Great news on the job-front, friends—I received an offer for a paid, part-time editorial internship at a well-known diet and fitness publication! After two interviews—one last week and a second-round one Monday—I heard from the company, and they offered me a position. Woohoo! I’m super excited because this brand (and its corporation) has been on my shortlist of dream jobs, and out of all the interviews I’ve had in New York City, I wanted this position the most. The details are still being solidified, but I will start in early January and hopefully continue until May. The new year also marks the start of official Full Throttle Endurance triathlon training, so 2013 will bring lots of structure and changes, and I couldn’t be more excited.
After meeting Craig Alexander last night (did that really happen?!), I baked a piece of salmon and reheated some leftover roasted veggies.
And then I proceeded to read As the Crow Flies: My Journey to Ironman Champion way too late, so I got a late start this morning.
With a 90-minute indoor bike trainer session and full-body strength training workout on the docket, I decided to eat a real meal first.
Good thing my toaster decided to work this morning.
Workouts – Biking and Strength Training
First up, I hopped on my bike for a steady, 90-minute aerobic endurance ride. I played around with my Garmin and set it to beep if my heart rate went above a predetermined beats per minute (BPM) level. Doing this workout based on BPM proved to be tough; my watch beeped a lot, which forced me to control my breathing. Once I got into a rhythm, though, the ride progressed very smoothly. In fact, it was definitely the best bike trainer session I’ve had yet, which makes me think I executed it correctly. Andrew told me these workouts should be moderate—I should work up a good sweat—but not intense or super challenging; I should leave each working feeling good and strong (read: not push myself to the limit). At the 90-minute mark, I definitely felt strong; I could’ve pedaled longer, and I even thought to myself, “Running right now doesn’t sound so bad.” Famous last words, though—ha!
Next, I went to the fitness center to lift. I haven’t said much about the program up until now, but I do like it so far. I’m familiar with most of the exercises because of basketball, so the learning curve is nearly non-existent. However, I’m a little nervous—the plan prescribes high weight, low reps for each exercise, and I didn’t like how my body responded to that philosophy during my college basketball days. (Read: I became very strong, but I also gained a lot of weight.) Granted, I know the high weight, low rep outlook wasn’t correctly executed then, so I’m willing to try it again. And if I don’t like the results, then I’ll back off the weight.
Ham and Swiss melt with avocado for the win!
Oh, this was epic. I also made a side salad with spinach and roasted veggies.
Heading to my building’s holiday party shortly. Have a great night!