Archive for June, 2009
A little late in getting my schedule up this week, but there are some fun additions to the regular flow. Check it out:
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Body Sculpt and 7:30 p.m. Cardio Mix at Excel
Wednesday: 7 p.m. Intro to Step/Step I at Feminine Fitness
Saturday: 9 a.m. Cardio Mix and 10 a.m. Power Abs at Excel; 11:30 a.m. Dance Through The Decades* at Feminine Fitness (This special, no-fee class will replace Velma’s Cardio Kickboxing class for this one day.)
Sunday: 9 a.m. Step at New York Sports Club Parsippany (final class)
*If you’ve never come to Dance Through The Decades before, it’s a good time — and you don’t need to know how to dance to have fun! Let me know if you want to come and need a guest pass to Feminine Fitness.
A few quick hits for your Hauling pleasure this morning… Women’s Wear Daily has an interesting article on the ways shoe stores are helping people understand the new kinds of fitness footwear, like MBT sneakers… Thanks to Britain’s Got Talent, Greek dancing is apparently on the rise in the United Kindgom… And American kids seem to be making better choices at fast-food restaurants. Now if only their parents would follow suit…
Come on down and join me this week! Here’s where I’ll be:
Monday: 6:15 p.m. Arm Strength, 7 p.m. AbSolution and 7:45 p.m. Step at Palisades Sports And Fitness.
Tuesday: Kelly generously covers my Excel classes.
Wednesday: 7 p.m. Intro Step/Step I at Feminine Fitness.
Sunday: 9 a.m. Step at New York Sports Club Parsippany.
Hope to see you there!
Thursdays are long days for me. I teach two classes before 8 a.m., work at my day job until 5:30, then teach another class at 6:30 p.m. So the last thing I wanted to do last night was strap on a bathing suit and goggles and get in a pool.
But I did. Because my first triathlon ever is happening in 45 days. And I’m not ready.
I’m a mediocre swimmer at best. I’m slow. My form is bad. I never really understood how the breathing works in freestyle, so I rely on the breaststroke — which, as my former-swim-team-captain sister recently pointed out, is “the least efficient way to swim.” Did I mention that I use noseplugs?
So you can imagine how out of my element I am in the pool. But does that stop me? Heck no. Last night, I was determined to swim the distance that I’ll have to do on the day of the race. (It’s 1500 meters – almost a mile – followed by a 40-kilometer bike ride – almost 25 miles – and a 10-kilometer run – a little more than six miles.) I had no idea how long it would take me, and I was very glad that I was the only person in the pool. The fewer witnesses to my splashing and flailing, the better. The teenage lifeguard seemed intensely disinterested in what I did as long as I didn’t sink to the bottom of the pool.
I did the math and figured out that I’d need to travel the length of the 25-meter pool 60 times to reach my goal. To get an accurate idea of the time, I’d have to go without stopping. And to approximate at least one of the conditions of the triathlon swim route, which takes place in the Hudson River, I’d have to refrain from pushing off the sides at each end. (There’s nothing to push off of in the river!)
I slogged through. At times, it felt like I was barely moving. But I thought back to when I first started running, when getting to the end of my block took all of my effort. Back then, I never would’ve even thought that I’d ever be able to run for hours. But I can now. I didn’t get to where I am through talent or genetics or coaching. I got here because I just kept at it. With that in mind, I made like Finding Nemo’s Dory and just kept swimming.
I finished in about 44 minutes. I felt like rubber and weaved a little as I came out of the pool, but I finished. The lifeguard, whose name I have learned is Eric, looked up from his book (yeah, I know) and smiled as he said, “Good job.”
Get used to it, Eric. You and I are going to be spending a lot more time together, because I’ve got 45 days to go.
Are you a swimmer with tips/tricks/motivation to share? Are you a landlubber who’d never be as dumb as me? Post a comment and let us hear it!
Biker babes, get ready to rally! The Ramapo Rally will take place on Sunday, August 16, at the Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah, NJ. There are multiple courses — from 12 miles to 125 miles — in varying degrees of difficulty. The ride is family friendly, so bring the kiddies, and enjoy a light lunch at the end!
Visit the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey’s site to sign up or for more information.
This CNN piece suggests that using pets as workout partners is an awesome idea. I agree, in theory. If you have a cat that actually does what you want it to when you want it to, I’d love to see it…
Can I get a big woo-hoo-hey-now for Rosalie and Stephanie, two Haulers who ran the Tenafly 5K this past weekend? Though they are not standing in the official HB stance (we’ll let it slide just this once), they look awesome after finishing strong! Those medals suit you, ladies!