Thursday, July 8, 2010

Insanity - Day 2

Only day 2, and I'm already questioning my commitment. Meh. The great thing about these workouts is that they're short. Heck, 15 of 40-45 mins is warm-up and stretching, albeit a very tough warm-up. It's the last 10-15 mins that seem to take F O R E V E R. The workouts are not impossible, just intense. And I'm starting to hate every form of jump squats.

Insanity - Day 1

I now understand why some friends used to call me swimming pool. After this workout, it wasn't just a puddle on the mat.

Insanity workout 1 was a cardio/plyo circuit. Wore a heart rate monitor to stay honest and saw it go up to the high 170's repeatedly towards the end of each circuit. That's my heart rate when I'm running hard repeats. It might have gone higher, but I was too exhausted to check.

The interesting about this video is that as a runner, my cardio and physical movements know how to behave when my heart rate is that high. I've adapted to an efficiency at the 80% max HR when running, so it doesn't feel as hard. When I'm doing other activities though, be it cycling or this Insanity workout, 170's and anything higher feel much tougher. But I guess that's good so I learn how to employ the rest of me in non-running extremes.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Plunging into Insanity

I've decided on an impulsive plunge into Insanity. Not crazy, just mostly bored. Cycling is fun, but I sort of miss the structured schedule I followed when doing P90X. Cycling doesn't also promote the quick, efficient burn that I get from running, i.e. I have to bike ~30mi to get the equivalent of a 6mi run.

Anyways, I'm going to fall back into the mode of training when doing P90X, except that Insanity is only 60 days, and the workouts are about 35-50 mins. Short enough for me to continue cycling and other workouts.

Here are my initial fit test numbers. Oh by the way, the fit test was tough. Even the warmup felt like a workout. This series is going to be tough.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This Month's Goal - No Running

There. I said it. That will be my longest away from running since I started about 8 years ago. The reasoning is twofold. First, I want to completely heal a nagging heel injury. Second, I want to miss running. Until then, I intend to log a few hundred miles on the bike. If I lived near a swimmable ocean, I'd swim too, but alas, I'm not in Hawaii.