The duathlon was my commitment to the Heart Healthy weekend put on by Lori at Finding Radiance (great blog and even nicer person). We were to run 2 miles, bike 8 miles, then run another 2 miles. 12 miles total.
Just to make things really interesting (why do I do this to myself?) I worked out with weights for my lower body the day before. I was so sore that I had trouble getting out of bed and walking. Seriously.
So we start running intervals for our 2 miles. No big deal. We've done much more than 2 miles. But we haven't run in a couple of weeks plus I had sore legs and rear plus Chuck hadn't run in over 2 weeks and had a back giving him problems. What could go wrong? (I actually thought about backing out of the challenge because it seemed too difficult but don't tell Chuck or Lori)
The run intervals went by fairly quickly. The weather was gorgeous but very windy. We headed back to the house (since we were just doing this in our neighborhood), grabbed a drink of water, then headed out on our bikes. Whew! Peddling seemed so much easier. At least for the first couple of miles. But the wind was so bad it would actually push on the bikes. We couldn't hear each other talking without yelling even though we were right beside each other. My legs were screaming too!
Finally reached 8 miles and went inside the house for a quick pottie break and a drink of water. Then it was back outside to finish our last 2 miles.
Have you ever ridden a bike then tried to run? I haven't. We both started running and it felt like someone had tied cinder blocks to our legs. Chuck and I laughed because it was so difficult. We were plodding along in such pain. My legs felt extremely heavy. It took a good mile before they started to feel better. Weird. The last 2 miles were the most challenging part of the whole thing. But the sense of accomplishment after we finished couldn't be beat. We were both so happy. Maybe it was the endorphins. I don't know but it was a great feeling. Thanks to Lori for hosting the challenge (every one chose what they were going to do for their personal challenge).
|The happy duathlon finishers. Pay no attention to the chipped nail polish.|
Weigh in: +1 pound 188
I fully expected that. The large muscles of my legs and rear were incredibly sore. I actually expected the number to be higher. No big deal. It'll go back down.
Exercise for the week:
Sunday- Strength training quads, hamstring, glutes and calves
Monday- strength training biceps, abs and back
Wednesday-Turbo Jam Cardio Party 2 (45 minutes); strength training chest, shoulders, and triceps
Saturday- strength training quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes (3 sets of 15 reps for each exercise)
Sunday- DUATHLON! 2 miles running/8 miles biking/2 miles running
This weekend I received the cookbook that I won at mybizzykitchen's blog: Now Eat This. YAY!!!
|It's even autographed!!|
Stopped at Kroger to pick up some supplies and decided to check my blood pressure at the little machine by the pharmacy. My blood pressure has been way too high and I was hoping to see some good things since I've lost weight and have been exercising so hard. 152/101 That's not good. But then Chuck used the same machine and it showed his as being crazy high too and he just had his checked at the doctor's office. I think the machine is broken. That can't be right. But it still freaked me out. I go to the doctor this week for another checkup on my PCOS and insulin resistance (and whatever else I may have) so I'm hoping for much better numbers there.
New obsession: dark chocolate drizzled strawberries! It tastes like you're eating a bowl of chocolate dipped strawberries. How appropriate for Valentine's Day, right?
Just take a little bit of dark chocolate. Maybe an ounce or less. I used 15 grams this time. Put it in a zip lock bag and set it in a cup of hot water.
Once the chocolate has melted (about a minute or two) drizzle over some sliced strawberries. This is 1/2 cup of berries.
Seriously tastes like a decadent dessert. I LOVE this.
So that's about all that is going on over here. I had a great weekend with the family. Got to see Chuck shoot in a practice match. He does so great. I'm proud of him. Got to do a duathlon and have an awesome endorphin rush.
LIFE IS GOOD, folks.:)