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Liz
25 June 2015 @ 06:37 pm
Benchpress: 1x5 @65kg, 2x5 @67.5kg, 2x3 @60kg.
Military press: 3x10 @5kg/arm
Lat raise: 3x8 @7.5kg/arm.
Pathetic pull-up attempts: 3x5
Decline situps: 15
Jumping jack pushups: 5.

Cycling: 10km in 27:00.

Running: Intervals of 3x 01:00 @11kph.

That's the first time in many months that I have trust my ankle enough to run on it at all, really. It's a little tender now, but god that felt good.

Weigh-in: 108.8kg.

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Liz
18 June 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Exercise bike: 10km in 30:00.

Benchpress: 2x5 @65kg, 2x5@60kg, 2x50 @50kg.

3x5 faily attempts at pull-up.

Weigh-in: 108.5kg.




Sigh. Lost so much strength. Time to make a serious attempt at scheduling myself back into several exercise slots a week.

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Liz
13 May 2015 @ 06:15 pm
Cycling: 1x5km in 15:10, 1X6km in 17:25.

Benchpress: 1x4 @70kg, 2x5@70kg, 1x3 @70kg, 1x6 @60kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm.
Lat raise: 3x10 @7.5kg/arm.
Forward row: 3x8 @7.5kg/arm.
Shoulder shrug: 2x5 @15kg/arm.
Bicep curl: 3x10 @8kg/arm.
Attempted chin-up: 3.
Attempted pull-up: 3.
Decline leg raise: 3x10.
Incline situp: 1x10.

Weigh-in: 108.9kg.

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Liz
08 May 2015 @ 12:35 pm
Cycling: 10km in 27:00.

Benchpress: 2x5 @70kg, 1x3 @70kg, 1x4 @70kg, 1x5 @60kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm.
Lat raise: 3x10 @8kg/arm.
Incline leg lifts: 3x8.
Incline sit-ups: 2x5.
Jumping jack pushups: 5.

Weigh-in: 109.5kg

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Liz
07 May 2015 @ 04:15 pm
Cycling: 5km in 12:35

Benchpress: 2x8 @60kg, 1x6 @60kg
Attempted chin-up: 2
Attempted pull-up: 3
Incline sit-ups: 2x5
Shoulder shrug: 2x5 @15kg/arm

Weigh-in: 109.3kg.

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Liz
06 May 2015 @ 05:38 pm
Cycling: 11km in 32:30

Benchpress: 1x5 @65kg, 1x5 @70kg, 1x4 @70kg, 1x3 @60kg, 1x7 @50kg.
Squats: 1x8 @40kg, 2x7 @45kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Lat raise: 3x10 @7.5kg/arm
Bicep curl: 2x5 @7.5kg/arm
Decline leg lifts: 3x8
Sundry other mucking abouts.

Weigh-in: 108.9kg.

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Liz
01 May 2015 @ 06:45 pm
Cycling: 11km in 32:00.

Benchpress: 3x5 @70kg, 1x2 @65kg, 1x2 @60kg.
Leg raises: 3x8.
Jumping-jack pushups: 10.

Weigh-in: 108.9kg.

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Liz
29 April 2015 @ 08:35 pm
Cycling: two sessions of 5km each inside 15:00.

Benchpress: 1x5 @65kg, 1x5 @70kg, 1x4 @70kg, 1x4 @67.5kg.
Squats: 1x8 @40kg, 2x8 @45kg.
Lat raise: 3x10 @6kg/arm
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Bicep curl: 1x10 @8kg/arm, 2x5 @8kg/arm
Jumping-jack pushups: 6.

Weigh-in: 109.9kg.

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Liz
20 April 2015 @ 02:36 pm
Cycling: 10km in 31:45.
Benchpress: 2x5 @70kg, 1x4 @70kg, 1x4 @65kg, 1x4 @60kg.
Squats: 1x10 @20kg, 1x10 @30kg, 1x10 @35kg.
Military press: 2x10 @5kg/arm.

Weigh-in: 108.9kg.

Shorter weights session today because I pushed the bench a bit hard after a two-week break.

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Liz
04 April 2015 @ 04:44 pm
Split session of cycling: 5km in 13:20, then 3km in 9:10.
Benchpress: 2x5 @70kg, 1x4 @70kg, 1x6 @65kg.
Lat raise: 3x8 @8kg/arm
Incline leg lift: 3x8
Decline push-ups: 2x5
Attempts at pull-ups: 2x5
Learning to clean: ouch.
Rowing: 1km in 6:10

Weigh-in: 109.2kg.

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Liz
01 April 2015 @ 05:40 pm
Exercise bike: 10km in 28:10, resistance 8.
Rowing: 500m before ankle wonkiness interfered.

Benchpress: 2x5 @67.5kg, 2x5 @70kg.
Squats: 1x10 @30kg, 1x10 @35kg, 1x10 @37.5kg.
Military press: 3x10 @5kg/arm
Lateral raise: 3x8 @8kg/arm
Incline leg lift: 3x7
Back extension: 2x10
Bicep curl: 1x10 @6kg/arm.

Weigh-in: 109.4kg.

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Liz
25 March 2015 @ 04:51 pm
Cycling: split my 10K in three parts, and interspersed weights in between. 5K in 13:20, 2K in 6:00, 3K in 10:20 approx.

Benchpress: 2x5 @67.5kg, 2x3 @70kg, 1x3 @65kg.
Squats: 1x10 @25kg, 1x10 @30kg, 1x10 @ 32.5kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Lateral raise: 3x10 @6kg/arm
Leg raise: 3x5
Back extension: 2x10
Calisthenics jumping thingy: 2x15.

Rowing: 0.5K before my ankle started to twinge.

Weigh-in: 108.6kg.

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Liz
19 March 2015 @ 06:40 pm
Terrible cardio session on the bike today: rather humiliating. Probably because I did it after squats, not before.
Rowing: 2K in 10:42.

Benchpress: 3x3 @70kg, 1x6 @65kg, 1x2 @65kg. Pretty sure my form was terrible, but I PRESSED IT, okay.
Squats: 1x10 @20kg, 3x10 @30kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Lateral raise: 3x10 @6kg/arm

And some messing around with calisthenics.

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Liz
03 March 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Today I have committed bureaucracy, and also gym. Give us this day our daily bread, and deliver us from waiting in ticketed lines, for lo it is a small evil among many small evils.

It was relatively painless, as these things go, except for the part where I have to go back again tomorrow to collect my new ration of paperwork. Adulting. I am doing it? Especially since I also bought socks. Socks without holes in are important. I probably should not have bought socks, because money, but, well. The sock drawer is deeply embarrassing right now.

And gym.

Benchpress: 1x5 @60kg, 3x5 @65kg
Squats: 1x10 @20kg, 1x10 @25kg, 1x10 @27.5kg.
Sundry other weightlifting things, like military press and other things whose names I have forgotten, at embarrassingly small weights.
Cycling, resistance 8, 10km in 28:45.
Rowing, resistance 10, 2km in 11:00.

It is very pleasant to have energy to go forth and do things. Also it is very pleasant that the sun is shining, even though it remains cold. It is thirdly very pleasant that I know many wonderful people who are kind and appear to like me, which I can appreciate all the better now the thesis is submitted, and fourthly it is very pleasant to have LEISURE TIME.

Fifthly: sleeping normal people hours and waking up in mornings? The novelty and wonder, it has not worn off.

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Liz
28 January 2015 @ 08:58 pm
Cycling: 10km in 29:15.
Rowing: 10 minutes, 1.7km.
Benchpress: 2x10 reps @50kg, 3x5reps @50kg.




Little by little, I might actually get back to being decently regular at this.

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Liz
14 January 2015 @ 11:53 pm
Ouch.

I went to the climbing wall this evening. After a year and change away, I can no longer even do a proper warm-up. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I mean, I still remember the motions. The technique to match hands and suchlike. But my muscles?

OUCH OUCH FUCK NO.

So that went less well than I was hoping. But I'll go back next week and put a notice up looking for a belay partner, and maybe that'll get me something a bit more interesting than just tipping around.

Cycling: 10km in 28:45.
Rowing: 1km in 06:00.

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Liz
15 September 2014 @ 07:25 pm
Five things make a post, as the ancient wisdom goes:

The physiotherapist says no running for me, not for a while. She pointed out I have puffiness and inflammation. I can do other things, but nothing high-impact.

I may have overcompensated on the cycling machine in the gym. 15km in 43:15, at moderate levels of resistance. I also lucked out and found two people willing to share the weights cage for benchpress, so I got to talk to nice people in between sets. 6x60kg, 5x65kg, 5x67.5kg, 4x70kg, and 8x60kg to finish. Basically an easy session, just cardio and benchpress.

The college counseling service had room for me to see the bloke I remember being helpful before next week, so I'm going to hit that up on Monday.

I slept before 0300 last night and made it out of bed before 0930, which is a milestone. I just have to keep that up every day for the rest of the year.

Today really feels like autumn. It's 1930 with twilight gloaming in under high and misty cloud, where the morning came in bright, and the air has a touch of damp and chill. I used to like autumn. Not so much anymore: autumn is too much a season of endings.

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Liz
...despite it being one of the most gorgeous days of summer outside.

Gym:
Benchpress: 2x5 @67.5kg, 2x5 @70kg, and a nice bloke called Nikil was kind enough to spot me for one of those 70kg sets. (I am always nervy about asking the lads to spot me. It reminds me of how much I stand out in the main weights area as one of maybe two female-bodied people.)
Assisted pullup: 2x5 @25kg assist
Pullup: attempted, failed
Exercise bike: 12km in 32:10.
Rowing machine: 1km in 05:00
Treadmill: intervals, a mess. Still, I tried.

I think the ligament in my right ankle is a bit fucked up again. Tenderness around the Achilles tendon and over the top of the ankle joint. I need to see if I can make a physio appointment, because clearly my exercises for attempting to strengthen it aren't working on my own.

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Liz
Today began at 1000, after five and a half hours' sleep, when my mother bounced into my bedroom and said GET UP IT IS WARM AND THE TIDE IS GOING OUT LET'S GO SWIM, or words to that effect.

(It was emotional bouncing, even if no physical bouncing actually occurred.)

This is how I came to be standing thigh deep in the Irish Sea before 1030, awake for less than a half hour, my entire bodily frame much less enthusiastic than usual about this whole cold, wet business. A mist was rolling in, and a group of regular strong swimmers were also about in the water - water clear and grey-green when you open your eyes under it.

I swam even more weakly and pathetically than usual, but I swam.

Then I went to town to spend the afternoon in the library, chasing citations, before hitting the gym for a good session.

Gym:
Benchpress: 1x5 @65kg, 1x5 @67.5kg, 2x5 @70kg, with a spotter.
Assisted pullup: 2x5 @25kg assist.
Unassisted pullup: attempt x5, nope.
Squat: 2x5 @20kg
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Shoulder fly: 3x10 @6kg/arm
Leg press: 3x10 @80kg
Treadmill: 0.5 mile in 05:00, constant running; 1.00 mile in 13:00, intervals.
Exercise bike: 35:00, in excess of 12km
Second treadmill: 3 intervals of 00:40 at 12.5kph, rest intervals 01:00.
Rowing machine: 1km in 05:30
Third treadmill: 02:00 incline, slow jog.




Now my knuckles hurt, but at least I've had an exercise. Benched more today than I did last week, which is something.

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Liz
18 July 2014 @ 08:27 pm
Second time this week, gymming accomplished.

Benchpress: 2x5@70kg, 2x5@65kg.
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Shoulder fly: 3x10 @6kg/arm
Attempted pull-ups: failed
Assisted pull-up: 1x5 @30kg assist
Bicep curl: 3x10 @7kg/arm

First treadmill: 05:00 continuous run, mile in 12:00 intervals.
Cycling: 12km in 32:10.
Rowing: 1km in 05:40
Second treadmill: intervals at 12.5km/h, 2 intervals of 00:30 with 01:00 walking, 3 intervals of 00:20 with 01:00 walking.

Stretching.

Weigh-in: 109.9kg.

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Liz
16 July 2014 @ 09:52 pm
Benchpress: 2x5 @70kg, 2x5 @65kg.
Assisted pull-up: 3x5 @25kg assist
Leg press: 3x10 @80kg
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Chest fly: 3x10 @6kg/arm
Bicep curl: 3x10 @7kg/arm

Exercise bike: 35:00, 12km and change
Treadmill: intervals, a mess. Went back and managed to run four minutes together @10kph, which is better than I've managed in a while.
Rowing machine: 6:00, 1km.

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Liz
09 July 2014 @ 07:59 pm
Today I went to the library. And to the gym.

Gym:
Benchpress: 1x5 @65kg, 2x5 @70kg, 1x7 @60kg.
Treadmill: 2km in 14:40, or a mile in 12:00 at intervals.
Exercise bike: 11km in 30:00
Military press: 3x10 @4kg/arm
Chest fly: 2x10, 1x8 @6kg/arm
Rowing machine: 1km in 05:30
Treadmill: 3:30 of programme with gradients, continuous, very slow jog.

Maybe eventually I'll get my wind back. In the meantime, I'm not too unhappy with a little progress.

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Liz
01 July 2014 @ 07:57 pm
And yesterday I swam in a sea that was only just beginning to attract its summer complement of common jellyfish, and ate a panini in a lovely café in the sunlight afterwards.

And today the sun is still shining, and I bought myself new teas in advance of my birthday (because if I don't get myself something nice there'll be no prezzie at all), and then I went to the gym.

Benchpress: 1x5 @60kg, 3x5 @62.5kg
Leg press: 1x10 @90kg, 2x10 @86kg
Lat extension: 2x10 @5kg/arm
Seated chest press: 3x8 @8kg/arm
Bicep curl 3x5 @12kg/arm
Some other things with small weights, whose names presently escape me.
Treadmill: 1.6km in 12:00 intervals
Exercise bike: 11km in 30:00
Rowing machine: 1km in 05:30
Treadmill: 03:25 minutes on a programme with increasing gradient




Maybe one day I'll get my running back.

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Liz
25 June 2014 @ 06:32 pm
I haven't been adulting so well the last couple of days. Today I made it to a social engagement - coffee! - during which C. was his usual reassuring self and made me actually feel good about my thesis. Damn, but I owe that man.

I went to the gym. Actually managed to do a mile on the treadmill in intervals in 12:00. 10km on the exercise bike in 30:00. A tiny bit of weights: benchpress, 4x5 @60kg.

Now I ought to make the to-do list for the week that I failed to make on Sunday evening and try to figure out how to catch up on my adulting. And go home and wash the catfood bowls.

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Liz
19 June 2014 @ 07:13 pm
So I went to the gym. And to the library. This is like work, yes?

Gym:

Treadmill: mile in 13:10 in intervals.
Exercise bike: 7.1km in 20:00
Rowing machine: 1km in 6:00

Benchpress: 4x6 @60kg
Assisted pullup: faily 3x5 @30kg assist
Some other minor weights in single sets, because tired.




A thing happened today that - along with the sunlight and marvelous blue skies - made me feel remarkably happy, and, y'know, welcome. I ordered a soup at Insomnia Café on Nassau St., and it turned out that this black bean soup (which smelled gorgeous) should probably have been labelled "black bean and chili soup." I can't eat chili, so I abandoned the soup as a lost cause and went and got a panini there instead.

Halfway through my panini, one of the nice people who work there came over and gave me back the money for my uneaten soup. Just because. Without me asking or hinting or even (I don't think) looking sad.

That about made my day.

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