Haha who am I kidding? We’ll be stoked to come in under an hour…
I’m all set up for my first dragonboating training tomorrow. I’ve got my clothes packed neatly in my gym bag, and I’m starting to mentally prepare myself for what’s to come. Gah! What is to come?
I have new boat shoes – which are hideous, and surprisingly chunky, but at least they were cheap.
I have a bright pink shirt for good weather, and a bright orange long-sleeve shirt if it’s wet, so the coach won’t need to learn my name in order to yell constructive feedback at me when I’m doing it all wrong.
I have never even tried dragonboating before.
And I haven’t participated in team sports since high school (and even then it was a ‘social’ team, so winning was never a realistic goal).
I’m so close to messing myself it’s not funny.
(Did I mention that I’m trying to swear less, too?)
But regardless of the fear – the unknown – I’m excited. The kind of excited you get when you’re about to discover something for the first time.
Will I love it, or will I hate it?
Who knows. But I’m committed to this season and I’m totally in this thing 100%.
Those of you already in the know will have been eagerly counting down to February, when Helen Foster’s (aka healthehelen) book ‘Gym-Spiration – 52 Ways to Wake Up Your Workout‘ goes on sale and we can finally share it with everyone else.
Helen’s book is one for everyone.
It’s helpful, practical and easy to read. Not only that, it’s targeted at helping us with one of the few things we can all relate to – boredom.
Anyone can read this book and take something useful away from it.
The book offers 52 suggestions for ways to mix it up in your workouts, and oragnises them into a series of groups; ‘New Ideas For The Gym’, ‘HIIT It’, ‘It’s Time to Tone’, etc. How you go about using the suggestions is left entirely up to you – and the book is better for it.
This book helped me get out of the rut I was in late last year when the thought of yet another workout was mind-numbing. Does this sound like you? I definitely recommend getting a copy.
I haven’t tried all of Helen’s suggestions yet – but I thoroughly enjoyed those that I have. Particularly the activity that’s described it the book as “Gym Stalk”, but perhaps that says more about me…
Over the next couple of months I will continue to refer to Helen’s gems as I make the most of what’s left of our summer and head outdoors. So you’ll be hearing more from me as I test-drive some more. Want to join me? Grab your copy of the e-book.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s super, super cheap?
No? Well it is, so there’s really nothing to loose in checking it out for yourself!
What motivates more than a new tshirt?
Think about it – did you really run that marathon to run the marathon or to get the tshirt that said you did it?
Okay, I kid a little but I know that new things spur me on so I got a couple of tshirts printed for the gym.
One day, I will run a marathon. Not today. Not tomorrow. But I will do it.
If Kerre can run the Auckland Marathon (and later, the New York City marathon) with less than 40 weeks training, I can do it too… at a much slower pace.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading through this trip, and Kerre Woodham’s book “Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner” was devoured in 2 days. Those of you outside of New Zealand will be forgiven for not knowing who Kerre is – she’s a NZ personality with plenty of personality (less a ‘celebrity’ and more just famous for her work).
Not only did she go from walking the dog to running marathons in less than a year, but she did so in the public eye (so to speak, she’s a radio talkback host) and without giving up her well-enjoyed beverages of the alcoholic variety. Oh, and she writes how I think which made the book so easy to read. Chapters came complete with cursing, reality checks and a good dose of Kiwi woman humour:
“I swear that Moro bar was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. They’re quite chewy things, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and I managed to breathe, masticate and run, a superb example of multi-tasking.”
“…So when I put on the shorts, there, stretched tight across my arse, were the words ‘Pure Indulgence’. It looked like a government health warning.”
“I feel like an oversized dog in crowds – I’m so short my view is restricted to crotches and armpits and I rely on people relaying information to know what’s going on.”
Kerre’s narration is coupled with comments from her coach, Gaz. So there’s some more technical, practical guidance in there, too.
I’ve been spurred into thinking that, yes, I can run a marathon. Of course, I’m not going to run it this year. I probably won’t run it next year either. But I have an item for the bucket list now. My ultimate fitness goal – to
survive run a marathon.
This year, though, I’m going to stick with 5k & 10k races. Baby steps. Y’know.
Sure, I expected a little weight gain – I’m on holiday! In America of all places.
And my jeans still fit. The pair one size down from these ones (my most-read post to date, apparently posting pictures on your butt on the Internet gets clicks).
I will not get a muffin top.
At least, no more than I had when I left.
This is a perfectly achievable mini-goal to set myself. Just watch me achieve, doubters!
1. Opt for fruit and vege wherever possible. Not all meals must be bread-based, regardless of what’s dished out at hostels and in restaurants.
2. Water, water, water.
3. Walk when it’s not raining. I did it in San Francisco, I can do it in Boston, too.
4. Continue to wear jeans that fit. None of that finishes-half-way-up-your-crack business. Ick.
San Francisco pulled out a fantastic day today – there’s not a cloud in the sky, and the sun’s shining without any sign of hesitation. Of course, it’s still a little chilly but it’s not too different to the temperature at home in Wellington, NZ.
Say what you will about the hills, so far I’ve found San Francisco to be a very walkable city.
This morning I did a loop around from my downtown hostel to Nob Hill, and down to Fisherman’s Wharf via Chinatown. The hills were definitely steep in places, and I even tried jogging the steeper part of Mason St at one point. It didn’t kill me! I just regretted wearing so many merino layers for it.
You live and learn.
The highlight of the day was a 90 minute “bridge to bridge” cruise/tour of the bay. It was a well paced, casual ride and not too busy. I had a prime spot at the back of the boat for picture taking, too, which was great.
This will be the first point that I can cross off my “Thirteen new experiences for 2013“. Exciting!
The most I have ever run at one time was 5km, and it wasn’t particularly pretty, so I’m not going to set myself a goal time or berate myself if I end up walking half of it (though I hope not!). Just finishing is my goal.
Besides, I’ll be running with workmates so I don’t want to be dead at the finish line. They’ll remind me of it for weeks afterwards. And again for the race in 2014.
Then again, maybe that’s what I need to boost me into super-Amy-goes-all-out mode. Who knows?
Too bad if it is – I’m flying out out the country in a week and I don’t think I’ll be paying much attention to my fitness goals in the week leading up to 1 Jan. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with my thirteen new (endorphin-seeking) experiences for 2013:
- Run my first race
- Try a mixed martial arts class
- Try a pole fitness class
- Try a spin class
- Go skydiving
- Try a beginners/intro crossfit course
- Try a yoga class
- Try a pilates class
- Go bungy jumping
- Try indoor rock climbing
- Buy a bike
- Sign up for boot-camp style group training
- Try an aqua/pool-based fitness class
As you can see, it’s a bit of a taster plate of things to try. A sampler of fitness activities, if you will.
It highlights just how limited my fitness experiences have been to date – I feel like the only woman in the city who hasn’t at least taken a pilates class!
Don’t get me wrong, I like running – but how do I know I won’t love something more without trying more?
What are your plans or goals? Are there any new experiences on your 2013 to-do list?