Thursday, December 8, 2011

TTT - Three Times Fast

Since jumping on the Paleo bandwagon, I've pretty much fallen off the blogging circuit.  Instead of spending my mornings before work writing blogs and fitting in my training runs/bikes/swims, I'm prepping and cooking breakfast, eating breakfast, prepping and cooking lunch, and packing for work.  Even now I have a spaghetti squash in the oven.  What will I make with it?  I have no idea.  I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer last night, so unless I want to thaw it out in water, I might just have to go veggie for lunch/dinner.  Anyways...  here goes an attempt at TTT.

1.  Rock Band

My roommate got the Rock Band game... a year ago?  Two?  Oh, I don't know.  It was awhile ago and we used to play it all the time.  We got to the point where we wouldn't play any song unless we did so on Expert.  But it dropped off after a time, we stopped playing, and it got put away.  Then last night, I came home from work and found him playing Rock Band with a friend.  It had been so long since I played that I ignored the desire to get right to bed and stayed up to play with them.  The first thing I learned was that the Metal pack for Rock Band is I-N-S-A-N-E!  We even had to knock the difficulty down to Medium.  MEDIUM!!  That's unheard of.  All I can say is that there might be some solo Rock Band sessions in our near future in order to hone our skills back up to par.

2.  "There's no such thing as a 'good workout.'"
A couple days ago, I got into a conversation with a member at the gym.  It all started when we asked him "did you have a good workout?" to which he replied "There is no such thing."  He was the kind of guy who will do 150 pushups, but only if a personal trainer tells him to.  He wouldn't even step into a gym unless it was part of a routine that a trainer had set up for him.  He explained that he believed no one comes to a gym or works out at all for any reason other than to obtain the results.  "If you could get the same results from sitting at home and eating cheeseburgers and pizza as you do by being at the gym, no one would ever work out."  At that moment, my boss turns around and looks at me - "I think we have one exception."  So I got to talking with this guy.  I told him about how I honestly like the feeling of working out.  I enjoy the endorphin boost, the feeling of being "alive," and how natural things like running feel, but he wouldn't budge.  "Ignoring science, if you could get all of those same feelings from a pizza, what reason would you have for working out?"  Ok, I might give him that, albeit we're ignoring basic biology. 

Then as he was turning to leave he steps back and says "You should be a personal trainer.  I'm not joking.  You'd be perfect."  And coming from a guy who has paid a small inheritance for personal training every year, I took that as a big compliment.

3.  Spinning!

Speaking of workouts!  My LBS has a few spin classes they host every week through the winter months.  I was bummed to find out that I wouldn't be able to make any of their week day classes since they're in the evenings.  However, when I was in the shop last they let me in on a little secret...  There is a group of crazy triathletes that want to do Sunday morning spin.  "Hey, I can make that!"  However, the part that makes them "crazy" is not the desire to spin on a Sunday morning, it's the desire to spin for THREE HOURS on a Sunday morning.  haha  So after working Monday through Saturday this week, I am going to wake up early on Sunday and spin for three hours!  ...then attempt to do some Xmas shopping.

Wish me luck!


1.  Any Rock Band "Expert" players out there?  How about just fans of the game?
Rock Band has been the focus of so many parties at our apartment that I couldn't even begin to count them all.

2.  "There is no such thing as a 'good workout.'"  What are your thoughts?
Is every workout a means to an end?

3.  Has anyone ever taken a spin class that lasted more than one hour?

P.S.  The spaghetti squash turned out well.  
Now it's off to frying up bell peppers and onion to go with it for lunch.

Swim fast.  Bike smart.  Run hard. 


Anonymous said...

I"ve never played that game... I LOVE WORKING OUT.. LOVE LOVE. I think if I didn't have kids I'd do it all day every day!!!!!! Not sure why, it just makes me feel so much better.

Karen said...

Hmmm 3 hours of spinning, that could go either way. depends on how good the person is who is leading the class! As long as there is a video or movie up, I *might* be able to spin for that long.

Have you thought about prepping and cooking all your food for the week in advance? I prep all my breakfasts, lunches and snacks on the weekends and it is a real time saver. I spend an hour or two getting everything ready and then box it up in lunch sized containers so I grab and go. Just a thought.

it's all about pace said...

some put the WORK in workout... an then I know plenty of people to whom working out is a hobby...

I've done 3 spin classes back to back... in the summer I often do a 0500 and 0600 spin class double.

have fun!

Matthew Smith said...

3 hours of spinning? Yuck! I agree that you should do the personal trainer bit. Go for it!

Faerunner said...

I think three hours of spinning would make me crazy, but I don't do much of anything for 3 hours straight, and I've never tried spinning so I don't know how well I'd take to it.

As far as a "good workout" is concerned, I do enjoy working out when I feel good, and I certainly don't just do it for the health benefits, but my favorite workouts are the every-day kind like sanding down the walls to prep for painting, or lifting bags of gravel to fill the mud hole in the driveway. The stuff that gets something else done other than "working out". Those are both good workouts AND more productive than going for a run! I'm busy and like to multi-task... what can I say? :)