In which I make an interesting discovery …
I have quite a decent home gym set up, with some cardio equipment and free weights and kettle bells and, as I think I’ve mentioned, a large workout dvd library. My elliptical machine, or cross trainer, wasn’t hugely expensive and has done me well for a good long while … but the cracks were starting to show, and finally the onboard computer completely turned up its toes. So, gritting my teeth, I went in search of a replacement and found a really good deal at my local Rebel sport store. The machine arrived yesterday, complete with a really lovely guy who keeps pet parrots, to assemble it.
(Thank God, because seriously? You’d need an engineering degree!)
The expired elliptical was a brand called Insight. On that machine, at the lowest resistance level, I’ve been clocking up 10 kms in roughly 30 mins, 6 days a week. Working up a good sweat, but nothing excessive.
This morning, before heading off to play photographer at parkrun, I climbed on the new machine to do my 10 kms. The new machine is a Nordictrack. Excellent brand. But really? Really? The lowest resistance level on this machine was the equivalent of level 4 on the other machine! In just under the same amount of time spent on the thing I could only go 4 kms and then I was cactus. As in running sweat, heart rate right up there, quads ready to find a gun and shoot me.
Right now I’m exercising for time, not distance, so I’ll focus on hitting the 30 min mark on a regular basis and let the distance take care of itself as I get fitter and stronger. But wow, I was totally shocked. And it only goes to show — a machine is not a machine is not a machine.
In other exciting news, I swam 1/2 km first time back in the pool after a good two months’ absence. I love swimming. I can’t wait to get faster and fitter. I want to hit doing 1 km 5 times a week. Eventually I’d like to get back to swimming for an hour, steady state, but that’s a good ways down the track.
I made it through the first week of Jillian Michaels’ Beginners Shred and again, I’m improving. Even though it’s a beginner routine I still find it challenging. Oh, for the day when I can hold a plank for the whole time! Man, that move is a killer.
My back continues to improve, as does the stupid left elbow, and my eating remains sensible. The weight comes off slowly, according to the scales, but I can see more and more changes and my clothes are fitting differently so that’s the yardstick I’ll stick with!
Soon I’ll have the all-clear to start some light walk/jog sessions. Since I think I kind of want to tackle next year’s City to Surf – and a mud run! – this is good news.
And how about you guys? What’s the latest? Please don’t tell me I’m all alone doing this! *g*