Last Week’s Workouts

7 10 2013

Yesterday was 5 weeks exactly until Rev3. Eek! I had a tough week of training and now I’m really getting anxious for the race to just get here already.

My friend Jess often quotes one of her husband’s former training partners when things are feeling especially tough:  “You’re making a deposit in the fitness bank.” I repeated this phrase to myself multiple times yesterday as I struggled through my long run. Pushing myself to get in those miles was a deposit into my fitness bank- the fitness bank I will definitely be making withdraws from come race day!  I’ve got a few more weeks to keep making deposits and I need to take advantage of them!

So, here’s a summary of last  week:

Monday: Swim practice. Hour + of swimming. I need to start remembering our sets!


Typically Tuesday morning is tempo run, but since we were all kinda grumbling about tempo, Felipe decided we were running a 10K. Mind you, he didn’t tell us what we were doing, he just said run and stay together as a group. We made it to Bayshore after a brisk warm up, and then quickened our pace to a little over 8:00 miles. Uh, this was turning into a tempo for me!  When we finally stopped to head home, Felipe told us to run hard up the hill on Rome Ave. to the Lululemon store. This is probably about a quarter mileish (totally guessing there) and man it hurt. I wish I had lapped my watch for that last bit to see how fast I went, but oh well. 10K in 52 minutes? I’ll take it!

We had swim practice in the evening, and again, these workouts all blend together. I must write them down! This might have been the day we did a main set of 4 X 400s.

Wednesday: REST DAY! I was so thankful when Felipe canceled practice Wednesday morning. My body was dying for a rest day since I hadn’t taken one the week before.


Track Thursday! It has been awhile since we’ve been to the track! We did a set of 8 x 800s and my freshly rested legs busted out some amazing splits. (Slowest 800 was 3:44, fastest was 3:32!)  It was probably my best track practice to date, and it made me realize that I actually do like the track!

Evening swim was shorter than usual. We did a BUNCH of 25s as our main set, to help us focus on power. I think we were all pretty beat from track practice.

Friday: Morning swims are getting harder and harder to go to! It’s still dark out, the pool is getting colder, and there are far fewer people than are usually there. My team uses the GroupMe app to communicate, and Jess is really good about texting in the morning to keep us all accountable. We already knew a few people weren’t going to make it to practice, and it was just going to be me, Felipe, and Jess. The offer to skip and sleep in was on the table, but we decided to go for it, because we knew we’d be thankful we got our workout in. We did a set of 4 x (4 x 100s), with the fourth one being fast, and though I didn’t have the greatest practice, I was glad I got in my workout.

Saturday: Felipe, Jess, Heather, Chris and I drove out to Alafia for a long brick. We were going to do about 80km on the bike and then run afterwards. The ride didn’t start out too hot- 2km into the ride, Jess got a flat. 😦 I tell ya, the last 3 times I’ve ridden with Jess and Felipe there’s been some kind of bike issue. I think I’m bad luck 😦 Felipe fixed it quickly and then we were off again. There was an annoying headwind for most of the ride out, but thankfully Felipe was leading the pace line and breaking some of it. The way back, we took advantage of the headwind for a little before turning off. The guys split off and took turns in their own pace line, while the girls worked together to get home, doing 1 minute intervals each. 51 miles and a little over 2 and a half hours later, we were back at the car, ready to run. We’ve typically been doing 4km after the ride, which isn’t too bad. Today, Felipe told us we were going to do 7km. Ugh. It was nearly 1pm, and it was getting HOT. We started off the run and I stayed with Jess and Heather for the first 2km. I was feeling okay, and we were holding just over 8:00/miles. Then the lack of shade and the heat radiating off the black asphalt got to me. I backed off, and tried to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I ended up stopping twice- once to hang out in the shade for a few minutes with Heather, as we were both hurting pretty badly. And another to hang in the shade for just a few seconds of relief before the final stretch. I made it back to the car 39 minutes after we had started. Not the best run, but a deposit in the fitness bank.



I knew my legs were going to be tired. I knew I should wait until the early evening to run. But I decided to go in the morning to get it out of the way and because I was craving some yoga in the park, which begins at 6pm on Sunday nights. I was out the door a little after 9am, and it was ever so slightly cooler than usual. I made it to Bayshore with the goal of having a faster run than last week’s 10 miler. I felt pretty good for the first 8km, but then the heat started to get to me. I stopped to refill my water and then stopped again to stretch. I looked at my watch and realized I was slowing down significantly. I contemplated cutting my run short and maybe finishing it later, but I wouldn’t let myself quit. I wanted to go at least as far as I had last week, but was hoping to go a little farther. I kept going, and stopped looking at my watch because I didn’t want to know how slow I was going. I just wanted to get these miles in. I stopped at least twice more for water (gosh I love how Bayshore has water fountains), and it felt like forever for the kilometers to pass.  Earlier, I had planned to place myself at the 17km mark when I was 2km from home and then walk those last 2km. I had incorrectly calculated my route, so I was 2km from home and at only 16km. So instead of walking, I decided to keep on running. I arrived at my front gate just as my watch dinged 18km. I had done it! It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t fast, but I got those miles in. Phew. Deposit in the fitness bank!

I went to yoga and it felt oh, so, good! I could have used a bit more hip opening stretches, but man, it felt good to stretch out!

Above the Barre Fitness

6 02 2013


I’ve been on this “try new kinds of workouts” kick. I’ve been Krankcycling. I went Flyboarding. And a few weeks ago, I had the chance to try barre fitness.


I didn’t know too much about barre workouts, except that they typically take place in what looks like a ballet studio, you use the bar for some moves, and you do a LOT of micro movements. When an opportunity arose for the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers to take a class at Above the Barre Fitness in St. Pete, I jumped at the chance. I’m always game for trying out a new kind of workout!


Raffi had coordinated with Maria, the studio owner, to have a special class just for TBLB so that we could try out barre and have the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions without interrupting a normal class. Raffi was in the middle of her 24 day barre challenge-complete 24 barre classes in the month of January- and was already seeing changes in her body. She was hooked, and her testimonial definitely got me interested!



(Photo borrowed from Caroline)

As the bloggers arrived, I saw some old faces and some new. We had some introductions and then posed for an obligatory photo. Hanging out with bloggers means you’ll always have some photo memory of an event:-)

Maria greeted us all and gave a brief introduction to barre and some of the things we’d be doing. Then we got right into it and started warming up.

Barre draws its roots from dance, but it is most certainly NOT a dance class. There’s a bar and music, and those are about the only similarities. The class is typically an hour long, and you do many repetitions of very small, focused movements.

Once we were warmed up, we started with arms, doing a variety of arm lifts, twists, holds, etc.

My-Fascinating-Life-Caroline-Calcote-1119(Photo borrowed from Caroline)

Ooh man did we burn out those arm muscles! You’d think that using a 2 lb weight would be no problem; well, 2 lbs feels like 20 after doing the moves Maria made us do!

After arms, we switched to legs. We again did a variety of tiny movements, squatting and pulsing, squeezing a ball between our thighs, standing on our tippy toes and working our calves, and everything in between. Maria was constantly reminding us to “Zip it up” which meant to keep those abs tucked in tight! Though it wasn’t a cardio class, I was definitely sweaty by the end, and my muscles had gotten a great workout.


(CarolineMindy, Me, MargaritaKatieLoraRaffi, and Tess)

Maria was an excellent instructor, and really gave us a great first experience. She explained all of the moves and was very encouraging. My biggest complaint is that her studio is in St. Pete, and I live in Tampa! But, if I lived in St. Pete, I would definitely check that class out more often!


Thanks Maria for opening your studio to us! And thanks Raffi for organizing!

Be sure to check out Above the Barre’s Facebook page to learn more! Oh, and your first class is free, so you have no excuse not to check it out!! 


SOHO Cycling Studio

10 06 2012

The past several days here in Tampa have been rainy, rainy, rainy. The weather’s made it kinda hard to get in my workouts, since I do pretty much all of them outside. I know I could go to the gym, but the closest LA Fitness is a good 20 minutes away, and the gym at my complex is pretty lame.

So on Thursday when Beth asked if I wanted to head over to the SOHO Cycling Studio for the 7:30 class, I immediately said yes. I remembered reading Mary‘s post about SOHO when I first moved to Tampa, and I made a mental note to check it out, so I was really excited that I was finally making it to a class.

I reserved my spot online for a one time drop in fee of $15. Beth told me that first timers are free, but I think you need to call and make your reservation, which I didn’t. At $15 a pop for a drop in, it can get a little pricey, but they have various multi-visit packages you can buy. I thought it was pretty cool that you could pick your bike number too. They have a diagram of the room, with notations where the instructor sits, where the fans are, and where the big screens are, and then you just click on the bike number you want. Beth reserved bike 14, so I snagged bike 15.

When I walked in, I could tell this was going to be great. I found my bike no problem, thanks to Beth and the little card with my name on it 🙂 The studio was clean, spacious, and filled with bikes. I think there were 3 rows of 10. There was an elevated platform in the front of the room for the instructor, and two big screens playing music videos on either side of the instructor’s platform. Lady Gaga was blasting in the speakers, and I smiled, ready for a workout to kick my butt.

And my butt got a good whooping! The instructor, Jessica, made us work! She mixed the workout up with some sprints, climbs, jumps, changing positions, you name it! There was also one song that we sat up and did overhead presses the entire time; I’m pretty sure it was an EP too, so by the end, my arms were Jello! They hurt the next day!

Jessica’s music choice was great too. She played a lot of dance music that I was familiar with, and threw in a few other songs, like Headsprung. Whoa, college flashback! Oh, and she switched off the music videos and put on some “extreme sport” videos-snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, wind surfing, etc. I loved having the visual stimulation because it allowed my mind to focus on something other than the pain in my legs! It also reminded me of Bill, who’s an avid surfer and mountain biker:-)

At the end of class, I was drenched in sweat, but had a huge smile on my face. That’s exactly the kind of workout I wanted/needed. My only complaint about the class would be that sometimes Jessica was hard to hear over the music, since her microphone broke. I feel like that always happens though…

I had a great experience at SOHO, and would love to return. But because I ride outside so much, it doesn’t really make sense for me to spin all that frequently. I’m going to keep my eye out for a groupon (that’s how Mary and Beth started going), but maybe will treat myself to a drop in class every now and again. 🙂 If you’re in the area, definitely check it out!