In my opinion, one of the best things about Best Body Bootcamp is that I don’t have to follow every single workout with severe rigidity. If things need to change to fit my life and my schedule, that’s all right. This week definitely proved to be one of those weeks.
I’ve been doing my Friday workouts on Sunday nearly every week of this round of boot camp. Normally, I do that for the sake of not having to workout Friday when I finally get home from work/errands, which is not my favorite thing to do by any stretch of the imagination. This week I’m especially glad that I moved Friday’s workout to Sunday. My thumb injury has kept me from doing much with my right hand, which means any sort of upper body workout has been out of the question since Tuesday. Friday’s strength workout is titled “Chest, Back & Arms,” and that definitely would not have been something I could’ve gotten done this Friday. (My thumb, for those of you losing sleep over this, is getting better…I think. The swelling has gone down, but it still hurts to move it too much. I can do a lot more than I was able to do on Tuesday night or Wednesday, but gripping anything is still an issue).
I also had to modify Wednesday’s high intensity circuit to deal with my thumb woes. I cut out almost all of the core and upper body moves as all of them required hands (planks for the core). I like leg work more than core or upper body work because my legs can handle a lot more, but whoa. If I never have to do a legs-only high intensity circuit again, I’d be quite all right with that.
I also used a lot of this week’s cardio workouts to prepare for my indoor tri. On Sunday, I did a full brick (20 minutes on the bike followed by 15 minutes on the treadmill) and was really surprised by how good my legs felt. I was able to get in a little over 5 miles on the bike and about 1.5 miles on the treadmill in that time. One of my biggest issues with treadmills is the way that the machine has more control over my pace than I have, which will not be the case at the tri when I’m running on a track (treadmill running is an option, but I’d choose a track over a treadmill any day). I didn’t really feel like I was pushing myself at 6.2 on the treadmill, so I’d like to believe I’ll be able to run a little farther than 1.5 when I get to the actual tri. I also swam for 15 straight minutes (more or less…there was a brief interruption when a third person jumped in my lane and we had to start circling instead of taking half the lane) on Thursday to gauge where I’m at with that. I swam 22 lengths (11 laps) in that time, which was better than I expected. I’ve been looking at results from past years of this tri, and the combination of my swimming, biking, and running as shown by this week will put me pretty solidly in the bottom quarter of female finishers. Honestly, this is something I’m doing much more for the experience (…and to be able to say I’m a triathlete :P) than something I’m doing to be competitive, so I’m not entirely distressed by that. My main goal is to not finish last. Judging by other results, I’m probably going to be at a pretty big disadvantage after the swim (some people are putting in closer to 30+ lengths, which just is NOT going to happen from me haha) but I’m hoping I can make up some ground on the bike or run. I imagine it’ll be a little tricky to tell since we’ll all be indoors on stationary equipment rather than running an outdoor course where you can actually see how far someone is in front of you, so hopefully I’ll be able to draw some competitive spirit just from myself. We shall see! Regardless of what happens, I’m sure it’ll be quite the experience. The event is next Saturday, so I’ll be sure to let you all know what happens after it’s done!