The third Minnows session has commenced for the FMDG. (Minnows is/are what most leagues refer to as “fresh meat”.)
I feel really good about it. I’ve been doing something most days of the week to improve cardio &/or strength. I find that if I don’t I miss it. Here is what I did this week:
- Monday – Weight Watchers Punch It DVD (easy level) with weighted gloves (30 min)
- Tuesday – bike trainer ride (20 min)
- Wednesday – Fat Burning Yoga DVD (40 min)
- Friday – Walk (30 min – kept my heart rate b/w 130-160)
- Saturday – Minnows training (2 hours)
Obviously, the plan is to continue being active most days & increase intensity as I get stronger. Yes, it has taken me this long to get here – sometimes, as smart as I can be, it takes me a long time of beating my head against a wall before I finally wise up & do the thing that makes sense. For some reason I can be VERY bone-headed.
Of the things we worked on in the first class, I need to work on T-stops the most. I’m not applying enough pressure to make myself stop as quick as I need to. (Other things I’m not great at yet are: skating backwards, crossing over backwards, changing direction at high speeds, stopping quickly at high speeds. I will work on these at open skate, which I normally do on Wednesday nights.)
Oh, also my speed – it took me 5 min 33 sec to do 25 laps. (You need to be able to do 25 in under 5 minutes & most derby players do it in quite a bit less I’ve heard.) I may have counted a couple laps twice but still… I have a ways to go before we test at the end.
I’ve also found an eating plan online that is heavy in protein, veggies, fruits & nuts and includes some carbs. I shopped for that today and am committing to prepping meals ahead of time since there are a couple nights I am up at the rink so won’t be home to cook.
I plan to keep updating on my progress so stay tuned!