TWIR #114: aches and pains

Well, it’s safe to say that my muscles got a good hit this week. Three of this week’s workouts have left me with stiffness and soreness that has varied from mildly uncomfortable to ultra annoying. I suppose it’s a good thing, but in the moment it’s a bit less pleasant. Nonetheless, it’s been a decent workout week so let’s see what happened.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: rainy day adventures
Observations: Sometimes you just have to seize a rainy day as a lazy day. And I did. We ran a ton of errands, which I personally find fun, ate a totally mediocre “sticky bun”,  lounged around watching golf, and even fit in a viewing of Father of the Bride. All in all, it was a pretty damn good lazy rain day.

Sunday
Activity: mini hike
Relevant Stats: 5.8 km + 170 m elevation gain
Observations: You know those days when you can’t figure out what to do for your workout and nothing sounds good until you throw out the idea of a short hike? No? Well, I do and Sunday was that day. We checked out a short and easy hike that was perfect for a cloudy and cool day (i.e. there was no tree cover at all, so it would be insufferably hot on a sunny day).  And then after doing all that good for our bodies, we went to our favourite gelato place because, well, balance.

Monday
Activity: stairs
Relevant Stats: 36 min.
Observations: As always, I’m proudly declaring that extra minute above 35 minutes. This was a rough day of stairs. They were still feeling easier than past weeks, but certainly not easy. What really fired up this workout was that there was a dude there running stairs too and I was determined not to throw in the towel before he did. I was super proud of myself for outlasting him even though he ran those stairs way faster than I did. My competitive spark makes no sense even to me, but it came in handy to keep me from quitting about 15 minutes into this workout so I’ll keep it.

Tuesday
Activity: cardio warm up + strength
Relevant Stats: 5 min. spin + 35 min. strength
Observations: Okay, this wasn’t a great workout. I got to the gym and tried spinning and had nothing in my legs and then tried strength training and had nothing in any of my other muscles either.  It was one of those days when I wondered why I went to the gym at all. But I tried and I didn’t give up 20 minutes in like I wanted to, so I considered it a small victory.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: This was a dig deep and persevere workout. My body and mind were both feeling exhausted when I arrived at my training session. I don’t even think my trainer was working me all that hard, but at one point the workout actually felt vomit inducing.  I’ve never actually understood the whole thing about working out so hard you think you might puke, probably because I never push myself that hard, but it finally happened to me and I hated it. I want to really emphasize that I don’t actually think I was over-exerting myself. I think I was just tired and my body was finally rebelling against me for filling it with so much crap over the last month.. Ugh. Why does it have to be true that you really do feel better when you eat better? I mean, I actually love vegetables and eat a ton daily by choice…but I also love wine and M&Ms

Thursday
Activity: cardio + strength
Relevant Stats: 25 min. spin + 25 min. strength
Observations:  I bounced back! I have to admit, after two tough workouts, I was expecting this one to suck, and I bitched and moaned and delayed my gym time until I couldn’t any longer. And then, after all that complaining, I had a great workout. I worked my legs and glutes hard, which they definitely didn’t need after the stairs and my training session, but it felt good to load up on single leg dead lifts, box jumps to squat holds, single leg weighted squats and more.  We topped off our day with a lovely evening stroll to the hilltop with some friends visiting from out of town.  And then some apple pie for good measure. Once again, balance my friends.

Friday
Activity: mini hike
Relevant Stats: 5.5 km
Observations: After successfully feeding ourselves and the baby (as in our friend’s baby, not ours) and then after a successful baby nap, we ventured out for a short hike. We hadn’t rushed because it was supposed to be cool and overcast but then we got to the trail and the sun came out and it was hella warm. Lesson learned: always hike early in the Okanagan.  Still, it was lovely and scenic and baby slept so it was a success all around  .  We celebrated with post-hike beers and enchiladas because, you guessed it, balance (yet again).

So there you have it, a solid week of workouts carrying me into the weekend. We have oodles of guests (2 sets!) rolling through town, it’s the US Open, and the sun and hot temperatures are set to return.  In other words, the weekend is looking pretty fine. Happy weekend y’all!

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Training Tuesdays: Irrational Gym Fears

I think anyone who has ever gone to the gym has had the brief and fleeting fear that she might fly off a treadmill while it’s running at top speed. From what I can tell, it almost never actually happens, but when I was a runner it used to top my list of largely irrational gym fears.  To me, at least,  the gym seems to be a veritable breeding ground of potential injuries.  Today, as I was spinning away on a bike that’s always struck me as being in a bad location (see below for more on that), it occurred to me that I have harboured many a gym-based fear over the years. Want to take a look inside my paranoid psyche? Of course you do!

I fear epic jumping-related falls…Whenever I am in the midst of a box jump, I see myself either jumping completely over the box or perhaps just missing with one foot, either of which would surely lead to a horribly ungraceful tumble to the ground. I imagine either miss would lead  to a mishap more embarrassing than injury-causing, and yet I also imagine that, given my host of past injuries, a horribly twisted ankle would be a distinct possibility.  And before you think this could be a legitimate fear, my box jumps are not at such a height where one could reasonably miss her landing by that much.

I fear spin bike tragedies...As I mentioned in last week’s TWIR, the absence of the strap that holds your foot to the spin pedal leaves me visualizing my foot slipping off the pedal and the pedal slamming into my leg, tearing into my flesh with all the vengeance of my pedalling momentum. Not only that, but the spin bike at my current gym is directly next to the railing above the staircase. On many an occasion, I have found myself wondering if I might just randomly lose my balance, or perhaps faint, causing me to topple over the railing, falling all of ten feet to my certain death (because that is evidently the height from which I believe death is certain).

I fear dumbbell-related facial trauma…This fear was recently exacerbated when one of my colleagues appeared at work with a giant scab on the bridge of his nose and a concussion care of a weight he’d dropped on his face (!!!!!).  I already had that fear but assumed it never actually happens to anyone. But it does. It happened to someone I know. And now every time I hoist weights above my face, I picture a brief but horribly damaging brush with clumsiness or faintness. Most often, when I play out this fear, I end up missing many, many teeth.

I fear the most implausible of falling-weights-related death or paralysis…You know those totally secure brackets that you rest your bar on when doing back squats? The ones that don’t move at all? Well, when I do pushups near that bar, I imagine it somehow dislodging itself in such a manner that it might fall upon either my head or spine. There is such a simple solution to this fear: don’t do push ups under the bar.  Against all logic, I acquiesce to my fears and continue to do push ups  sometimes directly underneath the bar, all the while thinking that it might just be for the last time.

There you have it, a short but mildly concerning list of my most irrational gym fears. I’m sorry you had to see what goes on inside my head.

But seriously, you must have some irrational gym fears too, and I’d love to hear them. Anxiety loves company.

 

 

 

 

 

TWIR #110: all of the walking and all of the beer and cider

Hello and happy Friday! I kicked off this week of workouts in Portland, where I did very little actual working out but a very lot of walking on the daily, and lifting glasses to my lips. Bicep curls, right? The rest of the week seemed to be a slow recovery from the excessive  beer/cider sampling and I’m fairly certain that I don’t need another beer for a very long time (although talk to me this weekend when temperatures are supposed to be close to 30 degrees…).  But if you are heading to Portland any time soon, I am sorry because I do not believe there is any sour ale or cider left in the city. I drank all of it.

Enough preamble, let’s get to it!

Saturday
Activity: all of the walking
Relevant Stats: about 16 km
Observations: We set off to explore Portland on foot, and did we ever succeed! We discovered you can walk anywhere if you’re willing to, you know, just suck it up and walk.  It helps when on the other side of walking there is a cold beer or cider waiting for you. And there was. There was so, so, so much cider and beer.  I believe we visited at least four breweries, but it could easily have been five or six, and I know we visited three cideries. In case you were wondering, yes that was a lot for one afternoon, particularly when coupled with hot sunshine, a lot of walking, and definitely not enough water. But was it also worth it? Hell yes. Also, Canada has a lot of work to do on the sour ale front. I was astounded by the number of sour ales and super interesting flavour profiles. Mmmm, sour ale…

Sunday
Activity: all of the walking again
Relevant Stats: 18 km
Observations: We didn’t have a full day so we had to maximize our time with an epic walk to a new neighborhood in search of the supposedly best ice cream (Salt & Straw). I did not feel fantastic, care of Saturday’s adventures, but also did not feel awful. The walking helped I think, and man were my feet and legs sore by the end of the day. Obvious suggestion: don’t walk 18km in flip flops. Perhaps not surprisingly after Saturday’s consumption, we drank absolutely no beer or cider on our adventures, but perhaps more surprisingly, I was not willing to stand in the ridiculous line for Salt and Straw. Maybe it was truly the best ice cream I would have had in my life, but I also tend to believe that places with the most hype aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be. In my mind, it wasn’t worth a one hour line up and I feel no regrets for taking a hard pass on it.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations:  Since I took an unplanned rest day on the weekend, I wanted to kick off the week with a solid workout. And did I ever. This workout was legs and glutes, and then more legs and glutes. I think I was just so excited that two days of walking in flip flops hadn’t thrown my SI into total disarray that I figured I might as well wage a full assault on my tired legs and glutes.

Tuesday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I’d like to thank the Counting Crows for this spin session. I know, they don’t sound like a good upbeat spin music choice, but if you’re selective about the tracks I can promise you’ll get a good mix of sprints and hills out of it. This is exactly what I did and my lungs and legs were burning by the end, and I was also a sweaty disaster. Seriously, my face was red for at least an hour afterwards. It felt like good penance for a weekend of gluttony.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: My trainer has finally realized just how leg dominant I am. She was constantly astounded by my willingness to keep doing leg work and to find most of the leg work totally doable. When it came to my arms, however, I was all whining and complaining. At least this week she had a good mix of upper and lower body exercises, unlike last week’s arm-only ridiculousness.

Thursday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I went back to some pretty bad 90s and early 2000s rock to make this spin workout a major success. I’m actually too embarrassed to admit my musical choices this time around. At any rate, I did so many hills and sprints that I was actually a bucket of sweat by the time I wrapped this one up. It felt like my best spin session in a long time, and like I might actually be starting to get some cardio fitness back.  Hurrah!

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I am beyond shocked that today’s workout was as fantastic as it was.  I had to go to the gym first thing in the morning to fit in my workout, which usually means sluggishness and a lacklustre effort. I have no idea what was going on for me today, but I killed this workout. I even added weight to my single leg squats and voluntarily did box jumps. Who am I?

Can I just say how absolutely pumped I am that it is Friday. Despite the positive, chipper tone on this TWIR, this was by far the longest and most exhausting work week that I can recall for a very long time. I have worked more and worked harder than I have had to in the last two years. My workouts have been the only thing to keep me sane. I am looking forward to some solid downtime this long weekend (sadly not all downtime, since I will still have to work. Ugh.), and hopefully a little more movement.  My workouts were great this week but, aside from the workouts, I’ve barely moved from my desk. There have been days when I’ve walked less than a kilometre. It is shameful and also just not good for me. Here’s to a weekend of walking…maybe just with less beer and cider.

Happy weekend y’all!

TWIR #109: Short Work Week for the Win!

I like my job. I really do. But even when I like my job, I am still excited by a short work week. This week is a three-day work week which makes everything just a little more tolerable, and even made me more motivated to fit in lots of decent workouts before we skip town for a mini-getaway. Let’s see what I got up to!

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: golf + roller shade shopping
Observations: I thought I would want to hike in the sunshine, but honestly I wanted to do nothing at all. That said, it was a gorgeous, sunny day so I had to get out there and do something. We opted for 9 holes of golf, and then spent several frustrating hours trying to track down roller shades for our patio, only to find everywhere had sold out already. Ugh.  We then drowned our sorrows in the sunshine (unfiltered by a screen, I might add) with lots and lots of chilled beverages.

Sunday
Activity: stairs!
Relevant Stats: 36 minutes
Observations: I claimed that extra minute beyond 35 minutes, because holy hell stairs suck. I remember a time when I used to run stairs weekly, when I used to drag my coworkers along and try to get them excited about running up and down stairs until we couldn’t feel our legs. What was wrong with me? I did not enjoy these stairs, but as you saw earlier this week, I’m trying to get back into them so I pushed myself as hard as I could for as long as I could. I also think I should get bonus points for doing stairs in the blazing sun.

Monday
Activity: cardio warm up + strength training
Relevant Stats: 10 min. spin + 40 min. strength training
Observations: You know when you totally feel like listening to certain songs and you can envision spinning to them? No? That’s just me? Well, whatever. I had 10 minutes worth of songs I just had to spin to, but then my legs were so tired from the stairs on Sunday that they had no more cardio in them. I switched to strength and hammered my legs with weight instead.

Tuesday
Activity: spin!
Relevant Stats: 42 min. (I think)
Observations: I said “I think” it was 42 minutes  because I stopped the timer on the bike when my Apple music was randomly pausing itself (and completely pissing me off in the process), and then I forgot to start the timer up again. Sometimes technology is more trouble than it’s worth. At any rate, it was a solid spin despite my legs being incredibly tired from weekend stairs and Monday’s leg and glute work.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: OMG, my arms. I firmly believe that trainers have been taught to pay attention to what you hate and throw 100 times more of it at you. I told my new trainer that I hate arm exercises, and sure enough she built an entire workout around my arms. Actually, that’s not true. The start of this workout was all glutes and legs, and holding weighted positions, which made my legs want to fall off, and I was just starting to wish for my poor legs to get a break. So really, I got what I wished for, but instantly realized that the grass is not always greener. I was certain I wouldn’t be able to move my arms by the end of the day.

Thursday
Activity: dog’s breakfast
Relevant Stats: 10 min. spin + 20 min. legs and arms + 10 min abs
Observations: This was one of those days where I felt like I was wandering aimlessly around the gym with no purpose, as sometimes happens when I have to work out first thing in the morning.  Nothing felt great, my SI was a bit tight and I was feeling pressured to fit in a good workout before leaving town. All in all it was a bad combo of mindset and tiredness, but any workout is better than no workout I suppose .

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: Ugh, bench hogs at the hotel gym. Okay, to be fair they were actually using them and they were there first.  But still…it messed up my plan. Regardless, I fit in a decent set of random exercises and I always consider any workout while on holidays a major win.  Especially when the rest of my day may or may not revolve around donuts and ice cream…

With that, the weekend is here (for all of you suckers…mine, on the other hand, started Wednesday night!). As you read this, I’m probably sampling donuts, or craft beer, or small-batch ice cream, or maybe all three at the same time, because why not when you’re on a mini vacay. Happy weekend! May you find fun and sun and whatever activities get you jazzed. Yeah, I said jazzed and I’m sorry for that. But still, have a great weekend!

Training Tuesdays: learning to love spin again

Be wary of having too much of a good thing. Back when I was a runner, my non-running cardio workout of choice was spin. And then when I got injured, I quickly learned that, although I couldn’t run, I could still spin like there was no tomorrow. Suddenly I found myself spinning 3 or 4 days a week, sometimes even more. It was all spin all the time.

And then it happened: I started to dread the spin bike.

It’s funny how your mindset about certain forms of exercise can absolutely influence your physical response to it. The second I started to hate spinning with every fibre of my being, it also started to become so very hard. Simple hill climbing drills that I used to love became torturous. I completely loss the will to sprint. My one hour spin sessions dropped to 50 minutes, then to 45 minutes, then to 40 minutes, and they kept dwindling until I could barely get through a half hour without feeling like my body didn’t have anything left in it.

Of course the problem wasn’t my fitness, the problem was that I hated spinning so much that my body started to physically reject it. It can happen with any over training. I’ve experienced the same with running in the past. The challenge for me was that I was still unable to run, I hated swimming, I didn’t (and still don’t) believe that the elliptical does a damn thing for cardio fitness, and so what was left for my cardio fitness? Nothing.

So I stopped.

I put all my energy and attention into strength training, and it was fine. Except that every once in a while I genuinely missed a more high intensity outlet that wouldn’t also throw my injury out of whack. I moved, I joined a new gym, and with it came a dazzling spin studio with my old favourite spin bikes. I was curious: could I spin again?

Still, for the first couple of weeks at my new gym, I stuck to strength. But one day, when I felt more energetic than usual, I decided to hop right back on that saddle. And you know what they say about riding a back (sorry, that’s it for the bad puns). Suddenly spin didn’t feel torturous. It actually felt, dare I say it, good. I sprinted. I climbed. I hovered. And the time went by quickly. Could it be that I’d learned to love spin again?

It may be too soon to tell, but after a few weeks of working in 1-2 spin sessions per week, I can at least say that I’ve let go of my anti-spin sentiments. It wasn’t the spin bike’s fault, after all. It was my own fault for temporarily making spin my be all and end all. With a little more balance, I might just have found a way to welcome the spin bike back into my life.

Spin on, my friends, spin on.

TWIR #107: return of the sunshine!

Guys, I am in love with the sunshine. And my patio. More specifically, I am in love with sunshiny days on my patio. It’s been a great week for patio living. It’s not too hot yet, and the sun doesn’t take over our deck until 5 pm anyway. I’ve even been working from the patio and I’ve got to say that having the flexibility to work from home/on my patio is pretty much the best thing I have ever experienced. I used to feel like I was missing out on nice days while working, but now I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds. I’m sorry, this is probably making you jealous. That’s not my intention.  I’m just so, so, so much happier when I get fresh air and a little vitamin D.

On to the workouts (which were also pretty good this week!):

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: patio furniture!
Observations: I couldn’t work out Saturday because we had something very important to do: purchase patio furniture. I’m not kidding. And we were successful, which made the rest of the week wonderful.  So despite not having a workout, I declared Saturday a massive success.

Sunday
Activity: hike! driving range!
Relevant Stats: 8.5 km hike + one bucket of poorly hit balls
Observations: OMG, a hike! Okay, it wasn’t really a hike, but it was a) in nature b) in a provincial park and c) over 5 km, so I’m calling it a hike. And it was lovely, with scenic lake views and the smell of ponderosa pines, which I love with all my heart.  And then we went to the driving range, which was my first golf-related anything since December and I hit the ball about as well as you would expect for someone who hasn’t hit a ball since December. Still, it was a day full of fresh air and sunshine and I was very, very content.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: It felt like it had been a while since I went hard on my legs and glutes, so that’s exactly what I did. I even did these horrible single leg squats with jumps that my old trainer used to make me do. Even though I hated it in the moment, I sometimes force myself to do the exercises she made me do because, when it comes down to it, I miss working with her. All in all, it was a good workout. And just when you think it couldn’t be a better day, our patio furniture arrived! Of course, we had to buy rope so we could hoist it up over the deck railing because it was too wide to fit through our patio door…but I’ll spare you the details of that MacGyver-ing. Suffice it to say, we got it up there and sunset watching occurred. Monday win.

Tuesday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Do not eat two mini pepperoni sticks before you go to spin. Just trust me on that. Despite the unpleasantness of the recently consumed mini pepperonis, it was a great spin. I sprinted and climbed like there was no tomorrow and, by the end, my legs were dead. We capped off the day with some time on our patio and a delightful stroll along the lakeshore at dusk. I think I like this Okanagan lifetsyle.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Hallelujah! No bear crawls were required this time around. However, I did have to do three sets of three tricep exercises, which was pure torture for my arms. I’m also appreciate that my new trainer is not afraid to load me up with weight on the sleds. Even though I sometimes worry she’ll push me too far, as I get better at knowing my own limits, I’m willing to try even more. This week’s sled torture: backwards walking while pulling 150 lbs. Ugh.

Thursday
Activity: spin + strength
Relevant Stats: 50 min. (25 min. spin + 25 min. strength)
Observations: I had planned on a pure strength workout, but had a moment en route to the gym when I suddenly realized I could do some cardio instead.  Since my sciatic felt on the verge again, I opted to mix up some spin with some strength training in hopes it would loosen up my tight glutes and alleviate my sciatic discomfort. And it worked! I did some solid spinning before loading some weight onto my single leg dead lifts, split lunges, and side lunges. It’s always delightful when my theories pan out.  And once again we hit the patio for some late afternoon sunshine. Seriously, how did I survive before my patio?

Friday
Activity: hike + golf
Relevant Stats: 6 km hike + 18 holes
Observations: Well, we wanted to take advantage of a Friday off and the last day of sunshine for a few days, and damn it we did! We kicked off the day with a delightful lake view hike and then played 18 holes of frustrating (for me) golf. One day I will learn how to swing a club properly and consistently. Sigh. I can tell you that 5.5 hours in the sunshine is a bit too much for my pasty ginger self, but having a couple  post-activity beers sure helped.

And now it’s Friday and we are off for some winery visits in the southern okanagan. The weather is about to turn, which I was initially sad about, but then I realized that it really doesn’t matter if it’s raining when I have multiple samples of wine in front of me. Bring it on! Happy weekend y’all!

 

TWIR #106: back to life, back to reality

I’m not even a little bit sorry that song is probably stuck in your head right now.

After a week in sunny Mexico, being all lazy with my workouts, it was back to reality for me this week, which meant full on work days, full on workouts, and full on withdrawal from daily sunshine (I suspect it will never really be Spring here).  Let’s see if I was successful in getting back into gear.

Saturday
Activity:  strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations: Can I tell you how freaking fantastic it felt to be back in my own bed? And to take a shower in my own shower? The only downside of coming home was the time change which caused me to be wake up fully at 6am on a Saturday. On the plus side, that meant fitting in a workout before heading out for our wine weekend. I worked those glutes and legs hard to make up for a slacker week in Mexico. And then I drank a million wine samples, took a 4 o’clock nap, woke up to drink more and cram pizza in my face, only to fall asleep before 10 pm, which really irked me because I missed the ending of my 48 Hours Mystery.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: all the wine = no workout
Observations: I could’ve woken up and forced myself to the hotel gym, but instead I laid in bed with coffee and stared out the window at our lake view until it was time to go for breakfast. You win some, you lose some. I spent the rest of the day on my ass travelling between a few more wineries before driving home where I took yet another afternoon nap. Wine weekends are hard y’all.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations: After a weekend of overindulgence, I pretty much felt like a bag of crap by Monday morning. I forced myself to go to the gym and do some more serious leg work. While the workout itself was great, by the time I got home I felt absolutely awful. The afternoon was a struggle, friends. All I wanted was a nap, but I figured that napping during the workday would not be easily accepted by my employer.

Tuesday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations:  I’m not sure why I thought a spin day would be a great follow up to a tough leg day. It was not. I struggled on this spin ride, particularly with sprints, but I persevered and somehow knocked out a 45 minute spin, which is the longest spin ride I’ve had in months.  Now if I could just get back to 45 minutes of running…

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: My trainer knocked it up a notch this week. There were a lot of bear crawls, some seriously heavy prowler work, and a few arm exercises that made me wish I didn’t have arms. On the plus side, I changed my training session time to mid-morning which made the workout a hundred times more enjoyable than starting at 6am. I have no idea why I ever thought a 6am training session was a good idea when I work from home and have considerable flexibility in my calendar. I’m just glad I’ve come to my senses.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I can’t lie. My legs and glutes were not feeling it today. I did most of my step ups without any weight at all, and modified a lot of other exercises so that I wouldn’t aggravate my sciatic. I can tell when it’s on the verge of causing me issues, and it was certainly giving me early warning signs during this workout. Still, I survived a full workout and walked away with even sorer muscles. Sidenote: is sorer even a word? It’s also possible the workout was extra hard because we had a friend in town on Wednesday and we drank considerably more than we typically would on a work night, but who can be sure?

Friday
Activity: spin + core
Relevant Stats: 45 min. spin + 10 min. core
Observations: Oh man, today was a good one. Like I was climbing hills like a champ and even sprinting like a champ. I still have no idea why some days I seem to have endless energy while other days I can barely make it through my workouts, but I’m going to take this one as a the pinnacle of my workout week. I earned my wine tonight in sweat equity.

And just like that another week comes to its end. We might actually get some sunshine this weekend, which could mean some outdoors adventures are on the horizon, and also some patio furniture shopping because, you know, we don’t want to be those people who sit on their patio in camping chairs all summer. Happy weekend to all and to all a good night.