Thursday, January 3, 2013

Three Things Thursday

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Yeah, I know the holiday is over, but it's never too late to workout.  Below is a Bootcamp workout I used the week before Christmas for my classes.  As you can guess, they "loved" it.  And as much as I heard unending complaints about it, I've had multiple members repeating it on their own either in the gym or at home.  I even had one member teach it to her daughters!  =D  Happy Trainer!!

Here's the exercise list (just follow the video or the song lyrics to figure out the structure/pattern):
1 - Burpee
2 - Jump Squat
3 - Pushup
4 - V-Up
5 - Romanian Dead Lift (RDL)
6 - Mountain Climber
7 - Bicep Curl
8 - Renegade
9 - Overhead Press
10 - Calf Raise
11 - Russian Twist
12 - Lunges

First trainer ride of 2013

With Ironman training starting soon and only three rides logged since B2B in October, I dusted off the trainer (aka, wet athletic clothes hanger) and went for a ride.  Surprisingly, I made it 33 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore.  I got 13.6 miles in and I was impressed.  As much as I'd much prefer to avoid the trainer - just as I avoid the dreadmill at all costs - there's no way I'm riding my bike outdoors in freezing temperatures!  With a July Ironman on this year's schedule, I'm going to have to find a way to mentally push through the hours of indoor riding.

Any thoughts or suggestions?!

Numb Thumb

Remember my Freyr Adventure Run on Sunday?  Well, my left thumb is still numb on top.  I'm going to take a wild guess and say that this is not a good sign.  I am obviously in need of some new winter running gloves.  I currently have an older pair of the Pearl Izumi Shine Wind Mitt gloves.  They have worked well for me so far, but with the longer runs I'm doing this winter, they're not holding up.  I am open to any suggestions or thoughts on better gloves for long winter runs.

At the moment, I like the idea of the Brooks Utopia 2-in-1 gloves.  I think the mitten idea will help keep my fingers warm and the ability to separate the fleece and wind mitt are nice for different temperatures.  Plus, I could wear a fleece glove instead if I wanted.  I haven't found them to try out, but I'd love to hear your reviews of this or other gloves.

Dream.  Believe.  Achieve. 


Jenny Davidson said...

I like the Spinervals DVDs, but they're not cheap (see if you can check them out at the public library?). A very worthwhile investment is Workouts in a Binder for Indoor Cycling: I think it's crucial to structure indoor riding in a very focused way so as to stay the course...

Coy Martinez said...

You and I are in the same boat although my Ironman isn't until September. I have the entire summer to sweat through :)

Look up Sufferfest cycle videos. The music is killer and the footage is awesome. I'm NOT a video cycling person at all but I was wrangled into these and now I love the one I have.

I keep forgetting that the winter is full of strength training. :(

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I second Sufferfest, plus they are about a third of the price of Spinervals

I was looking at your race schedule, Lake Placid is the same day as Switzerland

And a sprint tri 3 days after an Ironman.... OUCH is all I have to say