesn't happen again.  I did manage to recover and complete the swim set though.

On another note, I was able to escape on a mid-week 3-day girls trip to celebrate a couple of birthdays!  We had some delicious meals and spent half a day at the spa including getting a massage.  I even manged to go out for a 5km run one morning in the beautiful snow.   Today we went snowshoeing!  So fun!  I did some running and boy it's quite the workout!  I think I went out for about 5km.  Maybe a new cross-training winter sport?!  Too bad it's not as accessible in the city!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

One foot in front of the other!

In order to keep this blog alive, I need to be putting in some mileage.  So....what better way than getting myself out there and finally going out for a run!  I am not a runner, I do not always enjoy running because it is hard work for me, and lately I have been avoiding it because I know I will be slow!  This is in addition to being afraid of realizing my injuries haven't completely healed yet.  But I have no choice but to start from ground zero and that means I have to get out there.  This was only my second run since my last IM in August and my last run was in October...not exactly a good track record.  However, for me to be ready to start serious training in January with my new coach, I need to get myself into some form of run shape.  I missed out on the beautiful fall weather we've had and I finally went out on a cold and windy December day.  But hey, I went out!  And I enjoyed it!  I wore my Garmin to track time and distance but I ignored it during my run because I knew I would just get frustrated.  So I just went out and ran.  And check out my colourful run attire!☺

I plan on getting out frequently for short runs to get my body back into running mode.  Baby steps will be my motto for this month!  Just one foot in front of the other!