Who said recovery week is easy and relaxing? My body is shutting down — hard — and making me feel miserable. Not the sunny few days I was hoping for.
1. I was really excited to check out Monday night boxing with my new Balance pass, but I’m sad to say it was a really crappy class. I worked out at LA Boxing (which the instructor asked about before class started) for a couple of months, and while I’m not great, I’ve got the basics down and did have a few opportunities to get in the ring. Plus, I’m not an idiot and I’m deceivingly tough, so it drives me bonkers when people don’t take me seriously.
Anyway. The class started with a bunch of squats and burpees and such, which I can rock while everyone else does one or two and then stands around. I had positive thoughts about the rest of the hour. Then we paired off, grabbed mitts and gloves and started doing combos. I was the only new person in the class, and it’s been awhile since I’ve boxed, so it took me a couple of tries to get the order down each time. Plus, my partner was having some trouble getting the opposite sequence down to block me.
Long story short, the instructor was extremely patronizing and kept saying things like “LA Boxing? What’d you do there, just stand in front of a bag?” or “You worked out at LA Boxing, so you must be an expert in everything I’m saying” etc. And when I’d make a mistake, instead of correcting me, he’d just say “No!” and then expect me to figure out what I was doing wrong. When I got things right, he’d say something like “Great job champ!” in a really sarcastic tone. Since the class was only five people and we were right next to the ring where several actual fighters were working out, this didn’t make me feel awesome. I have pretty tough skin, but when the class ended and I was folding my hand wraps in the corner I was definitely in tears.
For all fitness instructors — if your class isn’t open to all levels, say so. And instead of mocking your students, help them improve. That’s why they’re there.
2. I’m trying to get down the logistics of eating during Total 200 and wondering how the hell I’m going to carry enough calories to get me through the day. For the second half I can grab things out of my special needs bag, but the sheer planning involved in making sure I have enough to last me has my head spinning. There will be lunch, but I don’t have any details on that. Plus I’m already dreaming about what I’m going to eat when I’m done. A lot is about all I’ve come up with. Suggestions?
3. I’m doing my long run on Friday — most likely in the pool — so I can have a total rest day on Sunday. This will involve sleeping in, a trip to the Dupont Farmers Market (finally!) and an afternoon by the pool with this girl and a beer. This is what summer is REALLY about — if you’re not training for IM, that is…