I normally hit the snooze the alarm for an extra 15 minutes
but I'm still quite paranoid about turning up late
again...this fear of being late probably goes back to some
hidden memory of when I was kid or something. I don't know.
But apparently "lateness" results in nasty push-ups or as I
fondly refer to as "face-plants" which I've discovered I'm
naturally proficient at.
Anyway, I'm up! And I make my way to the gym.
We begin with our usual warm up jog around the block but this
time I'm one of the leaders of the tribe! And I make it
without stopping! Major breakthrough!
Also having two days to recover was good because I was able
to do my warm-up exercises (walking lunges) without cringing
from sore body parts! Another first! The tribe still had to
wait for me to finish but not as long this time.
Below is a quick video of me just before I hit another
The session looked something like this...
10-20-30-40-50 reps of the following:
Burpees (which I loathe almost as much as "face-plants")
Floor climbs (these may have just become the new hated
Jump rope (I love these)
During my work out today I had the usual horrible failure
thoughts which have been by my side since I started, those
lovely thoughts like: "what are you doing here?"
Followed by "you're completely out of your league
man!" as well as "you should probably just quit
These thoughts have been my constant companion and I've had
to fight hard to drive them away.
It's very easy to think this way when you are surrounded by a
bunch of superfit gals. And at times like when I'm
face-planting or when I'm falling off the box or struggling
to get a technique right because I'm uncoordinated with
things like this.
But then I think of how fast I'm seeing results. The first week I couldn't run around the
block without stopping and today I made it all the way up to
40 reps and when I finished the session I was exhausted, but
I still managed to finish with another run around the block
I'm proud of what I've been able to achieve so far, it's
I had some moments of absolute exhaustion and my face and
head feels so red and hot like I'm going to explode and the
dizziness is weird - this seems to happen with burpees and
floor climbs (my two enemies!)
I'm absolutely loving the support side of things. One of the
girls Julia helped me finish today by doing it alongside with
Having someone with me really seems to help me stop resting.
I'm learning the importance of building up momentum and then
keeping it high. I'm always being reminded by the team that
the longer you rest the harder it is to regain that momentum
so you have to keep moving so I just break my work up into
smaller bite-sized pieces so it's easier to manage, which is
working well for me.
I hear this Wednesday involves quite a bit of running
so I'm kind of looking forward to that although I get the
feeling that I'll be eating those words!