Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Because sometimes you just have to make yourself go

Because sometimes...when you drag your butt to the gym...and it's the last thing you wanna do...it's just what the doctor ordered.

I had no desire to go lift and haven't had the desire to a while. I was getting comfortable with just spending an hour or two on the bike and calling it a day but that was exactly the problem. "Comfort" is a terrible thing especially when recovery from surgery and wanting to get back at it when it comes to racing and racing Ironman events again.

Well, nothing to do but to do it! What started as a slogging through it workout...turned into an absolutely bag smasher of a workout. I just started to feel better with every exercise. No, I will not be able to touch my nose tomorrow...or maybe for a few days...but I feel a TON better. Now to remember this and keep at it...or not try to get all my fitness/strength back in one day. Haha

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sure the weather is find but...

I would've loved putting tires on the road for a pretty 50+ degree day in MA but a: I'm not putting my carbon fiber, Ferrari-like  road/tri bikes on these roads and 2: with my luck, I'd take a spill on the repaired hip and ruin everything. Maybe in hindsight I could've put my bike on the trainer on my balcony...but instead I went to the gym for a solid hour TT on the bike. A hammered workout got me 20 miles...and a sore hip. I just couldn't seem to find a smooth pedal stroke. I blame the bike! But at least I got in a great sweatfest workout. Maybe an Epsom salt soak later will help.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sometimes the things you hate work the best...

There really aren't words to describe the love-hate relationship with these. Spent about 45 minutes doing over head/side/one arm ball throws at all those different weights...and that was after a hard 60 minute bike ride. I can say this, my core is ON FIRE. Yup, bags officially smashed.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Everything is closed because of the snowpocalypse? No problem!

Well, it seems that Mother Nature finally remembered that it's winter here in New England and we're under a blizzard warning right now! So, almost EVERYTHING is closed including gyms and of course the roads to get to them. This is exactly why I keep some training tools at the fingertips at home.

Never underestimate the effectiveness of a couple DVD workouts, a medicine ball and dumbbells and a great workout plan (I LOVE these superhero workouts, modified since I'm recovering from surgery) to completely smash your bags in the comfort of your own home. No excuses, get it done. Say safe in this weather, stay warm...and stay swole! LOL

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The only way to know if you're progressing is to push your limits...

While in "Phase 2" of rehab post-surgery I can't run but I CAN ride "to pain". Well, if that the case I need to find out where hat threshold is.

Using the team time trial coverage from the Tour de France a few years ago for motivation, I got on the bike tonight to see how hard I cold push. The goal was to hammer a rolling hills course for 90 minutes while keeping at or above 90rpms to really give me a mark on the wall to see where I'm at with leg fitness and cardiovascular fitness. 

There was no doubt I pushed hard because I was soaking wet, my quads/flutes/hams are already killing me and while I could only muster 26 miles total I had NO pain the in hip joint/socket. So...win! Now I need to eat and maybe take a quick nap.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

At it again...

Nice to be back on the bike...pushing harder than I did before my surgery. 

I always like to watch cycling to give me motivation so I found Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae video from her kicking butt at an Ironman World Championships a few years ago. I decided to try a 65min time trial/sweatfest to get an idea of how the hip would hold up now that I'm in "Phase 2" of recovery. And the verdict? I'm good. I'm feel really good. Sure I'm sore...but it's my butt, lower back, abs and quads from the effort...not the repaired hip!

Ya, I'm seem to be getting better everyday. This feels promising.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

What better way to spend time in a snow storm...than in the pool?!

Oh the weather outside is indeed frightful, but the pool was so delightful.

Well, I don't know about delightful but it's a whole lot warmer! I have to admit I'm really starting to dig that "rehab" pool. A total of 1600m of just pulling plus another 600m of aqua jogging and 600m of side straddle walks. Now that's a workout. The one good thing about only being able to pull means I have no choice but to focus on form, hand entry and  breathing. Too often the "complete" mechanics of swimming gets lost while I'm trying to integrate strong kicking, log distance...and trying not to drown.  Maybe I can get the mechanics down pat by the time the doc clears me to be able to start kicking.