I have to say, it felt pretty great to get back home and settle into the usual routines this week. Don’t get me wrong, I like travel, but travelling for work is a completely different beast and moving between four different places in five days was a bit much. Alas, we are back and it has been a decent week of workouts so let’s see what I got up to.
Activity: body-resistance strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: Well, I forgot the cardinal rule for visiting Vancouver: take a rain jacket. It was raining in the morning, and I had to wear a very non-warm, non-waterproof tank top for my park workout. On the plus side, the local park made for a great workout destination. There were platforms to use as steps, benches for tricep dips, and that awesome rubber surface they use on the ground to make planks other on-the-ground exercises feel more comfortable than on concrete. Also because it was raining there were no kids around to stare at me while I did my workout. I even threw in some running intervals for good measure. Though it was short, it was decent.
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: all the driving
Observations: We hit the road for the drive home, and so I basically sat all day, and ate. And then sat some more. And then ate. And after a week of being out of town and eating out every day, I have to say I felt like a balloon about to pop.
Relevant Stats: 37 min.
Observations: Oh stairs, you are my nemesis. I picked this day for stairs because it was supposed to be cloudy and cool, which is a necessity since the stairs I use are in full-on sunshine if it’s a clear day. Of course, the second I arrived at the stairs, the clouds parted and it was the only solid block of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day. I’m not joking. When I left the stairs it clouded over again and stayed cloudy for the rest of the day. Ugh. Still, I rocked an extra minute beyond last time, and I continue to be stronger and have more stair endurance so yay me.
Relevant Stats: 50 min.
Observations: I don’t know why I continue to think that spin the day after stairs is a good thing. It was so, so, so rough on my poor legs. The only thing that got me through was an old-school Robbie Williams play list. I had Taylor Swift’s instagram feed to thank for that, as I saw that she had Robbie Williams come on stage at Wembley stadium to sing ‘Angels’ with her and it reminded me of how much I used to love Robbie Williams. First of all, don’t mock my diverse musical tastes. Pop music has its place in my heart just as much as any other genre. Secondly, sometimes a fresh playlist is the only thing that will get me through a spin workout. This was absolutely true for this one. I even made it to 50 minutes, so thanks Robbie!
Activity: personal training
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: My trainer has never, and I repeat never, made me set foot on a bike during one of our sessions. Of course, the day after a solid spin workout and two days after a solid stairs workout, she decided to integrate spin intervals into our training session. Three words: too much spin. My legs wanted nothing to do with the bike, nor the sled pulls, nor the single-leg deadlifts. Basically, I just whined (inside my head, though) the entire training session.
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45-50 minutes
Observations: I was so focused on getting started that I forgot to note what time I started. Based on when I left the house, I assume my workout was 45-50 minutes, but it could’ve been even longer. After last week’s session with my Vancouver trainer, I’ve been determined to focus more on building shoulder strength, so I really gave it to my shoulders during this workout. But then I didn’t want my legs to feel left out so I also hammered my glutes and legs. By the time I got home, everything was sore, so I think this was one of my best gym workouts in a while.
Activity: mini hike + golf
Relevant Stats: 7 km hike + 9 hole round
Observations: I picked a total crap trail for the day. It was a loop we hadn’t done before and now I can say that it’s for good reason. There was barely any elevation gain, which sometimes I’m cool with but not on days when I want my hike to be my workout. I was not impressed. And then we hit the golf course and I did so well on my first three holes before my game completely fell apart. I was similarly unimpressed with golf. It was just one of those days.
But now the long weekend is upon us, and I have a chilled lime margarita gose in my hand to kick off the long weekend celebrations. May you find all sorts of fun weekend adventures and avoid the long weekend rain that seems determined to put a damper (pun intentional) on things in this neck of the woods. Happy weekend, y’all!