NYCM Training: 5 Weeks To Go


Monday: 5 miles

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: First time at FlyWheel!

Thursday: iPad Yoga in my living room.

Friday & Saturday: Rest days. I don't know if it was too much birthday celebrating or just the weather changing, but I was not feeling 100%.

Sunday: 16 miles up the west side highway. This is the first time I've made it to the Little Red Lighthouse!

This run was far from perfect. I was still not feeling well so I didn't eat anything beforehand and I couldn't stomach the GU I brought with me. I stopped and bought a Sunny D, thinking the sugar would help, but a mile or two later I was close to vomiting. I probably shouldn't have gone running at all, but I really didn't want to skip another long run.

Total: 25 miles, 1 spin class, 1 yoga session

I'm starting to get nervous about the marathon. It's getting really close! I feel like I've been under the weather a majority of this training cycle so I need to really take care of myself the next few weeks. I want to be able to cross the finish line strong and healthy!

 

First Time at FlyWheel

I've always wanted to try a spin studio but I hadn't pulled the trigger because they're expensive. My gym offers spin classes with the membership so it seemed silly to pay a ridiculous amount for a boutique studio class….until yesterday. I decided to treat myself to a class at Fly Wheel for the first time and I absolutely loved it!

The day before my class I went online to book a class(which was super easy, by the way) for 8:30 the next day. I got there about 15 minutes early and explained that I was new to the young guy behind the desk and he jumped right into action! He showed me how to check in on the computer, where to pick up my reserved spin shoes, how to work the lockers, where to get towels and water and how to set up my bike. I don't think I've ever met such a helpful gym employee! The class started right on time and it was perfect for me. Admittedly I'm pretty out of shape. I run slowly and do yoga occasionally – nothing else! This class was challenging but I was able to go at my own pace and drop resistance when I had to. I loved having the little bike computer to tell you torque and RPM – so helpful! I also really liked the arms part of the workout. There were two bars right by the front wheel of the bike. I'm unsure of the weights but I started with the heavier one and switched to the lighter one halfway through. By the end of the 45 minute class I was a sweaty, quivering mess!


I had a really great time at Fly Wheel, but the bottom line for me is the price. 31 dollars per class(slightly less if you buy a package) is kind of exorbitant. I love the small attention to details – complimentary water, towels and shoes – and I really loved the class but I don't know if I can justify spending that kind of money to attend a class or two a week. It might be something to save for special occasions or whenever I want to treat myself because I really loved going!

 

Weekly Workouts: 3/25 – 3/31

Monday: Yoga(60 mins). I hate yoga. There, I said it. But it's good for me and I really want to like it…..maybe if I keep forcing myself to go ill eventually trick myself into liking it?

Tuesday: Spinning.

Wednesday: Chisel(30 mins) and urban rebounding(45 mins).

Thursday & Friday: Rest. Life is just too busy on Thursday and Friday to exercise. I need to work on figuring out how to fit it all in.

Saturday: Chisel(60 mins) and urban rebounding(45 mins). Plus I spent some time at the driving range, pretending to know how to golf. That counts, right?

Sunday: Unplanned rest day. I woke up on Sunday morning and my left calf was killing me. Hopefully it's just sore from chisel and I didn't really hurt the muscle. Either way, I spent the day foam rolling and eating Peeps instead of exercising.

 

Weekly Workouts: 3/18 – 3/24

Monday: 5 mile run.  I tried to go to yoga but there was literally NO space when I got there.  Not a huge disappointment since I hate yoga.

Tuesday:  Street jazz dance class(60 mins) and an urban rebounding class(60 mins).  Dance classes are WAY out of my comfort zone….probably won’t be trying this again.

Wednesday:  Spinning(45 mins).

Thursday & Friday: Rest days.  Too busy with work and life to hit the gym.

Saturday:  Chisel class(60 mins) and urban rebounding(45 mins).  Chisel kills me.  I’m usually sore for three days afterwards.

Sunday:  Spinning(45 mins).  I took it really easy during this class because my legs were dead.  I just wanted to squeeze in a little exercise so I didn’t feel guilty about gorging myself at brunch later in the day.

All in all, not a bad week.  I made it to a lot of classes(which are fun for me), but I need to focus more on running and yoga.