My runDISNEY Springtime Surprise Not So Perfect Definitely Not A Challenge Weekend Report

My runDISNEY Springtime Surprise Not So Perfect Definitely Not A Challenge Weekend Report

Welcome to my runDISNEY Springtime Surprise Not So Perfect Definitely Not A Challenge Weekend Report.  This post will almost be a turn by turn definitive guide to yet another Disney Adventure.  Okay maybe not so turn by turn and by no means a definitive guide more like another one of my rambling posts that go on and on for what may seem like 19.3 miles.  

First the very basics and I’ll start with What Is A runDisney event.  According to the runDisney website:

runDisney is a series of themed weekends that take place at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, and Disneyland in Paris. The weekends feature races through the Disney parks, including marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, Kids Adventures, and multi race challenges. 

RunDisney events are popular with beginners, returning runners, and experienced runners. The events are inclusive, with cut-off times and a welcoming atmosphere. Runners receive commemorative medals, magical entertainment, and special moments with Disney characters.

Each year or season starts off in November with the Wine & Dine Weekend with a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon and concludes with the Star Wars Half Marathon in April.  Umm…correction concludes with the Springtime Surprise Weekend that ends in April.  The Star Wars Half Marathon ended in 2021 with a Virtual Only Weekend.  When in-person runDisney Weekends came back the April Races became the Springtime Surprise Weekend with different Disney IP for the various runs.  In 2022 the theme for the 5k was Expedition Everest, for the 10K it was Race for the Taste (Ratatouille inspired) and wrapped up the weekend with The Twilight of Terror 10 Miler.  It must have been a bigger hit then Star Wars Half Weekend as Springtime Surprise came back in 2023.  This time the theme for the 5K was inspired by the Cars films, the 10K was inspired by Monsters, Inc and the 10 miler was inspired by Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story.  

I for one still miss the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekends and would wish they would come back even for one race during the Springtime Surprise Weekend.  Oh and I’m not alone as many people wore Star Wars themed costumes during this past weekend’s Springtime Surprise.

Oh and back to this year.   For 2024 the themes for the Springtime Surprise Weekend had a   Neverland (Peter Pan) inspired 5k, an Adventure Is Out There (Pixar’s Up) theme for the 10k and to wrap the weekend up a Hakuna Matata (Lion King) themed 10-miler.  I only ran the 10K as I did in 2023.  I skipped 2022 in fact it had been a few years since my last runDisney Weekend.  I will admit I got to the point a few years ago that I didn’t want to wake up a 2:30am to run any race with any theme.  Fast forward a few years and I wake up at 3:30am most days so I didn’t have that excuse any more.  So I took a big sip of the runDisney Kool-Aide and will be running at least a 10K in each of the runDisney events for the 2024 - 2025 Season.  

Now onto my thoughts from this whole weekend from the Expo, to the course and even up to when I wake up Monday morning and go to work wearing my not so hard earned but still earned 10K medal for #MedalMonday.

Expo Day Or The Beginning of Four Days, One Park And Zero Rides IMG_5996Since I live about seventy minutes from WDW I decided that on Thursday I’d teach my 30 minute Spin Class at 6:15am then go home to get ready to drive down. The plan was to be on the road by 7:30am but my math skills are not the best and that was not nearly enough time to eat, shower and pack the car.  So I ended up leaving after 8am knowing that at 8:30am I needed to access MyDisneyExperience App to get into the 8:30am Virtual Queue for the Merchandise Shop.  Yes, it’s Disney so there is a Virtual Queue to spend your money.  So while driving on the turnpike I was able to get in the queue to start my shopping a little after 11am.  Not too bad I thought.  I continued my drive right to the ESPN World of Sports or WOS for short.  As I pulled into the parking lot I thought to myself that it didn’t look to crowded.  I was even able to be inside for the pick up line for bibs.  I was feeling really confident about getting dibs on good merchandise when my virtual queue for shopping came up.  I got my bib and got in line for a few character photo ops and ran into a friend of a friend in line. Then it was on to almost shopping.  Myself and about a hundred of people huddled up in any shade that we could find as we watched our phones to see our virtual queue to be called.  In my case I got to watch a 20 minute wait turn to a 30 minute wait and finally about 45 minutes after my estimated queue time was able to go inside and line up for merchandise. One inside the “showroom floor” it was clear to see that the Ebay-resellers had been in already.  All of the pins that resemble the medals for the races were all sold out.  Even most of the themed pins were sold out as was most of the Passholder merchandise.  Ugh.  Ebay re-sellers should be banned from Disney property.  Now I did buy one themed 10k pin, a runDisney Loungefly backpack and the Springtime Surprise track jacket.  I learned a valuable lesson this year and that is to pre-purchase what you can before hand.  When you register for the event they have some merchandise available to purchase before hand. I’ve already purchased the pin bundles and jackets for 2024 Wine Dine and 2025 WDW Marathon Weekend for what I’m running.  

Acadian House - Shhh!  The Best Kept Secret

IMG_6082After the expo it was time to head to my hotel Port Orleans Riverside.  I hadn’t stayed at this resort in six or seven years and forgot how charming it is.  Now it doesn’t have a Beignet Ice Cream Sunday but it’s a short trip to find those at French Quarter.  That was the second thing I did once I got to the resort and my room wasn’t ready.  Once my room was ready I headed to the food court to eat again but this time just a burger, fries and a grapefruit beer.  By then I was beat since I’ve been up since 3:30am so it was early to sleep for me.  As the weekend went on I realized that I had the best kept runDisney secret and that was staying a Riverside at the Acadian House area.  Being single I requested just a king bed room with no other beds and to be on the first floor near the hospitality building.  I am not carrying luggage upstairs in my old age of 54.  Hell no! Little did I know how close not only was hospitality house but how close parking and two pools would be to my room.  I’m requesting this for every runDisney event going forward.  Well except next falls Food WIne Half as I’m already staying at Old Key West using DVC points.  

Day Two of Four Days, One Park And Zero Rides

47654CDD-0C5C-4510-8226-98CF808B2FB8Friday I was up and at the food court at 7am for my Mickey Waffles.  After that it was back to my room before heading out of the bubble to get in a swim practice at the Rosen JCC.  Once back in the bubble I took the Disney Transportation Bus to Hollywood Studios.  I shopped a bit looking for more Disney Nike Polo’s but didn’t find any but did find some sort of Adventure Is Out There Up themed crossbody bag before eating some of the best steak fries at any Disney Park restaurant at the ABC Commissary.  I’ll be back for those.  Oh the CM made a somewhat funny joke about my date of birth since I was born on Valentine's Day he joked after I gave my name that I should have said "Valentino".  I didn't get the Disney reference to later but Valentino is a character in the Disney film WISH.  After that it was time to go home so I could get to bed early for my 2am wake up call. 

The Aurora Princess Ring I Mean Oura Ring The Revolutionary Way To Know You Didn’t Sleep At Enough or Day Three of Four Days, One Park And Zero Rides

I got zero sleep Friday night.  Zero, nada, zip, nothing.  I am so F’ked!   I don’t know why as I slept great on Thursday.  But now when it the night that I need to wake up early, get on a bus at 3am and then run a 10k at 5am I don’t sleep?  Ugh!  I had everything ready the night before so I got up, showered ate my Oats Overnight, got dressed and headed to the bus with two waters.  One was just water and the other some pre-workout to drink before I started running.  

Dear Fitness Corporate America - Big Mistake. Big. Huge. I Have To Go Running Now

From some time after 3am to about 4am runners and guests have an opportunity to stand in long lines for a few character photo ops and listen to a pre-pre-show hyping us all up for the run.  The pre-pre-show has some interviews, some videos and some line dancing songs that we all should know or at the very least have heard once at a wedding.  During one of the man-on-the-street interviews a participant was asked what was their training to which she responded “Orangetheory”.  The host of the pre-pre-show then  filled the audience in what Orangetheory or OTF was.  What a big huge free advertisement for the brand.  Someone needs to call OTF/AF corporate team and get them to be a runDisney sponsor.  Now that we know a lot of OTF’ers or the Orange Cult go to runDisney events why did OTF schedule their annual DRI-TRI Weekend the same weekend as a runDisney event?  I bet thousands or hundreds or maybe 3 OTF’ers had to make the difficult choice of runDisney and a cool medal or Dri-Tri for a plastic throw-away medal.  Dear Fitness Corporate America do not program to compete with a runDisney event.  Doing so is a Big Mistake. Big Huge.  

Caution Athletes, Walkers Ahead!  Taking It Slow?  Stay To The Right And Go With The Flow.

IMG_6136After a great picture ops with Russel, Doug, Lilo and Stitch it was time to walk, jog and run through the 10K.  I haven’t really been running much as I had some injury in my ankle starting back in January.  Actually let’s back it up to last March.  Once I started working out at this other gym I stopped running after my workout and would just take Peloton Bike+ Classes at home.  Since I then signed up for this 10K I started to run at the gym using the Peloton app for running by taking Tread Classes.  But that ended shortly as I was injured running one Saturday in January.  It wasn’t until February I started again but only 20 minute Beginner Run classes that were mostly Walk/Run.  At the very worst I would just get in one of those famous Jeff Galloway Method of Walk / Run programs.  

Everybody Loves Carl

IMG_6203I started off jogging at a 12 minute pace but didn’t know how long I would be able to sustain this pace without my ankle causing me pain.  Would I get swept by the dreaded Balloon Ladies if my ankle got that bad?  Is this the end of my return to runDisney races for me?  It can’t be as I’m signed up for more.  Now the balloon ladies sweep when you fall behind them and the 16 minute pace so 12 should keep me safe with character photo stops.  But how many character photo stops can I do with a 12 minute pace.  I set my apple watch app to warn me when I fell behind the 16 minute pace.  This will allow me to stop for the fun character photos but not get swept up by the balloon ladies.  Boy did I feel good for that first mile and the second mile.  Any slight twitch of the ankle made me work on my foot as it hit the ground to fall on the ball of my foot. This made it a pretty much pain-free 2 mile run.  I kept running to about 2.4 miles when I had already passed a few other character stops before seeing the long long line to meet Carl Frederickson.  I had to stop after all I was dressed up like Carl with bushy eyebrows sticking out of my big plastic glasses.  

Jogging at a 12 mile pace or a pace of 5 miles per hour.  Power Walkers 3.5 to 4.5 miles per hour, Joggers 4.5 to 5.5 miles per hour and Runners at 5.5 miler per hour or higher, we get to Base Pace in 3…2…1…BASE PACE.  Did I mention I use to be a Coach at Orange Theory?  Well I was for a short period of time.  Loved it but didn’t work with my full time job.  Anyways I was looking at my watch most of the time keeping in the 12 minute pace or Base Pace for joggers.  I’m not ashamed to be a jogger!  

You Better Ask Your GPS, I Ain’t The One To Address

IMG_5924As anyone who has ever driven on a highway we all know the left lane is for passing and if you are driving in the left lane and you are being passed by people on the right that means you must pull over to the left.  In some states it’s against the law to be driving i the left lane when you are not passing other cars.  The same is for running any race at any pace.  But for some reason the run-walkers and walkers somehow forget that.  You can even look at various social media posts after the 10K and 10-miler with both sides yelling at each other.  The faster folks complaining about walkers on the left side and the walkers complaining about runners running on the right side.  By the way the only reason why runners are on the right side is because a bunch of walkers are on the left side.  As someone who does my best to look around me when passing people to make sure I’m not stepping in front of someone running faster than me I get super frustrated at people slower then me on the left of me.  runDisney courses have some very narrow parts on the courses so it makes it that much more frustrating.  I’ll also admit some times my elbows get a big rigid and I may poke you if I’m forced to squeeze in between walkers on the left side.  At some point around mile three I got an “Excuse Me” as I brushed by a walker.  I wanted to be all Iggy Azalea and say “You Better Ask Your GPS, I Ain’t The One To Address” or more likely be all Ludacris and say “Move Bitch Get Out Da Way.”  The moral of the story - Taking It Slow?  Stay To The Right And Go WIth The Flow.

Danger Wilbur Robinson, Who’s That Again?

IMG_6196From 2.4 mile on I was back at my OTF Jogger Base Pace.  I kept it up to my next stop at about 4.1 miles with Lewis Robinson from Meet The Robinsons.  Now I swear when I ran by this stop I saw Wilbur Robinson and not Lewis Robinson but when I got to the front it was Lewis.  Maybe it was jogging for 4.1 miles when the longest I’ve run in at least a year was for 3 minutes at a time.  After the pix I went on my way with my sharp elbows at my Base Pace.

Who Hurt Duffy?

IMG_6205I knew Duffy was somewhere around mile 5 as I heard other runners get CIA like information from faster runners ahead of us.  I just had to keep going.  No ankle pain so Base Pace it was.  Up to 5.5 miles and Duffy.  One of my biggest incentives of this weekend was the chance of the Duffy photo op.  Backstory I regret never stopping when he was at Epcot everyday.  At that point in time I was probably at Epcot at least once a week and I never stopped.  It wasn’t to after he was gone that I realized how great Duffy truly is.  Dear Disney, BRING BACK DUFFY!  Knowing that Duffy was at the Princess Half Weekend I so hoped I would finally get my chance for my photo with Duffy.  Once CIA Intelligence informed me that Duffy was around mile 5 I was determined to be there even if I had to skip Goofy and other photo ops.  The line was long but my Base Pace kept me ahead of the dreaded Balloon Ladies. Once it was my turn I don’t think Duffy realized I was already standing next to him.  He looked shooked and the photo looks like someone touched Duffy in the No-Touch-Zone.  The one and and only photo I got of Duffy and I and it looks like I had touched him in his No-Touch-Zone.  If only the CM who took my phone to take a picture or two had actually taken a picture.  In these lines you run up, up get your photo and then you run so the next people get their chance.  It’s quicker than quick.  I guess I not only shooked Duffy I must have shooked the CM as they took no pictures.  When I started running and looked at my phone and saw no photos I was partially devastated but I knew the Photopass picture would be there later.  Oh boy that photo pass picture.  I’m sorry Duffey, I don’t know who hurt you but I will get our revenge someday.  To who ever hurt Duffy just know you are on my list.  When Duffy says No it means No.  Nobody touches my Duffy.  By the way I am kidding I did see a few other social media pix of Duffy and he was in the same pose in the other photos.  Phew!  Duffy is okay after all.

Try Everything

IMG_6210After Duffy I was back to my OTF Jogger Base Pace skipping another photo off, running past my favorite store Creations and down past Cosmic Rewind.  And then I hear my favorite song from the good old Move It! Shake It! Dance And Play It Street Party…TRY EVERYTHING.  It was one of four songs the audience would vote for at the end of the Magic Kingdom Hub Dance Party.  Try Everything by Shakira.  It was about 6 miles of the 6.1 and the character photo up was fitting with Judy Hopps and Nike Wilde from the movie Zootopia that featured the song by the world famous Gazelle.  Can you imagine if Gazella was at the photo op? OMG

Drinks In The Sky, That’s The Vibe

IMG_6209After grabbing my medal, my runDisney snack box with the famous chips and plastic cheese it was time to go back to the resort.  We get off the bus to a sea of band teens campled out all over the sidewalk once again not knowing that we pass on the left.  Kids, they better check get out of the way before this tired and sore old man steps on them.  After dodging them it was a shower and relaxing in my soft bed in the land of the Acadian House.  A few hours later it was time to refuel and do some retail therapy.  I headed to Disney Springs and headed to my usual post runDIsney lunch place Blaze Pizza in which I eat a whole pizza and drink a cold beer.  A new stop was made as I skipped the old reliable Sprinkles for Gideon’s Bakehouse.  My trip to Disney Springs had another motivation as a podcast about runDisney was having a meet up there that afternoon  I’ve only listened to two podcasts but I thought why not I’m already at Disney Springs.  But after getting my 1lb yet 6 dollar cookies I was getting tired and World of Disney with retail therapy was the same distance the other way from the meet up.  Choices, choices.  Do I shop or possibly stand around a group of nobody I know.  Therapy won but I didn’t buy anything.  Same story for the Co-Op with a lack of therapy.  The pin store had the Minnie on a Yoga Mat I wanted so got in some therapy.  Then it was a very short walk to Dockside Magaritas.  I ordered a Habanero Margarita threw my drinks in the sky cuz that’s my vibe and relaxed to some guy playing the Eagles.  Later back on the bus I could hardly keep my eyes open.  Once back i napped for three hours, had another drink with some food and was back in bed.

Not Perfect.  Not A Challenge

IMG_6208That one last Disney Resort Sleep ended my runDisney Weekend.  My run was just the 10k.  It wasn’t my first 10k or my fastest 10k.  I don’t even care if it was faster then my Springtime Surprise 10k from last year.  I’m happy keeping my OTF Jogger Base Pace in between my photo stops and walkers on the left side of the course.  I had a great time even with no sleep.  I drank the runDisney Kool-Aide again and I can’t wait for next year.  I know it was “the” Weekend Challenge of completing the 5k, 10K and 10 Miller.  Boy was I sick of answering No to the questions of “Are you doing the Challenge?”  As with all cults runDisney has a ruling pecking order.  You have the Challengers who are completing all the races of the weekend.  On Marathon Weekend it’s the Dopey in which you complete the 5k, the 10k, the half marathon and the full marathon.  That’s one level of the cult I will never ever even attempt to enter. Then you have the ultimate order of the cult the PERFECT SEASON.  The PERFECT SEASON is one who completes every event at all four of the run weekends in a season.  The Season consists of Wine Dine Half, WDW Marathon Weekend, Princess Half and Springtime Surprise.  Some insist a PERFECT SEASON means completing COAST TO COAST in which you run all the DISNEYLAND RACES.  The highest level of the PERFECT SEASON is the CASTLE TO CHATEAU CHALLENGE in which you run the races also in Disneyland Paris.  For me I’m happy in the Orlando One Race A Season.  Although the Kool-Aide was a bit strong and I’m hoping for one race per weekend for next season oh and maybe one Weekend Challenge.  Maybe Duffy was posed like that as he drank too much of the runDisney Kook-Aide.

To sum it all up if runDisney is a cult where do I sign up?


Another runDisney Registration Day, Some Spin Time and Some Random Acts of Fitness

IT’S REGISRATION DAY!

 WDW MARATHON WEEKEND!  I'm only going for the 10K again.  So not gonna be doing a marathon again any time soon.  

DAY FOUR / WEEK FOUR OF SIX

THE WEIGH IN:
175.0 lbs

CALORIES:
TDEE - 2,798  Calories
GOAL - 2,500 Calories
ACTUAL - 2,917 Calories

GOAL MACROS:
CARBS - 219 g
FAT - 97 g
PROTEIN - 158 g

ACTUAL MACROS:
CARBS - 256 g
FAT - 73 g
PROTEIN - 198 g

I LOVE CHEST DAY!

CHEST, SHOULDERS AND TRICEPS

THE WORKOUT:

 5 min Spinning 

BB Flat Bench Press

10 x EB

7 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

7 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

8 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

7 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

7 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

4 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR

(Last Time 6/6/8/7/6/3)

Standing Cable Fly at 62.5 lbs each side x Reps 6 / 8 / 7 / 8 / 7

(Last Time 5/6/7/8/6)

Standing Cable Lateral Raise at 25 lbs each side x Reps R/L
10 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10
at 30 lbs
6 / 6
6 / 6

Standing Cable Tricep Pulldown at 110 lbs x Reps 10 / 9 / 9 / 8 / 8

(Last Time 8/8/8/8/7)

THE BREAKDOWN:
MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME!  KICKING IT!
BENCH PRESS – FELT GOOD  FELT STRONG.
CABLE FLY – The struggle is real but still MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME
LAT RAISE – Went up in weight.  Mainly because it’s a pain in the ass to put extra round plates on the peg without them falling off.
TRICEP PULLDOWN – MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME
OVERALL – PROGRESS.  It’s Week Four of Six of what was gonna be a cut but that’s not happening.  But I will be pulling back on training starting next week.  A TAPER.  I have runDisney 10K next week and the following week swimming in The Villages Senior Games.  Need to let the body recover before these two events.  Then come May gonna concentrate on getting new 1 REP MAX! 

THE SPIN CYCLE:


5 Minutes Warming Up

TAUGHT 30 MIN SPIN CLASS.
I’m back on the schedule teaching TUE/THU at 6:15sm.  After class today a participant said “Thank You for Saving Us”.  They didn’t like the previous teacher. 

THE WET NOTE:
NONE
2024 SWIM DISTANCE TOTALS:
SCY- 3,450
LCM - 9,900

THE RUN DOWN:
NONE

runDISNEY:
REGISTRATION DAY

THE LIFT AHEAD:
WED – BACK & BICEPS + PELOTON TREAD RUN
THU – TEACH 30 MIN SPIN
FRI – NO GYM DAY
WED/THU
I’m working late for work so no morning workouts the next day.  Teaching still on Thursday and it’ll be a test of my will.
SAT – CHEST, SHOULDERS & TRICEPS + TEACH 30 MIN SPIN + PELOTON TREAD RUN
SUN – BACK & BI + SWIM w/ TEAM
MON – LEG DAY + PELOTON TREAD RUN
TUE – CHEST, SHOULDERS AND TRICEPS + TEACH 30 MIN SPIN
WED – BACK & BI + PELOTON TREAD RUN
THU – LIGHT LEG DAY

RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
MY CENTERS IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT INSPIRE OTHERS TO MOVE THROUGH LIFE AND SPORT ON TUESDAY - Walk Away The Pounds, Stretch Aging Backward, Tai Chi, Body Sculpting for Seniors, Cardio Dance, Low Impact Circuit, Aqua Aerobics, Water Volleyball, the Masters Swim Team and the FitClub

IN MY HEAD:
LOTS 

THE BOOKSHELF:

ONE MORE REP:

$LTH Life Time to Report First Quarter 2024 Financial Results on May 1, 2024

THE MONEY SHOT:

4/8/24 - Fitness Stocks Today $LTH, $XPOF, $BODY, $TRNR, $PTON and $PLNT

my17cents:
NONE

 

*I'M NOT NATTY!  I'm on TRT taking testosterone gel daily.

**To reduce the risk of injury, before beginning this or any exercise program, please consult a healthcare provider for appropriate exercise prescription and safety precautions. The exercise instruction and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation.


Strutting Towards The Free Weights With Almost No Random Acts of Fitness

It's Hump Day!

DAY SIX / WEEK TWO OF SIX: 175.8 lbs

CALORIES:
TDEE - 2,798  Calories

GOAL - 2,500 Calories
ACTUAL - 3,149 Calories

GOAL MACROS:
CARBS - 219 g
FAT - 97 g
PROTEIN - 158 g

ACTUAL MACROS:
CARBS - 269 g
FAT - 85 g
PROTEIN - 201 g

That's two days under 176 on the scale so I'll take it.  Yesterday I went over in calories and it was all at dinner.  STEAK!  The steak was soo good but you can't have steak without potatoes and I had loaded potato skins.  YUMMY!  This isn't a real cut it's TAYLOR'S VERSION I mean JOEL'S VERSION.  Just a baby cut.  I don't want to call it a diet cuz' it's not it's a six week cut.  Based on a TIA MINI CUT.

WEDNESDAY - BACK AND BICEPS + PELOTON TREAD RUN

THE WORKOUT:

5 minutes Spinning Warm Up
 
Cable Lat Pulldown
10 x 145.5 at 82.67% of 176 lbs 1RM / PR
10 x 145.5 at 82.67% of 176 lbs 1RM / PR
9 x 145.5 at 82.67% of 176 lbs 1RM / PR
9 x 145.5 at 82.67% of 176 lbs 1RM / PR
8 x 145.5 at 82.67% of 176 lbs 1RM / PR
 
Curlbar Preacher Curl at 17.5 lbs (70% of 25 lbs) each side x Reps 9 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 8
 
Seated Cable Row at 137.5 lbs (83.33% of 165 lbs) x Reps 10 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 10
 
Standing Cable Hammer Bicep Curl at 92.5 lbs x Reps 10 / 9 / 10 / 9 / 8

THE BREAKDOWN:
MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME!
CABLE LAT PULL DOWN - MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME.  Just wanted to hit more than last time working on VOLUME.
PREACHER CURL - MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME.  Again working on VOLUME.
CABLE ROW - MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME.  
BICEP HAMMER CURL - MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME.
OVERALL - NO GAIN EXPECTED.  As I approach the 3rd week of this "cut" I know I won't be getting the gains but working on volume.  Ideally I'd like to be able to complete five sets of ten reps.  This week I added 2.5 lbs from last week and I hope to try that for next week.  I know I probably will hit a roadblock at some point and won't be able to add every week.  So working towards that 5x10.

THE SPIN CYCLE:
5 MIN WARM UP

THE WET NOTE:
NONE.
Don't know if this is a Random Act of Fitness or a Wet Note but been prepping for the Senior Games Swimming Meet.  Just waiting for the entry deadline to pass to finish the prep work for the Colorado Timing System.

THE RUN DOWN:

15 MIN PELOTON TREAD RUN

runDISNEY:


Signed up for the summer Virtual Season.  Sorta a Goal for me is to keep running this summer and year around.  More distance but not too much but not so much HITT Running.  

THE LIFT AHEAD:
THU - LEGS + TEACH SPIN
FRI - CHEST + PELOTON TREAD RUN
SAT - NO GYM DAY
SUN - BACK & BI + SWIM.  It's Easter so no swim team so I'm on my own.  
MON - LEG + PELOTON TREAD
TUE - CHEST + PELOTON BIKE+ RIDE CLASS + SWIM after work
WED - BACK & BI + PELOTON TREAD RUN
THU - LEG + TEAC 30 MIN SPIN
FRI - NO GYM DAY

RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
MY CENTERS ARE IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO MOVE THROUGH LIFE AND SPORT ON THIS WED:  NONE.  We are closed for quarterly cleaning.  

HIGH-5'ed in PELOTON TREAD RUN

IN MY HEAD:
STUFF.  I ALWAYS GOT STUFF

THE BOOKSHELF:

GOALS!

ONE MORE REP:

What Does Life Time Group Holdings, Inc.'s (NYSE:LTH) Share Price Indicate?

THE MONEY SHOT:


3/26/24 - Fitness Stocks Today $LTH, $XPOF, $BODY, $TRNR, $PTON and $PLNT 

my17cents:
NONE

 

*I'M NOT NATTY!  I'm on TRT taking testosterone gel daily.

**To reduce the risk of injury, before beginning this or any exercise program, please consult a healthcare provider for appropriate exercise prescription and safety precautions. The exercise instruction and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation.


7 Weeks To Go To Run and Swim But First - Back + Biceps + Some Running + Random Acts of Fitness = Great Hump Day

A Day Off!  Finally and Sort Of.  I have the day off in exchange for working the On Call Weekend.  I will also take next Tuesday off for the On Call Weekend.  Next Tuesday is the Wine Dine 1/2 Marathon Weekend Registration which I don't want to miss.  Now I need to actually go in both days even though I'm off.  But having the day off I was able to spend more time on my workout which was Back and Biceps and a Tread Run Workout.  7 Weeks to both my runDisney Springtime Surprise 10K and The Villages Senior Games so I got a lot to do in those weeks.  

Last night I laid my gym fit out including my running shoes.  I had skipped swimming as I was beat after work and figured I'd crash into bed but I had a hard time falling asleep so my sleep was shit!  But after hitting snooze I got my act together and made it to the gym

BACK & BICEP WEDNESDAY

THE WORKOUT:

5 min Spinning Warm Up
 
T-Bar Row
8 x 90 lbs
8 x 90 lbs
6 x 115 lbs
6 x 115 lbs
4 x 115 lbs
 
Seated Preacher Curl w/ Curlbar at 22.5 lbs each side x Reps 7 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 7
Last Time - 5 / 8 / 8 / 7 / 6
 
Seated Cable Lat Wide Grip Pulldown
at 165 lbs x Reps 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4
 
Seated Cable Row at 165 lbs x Reps 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 6
 
Standing Cable Hammer Curl at
88 lbs x Reps 8 / 8 / 8
90.5 lbs x Reps 8 / 8

THE BREAKDOWN
T-BAR ROW - Did this instead of Pull Ups to wake me up for the workout.  I just wasn't feeling Pull Ups.  I felt groggy still so went for the easier movement.  
PREACHER CURL - MORE REPS THAN LAST TIME.  Right now with my schedule I'm only getting one Back and Bicep Workout per week so it's tough to break to the next level.  But my goal is 25 lbs on each side.  Slowly getting there.
LAT PULLDOWN - I went with the Wide Grip as someone was using the Medium Grip I normally use.  Due to that I went down in weight to do the movement.  STEADY FREDDY
CABLE ROW - STEADY FREDDY
HAMMER CURL - Last Two Sets I went up in weight.  Really need to hit the Biceps since I only got one workout in a week the last few weeks.  
OVERALL - PROGRESS.  Just a little bit each day.  Can't PR everyday.  

THE SPIN CYCLE:
Just the warm up

THE WET NOTE:
NONE

THE RUN DOWN:
WE CAN REBUILD.


A 20 minute Peloton class.  Felt MEH

runDISNEY:

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THE LIFT AHEAD:
THU - LEG DAY + SPIN / SWIM IN PM
FRI - NO GYM DAY
SAT - CHEST DAY + TEACH 30 MIN SPIN
SUN - SWIM w/ TEAM

RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS AND INSPIRING OTHERS TO MOVE THROUGH LIFE AND SPORT.
WED: Walking Aerobics, Chair Yoga, Chair Aerobics, Parkinson Exercise, Pilates Mat, Walk Away The Pounds, Water Aerobics and the FitClub.

IN MY HEAD:
A WHOLE LOT

THE BOOKSHELF:

I use to be better at this.  Years ago ago I realized when meeting people in a social setting to listen to them then ask them questions.  If I took the focus off of me and then asked about them it made it so much easier for conversation.  Everyone likes talking about themselves.  

ONE MORE REP:

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Peloton: Is This the Best Fitness Stock to Buy Right Now?

THE MONEY SHOT:

Fitness Stocks Today $LTH, $XPOF, $BODY, $BFX, $TRNR, $PTON and $PLNT

my17cents:
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Moving On Up To A Heavier Plate In The Sky & Saturday's Random Acts of Fitness

It's Saturday the Weekend!  Wahoo!  Last night I did my sort of best to get a good nights sleep and I did get my 6 hours in.  I had my gym clothes and my spin class clothes all ready to go.  So this morning it was up and get going.  I hit the gym for my Back and Biceps Day!  I was going to do a video of my morning but I'm not there yet.  I'm crossing over to the dark side owning a tripod and a GoHero camera.  I know I'm going to be one of those guys at the gym who I ranted about just a short time ago.  

After my 30 minute spin going to shower and head down to Disney for the afternoon.  Just want to check out whatever merchandise they have left and the expo.  Yeah, it's a runDISNEY Weekend.  BOO, I didn't get into the 10K registration.  Ugh.  I do wanted to run as Flynn Rider.  Later I'll be looking for pictures of those who did.  JEALOUSY!

SATURDAY - BACK & BICEPS

THE WORKOUT

10 mins Spinning
 
T-Bar Row
115 lbs x Reps 8 / 8
120 lbs x Reps 8 / 6 / 6
 
Seated Curlbar Preacher Curl at 22.5 lbs on each side x Reps 5 / 6 / 7 / 5 / 4
 
Seated Cable Lat Pulldown
at 176 lbs x Reps 6 / 6 / 4 / 4 / 4
 
Standing Cable Hammer Curl at 90 lbs x Reps 8 / 8 / 8
 
THE BREAKDOWN
WARM UP - 
10 minutes spinning.  Sort of practiced for my class later today.  Did the warm up and rush tracks
T-BAR ROW - Skipped the Pull Up for this movement.  I went up 5 lbs.  PROGRESS
 After a struggle I was doing 20 on each side but more reps but this time moved back to 22.5 on each side.  Really Really want to get to 25 on each side.  
LAT PULLDOWN - Did all sets at 176.  Last time I did a drop set.  PROGRESS
HAMMER CURL - STEADY FREDDY.
OVERALL - GOOD WORKOUT.  I was losing steam towards the end and wanted to be home by 5:30.  Figured that gave me an hour to eat, doom scroll and do this post before I need to get ready for my class.  OVERALL PROGRESS

THE SPIN CYCLE:
10 Min Warm Up.
Teach a 30 minute class at 8:30 am.

THE WET NOTE:
NONE

THE RUN DOWN:
NONE

runDISNEY:

Wish I was running this weekend. But the #springtimesurprise will be here soon Check out Joel McKenna's video! #TikTok tiktok.com/t/ZT8KhJbYt/ #rundisney #tiktokfitness.

 
 
Image
Unofficially “borrowed” #rundisney official #princess5k photos
 
On this runDisney day: Feb 24 th 2013 Rachel Booth wins Disney’s Princess Half Marathon for the second straight time, beating her own race record from a year ago tiktok.com/t/ZT8oASUEk/ #rundisney #princesshalf #tiktokfitness

THE LIFT AHEAD:
SUN - SWIM
MON - LEGS
TUE - CHEST
WED - BACK
THU - NO GYM DAY
FRI - TBD
SAT, SUN & MON - NO GYM DAYS
WORK IS TOSSING IN A MONKEY WRENCH.  I work an event on Wed night and On Call for the weekend.  So up to 10 at the very least on those nights so no gym the next day.

RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
SAT - My centers have Yoga, Water Aerobics, Masters Swimming and the FitClub

DIRECT ACTS OF FITNESS:
TEACH SPIN!

IN MY HEAD:
A LOT. 

THE BOOKSHELF:
NONE

ONE MORE REP:

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THE MONEY SHOT:

02/23/2024 Fitness Stocks Today $LTH, $XPOF, $BODY, $BFX, $TRNR, $PTON and $PLNT - chart via @YahooFinance

my17cents:
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8 Weeks Countdown Plus Some Friday Random Acts of Fitness

It's pretty much 8 weeks to everything.  Eight Weeks to runDisney Springtime Surprise 10k and eight weeks to The Villages Senior Games Swimming.  I got a lot of training to catch up on.  Ugh.  Yesterday was a NO GYM DAY.  Slept in a bit but not enough.  After work I started to plan my Friday Morning.  Should I do a Leg Day or Chest Day.  Decided I'd do a Chest Day but with a short treadmill run after.  I laid out my clothes and my running trainers.  But when I did wake up I decided that the running wasn't gonna happen.  A dumb mistake.  Ugh!  In 8 weeks I'm running a 10K so I need to get on a training program  I know it's a runDisney and I'll be stopping for character photos but I need to build the endurance so my pace can be decent so I can do more stops and pix!  

FRIDAY - CHEST PUMP DAY

Wait, what happened to LEG DAY?

THE WORKOUT:

5 min Spinning Warm Up
 
BB Flat Bench Press
8 x EB
8 x 135 lbs at 79.41% of 1RM / PR
8 x 140 lbs at 82.35% of 1RM / PR
7 x 140 lbs at 82.35% of 1RM / PR
4 x 145 lbs at 85.29% of 1RM / PR
4 x 150 lbs at 88.23% of 1RM / PR
 
Standing Cable Fly at 60 lbs each side x Reps 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 8
 
BB OH Press
75 lbs x Reps 4 / 5 / 3
65 lbs x Reps 8 / 6
 
Tricep Rope Pushdown
122.5 lbs x Reps 8
125 lbs x Reps 8 / 8 / 6 / 8

THE BREAKDOWN:
CHEST PRESS - 
Working my way back up.  On Tuesday Chest was a struggle and then on Wednesday Back was a struggle.  Yesterday's NO GYM DAY seemed to help.  My Mojo Was Coming Back.  
CABLE FLY - Sort of the same thing.  When I go higher in weight it's hard to start and stop the movement.  I'm not a big fan of Cable Fly.
OH PRESS - Was feeling good so tried going up 5 pounds.  It felt like I added a 100 pounds.  PROGRESS
TRICEP PUSHDOWN - Added 2.5 lbs.  PROGESS
OVERALL - PROGRESS.

THE SPIN CYCLE:


5 Min Warm Up at Gym 
10 Min Low Impact Peloton Ride

THE WET NOTE:
NONE

THE RUN DOWN:
NONE

runDISNEY:

On This #runDisney Day Sun, February 23, 2014 Olympian Kim Smith Wins the Disney Princess Half Marathon #princesshalfmarathon #tiktokfitness #disney #wdw #disneyadults #TikTok

First Look at Disneyland 2024 runDisney Halloween Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise! #tiktokfitness tiktok.com/t/ZT8Es6Sxb/ #rundisney

THE LIFT AHEAD:
SAT - BACK and BICEPS + 30 MIN SPINNING
SUN - SWIM
MON - LEGS
TUE - CHEST, SHOULDERS & TRICEPS
WED - BACK & BI
THU - NO GYM DAY
FRI - TBD
SAT, SUN AND MON - NO GYM DAYS.
Next week I hit a road bump in training.  I work a PM Event on Wednesday then ON CALL for the weekend.  Long Days and Nights  


RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
My Centers Have on
FRI: Pilates Mat, Yoga Hatha, Bone Builders, Walking Aerobics, Body Sculpting for Seniors, Low Impact Strength, Water Aerobics and the FitClub

IN MY HEAD:
NONE

THE BOOKSHELF:

My different twist on one of today readers. I want to focus on “instead he was practicing, reminding himself here and there the important lessons…”. I do this daily myself. I write stuff done and repeat things to myself daily. It’s the if you build it they will come method. If I keep repeating things I need to learn or do overtime i will learn or do it.

ONE MORE REP:

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THE MONEY SHOT:

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my17cents:
NONE


Give Me Some Monday Motivation To Smash My Legs & Some Random Acts of Disney, I Mean Fitness

Can't PR Everyday!  It was a slow go this morning.  Sleep was MEH!  Now I could have slept in as I have the day off but have a Dr's Appt at 8:20 so kept on my schedule.  

I needed some Monday Motivation!

MONDAY - LEG DAY

THE WORKOUT:

10 min Warm Up - Spinning
 
Seated Cybex Hamstring Curl.
8 x 90 lbs
8 x 90 lbs
8 x 90 lbs
8 x 90 lbs
8 x 90 lbs
 
Lethal Fitness Plate Loaded Glute Thrust
at 280 lbs x Reps 8 / 8 / 8
at 290 lbs x Reps 8 / 6
 
45 Degree Hack Squat TUT 2:1
6 x 270 lbs at 88.52% of 1RM / PR
8 x 180 lbs at 59.01% of 1RM / PR
5 x 270 lbs at 88.52% of 1RM / PR
8 x 180 lbs at 59.01% of 1RM / PR
4 x 270 lbs at 88.52% of 1RM / PR
7 x 180 lbs at 59.01% of 1RM / PR
3 x 270 lbs at 88.52% of 1RM / PR
8 x 180 lbs at 59.01% of 1RM / PR
3 x 270 lbs at 88.52% of 1RM / PR
8 x 180 lbs at 59.01% of 1RM / PR

THE BREAKDOWN:
HAMSTRING CURL - Added weight.  PROGRESS.
GLUTE THURSST - Added 10 lbs! PROGRESS.
HACK SQUAT - Going For Volume.  I knew I just PR'ed last week and wasn't going to PR again.  Now it wasn't GVT or German Volume Training as I didn't do 10 reps.  But I think I could have done 10 x 180.  Next time!
OVERALL  - Felt Good but Not Killing It Good.  

THE SPIN CYCLE:
NONE.
Just did the Warm Up and Interval Track of a class.  

THE WET NOTE:
NONE.

THE RUN DOWN:
NONE

runDISNEY:

THE LIFT AHEAD:
TUE - CHEST, SHOULDERS & TRICEPS
WED - BACK & BI
THU - NO GYM DAY.
FRI - TBD
SAT - TBD
SUN - SWIM

RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS:
MON: Pilates, Yoga, Walking Aerobics, 2 x Bone Builders, Water Aerobics and the FitClub

IN MY HEAD:
NONE

THE BOOKSHELF:

Today’s @dailystoic fits perfect with my @getoneword for the yeah PRESENT. To be present. Stop and enjoy the moment.

ONE MORE REP:

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THE MONEY SHOT:
MARKET CLOSED

my17cents:
NONE


runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2024 Merch Preview

It's almost time for the 2024 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend!  Feb. 22 – 26, 2024   Here is a first look first look at the 2024 official event weekend merchandise coming to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo!

Make plans to pick up official event weekend merchandise and more during the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All Guests are invited to attend during the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 23, 2024: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.