“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!