Too Close to the Truth!

5 Years in a Row

I saw this a while ago – but unfortunately don’t remember where, so I can’t give credit to whoever made it.  I had to use it though, because it’s funny and unfortunately close to the truth!  OK, so it hasn’t been five years, but my gym-free streak has been a bit longer than I’d like it to be.  I guess wearing my running shoes around hasn’t helped as much as I thought it would.  😉  Must correct this problem asap.

BETT

Back in the Saddle

Life Is Like Riding a Bicycle

(Courtesy Albert Einstein and SkinnyBliss)

I had a great workout this morning at Power Cycle.  After a couple of weeks without spinning, this morning reminded me why my hip flexors are so tired after the class!

As much as I love Power Cycle, I think it’s time to get myself outside on a “real” bike.  The weather has been a convenient excuse up to this point, but it really is time to start getting comfortable on the road.

I have a feeling that without the pounding music and motivational shouts of the spin instructor to keep me going, I’ll have to dig deep and come up with some pep talks for myself.  Or bribe myself with promises of ridiculous amounts of Diet Coke my favorite diet iced tea.  Whatever.  😉

Hope you’re having a good week.  Friday is almost here!

BETT

I’m Trying Something A Little Different

As I mentioned on Saturday, having the goal of completing my first triathlon – and being accountable for it by keeping this blog – has been incredibly motivating.

Although I’d like to become a professional back-of-the-pack runner and novice triathlete, I sadly have a day job: school.  Sometimes that day job is also a night job, depending on how my schedule goes.  And one of the most important things I have to do for that job is take a really big text at the end of this school year.

Not to be melodramatic, but I can’t overemphasize the importance of this test for my future career plans.  It’s a one-shot deal.  If you fail it, you can retake it, but there are consequences for failing the first time.  If you pass it, you can’t retake it for a higher score.  So you really want to pass it with flying colors on the first time.  And you really don’t want to fail.

The bad news is that I’ve been about as good about studying for this test as I was about working out before I began this triathlon challenge.  (For some reason, I’m just not as zealous about studying as I am about diligently consuming my Easter candy as quickly as possible.  Yeah, I can’t explain it either.)

The good news is that I have a few months to turn that around before test time.  And the even better news is that I have the perfect thing to motivate me to study.

I’m going public.

From now on, I will be attempting to do 50 practice questions each day for this exam.  Doesn’t sound like much, but doing and reviewing 50 questions can take as much as three hours!  So it’s going to be a stretch to fit it in to an already busy schedule, but I’m going to do my best.  And I’m going to keep track on BETT.

I'mPossible

(Courtesy FitFor365)

Now that that’s out there, I can tell you that I enjoyed an awesome Power Cycle class this afternoon.  It was great to be back in the group class mentality after a while away.  There’s nothing like energetic instructors and fellow riders to get you going!

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

BETT

 

Oh, I almost forgot!  I got my first 50 questions in tonight.  Working on reviewing them now…

Just What I Needed!

I took a late Pilates class tonight at my gym.  Exercising too late at night isn’t my favorite, but for a class like Pilates, I don’t think it’s as big of a deal.  The gentle stretching and solid core work was just what I needed.  My training this week hasn’t been very rigorous, which has been intentional.  (I’m saving my legs for a run this weekend.  More info on that to follow.)  Tonight’s class was the perfect thing to do when I didn’t want to do too much – but didn’t want a day completely off either.  I’ll be saving that for tomorrow!  😉

I also finished Triathlon 101.  Great book – the perfect introduction to the essentials of triathlon training and racing for those of us who know nothing about either!

BETT

Is It Friday Yet?!

Man, this week is off to a rough start!  Can it be the weekend yet???  A busy work schedule and lack of sleep left me somewhat unmotivated, but I got to the gym this morning for Power Cycling with some inspiration from the late great Iron Lady:

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.  That is the recipe.  It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

The hard work in my case was just getting out of bed hours before I wanted to!  🙂  But I was happy I got up once I got to cycling today.  What a workout!

It always makes me feel a little better when my fellow spinners seem to be struggling as much as I am.  You know it’s a good class when people talking to the instructor after class say, “Man!  Who are you angry at this morning?” and they’re only half-joking!  Wouldn’t have it any other way.

BETT

Another Morning, Another Workout

It’s great that my schedule this week allows me to get to my gym for early classes – especially since the sun hasn’t been showing his face around here much in the morning, and running in the snow(!) isn’t appealing when it’s officially spring.

Yes, that’s right.  Snow.

No, really.  Flurries every day this week except for today.  The snow doesn’t stick, but it doesn’t matter.  It should not be snowing this late into the year as far as I’m concerned!  I’m with AbsolutelyDC on this one.

Now that that’s off my chest, the nasty weather does make me especially grateful for indoor Power Cycle.  🙂  My instructor this morning was the same one I had for my very first class ever.  I was a little worried because that was the hardest class of the three I had taken, and I wasn’t sure how I’d fare the second time around, but it turned out to be great.  She’s so energetic you can’t help but be motivated to work hard.

Hope your week is treating you well – and that the sun is shining where you are!

BETT

What A Difference A Day Makes!

As I mentioned yesterday, I struggled to fit even a short strength training workout into my hectic Wednesday.  On Thursday, things were quieter on the work front and I actually had time to go to my second Power Cycling class.  I’m happy to report that it was just as wonderful as the first.  The instructors were different, and their focus was different, but the results were the same:  legs aching, heart and lungs working overtime, but a smile on my face.

My first Power Cycle class (on Monday) was really focused on the lower body and on quick changes of position.  There were many sets of tough switches from a seated position to half-standing and back.  I felt like my legs never got a break, even for a minute, which was awesome!  Today’s class didn’t have as many of those transitions, but it included an entire segment devoted to arm and chest strength.  It seemed strange at first to try to work those muscles while riding a stationary bike, but by the end of that section, my upper body was smoked.  I have to admit that this was the perfect change of pace since my legs were still a little sore from the first class on Monday…

I really like the fact that the same Power Cycle class can be so different, depending on the instructor, the group in the class, the music, etc.  Going to classes at different times seems like a great way to keep the basic workout the same but change it up enough to prevent boredom.  I definitely plan on fitting this class in as much as possible so I can build up my biking muscles before I hit the roads!

BETT