Monday, 20 January 2014

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Going into business for myself has been busier than I had anticipated. Which is wonderful for my life, but has resulted in less regular janathon blogging and more counting to catch up.  

I've walked a lot. Rowed and swung kettlebells.  These activities make me very happy.  I even started running a little bit again on Sunday. And my foot was okay with that. Mostly. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

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Impromptu trip to Paris.  Doesn't that sound wonderful?  It was.  The  Louvre and Versailles.  Lots of walking. And eating.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

10. 11. Heavy lifting. And you guessed it, more walking.

Friday and Saturday featured many small parts, cardboard boxes, and 50 pages of assembly instruction. Reminiscent of building Legos with my son. 

Thank goodness for the dog needing to take a long walk.  

Carrying the furniture boxes upstairs gave me several deep squats and stair climbs carrying an extra 25 kilos. 


Friday, 10 January 2014

9. Wherein janathon involves more brisk walking in the dark

I'm renovating most of my whole life. It's quite exciting and unsettling all at once. 

I'm surrounded again by boxes of stuff from my old office that leave me scratching my head. I had a wonderful dog walk after teaching my evening class. That is my contribution to janathon.  I also baked two loaves of excellent bread. That involved kneading dough, which made my arms really strong and shapely. 

I like having time to breathe.

It was reassuring to see life proceeding as normal. As in, gravity works; entropy wins every time.  A heavy wind storm blew over the basketball hoop last month.  The car was spared, but the hoop sustained hidden damage that proved fatal.  Given a second chance, the hoop softened its landing by taking out the rear taillight.  I was reassured that I would never run out of things to do.  And now painting the hoop can be stricken from the list.  

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

8. Free to be me

I planned to snub the working world by sleeping late this morning.  I was wide awake at 4:30 and on the couch with a book and a cuppa by 5 am. So much for that brilliant idea.

By 7:30 I had that no-sleep headache.  I napped with the cat after taking my son to school.

I managed another 5k on the beach this afternoon.  I accept that I'm exhausted and need some downtime.

What would you do if you had time to do anything you wanted?  Exciting question, isn't it! 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

7. Moved

Lifted and moved a dozen large boxes and other heavy things.  breaking down the life I have to build the next one.

More than 15k steps.

6. Long sunny walk

I'm leaving my job. Today was spent packing and lifting.  I walked a lot too, meeting my goal of 10k steps.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

5. Another sunny 5k

And post holiday clean up. Today I saw a seal in the North Sea while Odie and I were out walking.  Having a big, friendly dog while on the beach is really fun. A family with kids wanted to play with Odie and delighted in throwing his ball into the surf.

What a beautiful walk.  Too bad the phone battery was dead. No photos for you.   

Saturday, 4 January 2014

4. Bow-tiful shooting

After a delightful long walk on the beach, enjoying the Sun, we went to our archery club where I shot with my new bow for the first time.  I love it!  I got plenty of slow, fat arrows for practice.  This machine is fantastic. It has a place on any sci-fi set.  The draw is set at the lowest possible, at 40lbs.  It was a strength work out for sure.  The temptation is to pull with your arm rather than back muscles.  The back lasts longer.

I am excited to shoot again soon!

bonus workout:

2k on the rower for 9:30 to warm up
2 4 min Tabata (20:10) rounds with 25 lb kettle bell, athlete's choice.
(double american swing, one-armed swing (r/l), double swing, snatch (r/l), clean (r/l), russian swing x 2, h2h, bottoms up), then plank and goblet squat. 

3. Lifting

Moving boxes.  That's my workout today. And walking the dog.  Always the dog.

I'm leaving my current job after nearly 8 years.  Shed some tears walking out of the building tonight.  My last day is Tuesday.  

Wednesday I am flying solo as a strength and resilience coach.  My goal, help you turn stress into strength.  I am making my dreams come true.  I am suddenly free to be my whole creative badasss self.  

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2. Thursday afternoon bike ride

Santa brought a beautiful pinarello to our house at Christmas.  Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. This gift has only increased my suffering and shame.  I rode with recipient of the gift this afternoon. I felt every inch of the slow fat athlete that I am.

However the sun was shining. It was only 9c, which was almost warm. And the wind was at least consistent. So riding into the wind on the way out meant we got a push on the way home.  I need to clean the sand out of my cleats.  The bike path was occasionally inundated with sand from recent storms.  

My riding buddy reminded me we have a hilly 150 km ride planned for April.  I will be riding for redemption.  Thoughtful training plan coming soon. 

90 min. 27 km.

*bonus workout: 20 minutes mobility + planks + kettlebell swings

Coming attraction:

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1. January starts with a dunk in the North Sea

Our New Years tradition is to join thousands of people at the Scheveningen pier and take a quick dip in the North Sea.  Today the water temperature was a chilly 7.5 celecius.  I waded. My H body surfed.  Freak. 

While dinner was cooking, I cranked out a short row. 2k, one minute easy, one minute hard. 

So, janathon day 1 done. 

I'm going to measure calories, carbs  and minutes of exercise each week and see how these numbers relate to each other,   Oh, and my number one stress solution is to get enough sleep. Every night.