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Cycling, Musings, Recovery

Three Things Thursday: Tired Edition

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…

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Discussion

10 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday: Tired Edition

  1. Ugh, that is so frustrating about the boxing class. Isn’t an instructor supposed to INSTRUCT?!? Next time punch him in the face and then all innocently say, “Like that?” When/where are you doing your long run? I would maybe join you for an hour or so!

    Posted by Beth | June 23, 2011, 8:16 AM
  2. You should definitely discuss your experience with the gym management. If I ran that place, I’d want to know if one of the instructors was treating members like that.

    Posted by Victoria (District Chocoholic) | June 23, 2011, 8:42 AM
  3. I agree with Victoria. That is no way to teach a class. Have a great ride on Saturday…I’d love to crash the pool party on Sunday!

    Posted by amy | June 23, 2011, 9:14 AM
  4. That class sounded pretty bad. I would have been crying as well.

    Good luck on the total 200! I’m sure the food fest at the end will be great 🙂

    Posted by Sarah | June 23, 2011, 10:17 AM
  5. What an *sshole. I hate that instructors have so much influence over whether a class is good or not, and they never seem to realize it.

    Posted by Liz | June 23, 2011, 10:27 AM
  6. 1. asshole.

    2. 2 jerseys, one on the right way, one backwards, 2x as many pockets. i’m planning on stopping by some 7-11s along the way to stock up too. stupid ride going to kill my stupid recovery. stupid.

    3. i want in on this. i have beer.

    Posted by katie | June 23, 2011, 11:01 AM
  7. I feel you on the body shutdown and I’m NOT in a recovery week. have you stopped swimming this week? that’s what really threw me off was the massive head pain from doing flip turns during my swim on Monday. I haven’t been back in the pool since and I’m afraid to go again!

    GOOD LUCK this weekend. I think “a lot” sounds like the perfect plan. I’m also all about pool lounging and beer drinking on Sunday (post very early long run).

    Posted by Emily | June 23, 2011, 11:49 AM
  8. Good luck on Saturday! Just thinking about that distance makes my whole body hurt, but I’m sure you’ll be fine!

    Posted by Allison | June 23, 2011, 2:17 PM

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