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Sep 05

Labor Day Weekend (Emphasis on Labor)

Update (9/6/2010 10:39PM EST): BlogPolls.Com website appears to be either down or undergoing maintenance so the poll isn’t displaying.  Maybe I need to find a more reliable solution for next week’s poll.

Update 2: It looks like BlogPolls.Com has gone completely kaput, so I’m just going to remove it for now to speed up page load times

First off, I am introducing a new feature to my blog.  I am hoping to make this a weekly feature – tentatively called “Saturday Surveys” – where I’ll post a single question for readers to respond to.  I got this idea based on a recent post Frayed Laces that generated some interesting statistics about triathletes.  And while I may have missed Saturday this week, I figured better late than never.   If anyone has a suggestion for a future question, feel free to leave me a comment!

(Blog Poll Removed)

Ok.  Now onto some actual workout updates.

On Saturday, I headed out on a long run with Jennie on the bike.  It was a relatively chilly day – low 60’s and windy – compared to weather we had last week.  In fact, I had to break out a long-sleeved shirt Jennie had to break out the hat and gloves for this workout.  I took it pretty easy the entire way and felt like I could have kept going and and going.  I ended up with a little over 10 miles at an 8:20 pace.  The best part was that I negative split the workout.

After the run, I spent the rest of the day on the couch watching opening day of college football.  The Irish beat Purdue in their first season under new head coach Brian Kelly.  Let’s hope that is just one of many victories for Notre Dame this year.

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I finished up painting our cornhole boards on Friday, but unfortunately, they weren’t quite ready to break out for gameday.  They should be ready for next weekend though!

Now, onto my latest endeavor; yet another attempt at strength training.  Over the past couple of years, I have tried various different ways of strength training (100 pushups – got bored after 2 weeks, weight lifting circuits from a book), but nothing stuck.  I know that strengthening my core will really help with my future training and races and is something that I have to do no matter how much I dislike doing it. 

So, for my latest attempt at strength training.  I’ve started the P90X workout program.  I know a few other bloggers (Jeff, Carol, Barb, and Matt) who have had success with the program, so I thought I would give it a try. In case you are not familiar with the P90X program, it is a 90 day training program incorporating strength training, yoga, cardio, plyometrics, and stretching.  I was lucky enough to get the P90X DVDs from the library rather than purchasing the series.  I also downloaded an Excel spreadsheet that makes scheduling and tracking my progress a breeze.

Today, the first day, included a Chest & Back workout coupled with the Ab Ripper X.  Unfortunately, I do not have a pull up bar yet, so I missed out on a couple of the workouts.  Nevertheless, I felt great during and after the workout.  I really felt the burn during the workout and didn’t have much lingering soreness afterwards.  I found Tony, the host of programs, horribly annoying and once I get the hang of the workouts, I’m sure that the TV will be on mute with the radio on.  I even figure that once I get into a rhythm, I may not need the DVDs and be able to just do the workouts based on the worksheets.

After the P90X workout, Jennie and I spent the afternoon doing some yard work.  It included moving plants/bushes, digging out a garden, and cleaning out rocks.  By the time we finished up, I didn’t have a lot of time to squeeze in a workout, but I was determined to get a bike ride in.  So, I strapped a couple of lights on my bike and headed out for a quick hour ride as the sun set. 

That’s all for now!  I’m hoping to get a longer ride in tomorrow, but hopefully most of the day will be spent relaxing.

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  1. Matt Oravec

    Kevin, any questions about P90X let me know. I like to do it in the winter for staying in shape. I am gonna start back up around Turkey Day I think.

    Good luck, and seriously stick with it, the results are AWESOME :)

  2. barb

    I think that if you stick with the p90x you will…
    1.) continue to find Tony annoying :)
    2.) find that your strength is much higher in just 30 days

    some notes on what I found with p90x (as a runner/triathlete)
    I didn’t find the cardio workout to be very effective, I always chose to run on those days instead. I was always trying to squeeze run workouts in when I could.

    It is hard to find time to do all the workouts that you would like to. Many times I did only the first half of the yogaX because it is 90 minutes long(I would suggest you DO NOT skip that workout.

    Let me know if you have any questions, I have done p90x, p90x+, and quite a few of the other teambeachbody workouts.

  3. Mandy

    I am thinking about p90x for the winter too. I started it late last winter and got into tri training so I dropped it. I plan on picking it up again this fall and doing the whole program.

    Ab ripper X is pure hell (in a good way).

  4. Jeff

    P90X is amazing, just make sure to follow the nutrition plan. It is even more important than the workouts. Get a pullup bar soon. They are much more effective then just using bands! At about Day 60 you’ll looking in the mirror and think, “Damn, I am ripped!”

    Email me if you have any q’s. I was going to send you a spreadsheet but looks like you already found the good one (-:

    BRING IT!

  5. lindsay

    i have wanted to try p90x, but i am not good at sticking to dvd’s with all those accessories… (1 accessory is too many for me haha). when i am in a good gym-habit, i will lift 3-4 days a week, it’s just a matter of paying for a pricey gym membership (i haven’t re-joined one since getting back from kentucky).

    anyway, it does seem to be an effective program though, hope you can stick with it for the full 90 days. i’ve tried the 100-pushups a million times. i’m good for a few weeks and then i am bored of it/lazy. i did notice improvements though when i stuck with it for a little while.

  6. Maria

    I’ve heard good things about PX90, it was smart to get the DVDs from the library instead of shelling out money for them.

    The bag set looks good, but I think black and gold would have looked much better…just my humble opinion.

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