Running after the wagon

Last week was a rough one for me (and my family!) so I kinda swan dived off the Roller Derby Workout Challenge Wagon. Well, I’m ready to get back on…. (*cough*after the Hotdog/Marshmellow BBQ I’m going to tonight 😉 )  So here’s my workout plan for week 5:

  • MONDAY: Playing Squash (subbing this in for roller derby workout video)
  • TUESDAY: Roller Derby Practice
  • WEDNESDAY: 20 Mountain Climbers  , 20 Supermans 10 pushups, 45 second plank, REPEAT 5 TIMES. Then 10 Burpees, 10 Star Jumps, 10 Pushups, REPEAT 3 TIMES
  • THURSDAY: Roller Derby Workout VIDEO
  • FRIDAY: REST
  • SATURDAY: Roller Derby Practice
  • SUNDAY: 100 burpies; 100 star jumps (This just looks funny to me… but I’ll try!)

Tomorrow night is my first practice with the League Skaters at CCDD! I’m nervous, but excited. I’ve put my new Atom Poison wheels so I’ll be posting a review of those shortly.

RDWC Week #4

I’m excercise cheating for about half of this week to prepare and repair for and after my minimum skills assessment. So my schedule doesn’t exactly follow the prescribed schedule for the week. Also, I pledge to stand on one foot while waiting for every bus and elevator up until mins day. Then, after this week, I go hardcore 🙂

Monday: Roller Derby Practice
 
Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice
 
Wednesday: Today is a fun day. We want you to close the door to your room put on your favorite dance mix. Set a timer and go at it for 30 minutes. Dance, dance, dance. We aren’t talking about slow dancing either. Go wild. Get sweaty. Get crazy. 
 
 Thurday: Resting before mins

 Friday: Resting before mins

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice MINS SKILLS ASSESSMENT

 Sunday: Resting after Mins

Cause kids are honest…

I’m about one day behind on my workout plan, so even though today is technically my rest day I thought I’d squeeze in the missing workout.

So my son sees me huffing and puffing through my jumping jacks and says

“Ew mom your belly button is wiggling”

I look down, and what do you know, he’s right! I guess three kids’ll do that to ya LOL 🙂

Workout Schedule for Week #3 of RDWC

Admittedly, having taken a few days away from my workout schedule to deal with family illnesses, I am less than motivated to start week three. I also feel this need to “Conserve” rather than build strength right now with my min skills assessment coming up in the near future. So, I’m going to push it to but not beyond my limit until after mins. That might mean giving up a workout here or there to nurse sore muscles. But after mins, I’m going hardcore.

Sunday: Taking the Day off to bring hubby to the hospital

Monday:

Set your timer for 20 minutes
10 REAL pushups
10 bicycles (count them like we do in the video!)
10 squats
10 star jumps
Repeat this cycle of 10 for 20 full minutes.

Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice

Wednesday: Roller Derby Workout Video

Thursday:

10 burpees
10 squats
9 burpees
9 squats
8 burpees
8 squats
then 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 burpees and squats Make Sense?
You start at ten of each and go down to one of each. Time yourself with no breaks. This kills but it is really great strength training and conditioning all in one package. You should be getting stronger and stronger everyday!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice (Since Derby Practice this Saturday is a Rules/Game practice, I’ll be doing the additional workout below)

1 minute of jumping jacks
30 seconds rest
20 pushups
30 seconds rest
Repeat 5 times (10 times if you don’t have practice)

Sunday:
(Doing the alternate workout to the Video because the video is starting to bore me just a bit 😉

20 squats
60 second plank
20 lunges right leg
20 lunges left leg
60 second plank
20 pushups
30 second plank
Repeat 5 times!

M is for Mutiny

I couldn’t think of an appropriate title for today’s post.

I started the Roller Derby Workout Challenge yesterday and already I’m feeling pretty grouchy…

After a huge breakfast fail (white flour and sweetened coffee), I managed some good choices for lunch and supper. I was kind of unprepared to follow the meal plan perfectly, but I was able to come pretty close. This morning I did manage to follow their breakfast plan, but I couldn’t eat everything on the list… it’s just too much food for me first thing in the morning. Not to mention, I’m suddenly having to cook for myself in the morning…. ugh.

As far as the exercise plan goes: my workout DVD didn’t arrive on time so I did the alternate workout yesterday evening.  I read the plan through first to get an idea of how it was going to go down: 20 squats, 60 second plank, 20 left leg lunges, 20 right leg lunges, 60 second plank, 20 pushups, 30 second plank. OMG that looks exhausting right? Next read: REPEAT 5 TIMES!! Holy French. Well I know my 5 times tables pretty well and yeah that’s like 100 squats 750 seconds of plank 100 lunges on each leg and 100 pushups. Um, I couldn’t make it through the first repeat but I did try my hardest. I managed about 70 squats too, so I’m hurting today.

My strategy for the routine was basically to do as much as I could during each  repeat but try really hard to do 5 repeats. I think I’m going to switch it up for next time and try to make it all the way through 1 repeat and increase the repeats from there. Now so you don’t think I’m in total lack of shape I think it’s fair to remind you that 1) because of the elbow injuries I’ve incurred my physiotherapist recommended NOT doing pushups for now… so I only did a few of them and then did about 3 repeats of 10 wall pushups for each arm instead. 2) The 60 plank is an exercise that I’ve been working *towards* in physio and is often something I use as a substitute for pushups. Right now I can do about a three repeats of a 30 second plank  but after that it’s 10 seconds before I fall flat on my wobbly bits.

Anyways, even though the exercise plan is a little advanced for me so far, at least I’m sure that I’m still pushing my body…. stairs hurt today!

Rolling around the Christmas Tree

I had pretty much resolved to do as little exercise as possible over the holidays. I wanted to give my leg muscles and knees some time to repair, and even moreso just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to be lazy for a while. But then this happened:

It's all about balance

 

YAY!!!! 🙂 Hubby surprised me Christmas morning with a balance board and 5 lb weights. I suppose he wants to make sure that I’ve got the right stuff come January when we start hitting each other. To my fellow derby girls; I love you, but when push comes to shove (or smash in our case) my goal is to push harder than the rest of you. 😉

And check out that awesome hoodie. It comes from Rollergirlvia my parents and is made by PivotStar…. and it probably stinks cause I’ve only taken it off a couple of time since Christmas day 🙂

After all that balancing and lifting, I’m going to need some serious relaxation… so thankfully, my in-laws provided me with about a hundred pounds of spearmint eucalyptus epsom salts. My knees and thighs are thanking you already. And, I have new books to read in the bath too 😀

Okay, so hopefully this post is coming off in its intended tone, which is in total appreciation of the support I’ve received from my entire family on this awesome journey… I love you all.

Oh and to Mel and Clay; thanks for the wine. My drinking team appreciates your support in keeping me in shape over  the holidays as well.

More money for spandex

Practice last night went pretty… awesome.

First off, we’ve started at a new-to-me, polished concrete arena. Before testing it out, we did some off-skate stuff. During the warm-up, someone  realized that we could play music in there and ran up to throw on a cd. The first song… The Clash, London Calling. Put me right into my sweet spot.

After laps and lunges (maybe I’ll stop mentioning these… they’re going to happen every time) we did a pretty intense off-skate session with mirror drills. Then we laced up and took a couple of warm up laps around the track. The concrete makes such a difference! When I first stepped out onto the track I was a bit wobbly… the concrete is way more slippery than the gym. After skating a few times around the track though I realized the awesomeness of concrete – you can move so much faster with way less leg effort.  Going around the curves is so easy and sweet… you can crouch right down, touching the floor and still make it around the entire bend. Next, we practiced our stops – quite a different experience on the concrete. My t-stops need work –  I admit it. We did suicide drills… skate up to line 1, fall… skate back to the beginning.. skate to line 2, fall, skate back to the beginning, skate to line 3, fall, skate back to the beginning, skate to line 4, fall, skate back to the beginning. Then we did the same thing all over again this time stopping at the lines rather than falling. It was a pretty big night for endurance building, and I’m so proud that we all made it through.

Then we did a new drill… basically we skate around the track and ever so often we “skip” or “jump” over a line…. Umm..since this involves lifting the feet off the ground I’m really not good at this, but I managed to start skipping after a while. After this, we did another really neat drill where you pair up and one person skates in front while the other follows closely behind waving random digits in the air. The goal of course if for the lead skater to look behind themself and call out the number of fingers the follower is throwing in the air. I didn’t mind this too much, except that my balance was seriously compromised when I would go from looking behind to looking forward. And then it happend.

I WIPED OUT!!!

Seriously people, I thought my elbow was broken (the same one that I’d broken before). That familiar feeling of all the blood in my body rushing to the injured limb made the rest of the gym fade into oblivion. Swearing ensued. After getting up and brushing off, I took a few laps around the gym to “skate it off” and then thankfully I realized I wasn’t broken, just a bit bruised. Now I don’t want to end up being that person that gets hurt all the time… first my sore knee (which is so much better now), and now complaining about my elbow…. but what can I say, I’m a bit accident prone I guess. Whatever, at least I get up!

So, I finished the drill. We then did walking cross overs across the gym on skates. I have a really hard time “walking” on my skates, despite getting a lot better at “real” crossovers while in motion. So for this I’m going to start wearing skates more in the house and walking in them instead of skating in them. Hopefully it will help.

Last but not least… the train of pain. The leader steers while the middle-woman pushes the front person and pulls the back person (sometimes its more than 1 person in front and behind to push-pull.. but this time we were let off easy ;)). Okay, so I started off as leader and I was supposed to steer… but I wasn’t properly balanced and… I CRASHED MY TRAIN!!!!! It’s okay, no one was hurt. Then I practiced this drill with a seasoned pro for a while on the outside of the track and really got it down…. so no more problemo.

So after practice I went and caught the bus.. it took me almost 2 hours to get home… ugh that sucks. I saw a funny ad for Koodo…. it had a cartoon of a wrestler and said something along the lines of “our $0 phones leave more money for spandex”…. I was  like, yeah I can totally relate! I also happen to have one of their phones lol.

So we’re back to ice on ice off for the elbow, but I’m completely stoked for the next practice.