Here it is: My first Hike for Discovery training post! My task for the first two weeks was pretty simple - to do some sort of walking or cross training for about half an hour most days, except for Monday rest days. The whole team is following the same training plan, and it's posted in the center of my fridge, where I stare at it often.
The half hour limit presented a problem, as my regular workouts usually run an hour, and include about 25 minutes in the pool, time on the treadmill or elliptical, and weights and core work. So, I ended up doing most of my full workouts, but then additional walking on the days I don't go to the gym. Last week wasn't too exciting, but this week had some bright spots.
Tuesday was cardio day. I ended up walking most of the way to choir rehearsal with a co-worker who was on her way home. We walked hard enough to be a little winded, but still with enough air to talk.
Wednesday was incline day, so I walked the California mile - a notoriously steep strip of California street from Downtown to Pacific Heights (closer to two miles, but who's counting?). It was a fantastic walk, and it took me through some of the city's nicest neighborhoods.
Thursday was endurance day. I swam 16 laps (just shy of a half mile) then ran on the elliptical for 10 minutes (or about a mile) then I lifted weights, did some sit-ups, and went home.
Today was flat and easy day, which for me pretty much means no extra walking outside of what I normally do in a day. And then I met a friend for pizza.
Tomorrow is an easy walk day, so I'll probably run my errands on foot and then go for a swim, with the weights and core work.
Sunday is my first real hike. I can't wait for my training to start reaping some hiking benefits! It doesn't matter that the weather will be horrible, that we're forecasting hurricane force winds and tons of rain. It'll be a great hike!