It’s been far to long.

17 Feb

My last post was September 8th 2013. It’s now February 17th 2018, and a lot has changed in those four and a half years!

It’s about time I kicked this off again.

As I said in my Instagram post on Friday …

We all have to start somewhere… For me, getting back into fitness is always frustrating. There are times in life when I fall out of love with my training, and in the last 3 years I've struggled to get myself motivated and back to where I was when I was rowing. The frustration is that I know what I'm capable of and so when it comes to restarting, it almost always involves starting further back than I'd like to admit to myself. It's been a couple of months since I last hit the gym (shhhh, don't tell Joe!), but for the last 6 weeks I've been regularly climbing and pushing myself in new ways. I expected my fitness to have dropped to where I was before I started the #90daysssplan in October, however I was pleasantly surprised this evening when I took on my usual #HIIT workout on the bike, and followed it up with weights after. I'm even more happy with myself that I was able to manage 3 sets of hanging leg raises at the end of my workout, without falling from the bar! Turns out my grip has improved since climbing, and I have some lats at last! As annoying as it is, it's also nice to see I've got lots to improve on!!! There's far more swinging going on in this video than I'd like, but it's something I can work on – and it was right at the end of an hour workout, so my body was rinsed! Get those headphones on, your jam pumping and get those goals! #fitness #fitnessgoals #workout #gym #weights #hanginglegraises #focus #determination #climbandconquer #youonlyhaveyourselftoblame #fitspo #goals #gettingmyjamoninthegym #climbing #bouldering

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I’ve had many ups and downs over the last four and a half years, and as a result I simply fell out of love with my fitness.

But with those events in life over the last couple of years – coupled with many reminders that life is too short – I’ve decided it’s about time to show myself a little love again, and focus on what I know I enjoy.

I just need to find enough reminders for myself to get me back there.

So here goes. I’m back.

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Train Hard : Sunday lunch session

8 Sep

Broke ten minutes today with my 2.5km jog on the treadmill with a time of 9.58 – was feeling rather pleased with that. I’ve shaved off over a minute in a week!

Train hard evening session

2 Sep

Cardio

Treadmill run:

11.07  minutes – 2.5km

Building from 12km/h up to 16.5km/h, followed by a 2 minute cool down at 6.5km/h

Peak heart rate – 198bpm

Recovery time – 3 minutes

Recovery heart rate – 198-172 / 10 = 2.6 – needs some work sadly!

 

Weights

Shoulder press resistance machine:

9kg x 10 x 3 sets

Leg press resistance machine:

79kg x 10 x 3 sets

Lat pull down:

32kg x 10 x 2 sets

33.1kg x 5

34.2 x 5

Converging chest press resistance machine:

11kg x 10

18kg x 10 x 2 sets

Train as you mean to go on …

24 Aug

So, I got back into the gym today!

It’s been quite a while since I hit a gym (aside from TRC’s gym, of course – although that’s been a couple of weeks too!)

 

Cardio

Treadmill run:

11.12 minutes – 2.5km

Building from 10km/h up to 16km/h, followed by a 2 minute cool down at 6.5km/h

 

Row:

9.13 minutes – 2012m

2.16.6 avg/500m

18spm avg

Weights

Tricep pressdown with cable:

10.2kg x 10 (reps)

7.9kg x 10

5kg x 10

 

Shoulder press resistance machine:

4.5kg x 10

9kg x 10

14kg x 3

 

Leg press resistance machine:

59kg x 10

66kg x 10

73kg x 10

79kg x 10

 

Bent over row with dumbells:

10kg x 20

 

Bench press with dumbells:

8kg x 20

 

– I have to admit, I left the gym feeling rather smug after seeing a guy’s jaw drop whilst I used the leg press – each time I increased the weight he looked rather surprised!

Despite not having lifted weights for a couple of months, I feel like I can carry on not far from where I left off. Although I’ll be honest, the erging didn’t feel as easy as it has before – however I didn’t have the best shoes on for it, and found myself pushing with my heels instead of my toes – nowhere near as effective.

Next gym session I shall push for 5km as we are now entering winter season, and so we’re back to long, long erg sessions!

Train Hard, Rest Easy and Party like the Season’s Over!

26 Jul

I apologise for having been AWOL for a couple of weeks since the big race – but I haven’t gone, I’m still here – I’ve not retired early! I raced last weekend at Molesey Regatta, and am very much looking forward to the last couple of regattas before the season finishes for the summer.

You may have spotted I’ve been busy with the uploads to my instagram, and since Women’s Henley I’ve had a couple of weeks off to relax and catch-up with friends that I haven’t seen since October 2012, and make the most of the amazing weather we have recently been spoilt with!

Tonight is the End of Season party at the club – despite there still being a further two regattas in the novice race calendar! – but this weekend I have some spare time, and will update this page with the latest goings-on from South West London.

Train Hard : One more sleep!!!

20 Jun

tomorrow is …

Women’s Henley!!

 

Very, very, very excited!

 

Watch this space for updates, instagrams and more!

Train Hard : The week we’ve all been waiting for

17 Jun

So here we are, the last Monday evening before Henley, and we’ve just got off the water from our penultimate training session prior to leaving London for Henley on Friday.

Racing Starts Insync

Having had a long and heavy outing yesterday, tonight’s training was focussing on our racing starts.

We had Jon watching us for the second half of the outing, and worked with us on this – focussing on no backs or bodyrock, all legs, and getting the blades all in together, and getting all the power down together.

It was a really good outing – despite getting the usual soaking at bow seat! – and our starts really developed as the outing went on, and the last piece we did felt a hundred times more powerful and insync than the first this evening.

Crew Debrief

Jon hasn’t seen us out on the water for a couple of sessions now, and during our debrief he told us that we looked a different crew from the last time he saw us out on the water – which is nice to hear!

There were plenty of positive comments during our crew chat, and everyone seems nicely relaxed yet obviously excited about Friday!

The balance has improved massively over the last two weeks, and we’ve finally got used to the second shell; Viv – instead of the old trusty, and somewhat creaky Noel!

Train Hard : This week’s Training Schedule

17 Jun

Monday : Evening water outing @ TRC
Tuesday : Final Evening water outing @ TRC Pre-Henley & derigging
Wednesday : Sanding & painting blades Pre-Henley
Thursday : Crew Dinner
Friday : HENLEY WOMEN’s REGATTA QUALIFIERS
Saturday : HENLEY WOMEN’s REGATTA
Sunday : HENLEY WOMEN’s REGATTA

Train Hard : The real countdown begins!

14 Jun

Just a week to go until Henley Women’s Regatta qualifiers!

Train Hard : This week’s Training Schedule

10 Jun

Monday : Evening water outing @ TRC
Tuesday : REST
Wednesday : Evening water outing @ TRC
Thursday : Lactic Threshold workout @ TRC
Friday : REST
Saturday : 7.45 – 1pm water outing @ TRC
Sunday : 7.45 – 1pm water outing @ TRC

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