It’s Wednesday and the week is half way over with, so I thought I would update you on what I’ve been up to!
As far as my workouts this week, it’s been a tough one!
Monday was a 3,000 yard swim at my Masters Practice. I have been swimming with the Masters team for over 3 years now, which is hard to believe! Before joining Masters, I was never on a formal swim team (I was actually a springboard diver in highschool). Monday practices are ‘distance’ work practices. This means we do long sets, instead of short sprinting sets. This practice knocked the life out of me! It was a combination of 800’s, 600’s, 400’s and so on… a crazy ladder workout. Practice is always for 1 hour and starts at 5:30 AM. Talk about a wake up call.
On Tuesday, I went to my crossfit gym for a workout called ‘Chelsea’. She was a doosy. I knew what I was getting into before I went there, but it always looks easier on paper than it is in person. The workout was the following:
The goal was to complete each of the three movements during a minute, for 30 minutes. It was really hard, and my quads were burning by the end, I even ripped both of my hands on the pull-ups… but I did it, 30 full rounds. I did not go down on my knees once during the push-ups, I was very proud of myself. This totaled 150 pull-ups, 300 full pull ups and 450 total squats! My body hurts today, all of it.
Tuesday night I had a scheduled recovery bike ride… which I think helped flush out the quads. I rode my bike on the trainer in my basement for 50 minutes and then called it a day!
This morning I had Masters swimming practice again, another tough swim workout. Wednesdays at practice consist more of short sets and incorporating other strokes, besides freestyle. This proposes a challenge for me, since I am only really strong with freestyle. I personally hate breast stroke because of how it makes my knees feel… something about it doesn’t feel natural to me. I like backstroke, but I think I am really inefficient at it and my legs always feel like they are sinking! It was another 3000 yards of swimming in 1 hour, it felt great despite how crowded our lane was (gotta love January!).
Tomorrow will be a bike/run day, followed by another swim or Crossfit workout on Friday!
Besides working out, I have been doing quite a bit of cooking lately and trying new recipes. My favorite from this week, I’d love to share with you from Julie Bauer at PaleOMG. While I don’t eat Paleo all the time, I consider myself to be a ‘mostly’ Primal athlete. It’s all about balance, right? Here is my most recent favorite Paleo recipe… it was delicious! It’s pizza spaghetti squash that tastes like Lasagna… amazing! I added some Parmesan cheese on top, total yum.
For my ingredients, I used Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce (BPA Free cans!). I got my sausage, as always, from whole foods (since they make it homemade in house, no nitrates or preservatives). I took the casing off the sausage and crumbled it in the pan with the onions.. then added to my sauce, spices etc. PaleOMG is a go-to recipe source for me!