Training Adventures

My personal fitness log. Advice, support, constructive criticism, motivation, and other feedback welcome!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Lakewalk, snow shoveling

Short walk on the Lakewalk. A pretty stiff wind made it chilly, but it was fun to see all the icicles and the crashing waves. Here's a video I took of it!

Scott and I helped Mom clear the driveway of snow when we got home. Good back workout!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Only tried 4 runs, fewer than usual, but had a good time. Always fun to climb at a new place (Vertical Endeavors in Duluth). Did some fun routes, involving new skills. Good day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winter Walk

Feeling ready for a rest day, so went for a walk with Mom on a trail near our house. About two miles altogether, and very refreshing. Nice to get out and breathe the fresh air after being cooped up inside for what feels like a long time!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tabata Something Else (short set)

No pull-up bar in Duluth. booo!
Push-up tabata: 13, 11, 7, 7, 5, 5, 5?, 4 (57 total)
Sit-ups: 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 8 (68 total)
Squats: 19, 19, 17, 18, 18, 17, 18, 17 (143 total)

Uf da... my legs were feeling more sore than my arms during the day today, but then I went to do this workout and my arms totally wimped out!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Planks & Legs

Another decidedly indoor workout - it's noon, and the temperature is -8... not counting the windchill.

Planks (separated by 30 second rests)
Front: 2 min
Sides: 1 min each
Front 1 min

Leg Blaster: 4 rounds, separated by 30 second rests
20 squats
20 walking lunges
20 lunge jumps
10 squat jumps

Time: 9:23

Uf da, walking down stairs was pretty wobbly afterward! Maybe tomorrow or Wednesday it will be nice enough outside to get out and enjoy the snow!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

100 burpees in 9 minutes!

A new record for me. Woo hoo!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Abbreviated Arboretum Run

Scott and I ran through the Arboretum today, and took a quick detour to check out our new apartment. The great news is that it's on the ground floor, and the patio faces south, so we can plant a little garden for ourselves! I'm excited.

Anyways, we didn't do the whole loop, which was fine, because I was having a tough time. Not sure if Scott's pace was too quick for me, or if I'm just worn out from finals, but 34 minutes was definitely enough.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Today's workout was a conscious decision NOT to let a hectic life get in the way of physical fitness. I have a nasty physiology final tomorrow morning, and lots of studying to do. And I'm communicating with a bunch of nutrition professors, so that I can apply to the nutrition M.S. program this winter. And it looks like we'll be moving to a new apartment sometime over the holidays. I'm happy I took the time to work out!

5 pull-ups (jumping)
10 push-ups
15 squats

I completed 13 rounds + 5 pull-ups in 20 minutes. That's way better than the last two times I tried it (12 and 11 rounds). My record is 14 rounds... need to work back up to that.

Monday, December 08, 2008


Climbing with Scott!

10c - brown Lean back
10b/c - red Is That a Euphemism in Your Pocket...?
10c - follow the fishes - FAIL - fingers tired out
10a - dark green... FAIL - couldn't balance it. Try this one next time!
10 - black/red Deathly Hallows
10a - dark green - FAIL
8+ - Fail. OK, I get it. I'm worn out. Enough!

Sort of a disappointing night, but at least it started off well. I had two finals today... I guess they made me more tired than I realized.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Sprint tabata

6-minute warm-up jog
1 sprint tabata
5-minute cool-down jog

I felt nice and fast and strong! Yay!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Walking lunges & swings

CFWU x 2 x 10 (at-home substitutions, jumping pull-ups)

WOD 081204: 5 rounds of
10 walking lunges (10 steps total, 30# dumbbell)
15 swings (30# dumbbell)

Time: 9-ish minutes

Notes: My legs are pretty sore from yesterday's swings and squats, so I didn't go too hard on today's workout. Not easy, but not killer. I wanted to do the lunges with the dumbbell held overhead, but I couldn't do it with a 30-pounder. (I held the weight at shoulder height instead.) Maybe I should have used 2 different weights - a lighter one overhead for the lunges and a slightly heavier one (35#-40#) for the swings.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Swings, push-ups, squats

CFWU x 2 x 10 (no pull-ups or dips)

As many rounds in 20 minutes of:
15 swings (40# dumbbell)
15 push-ups (not 25, as prescribed)
35 squats (hands behind head at first, swinging freely at the end)

Completed 6 rounds + 5 swings.

I was definitely feeling my abs on the swings. The push-ups weren't as bad as I was expecting, but I'm glad I did 15 rather than 25 - it would have bottlenecked the workout. You can always tell if your legs got a good workout if pedaling a bike on flat ground feels challenging afterward. It did today.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Had a great night climbing with Scott. I can't wait to go back!

10a - maroon Hadron Collider - an easy warm up
10b/c - red - Next time, my goal is to do this all in one shot.
10b - purple P.O.S. - I finished it very sloppily.
10c - brown Lean Back - super fun, just hard enough. Keep working on it!
10b - blue Who is John Galt
9 - orange You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman - fun crack

Monday, December 01, 2008

IM Frisbee Champions!

We won 13-5! We got t-shirts that say "IM Champion" on them! We went out for beer afterwards.

More photos here.