Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Recent Workouts in the Month of February 2011

          This one is a few days late being posted since I blogged for five days in a row last week, which was more than I’ve ever done before. After that flurry, I needed a break.
          Here are some thoughts about recent workouts on the stationary bike and the treadmill. How about running out of newspaper before finishing a stationary bike workout? Well that happened to me one time and I had to go back to the front page and reread some articles until I completed the workout.
          I did my longest workout on the spinning bike last week: 10 minutes warm up + 5 sets of 3/2/2 stand up intervals with 1 minute recoveries + 10 minutes cool down for a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes. It helps to break down the workout in segments to keep from being bored.
          Another recent workout consisted of 15 minutes each on the spinning bike, recumbent bike, elliptical machine, back to the spinning bike and the recumbent bike for a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It would have been too hard mentally to do it that long using just one machine.
I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been running more often on the treadmill and a couple of days back, I exceeded my usual hour with an extra 10 minutes thus making it the longest I’ve run on my treadmill. Let me tell you this: Even jogging slowly on the treadmill feels better afterwards compared to cycling. Damn running is like cocaine!
          When I do weight training, I usually take my good old time to recover between sets. However when I’m pressed for time I do a blitz workout wherein I considerably decrease my recovery time. Even though I can do lesser reps on subsequent sets, it still gives me a better pump. I usually lift twice a week. My workouts are very basic: chest, upper back, biceps, shoulders, triceps, and abs. On days I really get lazy, I just do several sets of the clean and jerk which hits several muscle groups at once.

So I did this 4 minute run/1 minute walk workout last Saturday morning (2/19/11) before it started raining and was able to go for an hour and 15 minutes. A couple of hours post run, while tiptoeing over a puddle of water, I tweaked my bad right ankle tendon. It doesn’t take much to aggravate that darn tendon nowadays specially when at a weakened state after only an hour and 15 minutes of running. An that’s the reason why I did a 2 hour walk on the treadmill on Monday morning (2/21/11) instead of running. I haven’t done a walk since, well, I don’t remember, maybe last October or November and that was probably for an hour while carrying 15 pounds of weights in a backpack. If I can get it up to about 3 hours and my if ankles hold up, I just might attempt to finish a half marathon in the next few months.

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1 comment:

Sophie-Chantal said...

Let's see some picture updates, Mr Bodybuilder! :-)

When I get bored on the treadmill, elliptical (never the bike for me, WAY too boring), I usually end up pausing to get a new magazine or change the channel if I don't already have enough options on my iPhone. You have way more focus power than me!