It turns out getting up at 4:30 is significantly easier when you know that after your workout you have the whole day to sit around and do whatever the hell you want. I only considered canceling and going back to bed once, as opposed to at least 37 times normally when I wake up to meet someone for a workout.
The reason for the crazy wake up call was that Jackie had a week long guest pass at her gym, which offers a masters swim class. A masters swim class appears to be when a bunch of swimmers show up and do a pre-planned workout designed by an instructor, with all sorts of different components.
This masters swim thing is not easy. Proof:
- I was the first one in the pool and by far the last one out of the pool.
- I had to flag the instructor and ask her to explain pretty much every single bullet point on the board listing the workout (until the class was over and she left, yet I was still trying to finish).
- My arms were so tired I could barely french braid my hair when I got home.
It was still completely worth waking up at 4:30 for, since I never would have completed that type of pool workout on my own (and not just because I wouldn't even have been able to understand it). After I finally finished the whole workout, I'd swam the equivalent of two miles! Plus, this fancy gym had a cold, saltwater pool, which made swimming so much more enjoyable than the warm chemical filled pool the YMCA offers.
Since we were at the fancy gym, Jackie had promised me a dip in the hot tub after the workout, which was truly the only thing that got me out of bed. It was marvelous. The only thing that got me out of the hot tub was that parking was only free until 8am.
In the evening, I did what is becoming our usual Tuesday night ride - a 15 mile ride on the BWI trail followed by half an hour of running. Our group is growing each week.
|Nice and paved without cars trying to hit you|
The recipe calls for light coconut milk, but seriously do not buy that. EVER. I really feel strongly about this. If you really are concerned with preparing your body for bikini season, you have 20 minutes while it cooks to burn off the extra 90 calories in the full fat coconut milk.
I'm actually pretty opposed to low fat anything. The 90s are over, and fat is delicious.
Have you ever done a group workout where you felt like a total loser that couldn't get with the program?
Are you on team fat?