Monday, July 15, 2013

What I did last week: July 8 to July 14

I'm starting to feel like I'm in a good place with my training, and my knee seems to be holding up.  I am taking an easy day today, as I had a pretty intense week last week and I am doing another open-water swim tomorrow. I will probably go out for a walk after I finish this post. I might see if my husband wants to do a bike ride later in the day. 

I see the endocrinologist for my yearly thyroid appointment at 11:30, plus this year we are doing an ultrasound to see if the nodules have progressed at all. Hopefully they are staying tiny. I won't have to do a biopsy unless they have significantly changed.

  • Monday: Open-water swim, about 1 mile. I counted it as 30 minutes but I didn't time it. Also rode my cruiser bike to and from the swim, for another 40 minutes or so.
  • Tuesday: Run-walk workout, 20 minutes of running and 15 minutes of walking.
  • Wednesday: Outdoor bike ride on the road bike, 50 minutes.
  • Thursday: Run-walk workout in the morning, 20 minutes of running plus 10 minutes of walking. Another open-water swim/bike combo in the evening.
  • Friday: 90-minute ride on the road bikes.  
  • Saturday: Pilates Circuit class.
  • Sunday: Run-walk workout, 25 minutes of running and 10 minutes of walking.
You may notice a lack of a strength-training routine -- still have not gotten into the habit.  I hate getting sweaty after I have taken my shower for the day. That's a lame excuse, I know.  I do think the swimming, especially the open-water swimming, builds some strength. The Pilates Circuit workouts are all strength, but I should be doing something 3-4 days a week. I just haven't found something that works for me yet.


  1. I agree that the open-water builds some strength. It sounds like you're doing well with workouts.

    Good luck with the thyroid nodules. I have had the same situation for years. I think it is somewhat common for women, but very good to continue to monitor.

  2. maybe you are thinking you have to do too much (time wise) with the strength training. I have a routine of seven moves that I do (at home) that hit all the major areas (arms) at least once and some twice. I do reps of each, twice, with as high of weights (for me 5, 10, 15) as I can manage. I use the 5's always for flies as I guard my shoulders for example. I personally do this after elliptical, before shower, so I total 3 times per week. So, for example, if I made it to free weights twice, but not to circuit, then I do once at home to = 3 for the week. I do not try to reinvent the wheel with this - I always do the same sets, because I am picking up variety at my classes. There are a lot of on line videos. There are also the sets that appear in magazines. I think having a set pre-planned, do not have to think, helps hugely.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07