“Dedication and commitment are what transfer dreams into realities.”
First off, Happy Easter everyone!!!! I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!
I started my Easter Morning right- by getting back on track with Insanity! It was bugging my knee and shoulder a little bit, but didn’t cause any pain. In fact, I was able to stay pretty comfortable (at least from an injury standpoint) by taking it a little easy and resting when I needed it. Plus, all the stretching felt GREAT! I used the foam roller for some added insurance, and it hurt like hell just as I expected. Almost 12 hrs later, I’m feeling pretty darn good. Score 1 for me- Nagging injuries 0 (fingers crossed this trend continues…).
I am SO HAPPY to be “easing” back into my typical (rigorous) exercise. 😉 I am EVEN MORE HAPPY to get started on training for the Ultra Beast, which will be my biggest physical challenge to date! I am incredibly grateful to have so much training support going into this race. In addition to boot camp, I now have the added benefit of a training buddy, and have already felt a huge boost from having that relationship of pushing and supporting each other.
So far I have been limiting myself to only one workout a day, and I’ve been trying to go light on any lifting involving my shoulder. Friday I did some weight training with the boys and was able to get a new PR on dead lift of 155 lbs and seated row of 90 lbs. My shoulder didn’t act up much, which was a HUGE relief. (Of course I still babied it the whole time!) I even got in an easy 2 mile run around the parking lot. IT FELT SO GOOD!!!! For me, running is truly the ultimate expression of freedom. I can’t think of anything that feels better than hitting the trails and leaving every care and worry behind!
Yesterday I pushed it a little and went to the climbing gym. I was definitely favoring my shouldering, but managed some of my toughest climbs yet. Normally I avoid the walls that lean enough that you need to clip in to rest, but I did a couple really challenging ones and made it WAY further up than I thought I would (and showed up the boys- bum shoulder and all…not that anyone is keeping track). I think I was primarily motivated by the intense fear of swinging way out if I fell. lol
The funny thing about me and climbing is I am actually TERRIFIED of heights- as in if there was a way to just climb over the top and not have to look or come down I would totally find it. I also hate swinging on the rope- so much so, I will choose a harder route straight up in line with the rope to avoid it at all costs. Case-in-point: I didn’t even use the anchors to rest on the first route because I was so afraid to stop or let go. I made it all the way to the top of the lean (only a few feet from the ceiling) with spasming forearms and failing muscles (I literally couldn’t reach for the next hold) before I was willing to let go- proving that fear is sometimes an excellent motivator. 🙂
That’s all for now! Looking forward to some climbing again tomorrow, and maybe some boot camp…
Have a great night!
Impressive that you climb AND you are scared of heights! I am scared of heights but have always wanted to climb. We will see…
It’s not bad going up because you don’t notice how high you’re getting…it’s coming down that sucks! lol
You and I are on the same course! 🙂 I also dove right back into Monday morning with a gym tone zone work out that made me feel tired, worn out, sore… but GOOD! 🙂 Your posts are always very motivational!
Wooohooo! Glad you’re doing better!
Thank you! 🙂
I love the pictures/ posters that you use in your blog, they always make me smile.
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