So, I will continue with our Greek Cruise and Italian vacation pics tomorrow, but I wanted to give you all an update on my training the past week since I have been home.
I went for an absolutely wonderful run in the rain last week. I had a headache, and it had been raining off and on all day. I looked at training schedule, realized that I had my first triathlon of the season in 5 weeks, and decided to get my butt out there to run. I don’t have time to “wait” for the perfect weather. The run was rejuvenating, and I discovered that my what I thought “rain proof” jacket was really just rain resistant since I was soaking wet and freezing by the time I made it home after my 5 mile run in the pouring rain and mud.
I tried to take of a pic of the wetness, but failed. Just believe me when I tell you I was soaking wet, okay? It was still a really good run. I would prefer to do it in a little warmer temperature though.
Kate and Tina have teamed up for Yoga Pose May. I was chosen along with a bunch of other bloggers to do the Dancer’s pose for today! Yesterday, Steve and I went out on a nice little bike ride around our village, and I decided to get my yoga shot out in the fields since it was beautiful! According to YogaJournal.com this pose:
- Stretches the shoulders and chest
- Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
- Strengthens the legs and ankles
- Improves balance
Obviously, I’m not perfect at this pose, but I get the job done!
In addition to running, cycling, swimming, and yoga, I have tried a new weight lifting routine. Now, if you are a long time reader of the blog, you know that I absolutely loathe weight training. I most certainly never thought that I would ever want to try Crossfit. Here in Germany on the air force base, it is sort of a cult where the “crossfitters” all hang out and talk about nothing but Crossfit with each other. Most of them (and I’m friends with some of them) are quite weird, and have been trying to get me to do it for a long time. I have always said no because there is a high rate of injuries associated with the routines (mainly because idiots take on too much on especially in the beginning without knowing how to do the exercises). I have also strayed away because pretty much all the women at my base who do Crossfit look like men they have bulked up that much. I know there are a few women out there doing Crossfit who don’t look like men, so I don’t want any angry emails, okay? I’m just telling you what I’ve seen.
So, why have I had a sudden change of heart?
- I’m bored with normal resistance programs. I can’t seem to stick to any. I really dislike lifting weights. If I had to choose between weight lifting for 20 minutes and running10 miles, I would most certainly pick running 10 miles. This program changes EVERY day.
- I NEED to get on the ball with resistance training. I’ve got some soft spots that didn’t used to be soft due to my slacking on this. I’m willing to try anything that won’t take too long right now. Plus, I know that it will help with my speed and power on the bike, running, and in the water. I don’t want to be left in the dust on any of these events, and I really want to improve.
- My husband promised me that we were not going to hang out with any weird Crossfit people or go to any Crossfit parties. Yes, the parties DO exist. Kari, one of my friends, does crossfit, and she of course is excluded from the weirdness!
- I tried doing Monday’s Crossfit workout just to test the waters. It only took me 30 minutes. It was a full body workout, and I’m so sore today! And… I actually really enjoyed it. Ack! I never thought that I would ever say that especially regarding Crossfit!
- I did a bunch of research on Crossfit and triathletes, and most reviews say that it is a good thing. Most experts think that doing Crossfit 6 days a week is crazy if it isn’t during the off season with all the training that I need to be doing now mid season, but 2-3 times a week should suffice. During the off season, I might do the recommended 3 days on, 1 day off.
- I love the fact that Crossfit focuses on full body workouts and plyometrics. I have been wanting to try plyometrics for a while, and they are suggested in many of my triathlon books.
So, that is my plan. Two times a week, I’m doing Crossfit, and then I’m doing yoga once a week. I think that is a good mix of strength training and stretching in addition to my weekly goal of swimming, cycling, and running 3 times a week each. I want to try Crossfit up until the Baumholder Triathlon in 5 weeks. If I’m seeing the results that I’m happy with, I will stick with it. It is my little Crossfit Challenge. If you want to try it with me, go to this website for the workout of the day (WOD).
By the way, I did some research on Crossfit Endurance and did not find good reviews for getting good times in triathlons. It is a bunch of speed workouts essentially cutting the endurance factor out. There is no substitute for a 20 mile run except a 20 mile run.
That is enough for now. I will be posting more vaca pics, my vegan/gluten free month update including a Veganomicon book giveaway and foodie pics, and my updated exercise schedule this upcoming week!
Have you ever tried Crossfit? How do you feel about weight training in general?