22 June 2006

A week in the life.......

It has been a week. It all started on Sunday when I got the brilliant idea to jump rope while weight training. Monday my calves were sore. By Tuesday I could hardly walk. Whenever I stood up from sitting my calves had like frozen. I would walk all stiff legged until they loosened up. Yesterday was better but they were still sore. Today is even better but they are still a little sore. So jumping rope is something you have to start really slowly with. I was doing 2 sets of each exercise with a 90 second break between sets. On the 90 second breaks I jumped. Do the math; 8 exercises, 2 sets, equals 24 minutes of jumping. Add to that a 5 minute warm up and I jumped for 29 minutes. Yeah, that may have been a little too much.

Then, because it's that time again, I have felt like a bloated whale all week. I have been eating sligthly more than normal (that's typical though) but I feel like I weigh 400 lbs. So with that feeling and hardly being able to walk, it has NOT been a good week.

The good thing is, today is much better and tomorrow I'm going to workout in the morning.

I probably could have gone swimming with my calves but pointing my toes (which I do when I swim) can lead to cramps and that would be bad in the pool.

I probably could have ridden my bike also. But I changed the pedals and would have to wear my bike shoes. Since I am scared to death of riding in those shoes, and totally freaked out about getting unclipped in time, I decided I needed fully functional legs for my first ride.

It's funny how these seemingly random events occur and conspire to make me take a week off. I wonder if the universe is trying to tell me something, hmmmm???


Dr. Iron TriFeist :) said...

Who would have thought jumping rope could be so dangerous? :)

Don't worry about unclipping your bike shoes. It's pretty easy the for the first 2-3 weeks because you think about it constantly when you ride.

The danger comes when you feel confident. That's when stop signs catch you unaware. :)

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

I had the same trouble with my calves last week in El Paso. I used the cross-country ski machine, which always tightens my calves horribly. Add a dry climate and my inability to gauge correct hydration and I can totally relate to your post-jump-rope blues.

Drink lots of water, take a calcium tablet and get better soon! And keep at the jump rope-- I think you'll be glad you did!

Shelly said...

Riding with cleats is so worth the effort. I've been riding with cleats for about a year-- they make a big difference. I was lucky-- I fell the 2nd time I rode with them and then I stopped worrying about falling in them!

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