Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting Bendy with it: Bikram Yoga

Happy Thursday.

It's been a busy couple of days. I am starting to get back into the training groove. I am back on the crossfit wagon. So far I went to three 6 a.m. classes and I plan to head to mobility tonight. As winter quickly approaches, I am starting to etch out a training plan for the cold months.

(Steph wore this shirt to crossfit this morning. Too funny!) 

Last winter sucked the life out of me. It was colder than usual and the entire province was smacked with record dumps of snow within a few days. Let me tell you, it was not conducive to running outside. I wanted to curl up under my blankets and wait until spring. I had very few quality runs which put me in a bad mood until about May!

This winter I plan to flip the script on my training and it starts with yoga. On Tuesday night, I went to Bikram Red Deer with my friend Laura. You may find this hard to believe but I have never been to a yoga class in my life. I have books and DVDs but I have never mustered up enough courage to try it out in a studio. Finally I just said to myself stop being a wimp and get to it. 

Bikram is described as the original hot yoga with a sequence of 26 postures (and two breathing exercises) in a heated room. I know there's many different types of yogas out there but I love the heat so I thought this would be a good fit. Laura has been going to hot yoga for a number of years and she loves it.

Laura and I met for the 7:30 p.m. class. I was a little late because I couldn't find parking. (My own fault). Jenna, one of the owners, was our instructor. She was very nice and seemed genuine. I liked her immediately.

The class was full of half-dressed yogis (is that what you call them?). Laura and I put our mats on the floor in the back. I wanted a clear view of Jenna and others in the room. I knew I would be out of synch with everyone because I did not know the sequence. With time obviously, I would get to know the postures.

All in all it wasn't that bad. I had a few people warn me about the heat. I made sure to drink tons of water on Tuesday. I am not sure how hot it was in the room. At the end of the class I was soaking wet. I took a few sips of water during the class. I think I was well hydrated so many that's why the heat didn't affect me too much.

Some of the postures were harder than others. I am not sure what my form was like (likely sloppy) but I felt comfortable with most of them. The studio has a great deal of $39 unlimited yoga for newbies who want to try it out for a month. Can't beat that deal. I am going to sign up on Nov. 1. I can't wait to get started.

Are you into yoga? Do you have any tips or suggestions for me? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hello Crossfit & Fall Tune up

I finally set foot in my crossfit box again. Gosh it feels like it has been weeks. (It has been.) In my defence, I was resting for my 50k and giving my shoulder time to heal. And heal it did.

I felt great this morning. I was able to do the warm up and the WOD without scaling it because I had full use of my arm and shoulder. Yay! My welcome back was another rowing-based WOD. I should have known because rowing is one of my least favourite things to do.

The WOD also called for box jump-overs and 1 clean. I love box jumps. This was a jump-over so like everyone else I stepped over the box. My legs always feel nice and strong when I do these type of plyometric movements. I need to add more this winter. 

I didn't push it with the clean. Granted it was only one clean per round but it's so easy to re-injury yourself. I managed a 75-pound power clean with little trouble. Yay. It felt great to be back sweating it out with the 6 a.m. crew.

(Oh and I lost two pounds. Whoo hoo!)

It's that time of year where I give my body the full fall tune up. Last week I had my wisdom teeth taken out on the right side of my mouth. It still hurts like hell but the Advil is helping to curb the pain. I've never taken drugs before but this time I am like "gimme more." Let me tell you it's been a fun week.

Yesterday I had a full physical (all clear) and on Thursday I will have my eyes checked out. It's so important to keep on top of your checkups. I don't have a history of any diseases in my family (save for alcoholism) but you never know what can develop. Better keep on top of these things.

Have a great day! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rainy day in Canmore

One soggy mess. That's what I woke up to on Sunday in Canmore. It wasn't ideal climbing weather. Still I drove out to the trailhead with hopes that a miracle would happen on my drive there. No such luck.

I had lots of plans. They all went out the window. I pulled over and stayed at the rain falling on my windshield.

I watched cars drive past me in both directions.

I googled "what to do in Canmore on a rainy day." 

I checked the forecast for the next couple of hours – rain. The rest of the province (according to Facebook) was embracing the snow. Surely it would reach Canmore. I did not want to be stuck on a mountain without the proper hiking gear. I learend yesterday in Banff that my gloves would not be up to the challenge.

I headed back down the winding road to some trails near the Canmore Nordic Centre. There I spent a couple hours running and wowing the tourists with my incredible skills. No joke.

All in all it wasn't too bad of a day. It could have been worse. I managed to get two hours of running/hiking on my feet. My right leg/foot seems to be on the mend. It didn't hurt as much on the downhills. Yay for small miracles.

It's been a great three days of training. I have decided to do 3 days hard/1 day recovery for a few weeks. So far, so good. I am not training for anything specific right now. I just want to keep my endurance up there and work on my climbs while I can before the snow forces me inside. 

Hope you're having a great day. 

Again thanks for reading!