Monday, October 10, 2011

Class Today

Today is Columbus Day so I had both boys with me at Boot Camp. Got there early for the 9am and decided to go for a run around the block. Had to walk part of it but it felt good to do the block again.

This was the class today:
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I was NOT feeling Burpees today (despite knowing how good they are for me) so I did pushups and dips in their place. I did the same reps as the Burpees just changed the exercise.

All the Kettlebell work I did with a 15 pound bell.

At the end of class I checked in with the kids and they agreed that I could stay for the 10am class too so I got to do this all over again. Once again, I subbed pushups for the Burpees. I didn't do any dips in the second class.

When we were all done, I went and grabbed the 45 pound Kettlebell and did 20 overhead presses with it.

My arms are currently rubber but I'm proud of the effort I put forth today. I worked hard!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Offical Photo

Official Photo from the MS Bike Tour. This was shot just before I rolled across the finishline.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

This week and ahead

This week was rough for me. I'd promised myself that I was going to do back to back boot camp classes right up until our cruise.

Since I did that bike ride last Sunday I wasn't up to class on Monday, Tuesday I woke up sick and had to go to school to get Lion who remained home with me for the rest of the week, Wednesday Lion only allowed me to do one class rather than back to back and then Thursday class was freakin BRUTAL:

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I somehow got Lion to agree to let me do back to backs on Thursday though so I got to do this twice in a row. (Some form of twisted penance for missing classes this week?)
Yesterday I also only was allowed to do one class and today Linda asked me to cover her 12pm class which means I wouldn't get a chance to take a class today.

After the class ended, Mike and the kids waited around for me while I did a quick rundown of this workout. Lion was uber cranky so I didn't get to do it again as I would have if I was alone.  Rather than get pissy about it, I tossed in a rapid fire round of 25 push ups at the end and thanked my lucky stars I was able to do even one round and get some exercise in today.

Monday the kids are off of school which means they will be at class with me, Tuesday I have a meeting at school at 11am so I can do back to backs but have no time to fart around after and Wednesday I'll do back to backs. Our flight leaves on Wednesday evening.

I seriously hate having my goals and plans shuffled around and I feel like I didn't work my body as much this week as I would have liked. I also didn't get to run around the block once with my beloved (Mistress) Coach Jesse because I had the Lion with me and he's my shadow.

Normally I wouldn't really care about pushing so hard right up untill the day we leave on vacation but this isn't a normal trip. This is the first mommy and daddy only, no children trip we've taken in 8 years.
We are treating it as our 2nd Honeymoon and I want to look as good as I can. Of course, as I've discussed before there will no doubt be some of this:

and I refuse to let them think they are hotter than me. (Not that the gals in these two photos will be on the ship, just that this type of gal will be on the ship)

On a good note, I just took 4 tops over to the tailor to be taken IN because they are officially far too big on me and I can't wear them and want them for the cruise. (GO ON WITH MY BAD SELF)

I'm going to have to come up with a plan for the 5 days I'm away and on the ship. I know they have free weights and machines but I'm not at all used to working with any of this stuff.
If they have any open space I'll do what I can from the above two workouts and will see if David wants to loan a tension band to me and I'll pack a jump rope.

I found out it's 11 laps around the jogging track to a mile (Not that I'm even CLOSE to a mile yet) but on Tuesday I'll trot around the block with my pedometer and see how many steps and how far the distance is.

On the first stop which is an island called Half Moon Cay which has an hour and a half bike tour of the island or a combo bike and hike tour. Hubs wants to swim and snorkle so maybe I'll do some of that with him and one of these tours as well.  The bike ride is only 3 miles but I'll take what I can get!

I'm aware that most folks go on a cruise for this:

and consuming a LOT of this:
I will do all the relaxing and consuming that I can but I also need to do the best I can to keep myself on track so when I'm back home I don't hang my head in shame or regret anything I did.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This weekend

1st Annual TOUR DE FORCE
Date: Saturday October 8, 2011
Location: Jersey City, NJ
 Type of Event: Touring
 Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 the Jersey City Police Bicycle Team, along with the Hudson County Corrections Bicycle Team, will be hosting the 1st annual "TOUR DE FORCE" bike ride through Jersey City. The ride will start @ 11AM in front of O'Connell's Restaurant, located at 111 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ. The ride itself will be approx. (20) miles long and is open to the public. If you plan on participating in the ride, we are in the process of creating a website where you can register.

After the ride is complete, there will be a block party from 1PM to 5PM at O'Connell's. There will be a live band, DJ, draft beer, food, and soda, face painting and activities for children.
The price will be $25. Children 12 and under are free. This includes the ride and party afterwards or if you just want to show up and party! Tickets will also be sold at the event.

For more information and tickets call: 201-232-8809.
Contact Phone: 201-232-8809

Sunday, October 2, 2011


So I had this entire post written out about my experience today doing the 30 mile route of the Bike MS NYC tour and when I added the photos my computer froze.

I don't have the energy to retype it so I'm just going to show you photos and tell you that I'm insanely proud of what I was able to accomplish with this ride.

I was able to keep my speed at an almost consistant 13 mph the whole ride and I met and beat my goal of pedaling up over 1 hill. I did 5 hills! I also said I was going to finish the ride by 11:00am and I rolled across the finish line at 11:10am.

I'm currently exhausted and that was the hardest I've ever pushed my body but I feel so good!

This is me getting ready to go at 4:00am.

This is the mileage I logged riding from my mom's place to the start line.

I initially went and stood by the marshals area thinking it was the start line. I finally turned around and saw that I was not where I was supposed to be and walked over to the start chutes.

Here are the starting chutes. The photos are blurry and I have zero idea why.
Took a photo of Bison
Skipped the breakfast out of the back of a truck.
The USS Intrepid
The Start
I zeroed out the pedometer so I could see my miles as I rode them.

My timing was perfect. I was one of the first folks to cross the start line.
Those folks are members of the 200 club. They have all raised a crazy amount of money for The MS Society. One of the perks is you get to be first out of the chute.

A very nice lady volunteered to take my photo. The second one I look like I'm in pain in but you can see the orange start line and how close I am to the front.

Some Teen beauty queen singing the National Anthem
Video of the teen queen singing
My feet which were completely and totaly numb. I couldn't feel them at all. It was cold this morning!

And we were off!

Mile 1 down! My legs were burning so badly at this stage I had no idea how I was going to finish.

Despite my early start at the head of the pack and my decent speed of about 13 mph people were blowing by me as though I wasn't even moving!

Frustrated at the way my legs were hurting and annoyed at people moving faster than me.

Into the Battery Park Underpass. I knew there was a rather large hill on the other side of this tunnel and I was nervous about it.

My legs that were not at all cooperating with the task at hand.

In the Underpass.

The hill. I won't lie. I was walking the bike at this point.

The FDR Drive

Apparently I lose the ability to smile when I'm on my bike.

All of these shots of my bike basket are to show you all milege and speed. Click them to enlarge.

 This was a very very evil hill. It's 218th Street in Manhattan.

 An equally looking evil hill.

 At the bottom of the evil hill was the rest stop.
The following photos were taken with my IPhone after my camera battery died.

I somehow hit the pedometer and reset it. I know I was at mile 23.

 The milage as I crossed the finish line. Add the 23 that came before it to this. 30 miles!

Back at my mom's place putting Bison away. I rode a total of 38 miles today!