Wednesday, March 23, 2011

getting a handle on this thing

It's no secret I've been pretty lax on the posting of late. I've been going through some growing pains with this blog trying to figure out what it should be since it's not a wedding planning blog any longer. For now I'm going to try to be more regular with my posting and in terms of topics, I'll try to keep it relevant to what I'm doing now.

Last time I introduced you to Cappie. When I'm not chasing my scraggly little furball around, I probably skating. That's right, I'm a roller girl! I joined the No Coast Derby Girls in November. Before I joined I had been on roller skates a grand total of twice in my life. (Ari took me skating for the first time for my 22nd birthday. It was me and 4 birthday parties of 9-11 year olds.) I'm not going to lie and say it's been easy, it's been a lot of hard work and a huge time commitment, but it's so worth it! In the coming weeks I'll start talking more about derby, the rules, the community, the history. (If you have any questions, let me know and I'll go more in depth.)

Derby is not for the feint of heart. I work out on skates several time a week both on and off skates. Sometimes it sucks but I know that it both makes me a stronger skater and skinnier person (I've lost 10 pounds since I started!). So, I've decided to start cataloging my efforts on Workout Wednesday, starting with the previous Wednesday. I'm owning up to my off days and hopefully I'll keep myself honest and even get my junk food addiction in check.

Workout Wednesday for the Week of 3/16-3/22:

Wednesday: 1 hour Interval Group Class (lots of running uphill since spring is finally starting to show up in Lincoln!)
Thursday: 1 hour Body Sculpt Class
Friday: 35 minutes (3.67 miles, 397 calories) on the elliptical. I did what I've deemed a "half." I set the elliptical to do one giant hill up and down (Kilamanjaro on the Life Fitness machine at the gym) for 30 minutes, the length of half a roller derby bout.  I then mimic the jam timing. 30 seconds active rest (the 30 second set-up time between jams) followed by two minutes of flat out sprint (the maximum length of a jam). This worked out nicely with the 30 minutes because each increase or decrease in resistance coincided with 5 little 30 second sections, just the same as my jam plus set-up. I'm going to try to work up to sticking this in on all but one off day a week (everyone needs to rest some time!)
Saturday: 2 hour All League Practice (these are harder because the A team girls practice with us too.) Admittedly I only got about a third through this before I rolled my ankle. It was stupid and my fault. I wasn't paying attention when I was falling. I spent the end of practice icing my ankle and watching.
Sunday: 2 hour All League Scrimmage. We played A Team (Mad Maxines) vs. B Team (Road Warriors, my team!). We worked HARD.
Monday: 2 hour Practice.
Tuesday: Off. At this point I'd gone 6 days in a row and I was TIRED.

6 of 7 days in the week, just like I aim for! I've got a bout coming in a week and a half so I'd better keep it up!

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