Friday, May 08, 2009

Longest brick so far, progress made! Workout results 5/8

I completed my longest brick workout today! I am improving each week so I cannot wait to see how I will do over the next few months. The bike today was hard, first of all the wind was pretty strong but it did provide a breeze which helped with the heat. I was reading an article from Trifuel last night on riding at higher cadences, I tried it this morning and I realized I need to work on this. I felt as if I was spinning out of control, so I played around with the gears a bit. I need to still realize that I have only been biking less than 2 months now and there is MUCH to learn! I adjusted the gears and the rest of the ride was great. My overall pace was a bit slower because of the experimental nature of the first part of the ride, but I learned alot so the ride was a success.

After my bike ride I came home and set off for my run. I have been training with one mile runs after my rides. Today I felt strong so I decided to try a 2 mile run. I did really well! My first mile was hard, I spent some time getting my legs back( that sounds funny, but its true) then the second mile I held strong and ended up making it one of my best bricks even though I increased the mileage! For the second half of my workout I hit the gym for my ST. I pushed it hard, but I was pretty tired. After my ST, I swam 900 yards which really gave me a challenge because my arms were dead from lifting. Finally after all of this I came home to give my dog a workout, he needs one too! Anyways,we went out for a 15 min run/walk and I followed it up with 15 mins of yoga and pushups. I am now ready to take a bath, get some dinner (sushi, yea!) and watch the Rockets game! GO HOUSTON! Sorry I had to through that in for my husband!

I am so proud of all my workouts this week. My husband has been in Angola this week and it has been hard without him as he is my source of strength and support. He wanted me to reach and work hard this week, and so I have. Micah, when you read this, just know that I did all of this for you! Thank you for your never ending encouragement and love, you are my life.....

Totals for the day -
Time - 209.45 mins
Calories burned - 1,952
Calories consumed - 2,346

Workout 1 - 12.01 mile bike ride with 2 mile run
Time - 75 mins( time includes transition, cool down, stops at intersections)
Calories burned - 807

Bike - 12.01 miles - 46.08 mins/ Avg speed - 15.64 mph Max speed - 23.9 mph
Run - 2 miles - 18:55 mins
Mile 1 - 9:45 mins
Mile 2 - 9:10 mins

Workout 2 - ST Fully body
Time - 85 mins
Calories burned - 753

Seated rows - 3 sets of 10 reps at 120 lbs

One arm DB rows - 3 sets of 15 reps for each arm with a 32.5 lb DB

BB rows - 3 sets of 15 reps with one 70 lb BB

Bicep curl to Arnold press - 3 sets of 10 reps with 22.5 lb DBs

Pushups - 65 reps
Bosu ball - 25 reps
Close grip - 20
Standard - 20

Leaning front raise on balance ball - 3 sets of 15 reps for each arm with one 10 lb DB

Leaning lateral raise on balance ball - 3 sets of 15 reps for each arm with one 10 lb DB

Lat pulldowns - 3 sets
Set 1 - 8 reps at 135 lbs
Set 2 and 3 - 10 reps at 120 lbs

Dip machine - 3 sets
Set 1 and 2 - 10 reps at 90 lbs
Set 3 - 8 reps

Lateral raise machine - 3 sets
Set 1 - 10 reps at 50 lbs
Set 2 - 10 reps at 40 lbs
Set 3 - 10 reps at 30 lbs

Rear delt machine - 3 sets of 10 reps at 60 lbs

Tricep rope overhead extensions - 3 sets of 10 reps at 100 lbs

Reverse flys on balance ball - 3 sets of 10 reps with 10 lb DBs

Plank DB rows - 3 sets of 20 reps with 15 lb DBs

Wall squats with balance ball - 3 sets of 25 reps

Step ups - 3 sets of 15 reps for each leg

Horizontal body chops - 3 sets of 10 reps for each side at 35 lbs

Workout 3 - 900 yard swim - 700 Free and 200 Pull
Time - 19:45 mins
Calories burned - 212

Workout 4 - 15 min run/walk with my dog followed by Yoga and pushups - 15 incline and 10 T plank pushups
Time - 30 mins
Calories burned - 180

Weekly totals - MTWTHF
Time - 694
Calories burned - 6,929


Anonymous said...

Hi Jen, I've been following your blog for quite some time and I wanted to know your advice on how you count your calories and your workout snacks.

I know you mentioned you have a polar (I have one too ) -- do you just keep it running while you go through your circuit training?

Also, do you ever eat between your different workout activities?
thanks so much!

Jen's Journey said...

I count my calories on a site called

It tells me how much to eat depending on how much I workout. I have a food blog - the link is listed at the side of this blog so you can see what it is that I eat and snack on. It is hard to stay fueled up during the day when training so long but I try to get in my calories early in the mornings and mid day when possible.

Yes, for my strength training I use my Polar. I start it at the beginning of my weight training and keep in on while I train. I train fast to keep my HR up and do not stand around waiting for the next set so it gives me a good burn during my lifting sessions. I also add cardio in most times as well - but not today. So I lift, then go to the tread and run, then back to lifting. It makes you tired but you sure do burn alot of calories!

Hope this helps!

kxux said...

Jen, I feel like slacker looking at your weekly averages. I hope things work fine for you and that you are keeping from over training. Good luck in your upcoming tri.

SuzanneRN said...

Hey Girl! I'm one of your sparkie friends and just noticed you have a blog! Just wanted to say hi and remind you of what a wonderful motivator you are!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help Jen - I use myfooddiary as well and have a polar but only used it for straight cardio. I'll take a cue from you and start using it for my circuit training too.
I'm still trying to decide whether to "eat back" my calories on since I'm only 5'1 and can only lose weight at 1200 cals -- I'll definitely take a look at your food blog and see how to add snacks to those 700+ calorie burn days!

Jen's Journey said...

I know it is hard to eat back the calories, trust me, I have a problem with it as well. I get that little red frown face telling me to eat more...LOL!

Have fun with your polar during your ST, you can really see your HR go up when you lift heavier sets with cardio and the same goes for if you are tempted to take a LONG rest between sets, you can see your HR drop - which tells you to get moving! For me, it is VERY motivating!

Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!