Happy Hump Day! I hope you’re staying warm; it’s crazy cold here.
Since I’m from the tundra Central New York, I should be used to this weather and shouldn’t be complaining. On the bright side, at least there’s no snow. Anyway, I have some exciting news to share today: Fitness and Frozen Grapes won an award!
eCollegeFinder recently released its list of the best “wellness, health, and fitness blogs on the Internet,” which it calls the “greatest resources in the health and fitness blogging community,” and someone (thank you!) nominated me! If you want to add more blogs to your reader, then definitely check out the other winners, including Alex and Hollie!
Workout #1 – Biking
Another Wednesday, another Full Throttle Endurance indoor cycling session. During our 10-minute warm-up, Andrew confirmed this week is our last big push for the month, meaning we’ll back off the intensity on Monday. With that in mind, we completed a killer workout today that focused on increasing cadence and building strength. It wasn’t exactly like Monday’s “shorter, shorter, quicker, quicker” workout, though. We started off with some high turnover rate drills (one minute greater than 110 RPM, then one minute at 90 RMP; repeat four times). Next, we increased resistance and maintained cadence, and finally we completed four intervals at 80-90 percent effort. Whew!
Workout #2 – Swimming
Next, I hopped in the pool for a reverse-brick workout. (The training schedule called for a swim, but a few of my teammates brought sneakers so they could practice running off the bike, which I plan to do next week.) Let’s just say it’s a good thing the bike comes after the swim during an actual triathlon. I tried to work through the drills and maintain good technique, but I felt totally gassed after 20 minutes. I wanted to push through and swim for half an hour, but I could feel my form going down the tubes, so I called it a day.
After having my hair freeze walking back to my apartment, I wanted oatmeal and not my usual breakfast sandwich. Since I have a few super ripe bananas, I figured “oatless” oatmeal would be perfect.
And it was indeed—with some strawberries and almond butter. So not only did my breakfast choice prove surprising, but so did my luck shopping for big-girl internship clothes!
The Gap came through—dot legging jeans, print denim top, navy blazer, and three pairs of socks. I guess navy/denim is in right now? Ha! Would it be bad to say another purchase made me just as excited?
The indoor cycling studio at Chelsea Piers has a state-of-the-art Suunto heart rate training system, so people can wear compatible heart rate monitors that track and display data on three huge screens located at the front of the room. (The system also emails the wearer stats at the end of each workout, so they can track improvement.) During our spin sessions, Andrew relays target heart rate percentages for each drill (70 percent, 80 percent, etc.), so this Suunto monitor ensures I’ll be on track.
More leftover spicy black bean quinoa.
There’s some wilted spinach underneath the avocado and quinoa, promise.
Would you rather shop for “real”/work clothes or fitness apparel?