I SWEAT. I don't perspire. I don't glisten. I pour sweat out of what feels like every pour in my body! When I finish a work out, I have to hang my clothes to dry before I can put them in the "funky clothes" pile (AKA the bathtub).
Ever since shoulder surgery I haven't been allowed to work out (other than PT and that hasn't made me produce wetness). That constraint came to a halt at my last doctor appointment!! (You know the one where he told me I could do "anything I want"!) So yesterday I got to put on an actual SPORTS BRA and workout clothes (spin shorts) for a REASON and hit the gym.
I was teaching Spin and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. I wasn't sure what kind of
And...I DIDN'T!! I'm not going to lie...it was a mental challenge, but I DID IT!! And, I poured SWEAT!!! I was soaked when I got done. And, I LOVED IT!!!
To make it even better, it was almost a two shower day! After Spin I showered and ran errands before going to PT later in the afternoon. I knew I was going to get to work harder so I wore a clean/dry sport bra and workout shirt (something I haven't had to do in the last eight weeks), but decided to wear blue jeans since I was just working my upper body. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was actually sweating!!! I wasn't dripping, but I was certainly showing the beginning of a glisten!!
Up for today--teaching another Spin class and at home PT.
I am laying down some bricks!!!
Until next time...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
When I started running, I basically built my running fitness out of straw. I didn't have a foundation and the "walls" were very weak. Consequently, I ended up getting hurt. After taking five weeks off, I was able to run again. I talked about strength training quite a bit, but I really didn't know what to do at the time so I "built my house out of sticks" and simply added biking and swimming to my running. I thought I was doing well to add yoga to the mix.
Quite a while later I had a little issue with my knee. (Can you hear the "WHOOSH" sound of the big bad wolf's hot air?) After the requisite five weeks off, I came back strong at Wet Dog, moving right back into a house of sticks!!
Then this issue hit with my shoulder in September 2012. Fifteen months worth of issue. If you've followed my blog for long, you'll know I had surgery January 2014. Unfortunately, it wasn't five weeks off this time, it was EIGHT.
From the time I was told I needed surgery until yesterday I was making plans about "building my house of bricks" when the time came. I was thinking through how I wasn't going to start running/biking/swimming right out of the gate. I was going to work on general strength--core, arms, legs, even respiratory muscles! No more big bad wolf for me. Strong foundation and strong walls, that was the plan.
Until I heard, "you can do what ever you WANT to!"
WANT! What I want is to race McKay Hollow on March 22nd. I want to start training for another IronMan. I want to get out on my bike. That's like when my husband says "what do you WANT to eat?" What I WANT is pizza, ice cream, Mexican, lasagna, Kit Kat, Nutty Bars...and the list goes on. I don't WANT salad and grilled chicken.
Pig number one and number two WANTED to have fun. They wanted to play all day. They didn't WANT to take the time to build a solid foundation and solid walls. And...clearly they weren't thinking about the big bad wolf! Pig number three however took the time on the front end to prepare a good footing. He properly stacked brick and mortar, and obviously put in a sizable fireplace because when the big bad wolf couldn't blow number three's house down, that wolf ended up in a soup pot!!
I'm not saying I won't be running/swimming/Spinning*, but I can say I will be doing so sparingly while I work on my masonry skills! I'd rather have wolf soup than be forced to take five or eight (or more) weeks off again!!
Until next time.... :D
(*My surgeon said Spin is okay but no biking right now.)
I know it's a bit melodramatic, but have you met me??
I went to the doctor yesterday and his exact words were, "you can do what ever you want to now!" (That wasn't my surgeon, it was a Fellow who was working with him.) As soon as he saw the elation on my face, he back pedaled a little bit and had to go and add the words, "within reason".
Two little words--such huge impact. I mean, really, what does that mean anyway? My "within reason" probably looks very compared to someone whose only activity is surfing the web.