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Cross Fit.....WOW!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

For the first time ever in my life, I tried cross fit yesterday. I am in good shape....for the most part. I have a stubborn thin layer of fat that I am trying to get rid of and despite the weight training, likes to hang around. I have fantastic muscle's just hidden.

So this inaugural workout that I attended yesterday whooped my butt! Not only did I sweat from parts I never knew could, I felt like I was dying and had a wonderful sense of accomplishment that I was still kicking and alive. The warm up was killer and was, in my opinion, just as intense as the workout itself.

The goal was to complete as many rounds as possible in a 12 minute period. Each round consisted of:

5 pushups
10 sit-ups
15 air squats

I survived!! Woohoo! I completed 30 pushups, 50 sit-ups, and 75 air squats in 12 minutes.

As I left for home, my lungs were burning and it took me a bit to recover. I went to work and felt fine the rest of the night. Today, most of the muscles that got worked are a bit sore, although my glutes and abs are completely normal. (I attribute this to the hard-core ab workouts I do along with the heavy lifting that engages my glutes.

Even though this was my first exposure to cross fit, and each workout is different, I am looking forward to the next session.


Recovery From The Mountain

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Yesterday, aside from it being overcast and slightly chilly (at least for me it was), it was a beautiful day. My hubby, daughter, and I spent several hours out at Gambrill State Park and decided to hike a 1 mile long trail.

It was a nice hike, very easy, and there was some gorgeous foliage to see. Squirrels and birds were have fun playing in the trees and the fresh air only energized me.

After we completed the one mile Red Maple trail, I was hungry for more of a challenge. We decided to take on the more difficult 3.3 mile Black Locust trail with steep upgrades and downgrades, rocky pathways, peaking pretty much at the top of the mountain. My backpack was added resistance and weighed about 20 lbs.

Making like mountain goats, we headed up the rocky trail passing other hikers. In the distance, we could hear the sound of a turkey chattering. The biew overlooking the valley was beautiful and being able to see the world from this vantage point gave me a sense of accomplishment. Easpecially since I am more of a weight lifter and not nearly as much of an endurance trainer.

After oooh-ing and aahh-ing at the view, we made our way back down the mountain to our picnic site where I started cooking lunch for the hungry two that were with me. As the threat of rain approached and the air took on more of a chill, we decided to pack our things and head home. We were all beat, sore, and ready for some serious sleep!

I learned two valuable things from this experience.....#1) NEVER wear Nike running shoes on a rocky trail. My feet were stonebruised! and...

#2) There is nothing I cannot do when I put my mind to it.

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PIMPINELLAN50 5/28/2013 4:27PM

    What a great blog,i really enjoyed reading about your mountain climbing with your family! emoticon Many times it's absolutely "mind over matter" as you say. emoticon emoticon
And the picture is beautiful!Wishing you succsess,health and happiness in your journey.

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