Friday, 13 July 2007

Weights and Body Balance

I went to the gym after work today. I was very close to giving it a miss and meeting up with some friends for a drink, but I managed to resist temptation. That was the second time for the day, as we had a work lunch, and I successfully asked them to hold the chips that were going to accompany my steak. Mind you, I crashed and burned foodwise this evening, but the chips were a definite victory.

Weights were on the agenda tonight. It's been a couple of weeks since I did my program, and it was good to get back into it. I was feeling a little sore from my personal training. My knees were tired and my pecs were hurting today, so stretching was definitely on the agenda. I worked my way through the first part of my program and then went to fill up my water bottle. As I went past reception, I noticed one of the class instructors reading the class timetable. The light in the room behind her was off, and I realised that she was about to lead a Body Balance class. Given that I had missed Yoga and that I wanted to do some stretching, I decided to ditch the rest of my weights program (arms and abs) and give the class a go.

It was a smart move. I enjoyed the class. I like the Yoga class better, but Body Balance wasn't too bad. I certainly did some good stretching, and I got to do some abs work which made up for missing that part of my weights program. Which reminds me - I had to giggle at lg's comment on yesterday's one legged plank re my abs being amazing. It's all relative, isn't it? I see myself struggling with abs work and not being able to do what I see other people doing. Even though I try to pay attention to how far I've come over the past couple of years, sometimes I forget. It was good be reminded - yes, it is amazing that I can do that.

I haven't got much planned for the weekend, which is out of character for me. Seeing that I have so much 'free' time, I want to go for a run, a bike ride and a swim. I'm going walking up Mt Pleasant with Alex on Sunday. Hopefully we'll do better than we did with our walk to the Telstra Tower a couple of weeks ago, when we missed Black Mountain! Alex insists that it was me who missed it, as she wanted to go left not right. I think I have to concede that one.

We're having frost each morning, so I think I'll be starting a bit later than usual. Fortunately, the days are meant to be sunny. I'm hoping to get two bike rides in, which will be an achievement for me. I'll ride over to meet Alex for our walk, so one of them is guaranteed. Leonie will be going skiing and then overseas, so I've lost my riding companion for the rest of winter. At least it will give me a chance to get fit enough to keep up with her. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but Leonie is 20 years older than me and I struggle to catch up with her. It's inspiring to see how fit and active she is.


jojo said...

ive always wanted to do body balance..maybe ill fall over less ;)

kathrynoh said...

I quite like body balance but always feel like a bit of a tool doing the tai chi part of it.

Andrew(ajh) said...

Do the swim, bike and run in that order and you can call yourself a triathlete!