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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

For goodness’ sake GROW UP!


Today I chucked a little tantrum. Not a big one, it was pretty restrained, and maybe even just ever so slightly justified, but it was a tantrum all the same. Any 2 year old would have been proud of me, I think.

For the back story, you need to know that I’ve been lusting after a new bike. I’ve found the model I want and am stashing away the cash to be able to afford it. But it’s a reasonably expensive bike (for me anyway) and the purchase date is still a little way off. So yesterday I rode my old bike home from work, and the front derailleur wasn’t selecting the midrange gears properly. It was working some of the time, but needed to be fiddled with a bit.

I mentioned this to The Man. I also mentioned that I was doing a 35k bike ride on Sunday with some friends, so if he wasn’t confident that he could make it better, I’d appreciate it if he at least didn’t make it worse. Another little back story – The Man uses the middle gear selection a lot, even when he’s going fast downhill. I use top and bottom, and middle occasionally on my way through to the others.

After a while he proudly came in and announced that he’d fixed it. It now moved smoothly and selected gears perfectly. He’d adjusted it all beautifully. I could now move easily between low and mid range.

But not top. WTF? No top gears? Yep, he was immensely proud of the fact that he’d managed to completely eliminate my ability to use the gear selection I preferred probably 80% of the time. Sure, gear shifting between the 20% gears was easier and more reliable, but absolutely no top.

I took a deep breath and calmly informed him that wasn’t quite what I wanted, and could he please very nicely put it back the way it was. At which point he told me he didn’t know what he’d done, and consequently couldn’t make it the same as it was before he started messing with it.

That was about when I locked myself in the bedroom (sans alcohol, it was in the fridge and I didn’t want to emerge into society yet) and threw my tantrum. Alone and in private, but still. I wasn’t kicking and screaming, but I was swearing at him under my breath. And apologies to all the men reading this, but I may very well have lumped all of you in with him.

I frantically tried to organise another bike. I toyed with the idea of taking it to a bike shop to fix, but we’re talking 2pm on a Saturday afternoon here, and I’m pretty sure your average bike shop wouldn’t have considered this an emergency, even if I did. Eventually I just threw my hands in the air and gave up, and posted on the Facebook group for the people I was supposed to be riding with, a terse, cranky sentence about not being able to go.

But then, he fixed it. Even now he still isn’t sure what he did, and I have to use my right hand to help push the lever because it’s pretty stiff, but I have a choice of low, medium and high gears. All of them!

So I feel bad. I apologised, and he looked at me with puppy dog eyes and pulled the line guaranteed to induce a guilt reaction in any female – “I was just trying to help!” Being the soft touch that I am I didn’t follow through on my threat to make him cook his own dinner, and I had an amazing ride along the ocean with a wonderful group of people. Breakfast (eggs, Turkish bread, fruit and coffee) wasn’t too shabby either. All in all a good outcome, but I’m pretty sure the outcome would have been the same if I hadn’t thrown my little tanty.

Day 3 of Ballistic in January Bootcamp – or, Oh, my aching body!

So. When I got the message from Sweat Depot back before Christmas about their 5 days a week January Ballistic bootcamp, I was keen. Super keen in fact. I’ve improved my overall fitness out of sight with these guys over the past month, and I just wanted to keep going.

Today was day 3. Yep, we started on the New Years Day public holiday. There’s dedication for you! So Monday was doable, and when Charles asked me yesterday how I pulled up after the first day my immediate answer was “not as bad as I expected”.

Hmmm. You know how the experts tell you that after a seriously hard workout you will be more sore the next day after the day after? Guess what? They’re right! This morning I was so freaking sore I could barely move. I kid you not, I have DOMS in the front of my neck. I don’t even know how you exercise the muscles in the front of your neck!

So looks like tonight is going to involve hot water, and Radox, and an early to bed session in preparation for day 4 tomorrow. That’s right campers, I’m backing up again in the morning. Friday is a day of rest, Saturday is Mt Coottha again, and then the 5th session of the week for Sweat Depot involves a mystery destination. All will be revealed! Unfortunately I’m going to miss the first Sunday session, as my god-daughters 1st birthday is on Sunday. Yes there will be cake. And yes I will be eating a (very small, portion controlled) piece of it. Hey, you have to live!

Happy New Year!

Happy January 1st, everyone!

This year is going to be my year of transformation, physical and mental. I’m part of the way there already thanks to an awesome end to 2011, and now I plan to continue the way I’ve started. I got off to a good start this morning when I dragged my sorry hungover arse out of bed, not too early, to jog down to the footy oval and do some interval sprints. Nausea inducing, headache exacerbating, and calorie burning! Love it, and what a great way to start the year. As of tomorrow the boot camp I attend with Sweat Depot starts again, yep, at 7am on a public holiday (they give us a bit of a sleep in…) and I’m fully back into training.

I don’t normally do New Years resolutions. In the past I’ve made some half-hearted attempts, but I always seem to end up breaking them quite early on in the year. Probably because they’re a token attempt to improve myself with no real plan or goals. But this year is different, this year I’m going to list my “achievable goals”. So here they are:

  1. Lose more weight. Ok, this one is a no-brainer, but you want specifics, right? Ok then. By the end of Round 1, 2012 of the 12 Week Body Transformation I will be in the healthy BMI range, so 73kg or less. That puts me at a BMI of 24.9. I will achieve this by 6 May 2012 (by my calculation of the date, I may change that if I have miscounted!). I’m currently sitting on 82.9kg, so that’s a loss of 10kg in 18 weeks, or about 0.6kg average per week. Easy!
  2. Run 10k without stopping. The Bridge to Brisbane is in August, and I can run 5K now non-stop. So I’m going to follow the Freeway to 10K program from DJ Steve to get me to running an hour, and then work on my speed and endurance to get up to 10K. Then I’ll run the Bridge to Brisbane, start to finish, without walking or stopping!

So that’s pretty much it at this stage. There are a whole bunch of measurement and fitness targets that I have as well, but they are components of the above two goals. I’ll let you know my progress!

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