It’s the first week of December and the extra stress of the holiday season is definitely playing on my moods.
I’m pretty excited about November though, it went well and I need to make sure I continue to ride that wave.
I started off this week with my first strength routine at coach’s gym.
We went through the different exercises I use to build my twice-a-week strength routines and she coached me up on a couple of my movements, particularly my kettlebell swings and proper form for deadlifts.
I need to better hinge at my hips while putting my bum out behind me so that my hamstrings engage.
I plan to take a selfie at the gym every Wednesday and that way I’ll have a regular photographic account of body-shape change.
I’ll do no weigh-ins until January 1st. I want the first eight weeks to kind of settle in so that my body can get used to healthy eating and hard, regular weight training.
It’s funny how over the years you can forget different parts of yourself. I used to really, really love weight training.
I got away from it, but this last month I’ve really come to enjoy going to the gym to move weight around again.
And funny enough, in doing that, I’ve also rediscovered my love of metal music. Earlier this week I was a bit rage-y when I went to the gym and decided that I needed to lift to some heavy metal and it was spectacular.
I had my first small anxiety attack over the idea of doing the Death Race.
Strangely it came because my name wasn’t on the entry list.
During the regular sign up the race director ran into some technical issues with the site and it lost some of the information from those of us who had put their entries in early as previous volunteers.
I watched as Canadian Death Race entries opened on the weekend, people paid their dues, and their names popped up on the list.
Mine wasn’t there.
I knew I was registered, the race director kept full contact with me through emails.
It was interesting to me to realize the mind game that had already started this far out from the actual race itself. However, my name is on the list now and all is well.
I ended the week strong. I made the decision to really slow down my two long runs. I’m slow to begin with, but slowed them even more, taking walking breaks every mile to bring the heart rate down.
I’ve got enough non exercise related stress right now, and stress is cumulative regardless of where it comes from. Too much stress and the body ramps up cortisol production.
Two full strength routines, I want to start making these longer. I added a 15 minute slow row on Wednesday and I’ll keep that up.
Yoga, rowing and some drills made up the rest of my time. I have to do better at the drills this week. I actually forgot about them on Friday and half-assed them later just so I could say they were done.