Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm not done.....quite yet

Blogging has been dead for me, although for some reason I'm trying to hang on, maybe because it used to be fun.....blogging is a black hole.

Mark started his blog years ago, in fact he was the first kettlebell athlete to start his online training journal and many followed him, including myself. He had kept a hardcopy training journal since he started training decades ago, but in the age of computers he started blogging simply as a way to record his own workouts. It then evolved into his thoughts about training, and about how his training reflected who he was. He touched so many with his own experiences and because his nature is to teach and coach, he was always more than willing to explain further by answering questions and comments about not only his methods and techniques, but his philosophy about how other parts of life run parallel. His blog was truly the example....brilliant. I feel both of our blogs gave alot......alot of good, solid information about training. But no matter how much you give, people want more......and sometimes that's OK, until it isn't.

Mark and I get up early in the morning (around 4am) and instead of blog we sit, drink our coffee and talk until he has to go to work, or I have to go to class. We still train our asses off! In fact, every week we train Max Vo2 together on Tues. afternoons, when we don't "feel" like it, but too bad for us! And everytime we finish, whether it's a mere 50 sets, or 70-80 sets, we high five, or hug, or kiss and know that we did something great. We did, together, what most couples, most people, can't make themselves do, no matter how good their intentions are.

Although I don't write much about the details of my training, or the details about my "diet" or bodyweight, it's still a big part of my life.....it is my life. I guess I'm too busy actually living it to write about it.

Tracy's Training schedule

Monday, 1 hour,
Tuesday (Max 30-45 min),
Thursdays, 1 hour, and
Saturdays (2 hours of teaching and swinging)

Bikram yoga
I used to train Bikram average 9 classes a week, I'm cutting back this week to only 5-6 classes per week (we'll see if I actually do cut back, lol)

I had been walking so little that I'm actually out of shape to walk fast or long! Many of my walks had only been 1-2 miles, as few as only twice a week. I'm changing that this week.....and I'll write a blogpost about this in more detail.

Since I started teaching swing classes at Equniox, in Palo Alto, I can take other classes there at no charge, so I thought I would take advantage of trying the Spinning classes. I started 3 weeks ago with only one class, then 2, then 3, and now 4 per week (Mon., Tues, Thurs, and Fri)

I'm training more than ever, but I'm also eating more than ever, lol! I still cook and prepare all of my own foods, choosing vegetables as the main ingredients of my meals, that'll never change. But in addition to trying to define who I am as an athlete I'm also trying to find the "balance" of how I want to live my life by deciding exactly how much I want to "diet", and how that will reflect, naturally, my bodyweight.

More to come......when? Who knows.....but I'm not done, quite yet.


Diana said...

Overtraining! I love to overtrain! I don't even think that's a real word, but then again I was not the most "attentive" stoner in class!
"The harder you work....the harder it is to quit".....I so learned this AGAIN as I have many times these last 2 years, while doing my century ride last weekend. At mile 63, I texted the hubby saying "I want to quit"....no message back...I love him because he knows there is NO way I'm having him pick me up and settle for a DNF! I finished it, glad I finished it, loved every minute of it and can't wait to do it again....but for now, I gots me some flex hanging shiz to do!! I've been hanging off anything I can find these days! Looking forward to Sept!

Tracy Reifkind said...


We can joke about overtraining, but when a person does actually overtrain it's no joke! Once you really overtrain, coming back is not just taking a day off but a process.

I haven't been to Bikram in 3 days, and that hasn't happened for, probably 9 months! I'm just burned out....but today I start again.

Congrats on your ride....I wish I could get on a roadbike, but as we talked about last week, I'm not into getting mowed down on the side of the road, lol (I guess my fear comes with being too old....oh, and the crazy drivers around here)

As far as hanging.....I can't believe how easy it was for me to practice pull ups when my bodyweight was around 130, now 10 lbs heavier it's just out of the question.

HKC! Here we come!