Friday, April 18, 2008

Updatey stuff

Today has turned out to be an unscheduled rest day. I meant to get up at 5:30 and head to the gym, so I'd be back in time to get kids organised for school. I'm sure I hit snooze when the alarm went off, but apparently not....since when I woke next it was 6:15. That was my only window of opportunity in the day for training, and I missed it. Drat!

Not a big deal - I had a rest day planned on Sunday, so I'll just reshuffle things (again). Obviously, I needed the sleep - and I have a niggly left calf that can probably do with an extra day off anyway.

I have a list of things to do today that stretches on and on..... and a couple of them involve dealing with various bureaucrats in government departments in the city. Yuk. I hate going to the city. Unless it's for shopping. Hmm, might have to make a stop for some essentials at Lorna Jane. And Koko Black. :p

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Our house now has roof tiles! And bricks! (well, some) And the rest of the windows!

Things are moving fast this week. I'm sure it'll all grind to a halt again soon. It seems to go that way. Meanwhile, we go over every night and play "ooh, what have they done today?"

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Training's been extremely varied lately. I'm working on my running, so that I can do the MDC without embarrassing myself. With weight training, I've also switched to lower reps and higher weights, which I always enjoy. But there's lots of other fun stuff too....

For example, yesterday I did a lactate threshold test on the spin bike. That was interesting. A near-death experience, sure, but interesting. If you want to know about lactate threshold testing, it was kind of similar to the test described here.

I also realised that I hadn't updated personal settings on my heart rate monitor since I bought it 6 months ago. So I'm slack, what can I say? I found the manual, changed my weight stats, then decided I was well overdue to run the pre-programmed fitness test. When I last did it, back in October, my score ranked my fitness as "good" for a woman aged 45-49. THIS time, I'm ranked as "elite". Yeah, right. I'm right up there with Olympic athletes and Tour de France cyclists and so on .....not!

Anyway, the point was that I've made enormous improvements over 6 months - but I didn't need a mini computer to tell me that. The bit that I loved was that my score still holds at the "elite" level for a 35-39 year old. And I'm ONE measly point off that ranking for a 30-34 year old.

I know that the main thing is to compare your scores to previous results and (hopefully) get evidence of improvement. But I always enjoy discovering that I'm stronger or fitter than an average 'someone' much younger than me. :o) There's that competitive streak again!

6 comments:

Cherub said...

You still inspire me.

Claire

kathrynoh said...

If you're ever down the bottom of town there's a Lorna Jane outlet in the place at Spencer St Station :D

I don't think I've ever changed my HRM settings, except one time to increase my weight :(

Jadey 0:-) said...

Of course Lorna Jane and Koko Black are essentials. Who are you building with?

On the 1500cal - I'm fairly sedentary (very) Not doing any exercise at the moment. Do you still think I should maybe go the next level or stay on the 1500 or drop?

Raechelle said...

Yep-always gotta love that being fitter than an average kid stuff!
Yay for the house moving along too!
Have a great weekend!

Shauna said...

did you ever know that you're my heeeeeeeeeeeeeero?

my HRM said i burned over 400 cals for an hours walk... wtf!? I've checked the settings a bazillion times and it was measuring properly throughout. i thought it'd be a lot less than that. must read that manual again.

PS will you blog about your 95% choc when you eat it? curious minds want to know... :)

Kek said...

Shauna, I'm almost afraid to eat it...but when I DO, I will definitely blog about it.

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