Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zumba hates me

I head to spinning class and the teacher didn't show up so a lot of the girls went upstairs to the dance studio for the Zumba class instead. I'm thinking, "Hey! I could do that! I need to try this out."

Upstairs we go.

This is what I know about Zumba, it's kind of latin-ey and it's dancing. I like dancing, so it sounds great!

I don't know if it was my teacher who didn't explain any steps or go slowly at all, or if I am just that awkward and idiotic.

I go into the class thinking I'll look something like Shakira and I ended up looking like Elaine from Seinfeld.

I stumble through the warm up trying to at least get the feet right, and I kind of figured it out, but the teacher is all moving her hips all over (as are the rest of the girls in the class) and I'm a stiff robot barely doing the steps.

The teacher thanks everyone for coming to Zumba and starts the "routine". She did a small demo (and I mean 3 seconds with 100 steps) and encouraged everyone to start. I am having a complete panic attack in my head. Everyone is smiling and dancing all over the place and I'm all, wwwhhhattttt?  I stood there like an idiot for several seconds (or minutes. time has no meaning at this point) completely confused and feeling very alone. In my desperation to get out of this 7th circle of h#LL, told her I was no dancer, and left. I LEFT! As a fitness class instructor myself at several points in my life, I always try to stay in a class because I hated it when people left early. But I couldn't do it, I don't think I've ever felt so stupid in my entire life.

Conclusion - Zumba is so not for me.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Wow. Where have I been?

Packing up all my belongings, driving 2400 miles, and unpacking all my belongings (although I still can't find stuff).

We now live in Rexburg, Idaho. Elevation 4900 feet above sea level. Bath was AT sea level  (since I could see the sea from my house), so I'm sucking wind here. I've gone running twice. There's this 1 mile hill straight up to the Rexburg Temple and it's my goal to make it the whole way without walking.  Here's a small idea of what it looks like:

I just mapped it and it's a 350 feet gain in .99 miles. That's a 5% grade for 1 mile with no rest. Am I a wuss or just not acclimated to the altitude and hills?

I've gone swimming at the pool once, that was eye opening. I'm way out of swimming shape, holy smokes. I did 1600 yards in 35 minutes or so. And then I went to a spinning class on Saturday, that was totally fun and got a great sweat on.

Anyway, I'm getting back into shape after my disaster of a half marathon and working on running speed so I can kill a triathlon next summer. Feeling good and looking forward to my next race!

Monday, November 4, 2013

October review

go the whole year injury free!!! IT band pain comes and goes but it's never been bad enough to take more than just a couple days off so I'm calling this one a success so far!

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 (almost died)
March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.
Oct - 7:48

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 70
Bike - 32.55
total for October - 102.55
Total miles - 1450 (Unless I seriously up the biking, 2000 miles is not going to happen this year)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good. failing major since we found out we were moving.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I have some interesting goals for next year since all my races are about done for this year, but with all the access to workout equipment and things, I'm pretty excited about what I can accomplish soon. I set some really high goals that I wasn't sure I could even do and improved a lot and learned a lot about myself. I do have 1 more 5K on December 31st, but there could be snow on the ground so it may not be a PR kind of race.

Can't wait to move. 4 days.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Racing Addiction

What is it about me? About us "racers"?

We do some races, they suck. We do horrible and hate every second of it and then a week later we are on the hunt for a new challenge.

A chance to redeem ourselves.

Seriously, after the horrible way I felt at my last 5K (although I did PR), the sucky half marathon (I've gone faster than that in training runs), and the craptastic marathon I did, I need some redemption.

I need a triathlon.

We are moving next week to Idaho. Where cold weather abounds and there are races galore. The Rigby Lake triathlon is next in line for me. It's an Olympic distance race a mere 12 minutes from our (new) house.

The great news about this new place we live? I have complete access to the Fitness Center and all it entails. treadmills, indoor lap pool, weights, ellipticals, bikes, aerobics classes, indoor track, outdoor track, hills, bleachers, etc, etc, etc. Did I mention it's 1 minute from our house? Okay, maybe 2 minutes.

I can REALLY swim train! I can take spinning classes to up my biking speed! I can run hills to strengthen my legs!

Here are my goals for my next tri-

  • finish the swim in 28-ish minutes (1:45/100)
  • hold a 19 mph on the bike
  • finish under an hour on the run
  • Overall? Finish around 2:50 or so.
Bring it ON Idaho!