halfway there, my monday triathlon

Part 1. Dog hike! My mum and I walked the long loop of the Coves with my dog Cheddar. It’s mostly nice and shady in there. Good way to start the day. For some of us, there was a swim portion in this event but I stayed (mostly) dry. Cheddar not so much.


Part 2: Personal training, upper body weights, at the university gym! I’d scheduled this ages ago. Learning some new exercises. Triceps, abs, back, and shoulders. I liked the dumbbell skull crushers.


Part 3. Aikido! Monday’s Aikido class was brought to you by the word “bounce.” Much easier to keep people moving and going where you want to go that way. Also fun. Bounce, bounce, bounce.


What, besides sloppy scheduling, prompted four hours of physical activity on a Monday (especially a Monday after a long hot day of riding Sunday)? I mean, I like working out Mondays but….

See Why I try to exercise on Mondays, or see you in the weight room this afternoon!

The other reason was the Facebook group 216 workouts in 2016. I’ve written about it here.

WHAT: The idea is simple. In 2016 there are 365 days. We are going to challenge ourselves to workout 216 times in those 365 days.

WHY: (1) Consistently doing deliberate exercise is one of the most important factors in developing good health and fitness. (2) Choosing to complete a workout or not is something we can control.

HOW: (1)Workouts are defined as any form of deliberate exercise/movement. Some example are, lifting weights, doing gymnastic, a CrossFit WOD, a hike in the great outdoors, practicing a martial art or yoga. Taking a dance class or playing rec softball with the folks from work. (2) Use a spreadsheet, a habit tracking app, or a notebook and give yourself a check mark for every workout you complete.

I was anxious to be halfway to goal, 108 workouts, by July 1 and I was a few days late.

But my three workouts Monday were 106, 107, and 108.

I’m halfway there!