It’s here—happy Friday, friends!
Am I right?
Just a quick heads up for #TriChat tweeps—Jen and I will host the next Twitter conversation on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST to accommodate for that football game the Superbowl. (Hey, I’m a baseball and college basketball fan, what do you want?)
We’ll also welcome guest host USA Triathlon, and we’ll be chatting about everyone’s *favorite* part of the triathlon—the swim! Speaking of …
Workout #1 – Swimming
Today’s Full Throttle Endurance swim marked our final tough workout of this training cycle—which meant Andrew was going to push us. As soon as I hopped in the pool, I noticed my hamstrings felt tight (probably from yesterday’s class at Yoga Vida), but they thankfully loosened right up. First, we cycled through tech drills and then began our main set: 6×50 alternating between easy and solid efforts, 6×50 alternating between kicking and swimming, and the final pull exercises—6×100 build. Holy cow. For the first three sets, I completed the build (slow, steady, moderate, and hard efforts) somewhat successfully, but my arms burned for the final tree—and now they fell like they might fall off! What I found interesting about my fast-lane group (I know—what the what?!) was the girls killed the kicking drills while the boys kicked butt with the pulling. This is probably because women usually store their strength in their lower bodies while men have more upper-body strength. Anyway, after practice, Andrew suggested getting sports massages (or going to an acupuncturist) this weekend, so I’m open to recommendations, NYC peeps.
Workout #2 – Running
After a quick wardrobe change, I hit the ‘mill for a 40-minute progression run. Although I’ll do almost anything to avoid the dreadmill, it was necessary this morning; I didn’t want to run outside with wet hair, and I didn’t trust myself to consistently increase my pace on the indoor track. Surprisingly, it went well—even if I reeked of chlorine.
My coffee maker imploded this morning, so I stopped at Starbucks on my way back from practice and then refueled with my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.
With some mashed avocado for good measure. I was still hungry about half an hour later, so I snacked on a piece of peanut butter banana bread.
Do you have a stronger upper or lower body? Which do you prefer to strength train?
PS – I made my debut as a “fitness model!”