It’s well-documented on this little bloggie that I hate strength training. I have tried time and again to get into a strength training routine that I enjoy, but it’s really hard for me to stick with it (yet I can log six to ten hours a week in cardio if I have an exciting race to train for…).
I think it’s a combination of 1) laziness and 2) lack of knowledge. Strength training just isn’t my thing.
Now you know what I look like first thing in the morning. And what I look like when I’m making my “I hate strength training with the force of a unrelenting fire of doooooom” face.
So yes – I know I SHOULD strength train! It will prevent bone loss in the future, and keep me from getting injured in the short-term.
Part of my strength training issue is I don’t really like gyms, but fortunately for me, the Charlotte Aquatic Center has a gym in addition to a pool – and you get free access! So basically, I don’t have a reason to blow off strength training anymore.
I did some arms, legs, and abs today. I took Emily’s advice and picked up heavier weights instead of my usual 10 pounders. Hopefully, it will give me a-maz-ing muscles and 1980s hair as shown in the diagram below:
And then I swam 800 meters in the long pool. Jumping in the cold water after lifting weights was quite refreshing! I could get used to that – and it will probably help me stick with swimming once winter rolls around.
Pre-workout snack of OJ and banana with sunflower buttah:
You know, I think a banana with nut butter is a great pre-workout snack, but the OJ – not so much. It made me all phlegm-y in the pool. No good.
And post-workout smoothie (a Red Zinger – orange, pineapple, and raspberries – with whey protein):
As you can tell by that last picture, today we’re working from the clinic. ‘Tis shaping up to be a busy morning!
Quote of the Day: Choose to be happy.