Orangetheory Day 2 – Hitting the showers

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(From Monday)

Workout gear. Check. Work clothes, hair dryer, makeup, deodorant. Check. Golf lesson attire. Check. Extra shirt just in case. Check. So that’s three shirts, pants, two pair of shoes and underthings. Oh my.

It probably would have been wiser to choose another day of the week, when I don’t have golf after work, to workout before work.

Oh, and don’t forget about packing breakfast and lunch. No eating out! I did break down and buy a coffee as I’m out of my emergency office pods. Got those and a hairdryer for the office (Goodwill of course) on my list.

Monday’s workout was a blast. Even the planks – I think I’m getting better. Or maybe there wasn’t enough people to correct me. As I thought, there were only two people working the desk and one trainer. Not the seven to 100 from Friday.

I hear there are workout types…strength days, power days, endurance days. I heard her mention the type but I didn’t take note. Going to have to pay closer attention. Here’s a good explanation I found online.

And I think I’m staying with the plan to end with the treadmill. It makes sense for me right now.

Besides the planks, we used the heavy ball and dumbbells/barbells. I started low and went higher to see where my heart rate landed. These were broken up by some rowing. And the TRX straps. Those Y movements weren’t my strong suit. It look me a while to get that move down.

Here’s my breakdown. Yay points!


I felt good after – and wasn’t even hungry right away. I did eat some oatmeal with blueberries later in the morning.

Okay, now the rundown on the showers. The have four. They are single-room and roomy. About the size of a Starbuck’s bathroom. There’s a bench, some hooks and towel hook! (A towel is the one thing I almost forgot – I grabbed it in the morning). They do have a cabinet and I peeked inside to find some shower stuff (body wash, q-tips, etc.). I wasn’t sure if I could use it, so I used what I brought. I’ll ask about that next time. I have a shower stuff bag from when I was training for a triathlon and swimming regularly.

But it was nice to see in case I forgot anything.

It was fun to see Gordon and Cary so bright and early!

Gordon noted there are no sinks in the shower room. Hmm, that’s interesting. I wonder why they do it that way – I guess they don’t want people to dawdle? I hear in some locations, they have a five-minute limit for showers. I hustled and definitely made it!

Just good manners.

Next up – yes, it’s not cheap. Or is it?


Orangetheory – Day 1: Well, that’s gonna hurt later!

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What is this Orangetheory again? It’s a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout with rowers, weights, and treadmills. Everyone in the class starts at the same time and wears a heart rate monitor so you can keep track of exactly how hard you’re working at any given time. Screens throughout the studio display your heart rate. Orangetheory breaks heart rates down into five color-coded zones that range from grey — 50-60% of your maximum heart rate — to red, or 92-100%. The goal is to spend as much time in the orange and red zones as possible. After each class, you get a summary of how you did. *
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Oh, baby, it’s on.

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A few years back, I left a job I had for more than a decade. It was a great job, with great people. But I was professionally complacent and needed a new challenge.

back then in 2013, I was in great shape – running a bunch of half marathons for fun! And finishing in just over 2 hours. 10 miles on a Saturday? Sure, let’s go. Getting first place in my age group for a 10K? Yes, I did! Twice! A 25K forest trail run in January? Uh- huh. Only 28 degrees. Easy peazy! A 75-minute Hot Hatha Yoga in the summertime? No problem, I’ll just take ice water.

Those few years were rough! I had three different bosses and can’t even remember how many new employees to train into a job where I was relatively new. On the personal side, my son had a serious accident that required two surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. (Thank God for insurance.) Crazy enough, our dog had a similar injury and needed a $3,500 surgery. (No insurance for that one. Ugh.)

Then, came the final blow: my Dad died. One week he was there, not feeling all that great. Next week, he’s gone. What. The. Fuck.

Writing it all down, I don’t feel too bad that I ended up 20 pounds heavier. Let’s just say, my mileage and yoga classes were nonexistent. With each of those pounds came a new excuse in the repertoire of why I couldn’t make it to running group or Hot Yoga.
Too early. Too tired. Too hot. Too cold. Too slow. Had to work late. You name it, I justified it. Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons from the Ashes: Love, Loss and Letting Go

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Almost 30 years ago this week, it happened. The big fire. Yes, I am one of those who lost it all – but guess what, we are still here and that’s something to thank God for.

Not going to sugar coat it. A house fire sucks. We were extremely lucky and I learned an important lesson about loss, love and letting go. I learned you shouldn’t love anything that can’t love you back.

The fire was on July 3. Read the rest of this entry »

On the fringe of a tragedy: don’t forget them

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Memories are tricky – why is it so easy to forget some, but remember others? This week, I am remembering one that I wish I could forget. The lesson in all of this is to remember – remember to help yourself and ask for help if you need it. It doesn’t matter if you are media, cops, social workers, family, and friends.

As a reporter, I covered a murder/suicide involving two little kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Shaken…then stirred

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A few weeks back I went to a concert. While that’s not what many would call out of the ordinary, it was for me. Let’s just say KRS-One isn’t someone I would typically spend my evening with, but my friend’s band was the opening act.

I am so glad I did. KRS-One, while again, not at all on my playlist, was amazing. And, I was so happy to see my friend and his band. They were awesome! With three kids, he and his wife don’t get out much, so it was great to see them having a great time. A win all around. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I did it. For me.

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I usually don’t write much about personal stuff. My work can be really interesting/important/exciting, so I stick to that. If you want to see what I am doing there, I will try to do more, but you should follow WSDOT on Twitter and Facebook. And get an RSS feed for the news releases and blog. Hey, no excuses! Know before you go!

Most of my personal activities have something to do with my son. He’s awesome. I try to keep up with My Little Lefty. But I did something this past week just for me. I completed my first half marathon. And I want to thank some amazing, fabulous and inspiring groups.

ClubOly Running, Guerilla Running and Race for a Soldier. You are the best!

Let’s just say I have never been much of a runner. I am slow and always will be. It’s okay with me. But I needed something to kick my butt in gear. I had been running about four miles a day, four days a week, at 40 to 50 minutes, until April 2010. Then some knee problems got me down.

Enter Terra and ClubOly.

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