|Flags ready for the parade of nations|
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Grand Rapids Triathlon is usually my first race of the season so it's a good marker of the progress I've made since the year before. Going into this year's race I didn't expect any gains so I went into it with the mindset of having the most fun possible.
This race also happens to be the Athena National Championship which means a big party/reunion of strong Athenas from across the country. It's one of my favorite events and I've done a couple reviews before so here is just the highlight reel...
Friday, February 10, 2017
|adding the Kamagon to my pain cave|
Word on the street is that hydro inertia workouts are a new trend for 2017 so when I got the opportunity to test out the Kamgon I had to give it a try. First things first, the Kamagon has two handles which makes a lot of workouts I tried to do with a kettlebell SOOOO much easier. It always felt awkward to hold onto a kettlebell (especially with my short arms) so this made squats, lunges, twists, etc way more comfortable. There are lines on the side to let you know how much water to add for a particular weight. I love that I can add as much or as little as I want to adjust the weight which in turn affects the resistance. This is great for traveling since I can empty it out and not worry about lugging heavy weights with me on trips. A dvd came with it and provided some awesome workouts, I've included a few below that were my go-to moves each Friday:
- Squats with Overhead Press
- Reverse lunge with oblique twist
- Standing rows
- Bicep Curls
- Jump squats
- Side Lunges
- Tricep extensions
- Russian Twists
- Side Planks
- Shoulder raises
- Side lunge with overhead extension
- One legged hamstring extension with overhead press
- Bicycle crunches
- Standing oblique twists
- Sumo squats or one legged squats with overhead press (or tricep extensions)
- Lunge and press
- Skater lunges
Hedstrom is giving us a coupon code for Surge/Kamagon products to share with our readers for 25% - it is SPHF25 and is valid from Friday, 1/20 until 2/28. It can be used by anyone in US / Canada.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
So what are my goals for the year?
-faster pace times
-more efficient swimming
-lose the weight I've put back on and get back to an optimal racing weight
-hang out with friends more
-learn to love my bike
-try cooking new things
I only have a couple races on the board for next year but I'm pretty excited about them. I'll start my season off with the Shamrock Shuffle, followed by the Grand Rapids Tri, a relay for Ironman Ohio 70.3, Michigan Titanium Tri, and then hopefully the Chicago Tri. Hopefully I can sprinkle a few more races in there but for now I'm excited about what I have lined up. This season will be all about getting back to basics!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I have to say its been an interesting month. Since I had some extra free time I decided to take a longer holiday break than usual so I could spend extra time with my family. I made the most of the holidays despite feeling a little anxious about the job situation. I decided to not let anything get to me and just take it a day at a time. Now that I'm looking to new job interviews and a new year I've realized that I've totally lost track of my fitness goals. With all the hoopla surrounding resolutions it occurs to me that I don't have any. My one and only focus has been finding a job.
I'd love to say that I'll start dedicating more time to getting back to where I was, but the truth is, until I know I have the safety of a new job lined up it'll be hard to focus on anything else. Fingers crossed things go well!
Friday, December 9, 2016
In a way, I guess its sort of a blessing. Not that I'm excited about being unemployed, but I'm taking this opportunity to really do some soul searching and figure out what I want to do. I don't want to take a job just because its available, I want to find somewhere I can build a career. It'll be tough. It will take time. But, in the end it will be worth it. I am my greatest project after all.
I still have a lot of feelings and emotions to deal with. This was so totally unexpected and through me off my game. Even though I know it wasn't personal, it still felt like rejection. I'm having a hard time not letting it get to me. I need to just keep telling myself "you will experience breakthrough after breakthrough because what you went through didn't break you".
Here's to hoping that the new year brings new blessings and endless opportunities. I'm ready for the challenge.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
So, 2017, I'm putting it out into the universe that you shall be my year to get back to the heart of the matter. I'll do sprints, relays, aquathlons, runs, and perhaps even an oly if I'm feeling up to it...but my challenge will be in improving myself as an athlete. Tentatively I have a few races on the list to consider for next year but for the first time ever I haven't registered for a single one yet. Anyone want to join me for a relay?