I received a comment today from a woman in the UK who found my blog when searching for “rowing bikram yoga.” She was surprised to find someone else out in the universe who is combining these two activities. I decided to write another post for her to follow!
This Saturday, April 2, the rowing team is back on the water. I am feeling ambivalent about this, though I recall feeling the same way last year. First, I am not looking forward to the early morning schedule. In order to get up at 4:45 AM and feel human throughout the day, I have to go to bed by 9:30 PM at the latest. This makes the evenings somewhat stressful as I get all of my things together so that I can run out the door in the morning. I realize that this is a choice – no one is making me adhere to this schedule. It is somewhat complicated by the fact that my husband is also on the team and does not like the idea that we would be on different schedules. Second, I have been enjoying the “freedom” to mix up my schedule. I have been doing yoga, attending Cross Fit classes, and doing a few erg workouts each week. Once we are back on the water four days/week, there is less time for other activities. Third, I am apprehensive about what boats I might be in. Ultimately, I know that I have a choice and I need to be satisfied with how I am spending my time. To be continued…
As I mentioned, in addition to Bikram and rowing, I have recently added Cross Fit. To give you an idea about what it is, here is what we did yesterday: warm-up consisting of squats, leg swings, jumping squats, and box jumps. Then, we worked on back squats (the barbell is on the lower shoulders). We were doing 5 reps at 75% of max weight. I don’t know what my max weight is, but I got up to 63 pounds (that’s not very heavy) and the coach wanted me to focus on my form. There is something about squatting with a barbell that makes me feel pretty powerful. Next is the WOD, or workout of the day. We had 4 rounds of: 2 kettlebell snatches with each arm, 10 walking lunges with dumbbells and 20 full sit-ups. It took me 6:30. The women who have been doing CF for awhile finished in under 5 minutes. It’s yet another activity at which I don’t excel but I persist because I know it will benefit me.
I have not yet figured out how I am going to blend all of these activities and maintain a life, but I will keep you posted! This week my activities are: Sunday, teach Indoor Rowing class at 9:30, Bikram yoga at 4:00. Monday – Cross Fit at 5:30 PM. Tuesday – yoga at 5 PM. Wednesday will be erging in the AM; Thursday will be yoga in the AM and Cross Fit in the PM; Friday will be either CF or yoga in the PM; Saturday will be rowing (on the water) in the AM, yoga at 4 PM.
Weight Watchers update – in the last four weeks, I have basically lost one pound. I have been hovering at 12 pounds lost for a month. My goal is to lose three more pounds to see a certain number on the scale, but I feel good where I am now. I have gone down a full size (from 8 to 6), and just spend $250 having five pairs of dress pants altered. I think that my body will continue to change, particularly by introducing weight lifting in Cross Fit. I plan to stay on the WW plan (meaning tracking every day) for at least three more months. After that point, I will try maintenance on my own without tracking.
Bikram Yoga – I was recently away on a work trip for a week, and I wrote on Facebook that other than my husband, I most missed yoga. Jeff is not on FB, but my mom told him about it and now he likes to say “I wish you missed me as much as you missed yoga.” Please. Of course I miss him more! However, I suppose it shows that my body craves something about yoga after several days away. So, every time I think I can give it up for awhile (just to free up time), I realize I would miss it too much…My studio is hosting a posture clinic on April 30 with a master trainer. I’m looking forward to that workshop in order to refresh my practice and see what I can improve.
Erg update – I beat my 30 minute goal for the Baltimore Burn. My average watts were 149, for a split of 2:12.8. Also, I recently did a 2K test as required by our coach. My goal was 8:10 (193 watts average), but I did not achieve it. My first and last 500s were 2:01.9, but the middle 1K was 2:08. The triumph for me was that I did not quit. Jeff was there encouraging me. He said that he knew I wanted to give up as soon as I realized that I would not make my goal. But, I have quit during a 2K before and I have regretted it for days. So, I just pushed through it and ended up with 8:20. It turned out not to be so bad compared to several teammates. The next 2K test is May 16.
More to come….