Tonight I began the INSANITY exercise program. I’m not doing the fit test or measurements, since my goal is to improve my ski conditioning. I’ll know if my ski clothes get lose that I’m losing size.
Hello everyone. I finally did it. After being encouraged about several different themes, I finally finished writing a book. Yes, I wrote a book! However, it’s none of the non-fiction ideas many were hoping. Instead, I wrote a novel. It’s a superhero story, but not the typical save the world action packed fantasy. My superhero story is more of a drama, with a few action scenes for good measure.
In the backstory, which I wrote but cut out of the final version, 2 of my teenage superheroes are forced to do intense daily workouts as part of a tough love program to keep one of them out of jail. I do mention several times throughout the novel that the group of superheroes does intense exercise regularly to stay in shape.
So that got me thinking, why not me? I’m not a superhero, but one of my heroes was just an ordinary teen when he began the workouts. I had something in mind similar to Beach Body’s more intense workouts. A tenant left behind the disks for P90X. I looked at a few of them briefly, but decided Tony Horton’s style isn’t for me. Sure, it will probably work, but I don’t think I’d stick with it. I have Turbo Fire, but don’t want to commit that much time. I began Insanity a few years ago, and decided to go back to it again and see how far I can get this time beginning tonight.
I skipped most of the basketball drill section because of my knee. I remember not liking this workout the first time either. I did find it a bit less challenging now since many of the exercises are similar to what my kids’ ski team do, and I train with them one or two times a week for the past 2 years. Also, needless to say, the exercises simulating cross country skiing and slalom jumps are super easy because of doing them several times/week in reality. So, I’m starting with a somewhat better fitness level this time around.
My goal is to get in better shape for this year’s Sonot Kkaazoot which is March 25. This silly named race is a ski race on the Chena River with 20, 40, or 50 kilometer skate and classic style options. Last year I did the 20 km (12 miles!) skate race, and finished in about 2.5 hours under very challenging conditions. I hope to bring that down to 2 hours this year. In order to do that, I’m going to need to be in better shape. I need to train smarter, not necessarily just harder. Start now, instead of 2 weeks before the race.
Speaking of ski racing, my son just entered his first USSA sanctioned race. He’s in the U16 age category. They are doing a 3k classic and a 5k skate race this weekend.