Monday, February 27, 2006

Yoga - the new Iron Man training

I haven't been surfing and my muscles have grown soft and it was getting harder to climb three flights of stairs, so I told myself that every morning I had to do SOMETHING physical. I "ran" one morning last week and I decided that I would unfurl the yoga mat that has a permanent curl from a year of non-use. I didn't feel ready to go back into the studio because my back was semi-seized and I figured that doing some basic work at home would be challenging enough. So, Friday, after some basic warm-up poses, I started in on doing 2 sets of 10 vinyasas. By the twentieth vinyasa, my heartrate was up and I was sweating. It was a better workout than my "running."

Throughout the day, I found my arms weary and my legs like jello. I couldn't believe how much of a physical workout the yoga was... and how out of shape I was.

Saturday morning came with a BUNCH of pain as the lactic acid from the yoga workout had time to work its painful magic on my sedentary muscles overnight. Yi-yi-yi.

Sunday, I was able to move enough to resume vinyasa-ing, and I did so again this morning. I imagine with the weather this week, I'll continue this new Iron Man training. Already, my back feels stronger than it did when I was a big blob and I actually can't wait to get back in the water.


TedZSurfer said...

lactic acid eh? I ran a bit yesterday and today I am much more sore than usual. But I didn't stretch afterwards because I had to go on immediate child watch duty. Maybe that did it.

dave rich said...

ahhh man how i need to start running again. more than anything, i need to start paddling the lake with a suit on just to make it extra hard and get ready for summer time. im stuck now between a month in mexico or a month in costa rica. costa rica will be easy double what mexico will be. decisions, decisions.

Surfsister said...

I think we're all dealing with the winter weight gain thing. I got myself all worked up because my pants are fitting differently—okay, they're tight. So I've been on a tear, eating fewer Golden Oreos and working out a little more. Keep up the yoga. I'll soon be a slave to the rowing machine. Thankfully, it helps immensely in terms of surfing fitness.

riab said...

Keep it up Grace! I've been hiking Westridge with the pooch 3-4 times a week to keep in shape and lose the "winter coat."

dave rich said...

hey, i dont know if you got my response to your question about skating on my blog, but here is the video i promised i would make of the ditch and our style of skating. its pretty cool.