The first challenge I took on for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge was to workout 2 times in 24 hours.
Man, it was a LOT harder than I expected.
I decided to try the first swim workout of my 1 mile plan to get a feel for how long it will take for me to complete. The plan I’m following is 0 to 1650 and will ‘officially’ start it this week. The first week of training is the same workout, 3 times:
- 4 x 100 meters (12 breaths rest between 100s)
- 4 x 50 meters (8 breaths rest between 50s)
- 4 x 25 meters (4 breaths rest between 25s)
Post-surgery, I’ve been flailing through my ‘active’ life – no training plan, no focus. It’s been pretty willy-nilly – whatever I was feeling that day or week, I would do it. Yoga, dog walking, Pure Barre, etc. When this What’s Beautiful challenge came up, I was happy to have a reason to have a focus again! It’s SO nice to have workouts and a goal!
So yesterday, I jumped in the pool for my trial Week 1 workout. It took me about 45 minutes from leaving the locker room for the pool to returning to the locker room post-swim. The swim was really tough – my arms and legs were tired by the time I finished my 4 100s but I pushed through. If it’s not tough, I’m not pushing hard enough, right?
(Swim tip: write out your workout and put it in a plastic bag! It keeps your plan nice and dry.)
I knew I’d be tired and sore after swimming and I know that yoga solves all problems. For realz. I hit up CorePower Yoga (my favorite yoga studio in Denver!) for a 4 p.m. CorePower 2 class – heated, more advanced yoga flow. Our instructor, Ruby, said this would be a ‘light’ flow class (#twss) and it was, compared to other classes. It was less fast, less intense than the other C2 classes I’ve been to. Perfect! Just what I needed – a nice, slow flow to get my blood and lactic acid moving.
Unfortunately, after a 700 m swim workout (that my body isn’t used to!), even a ‘light’ yoga flow was very challenging! My quads, arms and mind were so tired – I’m proud of myself for working through it. I made my favorite yoga quote my intention for entire class:
*When the mind says stop, this is where yoga begins* (and it/I was featured on the Gaiam Facebook page!)
I know as this What’s Beautiful challenge progresses, I’ll get stronger, my body will adapt and doing yoga after a swim will not be as tough as it was yesterday. And swimming won’t be as tiring as it was yesterday!
Today, my mind and body are really tired (some puppy potty issues early this morning didn’t help!) and my arms, shoulders and legs are sore. I’m not sure if it was the swim or the yoga but my booty is feeling the burn this morning too!
As tired as I am though, it feels so good to be back into the swing of a training plan! And I’m ready to get back into the pool tomorrow.