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Exercise Notes

Yesterday was Day 2, post cardio (7.5K run). As I was preparing for my ripping core workout, I mused over my appearance. Zuzana from Body Rock TV is always gorgeous- me, on the other hand, I am a mess when I workout: typically morning pre-shower, no makeup or better yet crusty leftovers from the day before, hair pulled back with a headband to keep it in place during the plyos, abdominal splint with tensor bandage wrapped over top from thorax to hips. O ya- sexy. Fortunately unlike Zuzana I am not working out for an audience- an argument for how the you-are-your-own-home-gym beats the gym entirely as well. Also fortunately I clean up reasonably well, and post workout with muscles pumped, I get purdy fast :)

My workout was interesting and introspective. During plank I could feel my lats supporting my body weight, relieving my anterior delts which really helped with the upper body fatigue. I felt this especially during the Reptile exercise with the alternating side rotations. I set a PB for max reps 2 rounds, using 45:15 intervals. Woot.

Yesterday was also November 01, so an opportunity to review my performance for October. I averaged 4 days/week exercising, which is pretty much on track with my work:rest goal which is allowing me to increase the intensity of my workouts. I increased my monthly cardio by about 1 hour- that's about +15%. More importantly, my HR Zones broke down as follows:

Warm Up/Cool Down 20% total time, down from 30%
Maintain/Lose Weight 30% total time, down from +35%
Improve Cardiovascular Fitness 35% total time, up from 20%
Increase Athletic Performance 15% total time, up from 5%

So at a glance I am satisfied with the adjustments I made during October. The extra rest helped me to push my HR during my dedicated cardio workouts, reaching the target zones required to make improvements. I hope this will prevent me from hitting a plateau.

Well I just put the baby down for his A.M. nap. Enough writing about working out- time to get after it! This is Day 3, post core, so although I was thinking time challenge strength workout I am now reconsidering and leaning towards a cardio burn. I am off to hit the bike! What does your workout look like today?


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