Good evening 🙂
Yesterday’s extravaganza of exercise and activity was an evening of dancing and beer (for those of us who were not me) and fun and one more steam engine 🙂
Mythago were invited to dance at the Amberley Working museum for their annual beer festival, and dance we did. Amongst revelers sampling the many many beers and ciders on offer, Mythago wove our dances to the sounds of the excellent musicians.
We danced two stands and I was in all but 3 dances 🙂
The dances included (possibly not in this order):
Our henry, triskele, witch hunt, foul mouth cat, parma ham, avebury ring, spank the monkey, maiden castle, fanny frail
I think that is all…It was enormous fun, we haven’t dances out for weeks so this was a welcome event 🙂 it was a little on the challenging side, as the second set was carried out in the dark. Now dancing in the dark is not beyond the capabilities of the mighty mythago but the darkness was made more challenging by the addition of a flood light which was far enough away to provide a bright, night vision destroying, spot and cast many more shadows on the ground. It was all good fun and served to add extra challenge to the waving of big sticks and the stomping of big boots 🙂
This added up to about 45 mins of activity, coupled with a few times running up and down the flights of stairs to distribute drinks tokens to hungry morris dancers. All this adds up to:
Day 70 complete 🙂
Good afternoon 🙂
I am combining Wednesday’s and Thursday’s posts into one, because essentially, the same thing happened on both days. And that thing was mainly walking…and some more walking and more walking and some steam engines 🙂
look…here is a picture of a steam engine to illustrate the point 🙂 Ok…I’ll explain…we went to the Great Dorset Steam Fair this week (well Wed and Thurs anyway) this is an enormous steam fair (ok…that is probably obvious), it is where many different varieties of steam engines from all around the country gather to show off their fantastic steam-ness and display their shiny brass bits. There are demonstrations of traditional uses for said steam engines (ploughing, powering giant saws, flattening roads, powering fairground rides and organs etc) there is also a
section of trade stands, junk / randomness sellers and a large auto jumble. all of this is contained in a 600 acre site. I add the size in to give you an idea of distances covered from out campsite, at the edge of the site to the main showground…
on the Wednesday and Thursday, we walked backwards and forwards from the showground to our tent at least 4 times (each day) plus much walking around the showground, most of this was done carrying or dragging large / heavy / unruly objects including, a drum, most of a jungle gym (in flat pack) a large bag of random (useful) junk, a trolley containing bandsaw blades and a cast iron water pump and a 3 m long plastic slide.
This turned out to be a lot of walking, 7 – 7.5 miles a day as you can see. some of this was slow walking but some was at a purposeful pace and a lot was up and down hills, the steam fair site is anything but flat!. This was more than enough to count as my exercise for Wednesday and Thursday…absolutely without doubt.
what is more, a lot of fun was had in the process. Here are some more traction engines just for good measure…
Day 68 and 69 complete 😀
And no matter how many times I have done body pump, they have never used the song Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic for any of the tracks…I think they should.
Good evening 🙂
now the 90s song references are over and done with, we can get on with the discussion of today’s exercise class which was…Body Pump 🙂
Well..it was bank holiday Monday, so I was taking advantage of being able to go to classes in the day time so 9:30am body pump was the class of choice. It was as body pump normally is, by turns, too hard, too easy rapidly becoming hard, interesting and boring…normally dictated by choosing the wrong weights. I have done a lot of body pump in my time and it doesn’t really change much but it is a really good work out. As I haven’t been for a while, I am still getting the hang of choosing the right weights to use for each track, which is the main reason why the tracks varied in difficulty.
I did enjoy it generally, I of course spent sometime being annoyed with the other people in the class for no reason at all. No one did anything offensive and no one really paid me any attention at all, but they still managed to make me cross, I think this is actually a distraction technique to stop me thinking the class is hard. It could also be put down to the fact that I a) am generally grumpy in the morning and 2) was having to work out with out having coffee first due to a broken kettle.
Don’t worry…we have a new one 🙂
Day 66 complete 🙂
Good evening 🙂
Yesterday (as you might be able to tell…) was Sunday, and I for some reason, organised a Personal training session, at 9 am. Sounds enthusiastic…well yes it was, but it was excellent 🙂 personal training is definitely my favourite work out of the week, I enjoy it as much as dancing. It is hard work, and getting harder as I get fitter and more capable, but I really enjoy it 🙂
The session started with a relatively gentle warm up…possibly more gentle than either I mor Matt the trainer anticipated because we decided to try it a new machine…the seated cross trainer. Now… I am aware that you can raise your heart rate sitting down and things like cycling are genuinely hard work, seated cross trainer however, is something I may pass on next time. It seemed a lot like a sit down with some waving your arms and legs about.
This may have been an easy start, but it really wasn’t starting as we meant to go on! We started the session with strength training, pull down exercises using a dedicated machine then moving in to a similar exercise seated at the pulley machine and a pull down exercise with the same pulley machine standing while focusing on the core engagement.
The rest of the session was taken up with:
interval sprints on the cross trainer (all 30 second sprints this time, no building it up slowly today),
viper exercises (walking lunges with an overhead press / woodchops / clean and jerks),
intense rounds of Thai boxing training (all punches, kicks, knees, elbows and defences),
chest press exercises,
trx exercises (sets of muscle ups / rows / straight arm opening out things / press ups forward facing straight arm opening out thingies),
360 degree defence with the Thai pads,
Stability ball exercises (plank / leg extensions / press ups(they were not on the ball))
Core work (bridge, bridge with legs against the wall, one legged bridge while aiming the other leg at my head somehow, a tabletop exercise with the ViPR where I had to move my legs and arms apart while keeping my back flat)
All this craziness (and it looks much more crazy now I see it written down) was followed by a lot of stretching…well needed stretching I have to say!
I have decided something about training (I thought this was in my head for a while) but I am now convinced, that when we are doing Thai boxing training in the gym with lots of onlookers, the more people heckle and make comments, the faster and harder the training gets, I definitely try harder to be awesome when we get heckled, and I am now more or less Matt the trainer does the same thing. Working really hard and looking good at what we are doing is easier then answering the hecklers! (Ok…this might still be in my head…it might be slightly a coincidence that there are more counters and defence moves and les time between the combinations in these situations…)
Sunday 1.5 hours of PT means day 65 complete 😀
Good afternoon 🙂
I realised a couple of things today…A couple of things that will probably seem really obvious but I am sometimes a little slow when it comes to realising stuff when i concerns myself…
The first thing I realised is that I have developed a healthy attitude to food, exercise and consequent weight loss…cant tell you how long it has taken for me to do that…actually I can…it was 22 years! I am finally putting the health and fitness side of stuff first and everything is working out pretty well 🙂
The second thing I realised is to do with my running. I realised, as I was getting changed from my lunchtime run today, that I was proud of what I am accomplishing. I have tried running in the past and I have always told people about what I was doing in derogatory terms. I would say things like “it is nothing compared to real runners” today I realised that the most important thing is that I am improving on where I started and having fun doing it.
The fact that someone else is better than me takes nothing away from what I am achieving!
To the people who have heard my “everything is not relative” speech / rant, I know it is surprising that I have never realised that is true of my running too!
That brings me on to today’s run…c25k week 4 day 1 It was HARD! today is the first day that the run amount is significantly more than the walk amount!
Today’s intervals were run 3 min run, 1.5 walk, 5 min run, 1.5 min walk, 3 min run, 1.5 min walk, 5 min run as well as the 5 min warm up and cool down. This felt like a big jump, I found the 5 min runs hard, and the 3 mins runs were not to easy either. I had to walk in the 5 min intervals a few times, and once per 3 min interval but with the reduced rest time I am not too disappointed.
Because of the slight walking that crept into the runs, my run pace was slower than last run but not as slow as the previous weeks…so still predominantly running 🙂
The most striking difference it the run distance, it has doubled and the walk distance significantly lessened since last time 🙂 So with increased over all distance, increased run distance I am pleased, even though it was harder work. I am still enjoying it and I feel sure I will be even better next week 🙂
So with a little more self-awareness than before day 63 complete!
Good evening 🙂
Today’s random exercise class of choice was…..
what lead me to choose this, well it was a combination of timing, logistics and my having left my gym shoes at home thus needing to collect them first. It is a slightly random way to choose an exercise class, but it does lead to me trying new things. Or in this case trying things I used to do ages ago but haven’t been to for years.
Body combat is another one of the “body xxxx” range of exercise classes put together by Les Mills, it is based on several different martial arts and fighting sports. Lots of punching, kicking, knees and general jumping about, all set to music and broken down into several 3-4 min tracks each designed to target different muscles / exercises etc. It is designed to be fast energetic cardio , well…here’s what they say…
Does it do all those things it says? Well…yes it is definitely high intensity cardio, it probably does the other things too…
Did I enjoy it as a class…well yes…sort of! I definitely had a good work out, I could do all the moves and the instructor was very good, she even told people proper punching / kicking form. But (and the but is probably more a problem with me than actually with the class) I really really missed having something to hit! It is far more effective and far more fun to actually do pad work. I think the main problem is that I have never done this class at the same time that I am doing any sort of other fighting training. I end up either not being able to take the class seriously or taking it far too seriously. I switch from looking amused to putting my I want to kill you face on. I tried very hard not to have an I want to kill you face today but I didn’t manage it. I generally spent the whole time over thinking the whole thing and worrying about whether the moves were feasible in a real fight.
all the over thinking aside, I had a really good work out. Will I go again…well I don’t know. I am definitely not ruling it out, I just have to work out how to leave my serious scary face at home 🙂
Day 62 Complete 😀
Good evening 🙂
This is yet another late posting due in part to my not feeling like blogging when i got in last night, and this was compounded by an unexpected lack of electricity all day today. Never mind all that though, on to this dancing record…
You know I am not talking about a real record that dances right? Although…that would be pretty cool and if I had actually encountered one I would probably find a way to shoehorn it in here! What am I waffling on about? well…it was Wednesday yesterday…and what does Wednesday mean?
That’s right…Mythago practice 😀
and what is this record I am going on about? well…
14 dances…that’s right 14! To my knowledge this is the most dances I have done in one practice session…ever 😀 I can say that this time last year there is a good chance that I wouldn’t have been able do 14 dances.
The picture is technically not yesterday’s practice because I forgot to take one, but it did look very similar to that.
without further ado…the dances I did were:
Our henry, maiden castle (x2) tralee gaol (x2), triskele, raggle taggle gypsy (x2), foul mouth cat, standing stones, star of the county down, broomstick, witch hunt, fanny frail.
this was all in all an excellent practice 🙂 lots of fun as always, and I am definitely feeling fitter which is excellent as being fitter for dancing is the reason I started this whole thing in the first place 😀
Day 61 complete 🙂