Saturday, April 26, 2008

Motivation for fatcats and possibly fatcat chumlies.

Sunday, 12k on the rowing machine, one hour. Not exactly pleasant but a great workout in and of itself.

Dead lifts 40k x 6 x2, I used to lift heavier than this, but my form was bad and I was rounding my shoulders. Now, with the new and improved form I actually find the weight harder, but less risk of doing something stupid and therefore painful. Thanks to Matt for the instruction.
Benchpress, 22k x8 x 3

Finished off session with a short sharp three k run at a relatively quick clip on the treadmill.

Monday- nowt, work.

Tuesday- 10k-fairly flat route.

Wednesday- 20k bike,
chest press, on the machine, 15k x 8x 3. I am surprisingly weak at this. Not sure why but this must be why I am crap at press ups too. I'll have to work on it.
Bicep pulldowns, 30k x8, 35k x8, 40k x 8, awesome. That 40 didn't kill me entirely.

Thursday-12k run, hilly run, managed to get lost in Firhouse. I am an idiot.

Friday- I met the Spaniard for lunch. So no, unless drinking cocktails can be considered a sport of some kind.

Today I'm working most of the day, but I'll be in the gym bright and breezy tomorrow morning, running 800m splits.
How's everyone else doing? Is it spring where you live yet?
Ask me can I do a handstand, go on, ask me.



Blogger gimme a minute said...

Somewhat off topic, but can you do a handstand?

11:24 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

No. And I can not do it in a variety of ways.

11:36 a.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Alas, I have returned to the gym,
And may I say owie.
On Tuesday and Friday I did the whole cicuit of conditioning machines plus the hour walking there and back and the minimum of one hour a day walking the psycho pups.
Off to puppy class.

1:43 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

It is spring here, and a glorious one at that. Warm and sunny weather for two weeks now, and it forced everything into glorious bloom a little earlier than last year. Amazing.

In fact, today's workout will be shortened, as I have purchased stuff for the herb garden and can't wait to get out there and plant them.

This last week, more of the same. Monday and Friday were rest days, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday were workout days. Up at 6:30AM, elliptical, lunges, squats, weights - see any of my previous few weeks worth of reports and you'll get the picture.

PLUS - got home from work those days and did lots of yard work, which amounted to more workout. Aerated the lawn - tedious, but my biceps and triceps feel it. Raked, weeded, etc.

Okay, off to do some cardio and ab wheel. I'll do that, and weights tomorrow. What a life.

1:59 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Hey FMC, that's a cracking week for you. 12k on a rower, I'm always amazed at your rowing! I set myself 500 metres and that's it! I swam 3 times this week and did my first normal run (5.5 miles)in almost 2 weeks this morning (besides my little adventure race last Saturday). Felt good but there's something wrong with my calfs. I'm getting it seen to.
Hopefully back to normal training (with lots of swimming) next week.
Any chance of a handstand?

2:23 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ah Medbh, the return is always painful.

Andraste, gardening is a real workout isn't it? I need to do the lawns again and give the hedges that aren't harbouring birds a good trim. I'll pick a warm day next week and get cracking with it.

Not a snowballs chance in hell, Aisling. Sorry to hear about your legs. Do you think you have a tear somewhere?

3:37 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

By the way, anybody know anything about herb gardening? I want to put the herbs in the ground today, but the weather is supposed to get colder this week. Sometimes dipping below 40F overnight some nights. Is that too cold - should I wait?

Or is the danger of a real frost over? know, they were only a buck or two each - maybe I'll plant them, and if they die, just get more...if they don't die, I'll be eating fresh basil with tomatoes and mozzarella by next weekend.


5:04 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

"I'll be eating fresh basil with tomatoes and mozzarella by next weekend."

YUMMY! That is one of my favourite-ist things in the world to eat.

5:53 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

no spring here. we got a foot of snow over the past 2 days, which really makes me reconsider living in montana.

for herbs, you generally need a soil temperature of at least 55 F. you can always put what you have into pots, and keep them indoors for now, and put them outside when it's nice. that way you'll still have the best of both worlds.

as for my garden, it seems to be much delayed, thanks to this crazy weather.

all in all, a good week:

sunday: 2 miles on the bike, core, and lifting

monday: swimming drills, followed by 150 m race pace, then 100 m cool down

tuesday: 25 minutes on the elliptical... high resistance. 3 miles on the bike, than core and lifting

wednesday: same swim routine, and 20 minutes on the elliptical. plus did 30 minutes of yoga, and realized how tight my muscles were. decided to again go to yoga on a daily basis.

thursday: core and lifting

friday: swim routine, 4 miles on the bike.

saturday: 1 hour of yoga, 15 minutes on the elliptical, and a dog walk....

i've started to feel some muscle tone in my arms, which in and of itself is almost all the payoff i need!

5:54 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm not surprised with all the swimming!

6:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I am impressed and most importantly motivated! I have been rotating my ankle in a circular motion since I started reading your post here at my laptop. Not something I would normally do, but I can feel it working already.

May go for a walk later ...

6:41 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ankle rotations eh? I'm not sure you should dare combine that AND walking on the same day.

7:05 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Middling sort of week. Elliptical twice for 30 minutes, and a 40 minute run on the beach. Today I'll get in 45 minutes in the gym if the children's fit kids class teacher shows up on time for a change.

Didn't really work as hard as i should have though. Didn't slack off exactly but didn't push myself much either. i've been trying out these short bursts of speed you guys do to try and work up to a faster pace but this week I was just too lazy.

I wanna try rowing too but the rowing machines are usually occupied at the times i can get to the gym.

I fucking hate lunges. I hate them. I do.

Thinking of getting a fitness assessment to see if I'm off balance or putting too much strain or emphasis anywhere. I'm pretty sure I am because I definitely work my lower body more than my upper. I've been reading you can do yourself harm if you're not exercising all your bits to the same level. My back is buggered so I treat it with kit-weights and need a more balanced overall workout routine I think.

In short, I'm exercising but I'm not exercising smart as the trainers say. I'm exercising like a fool and not getting the full body workout I need to stay balanced overall and not get joint strain or posture problems.

I expect it will cost spondulas though to get such an assessment. It always takes me a fw weeks after finding out the price of something like that to resign myslef too it and just spend the damn money.

You guys sound like you've been out there flying the fitness flag this week! Anyone know how John's doing? His triathlon must be coming up pretty soon. A 60 year old man was eaten by a great white shark off San Diego this week while training for a triathlon. He was a serious athlete so I wondered if it was the same one John was going in for.

7:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh I ‘m raging I cannot show you how to do a handstand, I am shit hot at doing them, honestly, you would be mighty impressed particularly by my ability to show people how to do them. I think we are in the same gym but I am an early riser and go at the crack of dawn and anonymity being paramount tis not to be. At any rate I know you’d shop me to Twenty and he would hunt and murder me in a most unpleasant manner. Did you practice doing it up against a wall??

I did not go to the gym once this week, it doesn’t matter anyway as I never know what you are talking about when you are like, 500 x Deadlifts and such, how did you learn the terminology. I did 6 miles runs each morning though and I went wind surfing yesterday but I think I strained my groin. Does anyone know where your groin is or what straining it feels like? Does it feel like you injured yourself in a place that would be most inappropriate to discuss with your parents over Sunday lunch and when you limp you have to say you erm hurt your leg?


7:28 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

wonderful job this week! i just wanted to throw in my 2 cents regarding weight lifting, etc....

i've been using this site

and it's been WONDERFUL. it's all designed by a woman who was fairly overweight, and got into weight lifting. this particular link takes you to the beginner's routine, and she does a wonderful job showing bad form vs. good form. i think there's other stuff on the site worth perusing as well...

you're right, sam. an unbalanced training plan can leave you in a lot more harm than good. i try to balance cardio, lifting, and stretching (like yoga) and so far i've been really happy with it all.

as for handstands, i still can't do them either, despite my yoga instructor's constant guidance and instruction. for me it's more of a mental block than anything.... i've actually found it easier to work on headstands than handstands.

7:58 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Hey FMC, thanks for asking, the calfs will be fine. It will just involve very painful massage to sort out. I never enjoy them and she told me to brace myself for the next one! She went easy on me last week as it was the first one after the marathon. :-(

9:18 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

It's autumn here and I'm hating it as the temperature slowly sinks lower and lower.

Nothing for me this week, I've been grounded by the quack pending test results re last week's sore chest.

And strange as it may sound ( ie being severely afflicted by the condition known as Laziness Terminalnus), I have been sorely tempted to sneak down to the pool when no one was looking.

11:55 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

A week to go from tomorrow, so my taper begins.

Week started off expensively, left my bike in for a tune up before the race. I'd just got off the plane in Mexico when the bike shop called. I'd left it late to replace my chain which had been slipping, and as the chain got looser it had worn the teeth on my front chain ring and the back cassette. $470 to repair! I needed new front chain rings and a back cassette plus chain and gear cables. Big lesson learned, the minute the chain slips bring it in to the shop.

Monday - lovely warm water surfing.

Tuesday - Beach running for 30 minutes. Sam I'm impressed with your 45 minutes, beach running sucks. I was told afterwards by one of the trainers where I do my bike lessons that beach running is an easy way to get injured - stumbling.

Wed - hard hard day. I got retested, a lactate test. I rode at increasing wattage while they took blood samples from my ear and on the spot tested them for lactate. It increases as you work harder and they can calculate very accurate thresholds for working out. The good news is all of my numbers have increase hugely, and my wattage output substantially. Also lost 11 lbs :) But still have to much body fat, grumble grumble.

Thursday - Swam 2000 metres.

Friday - Ran for 45 minutes. Was really happy I did 5.8 miles and kept a sub 7.50 minute mile average.

Sat - 24 mile bike ride followed by a 2 mile run. Now I get to rest for 2 days and do short but intense workouts Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat. Sunday is D-Day. Mildly apprehensive, because it being my first tri, I don't know what to expect.

3:25 a.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

BTW fuck spring, (which is just gorgeous around here a la moment) and its fucking pollens. I never had allergies until I moved into my house. They are really bad this year, so I went to an allergist and got tested. Turns out I am allergic to the 2 most common trees in my neigborhood. Because I had to go off claritin for 5 days before seeing the doctor I was whacked with allergies. At least I know the cause now...

3:27 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sounds sniffly awful. Allergies are the Devil's smegma. That is tremendous though to discover all your stats are rocking. And a nice indicator that all your training is really paying dividends. Taper well, get plenty of rest and you're going to be awesome next week.

Daisy Mae, thanks for the link, I'll give it a good read.

Aisling eeep, sounds painful even reading that. I hope she's not too cruel with you.

LK, poor thing, I hope it's nothing too serious and you'll be back on your feet/in the water soon.

Nonny- cheers, but it's more a mental block than anything else. Be careful with a groin pull, it can be a bitch to heal. I pulled a muscle in my groin years ago- kicking off a pair of runners-and it took bloody weeks to mend.

Sam, do get someone to give you an assessment. It's hard sometimes to be balanced. Especially when you prefer one thing over the other. For example, I like arm exercises. I like pulls and lifts, but I hate fucking squats. So I often catch myself avoiding them and have to MAKE myself do leg workouts. Usually I do leg work outs with all the good grace of a drunken moose, but still, I do the blasted things.

Right, it's sunday and I have many hours of work ahead. Bah.

11:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like I missed motivation day. We were too busy getting the house into shape for next weekend so I don't have to do anything but write this week. I finally, FINALLY finished painting the downstairs bathroom. It only took like four weeks.

Anyhoo. I was at a conference all last week and missed working out.
Monday, 3 miles easy, but surprisingly, under 30 minutes.
Tuesday nothing.
Wednesday 2 miles at tempo, turned out to be 18:30. Would've been a bit quicker if I didn't have to stop and tie my shoe.
Thursday nothing.
Friday biked 3 miles.
Saturday painting.
Today, 10k planned; and if I can manage it, I may stretch it to 7 miles. Waiting on Spouse to return from his run with the iPod.

1:34 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Andraste, it's a little early to plant an herb garden.
I'd wait another month to be on the safe side.

5:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, 470 dollars for a pushbike!!!! Is the chain made of gold???

Miss Cat, do it up against the wall. Can you do a headstand?? If not, put a cushion on the floor beside the wall for your head, put the palm on the floor to support your neck and pull your legs in towards your stomach, it is so hard to do at first but just say that’s it I'm going to do this MOTHER FUCKING HEADSTAND. I think the worst part of trying to do a handstand is all the blood rushing to your head and creating pressure whilst your still tying to get your legs up, whereas if you master a headstand and do it one or two times a day you become accustomed to the head rush and you can concentrate on doing it on your hands and the legs. Go on try it, I dare you!! You can do it!!!!

The whole groin stain is a disaster, I am not being rude but I cannot close my legs. I am walking like John Wayne here. I slipped of the board, tried to catch myself and did a ridiculous version of the splits, grace and dignity were nowhere to be found. What do you do with that? Just take lots of drugs and wait for it to pass.


5:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet Jesus, I meant strain, STRAIN…


6:06 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...


bike work is very expensive, same cost as getting repairs on your car, and yes the components for a good bike are very expensive, biking is all about lowering the weight. My bike only weights 19lbs. Carbon fibre frame and components that are in the mid level of the high end. At 2k my bike is not considered very expensive. One of my buddies just spend 5.5k on a bike.

6:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the doctors today.. looks like I have cartilage damage in my knee which usually means an operation. I have to see a consultant in 6-8 weeks so I cant do nothing until then. Mother of God am i on a downer right now.

A very, very sad and emotional LimerickGuy

4:24 p.m.  
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