Sunday, April 5, 2015

"What Exactly are You *Doing* in the Sauna?" and Other Locker Room Questions

Hey there! I know I've been barely blogging and I've really missed you guys! I hope you'll forgive me, because I have stories to tell!

Ok, here we go!

A couple of months ago I started going to the gym again, mostly for the pool. I usually swim, then hit the sauna, shower, get dressed, and head out on my merry way.

Now, I'm no expert, but my understanding of the sauna is that you sit in there to relax and enjoy the heat.

It would appear that I might be wrong though, because here are some of the things I have seen while in my gym sauna:

1. Loud conversations.

2. Texting.

3. Loud music.

4. Vigorous, and I mean vigorous, exercising.

My friend, Adrian, did point out that this girl could have been cutting weight for a fitness or bikini competition.

5. Vigorous...drying.

You know what's worse than avoiding eye contact with someone drying their privates? Accidentally looking down directly AT their privates.

Now let's talk about the showers:

Actually, I realized my issue with the showers is just that: my issue. If some ladies want to chit chat in their birthday suits with the shower curtains open, then more power to them.

Finally, let's discuss these puzzling behaviours in the changing area:

1. Spreading clothes, towels, etc.. across the entire bench.

2. Sitting right next to me as I'm getting dressed.

3. Eating.

Because nothing gets the appetite going like the smell of sweat.

How about you? 
1. What are some of the puzzling or downright annoying things you see in your gym locker room? 
2. Are you footloose and fancy-free about your nudity?
3. Gents? What goes on in the men's locker rooms?
4. Is it me? Maybe I just need to start yelling "Get off my lawn out of my locker room!"


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My "Swim, Bike, Run" is Turning into "Sleep, Sleep, Sleep".

I have a confession to make:

I'm not really training right now.

I want to be, but I'm so tired. So very, very tired.

After the Portland Marathon I pretty much lost all my mojo.  1 week off turned into 3 months off.

A couple of months ago I went to a workshop at my PT clinic that was all about jump starting your training early. I thought it would be the kick in the pants I needed to get moving again. They talked about setting up your training into mini, meso, and macro cycles (basically short-, mid-, and long-term goals.)

Next a dietician/ultramarathoner spoke about the importance of fueling our bodies for our workouts. She opened the floor for discussion by asking one of my fellow participants about his eating habits:

He's serious about his nutrition. Hyperserious.

The dietician then scanned the room for another sharer.

Guess who she picked?


I tend to ramble when I feel put on the spot.

A lot of the presentation went over my head, but I learned I should be training consistently in order to stay fit and healthy and be better prepared for 'racing' season.

Which brings me back to my current situation: I'm tired. I barely work out Monday to Friday and then the weekend comes.

And I swim!

I bike!

I run!

And then Monday comes along and I'm wiped out again.

Last week I tried something new.  I committed to 10 minutes of exercise when I got home, regardless of what time it was.

It worked for a couple of days.

This week, I decided to add some WYCWYC (What You Can, When You Can) to my life.  The idea was started by super bloggers Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone.  It's about doing what you have time to CAN do and not judging yourself when you can't do more.  Plus, it's super fun to say.

Say it with me:

Better yet, say it with Carla and Roni!

See? Superfun.

SO NOW I'M ASKING FOR YOUR IDEAS! I WILL TRY THEM OUT AND BLOG ABOUT HOW I DO! (I will of course mention you, and link back to you if you're a social media type :D)

Just answer any or all of these questions in the comment section:

1. How successful are you with getting in your work time and play time?
3. How many times a week are you working out if you're in base training?
2. How should I try to get my workouts in during daylight hours? (I don't have the option of lunchtime workouts)
P.S. Are there any wickwickers out there?


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