Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Kim's Diary - Week 17

Friday 07 September, 2007

Monday 27 August 2007
4.00pm Dee Why Fitness First
Punch out 2kms in 10mins on the treadmill and 10 mins on the stationary cycle then off for weights. Light weights, lots of reps.

Tuesday 28 August 2007
6.30am Dee Why Fitness First with Miss Penny
Just one on one with Penny as Bow is unwell. So, very intense session, I've said it before, one on one with Penny and there is nowhere to hide. Leg press, abs, leg extension, abs, lunges with 6.5kg hand weights, step-ups with the same weights then super set everything. What does "super-set" mean? It means that you don't get a rest between each exercise, you go from step-ups to lunges and then step-ups to lunges again. No rest, keep going. Very exhausting. Then rest the legs and go to biceps and triceps, super-setting again. It means you work the muscles to failure (a lot) to quote a line from that famous horror movie "The Exorcist" when Damien Carras, the young priest, is testing the mother's claims that Regan is possessed, he throws holy water at Regan (played by Linda Blair) it was just tap water but the, now completely possessed Regan screams back in an unholy voice ...."IT BURNS!" It is a favourite quote of mine at the gym. I'm still working on the unholy voice!

6.30pm Pyrmont (The night of the blood moon!)
What an experience! The night was so warm, water like glass and the blood moon above us. My engine room twin, Maureen, and I were put in the "left-overs" boat. Oh, the indignity of it all. Look, I'm being cruel when I say that but the Grand Dragons and not so strong women are put in this boat.. and us. Maureen is my engine room twin because she is as tall as I am (unusual to start with), has lost weight like I have and we have recorded close times in the last water trial. So it is very likely that we will be sitting next to each other in the Womens team, but in the Mixed team? Now that is still the question.
Anyway, once again, short sharp session, high stroke rate over 1 minute at level 5 (flat out) over and over again, then swap sides and do it again.

Wednesday 29 August 2007
3.30pm Dee Why Fitness First
I'm starting to really enjoy the cardio side of things. Yep, I got it bad. I "enjoy" the treadmill and bike and the cross-trainer. Then off to Sam, my masseuse, for a remedial (read 'tough') massage.

Thursday 30 August 2007
11am Dee Why Fitness First
1 hour session with Penny and Sue. Push-ups on the toes, 1 count down and 3 counts up, leg press, lunges, abs etc. All-in-all not too bad a session actually.
Then off to the erg for another crack at 2 minutes. Well, swash my buckle!! Sue jumped on and announced she was going for 390 metres in 2 mins. An ambitious target I thought to myself. As it was only the top two girls who were in the 390's and above. But she was confident and set off and she did 390!! An outstanding effort and it certainly made me feel unsure and intimidated, I thought there's no way I'm up for that after recording 378 in the previous attempt on my left side. Sue does very well on the erg and has been clobbering me with results of late. Long story short, I jumped on and pulled 396. I couldn't believe it. All my hard work seems to be coming together at just the right time.
Out in the boats in genders i.e. men in one boat and women in the other, practising 1000m distances in readiness for the team time trials to held at Penrith this Saturday.

Saturday 1 September 2007
6.30am Penrith SIRC
1000m x 2, 500m x 2, 200m x 2. We were in our Womens and Mens Crews, the coaches were playing around with light crews and heavy crews, paddling on our good sides and then swapping us to our bad sides. We were paddling against the Premiers. This time they beat us in all but one race. We were a bit more subdued as a result. Finished by 12.00noon. Came home and crashed out for 2 hours. Racing is very exhausting to me and takes it right out of me.

Sunday 2 September 2007
3.00pm Pyrmont
Out in the boats in our Mens and Womens crews. Short, sharp session of starts, 1000m distances followed by 500m. It felt really good despite the low we were coming off from yesterday.

Thank you for hanging in here still. Only two weeks to go before we go into 'lock down' at Penrith Panthers.

See you in week 18.