Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Came  in for a midday session as I have a work conflict later (that time of year). Work set as 8, 6, 6 x 85. Lots of other good stuff too - could hardly lift my arms to wash hair in the shower after! Feel like I am really making progress. Satisfying...

1hr upper body

Monday, March 30, 2015


I love this so much! We got to lift HEAVY today too - my main work set was 5 x 2 x 181, I am hungry for the 200s....

1hr lower body

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Hahaha, success out of failure - Liz had a good plan, we drove up to Bear Mountain for a hike that was described as something you could do if you could run five miles - but that didn't allow for HEAD obstacles! As we clambered early on up an icy PRECIPICE (not really, but it was a steep mountainside with patches of ice that didn't help matters, I verged on panic and realized I'd better descend immediately (I'm wheezy still now from the after-effects of adrenaline and anxiety). Then proceeded to have an absolutely LOVELY hour of run-walk around the small lake there - it was a glorious day, though cold still. About to get in the shower now and then go back to bed - I hardly slept, it's a function of early alarm and an activity that's not something I always do....

20min walk/jog/clamber
1hr run-walk

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Bittersweet final Saturday spin with Joanna. Great session. Not happy she won't be on the roster going forward!

1hr spin

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Belated squats...

I overdid today, not on exercise but on life - in the end everything went well, and I just got home at 11pm feeling pretty happy about things, but I shouldn't schedule a day like that more than once or twice a year! Lifting was good - I feel like as of last week something clicked on squat form, it was definitely better and easier today than it has been. Rather tight back and sore-ish knees (I rolled a kettlebell over them ticklishly)...

1hr squats etc.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Among the many things in my life that have been making me feel extremely lucky, one of them is this powerlifting thing! I really love it.

1hr bench/upper body

Monday, March 23, 2015


That is a great workout. Then some farmer's walk with kettlebells to strengthen grip and some cable rows. It is good! I am a little guilty at having rather dodged life reentry, I was working here this afternoon but it sort of turned into settle-in day rather than MANIACAL CLEARANCE OF WORK TASK day...

1hr lower body


Alas, it is Joanna's last Monday class, elegiac feel! I won't be able to come on Friday, but we'll have a big blowout workout on Saturday morning and lunch to follow. I am grumpy that Chelsea Piers management has not done everything to keep her!

Coming into the last 6 weeks of my teaching semester. Am going to make exercise a priority on mental-health grounds - there is a ton of work to be done, and more than usually extensive other commitments, but I am going to explode with stress if I don't work it off in the gym/in the run!

Hugely looking forward to working out with the regular powerlifting crew this evening!

:45 spin

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spa week in review

Traveling home today, and feeling slightly daunted at the extent of life re-entry challenges (on the other hand, it will be good to be back with cats and proper powerlifting, and my students and friends in NYC are also always good for morale). Happy with SPA WEEK tho - I see I skimped on running compared to what I intended, but that's OK, it's warm here....

(Did all three lifting sessions, though squats workout was somewhat curtailed; three spin classes; three runs; four hot yoga.)



1hr run (4:1)
1.25hr hot yoga


:40 run
:40 lower body/deadlifts!


6am spin (1hr)
1hr hot yoga
:50 upper body/bench!


1.25hr hot yoga


6am spin (1hr)
1hr hot yoga


1hr run


:20 lower body/squats!
10am spin (1hr)
:32 run

Saturday, March 21, 2015

WARM run

:32 as 3:1 jog-walk. Hot!


Arghhhh, made bad choices that led to skimping on squats workout: didn't really feel like it yesterday afternoon, and didn't get to the gym early enough this morning to get the whole workout done before 10am spin class. Then afterwards I was dripping with sweat, unfed and also very well stretched, and it just seemed counterintuitive to delve back in to the strength work. So call it :20 lower body and 1+hr spin. I was also discombobulated by equipment differences: I used the squat rack outside, but I think it must have a 35lb bar (or even lighter?) rather than the 45lb one I am used to - so I did the first 3 of 8 x 3 with empty bar as prescribed, but it felt so light I switched to 5 x 10 for the remaining sets. Certainly easier to keep form better with the lighter bar.

1hr spin, :20 squats

Friday, March 20, 2015


A few minutes short, but it was good for morale that I basically got the assigned workout done (70min as 3:1 jog-walk, to start to approximate Time On Feet for the trail 10K in May). I snoozed the alarm horribly and dragged my heels at getting out the door, was much later than I meant to be setting out (sun already coming up at 6:15), but it wasn't grotesquely hot, just warm. I feel surprisingly strong and biomechanically sound - Josh's regimen is extremely good for me, I remember that when I was first running I was lifting weights regularly as well and I suspect it is really the way to move forward.

1:06 as 3:1 jog-walk

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SW 5/2

Hot yoga!



Ah, that is an extremely good class: Marlene is a great athlete and runs a true cyclist's workout, I am lucky to have that so conveniently nearby. Had a green machine smoothie afterwards (with mysterious "green pack" - but it is a delicious thing, with a plastic bag of callaloo, cucumber, cabbage, apple, ginger and lime going into the juicer and then getting blended with banana and ice and whey protein), then a happy encounter with a funny little cat I hadn't seen before. (B. has stocked a supply of cat treats for lovely neighbor cat Roxy.)

I flaked out on the rest of spa day yesterday - I just felt headachey and out of sorts and emotionally low. Took some ibuprofen and a caffeine tablet around 4 which helped with the headache but not with the lowness, and decided not to join B. for Wednesday Night Run Club - it's hot and trafficky and though I think it's a good idea to make yourself do one workout if you're feeling low, the fact is I had already sweated buckets for 1.25hr at hot yoga that morning and I figured a quiet evening would be better. Feeling more myself this morning, will head to 8:45 hot yoga in a bit and then we are taking Coach Jerry Harper out to lunch, so that should be nice.

1hr spin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hot yoga! (4/1)

That was good - much less horrible than the seventy-five-minute class on Sunday....

1.25hr hot yoga