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.
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.