November Challenge, Day 5

Today’s Movement: Bouldering

The end of Daylight Savings Time made it easy to get to the bouldering gym at 8:00am, which is such a nice time to go on a Sunday, as we pretty much have the place to ourselves. Bouldering is such a good combination of brains, brawn, and social time and it’s something that really puts me out of my comfort zone. My spouse, friend, and I spent a couple hours climbing and chatting, and it was a perfect way to start the day.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: People of all shapes and sizes and abilities being awesome and brave and strong.
I loved: The camaraderie of solving the problems with others and learning from each others’ attempts.
#RealTalk: My hands…done. It hurts to wash them.

November Challenge, Day 4

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I woke up a little sore from my workout yesterday and decided to spin and stretch it out at my favorite class at Live Love Flow. I love the mix of 40 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of yoga, as it’s just enough of both to make me not hate either. It was sweaty, but also and a good opportunity to get some mobility in after my workout yesterday. I had some more recovery time later in the day with my monthly massage. Preventative care…it works!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: Fall full-force here in the PacNW. On my drive to class it was chilly and a little wet and the trees were half-full of colored leaves (the rest were on the ground).
I loved: That the class I chose to go to was taught by a woman I had been in the Cycle & Flow teacher training back in the Spring. She was an awesome teacher, and I look forward to taking her class again.
#RealTalk: The picture I took in my car of my yoga mat and my bag that says “Be the Change”…it made me roll my eyes so hard. SO. HARD.

November Challenge, Day 3

True friendship / gym buddy accountability is responding to my 5:32am text with “I’m up and heading to the gym”. FINE. ME TOO.

Thanks, friend.

After making it the the gym, then destroying my shin on the tow-hitch of my vehicle (#klutz101), and getting through a busy day at work, I also light-railed/cycled to a salon appointment I had made for my Friday evening (WHY?). It was just a few miles to cycle from the light rail station and back, but it was quite cold (but no longer “snowing”). I’m trying to force the “fair-weather” cyclist out of me.

Today’s Movement: CrossFit and Cycling

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: SNOW! If you are from any of the ACTUAL snow-accumulating places on this earth, you will roll your eyes at me. But there was legitimately snow(ish) precipitation falling from the sky. It was beautiful…and cold.
I loved: (And hated) that my friend got me out of bed to meet her at the gym. Getting there is 2/3 of the battle.
#RealTalk: I was cold and grumpy for most of the morning at the gym. It was a hard workout. But I did it (and felt better afterwards, duh).

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Fake it ’till you make it? Trying to be excited about cycling in the cold (it wasn’t THAT bad)…

November Challenge, Day 2

 

Today’s Movement: Cycling

I am a fair-weather cyclist. I do not enjoy having to monitor the weather for the day, bring just-in-case layers and waterproof gear, and stress over whether or not all  of my lights are appropriately charged. This mentality makes cycling in the city in the Fall and Winter…challenging. But that’s what a November challenge is about, right? My particular motivation this morning was to attend Commute Seattle’s “Light Up Your Ride” event. I decided to do my entire commute to work and the extra distance to the event (and get back to work), which was about 10 miles. This meant I was up early, which  also meant it was dark AND chilly. A benefit of getting out early is that traffic was minimal and mostly peaceful (though commuting in the city is rarely peaceful, as I’m always on high alert). It was nice to end up at this event surrounded by lots of fun freebies, coffee, and the cycling community.

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Commute Seattle’s annual “Light Up Your Ride” event. Look at all that neon!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw AND I loved: Being with a gaggle of other bike commuters at the event – It was fun to check out everyone else’s Fall riding layers and gear. It also never gets old to geek out with other cyclists about commute stories and recommendations.
#RealTalk: I again utilized my work building’s shower facilities after attending the event. However, the perils of getting ready AT work is you don’t have your entire closet, dresser, or bathroom at your disposal. So, what you bring is what you have. My cardigan was abandoned on my chair at home, so I resorted to an extra zip-up jacket I keep at work for chilly days in the office. Wasn’t the fashion statement of the year, but it worked. Also, I’ve forgotten much worse before.

My Summer, Movement Board, and November Challenge, Day 1

The picture to this post is pretty much unrelated to the rest of the this post, but with Halloween being the day before my November Challenge, it was a nice way to ease in. Wonder woman goes to the gym too, you know? My Halloween “costume” was either genius or lazy, but in any case it was COMFORTABLE!

Here we go again. It’s been six months since I completed my last “challenge” and, after an amazing summer, it’s time for some accountability again. There is definitely a lot to catch up on from the summer: I completed my second Olympic-distance triathlon, a 50-mile Obliteride, AND a half marathon. Bottom line was I felt motivated and prepared (!) for my races, and I really enjoyed (!) being outside. I added a new movement to my rotation (Stand up Paddle boarding aka SUP) and had a healthy glow of Vitamin D-kissed skin for many months.

Alas, the sun faded away, work got busy, a few trips interrupted momentum, and I found myself struggling to even get out and move a couple days a week. With the support of an amazing spouse and, admittedly, my own tenacity, I completed my little art project and decided that dark and rainy November was going to be challenge month: Move intentionally everyday and post about it here!

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My little art project: From sticky notes to ceramic magnets, my Movement Board is complete!

Today’s Movement: Run

I’ve said it before, but running is a default for me. It’s something I know: I know how it feels when it feels good, I know how it feels when it doesn’t, and I get to power my body as fast or as slow as I can for the day. I wore my running clothes to work and walked down to the waterfront, just a few blocks from my office. I did a nice three miles along the waterfront while listening to Another Round. I took a quick shower at my office building and started my day. Day 1…done!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: The Seattle sky just before the rain came. As soon as I finished and was heading back up to the hill to my office, the drizzle started. I did a little victory dance in my head.
I loved: The company of the lovely ladies of my podcast. Sometimes I run with music, sometimes a podcast, many times nothing at all. This morning the company was much appreciated!
#RealTalk: While seagulls on the Seattle waterfront are mostly entertaining, they are also poop machines. When running along the water I often feel like I’m in a video game dodging the potential obstacles of bird excrement.

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