Have you had a good week so far? As I mentioned in Monday’s goal check-in post, I decided to bite the bullet and join that cycling club I was checking out. The first session in the novice clinic was on Wednesday, and it went really well! There was a wee bit of rain and it was really windy, but once we got moving it wasn’t so bad. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous – ok, absolutely terrified when we started out. This was really the first time I’d ever gone for a proper ride on my road bike, and here’s photographic evidence that I was concentrating very hard…
Having said that, the instructors were unbelievably patient with me and I felt heaps more confident by the end of the 1.5 hour session. It’s a 6-week program, and assuming none of the sessions are cancelled due to weather, that will take me up to June 11. My duathlon is on June 22nd, so I should be feeling much more comfortable by the time that rolls around. I’ll report back at the end of this month once I’ve got a few rides with the group under my belt, but based on Wednesday’s session, I think it’s going to be fun!
One more thing before I get into today’s workout: Don’t forget that you can still enter my Momentum jewelry giveaway! I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday morning, so be sure to get your entries in ASAP.
Work It Out
This week’s routine is a core-based one, and all you’ll need is a medicine ball and a mat (or a surface comfortable enough to lie down on). Often when people use the term ‘core’, the exercises they do to work it tend to involve mainly the rectus abdominus, with less emphasis on the obliques (those are the muscles on the sides of your torso), lower back and glutes. Have no fear though, because this workout will hit them all!
The Core Medicine Workout
Complete the circuit below 3 times through, resting for 1-2 minutes after each round. Aim to move immediately from one exercise to the next, and think about keeping your core engaged the entire time. If you’d like, feel free to use medicine balls of varying weights – for example, a heavier one for the wood chopper move than for the oblique lift. Once you’ve finished, be sure to have a good stretch!
Turn It Up
You may have already heard Katy Perry’s new song, Birthday, and if your musical tastes are anything like mine, you’d probably agree that it’s really catchy! And because I love putting remixes on my workout playlists, I had a look for some on the weekend. The one that reigned supreme was the Birthday Cash Cash remix, and I’ve got it here today for your listening pleasure.
Have A Read
- 5 of the most troublesome running injuries (and what to do about them) – via Competitor
- Clarifying the caffeine controversy – Weighing the pros and cons of your pre-run cup of joe – via Trail Runner
- The unexpected benefit of being the worst yogi in the room – via Greatist. I loved this one!
Now before you go, tell me…
- What are you up to this weekend?
- What’s one thing you’re most proud of yourself for doing this week?