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Squat-tastic!

No snoozing my alarm today. Sons were up and off to school and mock exams so I got on my bike and off to my first BMF class of 2015. (Thank goodness for living near multiple venues for lots of classes.) Time to make up for yesterday’s failure.

Today I was told it was leg day. Great, I wasn’t feeling too awake after a restless nights sleep and my first early morning. Can handle that rather than running, I rashly thought.

We warmed up and then began to squat. And squat. Wide ones, low ones, lunge ones with a few laps of the pond or the basketball pitch to shake off the legs. Heels flat and bums to heels. The emphasis was on technique and slow controlled movements. Some of the wide side squats made me feel I was in drastic need of a bloody good stretch. We moved onto slow deep lunges. I could feel tomorrow’s DOMS coming on with every movement. More squats and shuttle runs (bend down touch the floor) and we were all feeling decidedly soft after Christmas.

As we stretched off at the end and asked cheekily where the pistol squats where (next time). Gail gave the class it’s proper name, Squat-tastic! And I noticed that for a pretty static class we had still notched up 2 miles running.

I cycled home for a large coffee, food, a hot bath to ease my poor legs and glutes plus a precautionary nurofen hoping I can walk tomorrow.

Janathon day 6.

4.5 miles cycling.
1 BMF class, more squats than I could count, 2.1 miles running.


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Juneathon days 24 and 25

Were both about BMF classes.

One was at Ravenscourt Park, one at Hyde Park.

One involved logs (the tree type) and bench (box) jumps and the other involved lots of sets (that’s a lot of many) of squats.

I’ve decided I like box jumps but my legs and glutes have decided they are not so keen on squats in large numbers, as I discovered a day or two afterwards.  But that’s another story.

Juneathon day 24, 1  hour BMF class (3 miles run),

Juneathon day 25, 1 hour BMF class (3 miles run) plus 5 miles cycling.


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Trip to the park.

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I wanted to test out my new road bike more today, OH has been adjusting the brake tensions for me to try and see if it would give more breaking power. I have small hands and limited reach on the shifters so found I didn’t have quite enough power to brake to a complete stop in traffic fast enough and got tired and aching hands after an hours ride.

My youngest is suddenly keen on cycling (he’s the same height as me at the moment and rather likes my lovely everyday single speed) and wanted to come too. We persuaded Dad to join us and as Ed only fancied a short half hour ride out with his parents I suggested showing him the quiet route to school and back which would take us to Ravenscourt Park where I could take some photos for Shaz who commented on my blog that she used to go there a “few” years ago.

Note to the driver of the car who beeped at us to hurry up when we were waiting to cross 4 lanes of traffic from a side road. Yes I meant every bit (and more) of my 4 letter expletive.
– DO NOT EDGE YOUR CAR AGGRESSIVELY FORWARDS AT MY YOUNGEST SON ON MY MOST LOVED BIKE!!- Grrrrrrr!

You’re very lucky my OH was there to stop me getting really mad, and then hold you up some more when he unfortunately “failed” to make it across the road at the same time as us!

Juneathon day 14.
4.8 miles family cycling.


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Another hot one

I could just copy my last blog post because todays exercise was the same as yesterday. A BMF class plus some cycling to get there and back and collect a parcel from the post office.

Except that, apart from the hot weather, it was very different in many ways. For a start the parcel I went to collect was actually there to be collected today!

I only just made it to Ravenscourt Park in time for BMF.  We had gone out early on spec to see if my new bike was ready for collection a day early.  It wasn’t because they are flat-out in the work shop. I reverted to plan a and BMF when I got home and realised that I would be only 10 mins or so later than normal leaving and could still make it.  This  focused my mind so I took the direct route down the bigger road that I normally avoid (and meander round the back streets). I discovered that the direct road route was not any more scary than the back streets and was significantly shorter and quicker!

Ravenscourt Park is much smaller than Hyde but it didn’t stop us running lots!  I suffered in the heat today which really slowed me down.  We did explore new bits of the park, finding logs to lift for Sumo squats and a nature park round a pond for a useful lap or two between sit-ups where it was essential to keep your mouth closed because of all the insects!

Juneathon day 12.

1 hour BMF class (3 miles running) plus 7 miles cycling.