Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ashtanga April

April's totals:

Swim: 12,100 yards, 5 swims
Bike: 126 miles, 10 rides
Run: 21.3 miles, 4 runs, 1 half marathon
Weights: 11 times
Yoga: 21 times

The swimming got a lot more consistent last month, which is good.  but the volume just wasn't there on the bike or run.  Come on, averaging 12 miles per bike ride?  May 19th (16 days from now) I kick off the triathlon season with a 50 mile race containing a 44 mile bike ride. 12 mile base rides won't cut it.  I should be averaging 30 miles per ride for May.  Most of April was spent fighting a tendon problem in my left foot, which was really only a problem after running.  So outside of the half marathon in the middle of the month the running was very sparse.  The foot was hurting pretty good after walking all over the camp last saturday, so I'm not running much this week either to stay fresh for the 10k on saturday.  April's weight training and yoga had a big impact overall, I certainly enjoy feeling much stronger with regular strength work, and that's really cool.  I missed 5 scheduled yoga workouts and only 1 scheduled weight workout. I think I'm still on track to get my 300 days of yoga this year, having 96 sessions on the first third of the year.  It's so close.  I'll see if I can get to 150 by the end of June.

April's yoga also saw the rise into more of the Primary Series of my Ashtanga practice.  I found some dvd's that more accurately explain the remainder of the poses and their sequence from the Primary Series.  Previously I never really got much harder than the Sun Salutations A & B, which has nothing more difficult than a down dog.  The standing poses get very challenging.  I haven't even gotten into the sitting poses yet.  I'm going to master moves like this before moving on:
and that's actually one of the easier standing poses.  There's about 4 variations where your feet are spread far apart and the top of your head is on the ground in between said feet. It has lots of balance poses too, where you end up standing on one foot through consecutive poses for longer than I currently can stand on one foot.  So I've got some work to go before I get into the seated poses.  Nobody said it was going to be easy.


Scarlette said...

I so need to do more yoga! I'm sure your recovery from hard workouts is much better b/c of all the stretching. Thanks for posting as a kick in the butt reminder :-)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Wow, you did a lot of yoga! I have done some yoga in the past, but not recently. I need to get into the habit of doing it at least once a week. Do you have any tips on free online videos?

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

You're doing really great with the yoga! I want to pick my practice back up again after the marathon is over. Lots of yoga always makes me feel better.

Sophie @ threetimesf said...

You're doing so well with the yoga! I have only tried it a few times, but have been considering it because I am seriously unflexible!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I hope your foot holds up ok for your 10k! Injuries are uber annoying.

I am going try going to a yoga studio by my house. I can do a week for free so I am going to try it out before buying a punch card pass.

Catherine said...

Ok, I have to ask...what method do you use to track ALL your workouts...? Just curious. Run strong!

Caratunk Girl said...

You are doing awesome with yoga, I need to start doing more of that because I am hardly able to touch my toes... :)