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It’s been 3 weeks since the Las Vegas World Championships and I’m actually on a flight right now to the Riviera Maya for a long weekend getaway. I’m looking forward to unwinding for a few days on the beach after a year of ups, downs, and competing on two world championships stages. For the past three weeks post show I’ve been training hard and incorporating workouts that I thought I was only doing last fall/winter because I was “killing it with drive” to a world stage; turns out I’m just a little bit of crazy.
So what is crazy? I think true crazy is the guy that came into the breakfast spot I was dining at last weekend literally stinking up the room with his stench….stench that I recognize as a Realtor (in addition to working for API) who has been dragged to some….interesting….properties in my career (thanks family). It’s the smell of “no shower,” “no laundry,” and just plain gross. Needless to say I lost my appetite while he sat down, commanded the attention of the staff, and spoke loudly with the intent of drawing attention. Turns out (since you couldn’t help but overhear) he has been a recluse for a couple of months before he came out (lucky me) of his self induced hiding. This guy, my friends, isn’t a little bit of crazy; he’s just crazy.
So I was reflecting on my breakfast with Crazy and thought about how he could look at the things I do and perhaps say the same thing about me (minus the stench). For the past three weeks I’ve felt really energized which has allowed me to not miss a beat with my training. In fact last night I was at a holiday function until 8:30pm and, although I still had to pack for my flight this morning, I stopped at the gym on my way home to squeeze in a 9pm workout. I knew I wasn’t going to get home until after 10pm to pack and tie up loose ends with work before getting five seconds of sleep and heading to the airport. But I chose to go anyways. I’m not dialing in for a show…in fact, I’m not even close to a show…..but I went anyways and put in a hell of a workout. (if I’m going to be at the gym at 9:00pm it’s not going to be for a half ass workout - it better count). I didn’t get to bed until 1am and woke up at 4:30am. And this was my own doing.
My workout schedule for the past few weeks has had a similar vibe as last night’s necessary - but not really necessary - choice to hit the gym. I layered up this week despite the cold and hit the local track for a sprint workout. I said to myself last year that I HAD to; this year I’m doing it because I WANT to. I mean, really, does one really NEED to workout outside in the cold…on purpose? To most people probably not, but to me, there is nothing like an all out – full blast – sprint workout where every muscle in your body is screaming for relief and your legs and abs are sore before the end of the day. You just can’t get that same effect from a “dread”mill workout. But why push myself like this when I don’t have the lingering goal of seeking a Pro World Title? Well, I guess it’s time to accept that I’m a little bit of crazy.
As long as I don’t start collecting cats and walking around town barefoot……then I think I’m OK…
I think the reason I’m feeling so good post show and still doing my “crazy” training is because I never went on any post show splurge. Because of what it took to get to the stage three weeks ago, and how sensitive my body was after the August show, I took my time adding any “reward foods” this time around. In fact, I didn’t have ANY of the famous post show Aunt Shirley’s cookies (that's just crazy alone)! I literally waited until Thanksgiving five days post show to have dessert. Best thing I ever did. Plus my affiliation as a Coach on the Cathy Savage Fitness staff introduced me to the Isagenix meal replacements and snacks which have been great for travel both right now and on my way home from Las Vegas. There is nothing more annoying than rushing through the airport to get to your next flight and NOT having something healthy on hand. And it’s a nice change from cold chicken. I’m waiting until Christmas Eve to have Shirley’s cookies and won’t feel the need to pound down a whole bag of them in a weekend because my system isn’t depleted like it is right after a show.
Well I just got heard the flight attendant say that we are 20 minutes from landing. I’m looking forward to some down time these next few days--- and some on-the-beach workouts as well! I’m excited to feel the sand resistance with beach sprints and plyos for new kind of challenge and burn. I’ll be sure to post about these workouts when I return! Have a great week everyone!
*I missed my blog post last week because I have some personal changes going on that I will talk about in future blog posts. Stay tuned!*
In the mean time, follow my athlete page http://www.facebook.com/FigureProMicheleWelcome for updates (I will try and post pictures while I am away this weekend!).