I missed out on Tuesday's WOD due to severe lack of sleep! It was tough yesterday but I started to feel better in the afternoon and made it to the girls ride at Crabtree. It was a good ride, I got to go with the faster group and again realized that I need to stop braking so much if I want to get faster! We did about 8 miles.
Back to the gym on Friday for an easy WOD:
Last night I started a new routine- instead of just riding Rocky Road from the greenway, I started off on Sludge. It was much harder but I gave myself plenty of time and was able to do both trails plus Sludge with shortcuts on the way back. This gave me close to 11 miles of singletrack on a weeknight with over 1000 ft of climbing. Not bad at all. Now if I could only improve my pace and get up every hill!
The past couple weeks have been busy, and blogging was the first thing to go! I had a good Mtb race at Crabtree on April 5th, weather was perfect, I got 6 laps in 5 hours and then I quit. I had time for 1 more lap but was not looking forward to feeling sore and tired the next day so I quit while I still felt good.
I managed to get up and get to the 6AM workout, although I could feel myself backsliding a bit since I was out of town and then sick the last two weeks! I started thinking this morning, what's so bad about getting an extra hour of sleep and being a little out of shape, but I came to my senses.
This was a gasser:
Every minute on the minute (EMOM) for 10 min:
6 power snatches 45 lbs
6 power cleans 45 lbs
After two minutes I had to take a break! But then I stuck to it and I ended up finishing 9 rounds total. I was gasping the last two minutes. It would have been tough to have done a higher weight.
Rest 3 minutes
AMRAP for 9 minutes:
12 bent over rows 45 lbs
12 slamballs 20 lbs
I did 5 rounds but was feeling tired and had to take mini-breaks during the longest 9 minutes I've ever experienced!
Labels: Forged Fitness
It was too rainy and wet to ride singletrack but I had two good days of Umstead riding. On Saturday, I did 30 miles! That was almost 2000 ft of elevation in our not so hilly Raleigh. I'm trying to figure out what loops in Umstead would be good for a 100 mile bike ride there. I ended up doing this:
I think I could eliminate the climb up Reedy Creek Lake and get 25 miles then repeat for 3 more laps. I'd love to incorporate the Cedar Ridge climb but the water levels in the creek and the extreme muddiness on the other side prevented me from trying. I definitely am not mentally ready to do 100 miles but it's good to have a plan just in case! It was a messy ride since it was drizzling but overall, not that bad. I was glad I was biking.
Sunday was drier weather but cold and windy! Really cold and really windy. I regretted leaving the house at 10:30 for the ride but I sucked it up and did another 17 miles of Umstead. I was slower than Saturday though and could feel my legs being tired.
The other thing I decided to try is to do kettlebell swings every day to help with conditioning and fat loss. So this past week, on Monday I did 400 kettlebell swings with a 26 lb bell, Wednesday 100 kettlebell swings with a 26 lb bell and then I upped it on Saturday by doing 400 swings with a 35 lb bell and another 100 swings on Sunday with a 35 lb bell. I wish I could have done more on Sunday but my legs were toast by then. The nice thing about doing swings is that it's fairly quiet (unless you grunt a lot) and I could watch Brooklyn 911 episodes while I did the swings. Advice from the internet: keep your kettlebell somewhere handy and just do swings throughout the day. I haven't taken it that far but it was far easier to get motivated to do the swings when the kettlebell was right there in my living room.
Labels: mountain biking
Well, I have not been very good about updating my exercise blog. The only excuse I have is that life seems to be busier now. To get back into it, I'm just going to start writing about the now: