I used my Thursday walk to as an opportunity to practise my newfound photography skills by taking some pics by the river. It was rainy all week, but it fined up on Thursday and the light was great! I’m still pretty shy about taking photos in public (I always imagine I look like the worst kind of tourist). I need to stop worrying so much about what other people think!
I also saw these swans romancing each other on the river.
It was a total swan date 😉
Training-wise, I’ve finished off Week 6 of the Kayla Itsines BBG – that’s halfway through the program! She switched things around this week, starting with arms and abs and ending the week with legs and cardio. It’s usually the other way round and it totally caught me off-guard! It’s definitely more tiring finishing the week off with cardio, rather than starting!
New moves include drop push ups, which are kind of like burpees but with a push-up rather than a jump, and burpees with a broad jump forward rather than just a jump on the spot. They were burpees with a twist! 🙂
This week I only managed to get two days of cardio in (Friday I was pretty exhausted and crashed early and on Sunday I had to work and had a friend’s birthday right after) and they both consisted of swimming practice. I got a compliment from a lady at the pool on my backstroke which I’m feeling really comfortable with. I’m now able to do full laps of backstroke without a problem – hooray! Freestyle, though, is something I’m still struggling with, even more so after the high of being able to do a full lap of freestyle in class last week. Sadly, I wasn’t able to repeat that achievement at the pool this week. Freestyle seems to keep being a hit and miss with me, but at least I’m a lot more comfortable in the pool than I was at the beginning of this year.
One thing I have noticed is just how much of a difference swimming is to running, cardio-wise. Obviously, swimming is a low-imapct workout compared to running, but I’ve never realised by how much. I haven’t done any long runs for a while and I’ve realised I quite miss running. However, I’ve decided I need to ramp up the swimming over the next couple of weeks in order to get better (if only I could just get that damn freestyle!). I feel like I could get much better results from the BBG training program if I were running or doing a higher impact cardio workout like Body Combat, but I need to be patient and just concentrate on swimming and maybe sneak in a quick run on the other days.
This is what the past week in training looked like:
July 14th to 20th:
Monday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 6
Tuesday: 45 minute swim
Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 6 plus 2km run
Thursday: 20 minute swim plus 30 minute walk
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 6
Sunday: Rest Day (20 minute stretches)