Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bootcamp Week 1 Recap

Well I survived week 1!  There was a little snafu near the end of the week when I decided to lose all motivation for exercise.   But I eventually recovered and made it back outside for a Saturday long run. 

Out of respect for the paying participants and the bootcamp creator, I won’t be sharing many details of the workouts with you but I wanted to share some of the general set up with you. 

Workouts

Monday: 4 mile tempo run, Workout A

Tuesday: 1 hour Turbokick class

Wednesday: 45 min. spin class, 1 mile run, Workout B

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: 9 mile run

Sunday: 20(ish) mile bike ride

Bootcamp also had a Workout C which I missed this week.  Originally I intended to fit Workout C in on Friday.  A scheduled interval run also got skipped on Thursday.  You win some, you lose some. 

I am not following the plan exactly because I also need to mix in training runs for my half marathon.  And, starting this week, also need to start half Ironman training! Hench the 9 mile run and 4 mile tempo run.  Next week will also see some swimming and more spinning/bike rides.  For bootcamp, I am mostly just focusing on getting in the strength training workouts and not worrying too much about the assigned cardio workouts. 

One of the other aspects of bootcamp is setting goals for each week.  We were asked to pick two goals to strive for each day. My choices this week were:

  • Drink 80 oz. of water each day
  • Foam roll for 10 minutes each day

To be entered into the weekly prize, I needed to meet the goals 5 out of 7 days this week.  The water goal was relatively no problem, although, it did mean more bathroom breaks for me this week. 

The foam rolling goal took a little more work, but I managed to scarp by and hit 5 days.  I am going to choose this goal again because I want this to become a regular part of my routine.  Foam rolling really seems to help my IT band issues and knee pain. 

Overall I feel great this week.  I was a little sore from Workout A on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I still managed to power through Workout B.  This week I am hoping to be more consistent with my workouts and not skip planned workout days. 

I also took some baseline measurements for comparison purposes at the end of 8-week bootcamp. 

Chest 39.5
Right Arm 12
Left Arm 12
Waist 32.5
Hips 41
Right Thigh 24.5
Left Thigh 24.5

I will measure again at the end of 4 weeks and again at the conclusion of the program.  Hopefully I will see some changes.  I am also really looking forward to seeing more muscle definition. 

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