But not before a strange incident at the gym (Nubody's). By way of background, I do have a student membership to my University gym (included in my tuition) but I stubbornly refuse to pay the $150 extra a year necessary to access the treadmills (what a joke!). There is an indoor running track at school but it has an odd measurement (265m inside lane or something like that) so not the best for doing intervals if you're like me and cannot workout and do math at the same time!!
Long story short, when I need to do intervals and the weather is not on my I have been getting a day pass at Nubody's. A full blown membership would not be worth it to me since I use the weights at the University gym and swim, bike, run at school/outside. Simple.
Normally getting a day pass is no biggie. I sign a waiver, pay 10 bucks and off I go. No questions asked. Today was different. Today after I signed the form, a personal trainer walked up to me and asked if Bria was here to see her. Thinking the counter clerk must have misunderstood what I meant by the simple words "day pass", I told the trainer that no, I was just interested in a day pass- not a tour, not a membership, not a plan- just a day pass.
And yet, this woman wants me to "sit down" with her. Y'okay lady, whatever. THEN she asks me a hundred questions about WHY I don't have a gym membership (her questions were to the tune of I do not have one since I do not exercise as much as I should). After rhyming off a bunch of reasons ("I'm running outside v. treadmill this winter but uh, did ya see the ice out there today?!"; "My bf and I have indoor cycling trainers"; "I use the weights at Dal") she was still puzzled as to WHY I did not want a full membership. I told her I don't go to Nubody's enough to make it worth my $40 a month. She was still convinced at this point that I am not committed to fitness. After more explaining, and trying to defend my fitness know-how (in hindsight maybe I should have given her this blog URL) she says to me: "Oh, so you just want a free workout then?". Ummm wha? See the $10 in my hand? I am not trying to swindle anything out of you, I just want to use that treadmill! Right there! Behind you! The one that's sooo close and yet soo far. [okay I didn't say that but those were my thoughts]
Anyways. She explains that it is "open house week" at Nubody's so any Joe Blow off the street can come in and get a free day pass and with that comes some membership banter I guess. She asks what my "next competition" is and I tell her a duathlon in Phoenix next weekend. I train 10 hours a week while going to law school full time so bite me. She finally gives me the nod and is swayed that I "know what I'm doing" (most people she says, come in once, don't know what to do and never come back).
Well lady, I am not most people. Thanks for the 40 minute treadmill run, hot shower, and free pass. Don't be so quick to judge next time.
Yesterday was a snow day here in Halifax. The snow gods dropped 30 centimeters of the white stuff on us! Yesterday was also supposed to be an interval run workout for me. The University was closed so there was no possibility of swimming instead sooo yesterday became a complete day off.
This morning I trotted out of my apartment building full of excess energy to a University track, dodging patches of ice and slush, with some (overly optimistic) glimpse of hope that maybe- just maybe- a saint would have shoveled off the outdoor track. Ha. Wishful thinking Bria! So back home I went. The result was a 30 minute 5km jog, hopefully some swimming this afternoon, and intervals tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Main set = 6 X 100m w/ 15 seconds rest 200m kick 100m catch up drill 100m single arm drill
Cool-down = 200m swim 100m kick
Total = 2500m/60 mins
Then it was off to the weight room for some strength training. I was feeling good so I upped the weight from what I had been lifting the past 6 weeks or so. I will be a hulk soon. :)
Leg Press: 3 x 15 @ 130/130/150 lbs Cable Row: 3 x 15 @ 30/40/50 lbs Lat Pull Downs: 3 x 15 @ 50 lbs Single Leg Squats on Bosu(left leg only): 1 x 20 @ 30 lbs Barbell Squats: 2 x 20 @ 40/30 lbs Deadlifts: 1 x 20 @ 30 lbs Hip Abductions: 3 x 20 @ 70/80/80 lbs Hip Adductions: 1 x 20 @ 70(?) lbs [Dalplex's circa 1970 weight sets are not all marked] Hyperextensions on ball: 2 x 20 Hanging Knee Raises: 2 x 20 DB Chest Press: 3 x 15 @ 30 lbs
Ahhh great day for a run! -5 Celsisus, no wind, and SUNSHINE! The rest of the week looks equally promising.
Unfortunately my Garmin did not cooperate during today's 14km run so all I know is it took me 86 minutes including stops at traffic lights. I ran at an easy pace and I think it works out to be just about 6:05min/km- right on track.
I love running through point pleasant park!! Every time I run through it I can't help but notice how many different and unique breeds of dogs people have around here. Many of them purebreds, some wearing their winter coats, some chasing squirrels, some chasing ME. I wonder how strange people think I am when I say hello to their animal without necessarily saying good morning to them? :)
Weights: Leg press: 2 x 15 @ 130 lbs Single leg DB squat: 1 x 15 @ 30 lbs Hip abductions: 2 x 15 @ 70/90 lbs Calf press: 2 x 15 @ 70 lbs (left only) Hanging knee raises: 1 x 20 Lat pull downs: 2 x 15 @ 40 lbs Seated rows: 2 x 15 @ 30 lbs Chest press: 2 x 15 @ 30/20 lbs
This weekend kicked my butt! My legs were tired for today's long run which is reflected in the extra 3 minutes it took me as compared to last week. A group of cyclists passed me on my run - the weather was actually nice enough for an outdoor ride today. Things are looking up.
That wraps up another week!
Totals: Swim - 2 hours Bike - 3.5 hours Run - 3.8 hours Strength - 1 hours
60 minute swim with Tracy and Sam which was great!
600m w/u (200 swim, 200 pull, 200 kick) and then: 16 x 50m @ 1:10 but gradually slowing down to 1:20 (incl. rest) haha + 8 x 50m @ 1:15 200m kick c/d
30 minutes strength: Barbell squats: 3 x 20 @ 25/35/45 lbs Bosu DB squats: 3 Single leg squats (left leg only): 1 x 20 @ 40 lbs Cable row: 3 x 15 @ 45 lbs Lat pull downs: 3 x 15 @ 45 lbs Calf press (left leg only): 3 x 20 @ 70 lbs Hip abductions: 3 x 15/15/20 @ 90/90/70 lbs
I am a 3rd year law student with a nutrition background conquering my fears and balancing all of the things I love! I use this blog to track my training daily.
My Personal Bests
Half Marathon: 1:59:25
Sprint Triathlon: 1:39:27 (.750km swim + 20km bike + 5km run)