Swimming - 50,000 yards
Hot Yoga - 150 minutes
That translates into swimming 2,500 yards a day for 20 days out of the month (I swam every Monday thru Friday except for one day when I had to go to the dentist in the morning because of my hurting mouth), and going to yoga twice. Still, I like that you can make anything sound impressive - just depends on how you write it!
Swimming is going well - it generally takes me around an hour and fifteen minutes to complete my workout - if my pool buddy Nancy is there when I arrive, we kick board and chat together for 20 or 30 lengths (if she's not, then I usually only kick for 10 lengths while I cry inwardly because I like my chatty time); then I do my combination back stroke/side stroke for 50 lengths, and finish for a total of 100 lengths with more kick board, throwing in about five sprints if I feel like it. Just so you know, I do not feel like sprinting when I'm swimming the morning after hot yoga. Swimming is enough at that point - the yoga workouts are intense, and I'm still a bit tired from them, which is to be expected since I'm swimming about 13 hours after I finished yoga. I consider it a victory that I actually DO swim at all the morning after my evening yoga class.
I had a couple of workout-related victories this week that I wanted to share. First, as I mentioned in Monday's post, I kayaked! I got into the kayak from the boat's swim dock and didn't capsize the kayak (have you ever seen contestants on the Amazing Race do that?(I have)(not that I was worried)(ok, maybe just a little) - I like to think that my core strength contributed to helping me balance while I got in. And then, I paddled. Now, it wasn't like we went a long distance - just to the little island and back - but my arms didn't get tired at all from paddling, which surprised me. Swimming has really strengthened my arms without a lot of muscle soreness - I like that I am able to get a workout in and still be able to raise my arms to wash my hair!
My second victory happened during Hot Yoga (hot as in 104 degrees hot - yikes!) on Monday night. Kimberly, the instructor, had us moving at a pretty fast pace which was good as it left me no time to second-guess whether or not I could actually DO the poses she was leading us in - I just went for it, as much as I could. She did the plow pose and I was shocked to discover that I could actually do it, too!!! Usually, any of the really "bendy" yoga poses don't happen for me because I'm not that limber (yet). So when I realized I was DOING this, inwardly I started celebrating! I guess I'm still getting used to the idea that my body can move like this - apparently I'm carrying some of the "phantom fat" around in my head.
Plow pose - advanced yogis can put their feet on the floor. Mine were about a foot above the floor.