The Gym Bag…

FREE STUFF!!! Wait, that’s not free stuff, that’s a $720 gym bag. Yup when you think about it, you think you are getting this awesome ‘free gift’ for joining Goodlife, but what you are getting is the World’s second most expensive bag (c’mon there has to be a Louis Vuitton out there that has to cost more). Well if that’s the case, I am definitely going to get mine (which I did, showing up at said Goodlife to make sure I got mine).  When it comes down to it, whatever gets you to the gym first thing in the morning…

It was a rough one.  As tweeted, I’m not sure how I made it to the gym because I was tired, really, really tired. I guess the key thing is that I made it and one piece and I actually put in a good workout.  There was some hesitation when I was choosing the workout for the day (the Monday session had legs and lots of cardio), but in the end I toughed it out and worked through the pain. That’s not to say I didn’t run into issues, one machine was broken and I had some seriously unpleasant feelings while attempting to do Lunges (at which point, because I hate lunges, I stopped).

Treadmill – 13 minutes, 148 calories, 0.68 mi
Lunges – 1×10 (was supposed to be 3×15)
Leg Press – 2×15 @180lbs and 2×20 @180lbs
Leg Extension – 3×15 @60lbs (ISO)
Incline Press – 3×15 @40lbs
Flat Dumbbell Press – 2×12 @25lbs and 2×15 @20lbs
Machine Flyes – 3×20 @115lbs
Seated Alternating Dumbbell Curls – 2×12 @25lbs and 1×12 @20lbs
Bar Curls – 3×15 @30lbs straight bar
Elliptical – 30 minutes, 546 calories, 140 Avg BPM

Now I know the numbers are by no means spectacular, but everyone needs a place to start.  I will be working on increasing numbers and stamina as I work through four regular workouts (and two supersets all created by trainer Kim).  It wouldn’t be fun unless there were problems, to go with the stupid ankle (which I will be going to have a surgical opinion on in the coming months), my biceps tendon was on fire for most of the day.

Now if you are relatively new to the blog (and if you aren’t you already know this stuff, so be patient), but as I have been working to become healthy, the Ride for Heart has been a big part of it.  I rode for the first time in 2010 after injuring my knee playing slopitch, but I still rode (25KM instead of 50KM in the pouring, freezing rain) and I had a blast! I was getting to ride my bike on a highway and I was raising money to support a great cause. Fast forward to this year and it is time to start getting ready for the 2012 ride.  In the top right hand corner of blog you will notice a Ride for Heart section (feel free to click and donate to my ride).

The reason I’m going through this with you, is because it is time to start thinking about signing up.  The ride sells out every year and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking to raise $5,000,000.  Why am I telling you this?  If you signup before March 1st, the HSF will give you a $25 Sporting Life gift card and if you become a VIP (raise $1,000) there are a whole bunch of incentives.  This is a great event and even if you don’t think you can do it, trust me it is possible.  I rode 25KM the first year (injured), 50KM last year and I’m riding 75KM this year.  Anyone can do it and you have lots of time to start training.

So as I close the rather large entry for tonight, I will let you know that I have a new goal for this year. I’m going to finish the 75KM route in less than three hours.  No it might not sound like much, but I’m probably carrying a lot more ‘luggage’ than everyone else.  There’s the gauntlet.  Think you can do better, sign up and let’s go.


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