solarbird: (tracer)
I have now doubled multiple starting weights. I have five weights at half the maximum the machine allows, or higher.

I'm gonna need a Zarya icon f'srs.

Basically I'm spending a little over an hour on the machines on the days when I do workouts. So far, that's been 4-5 days a week; to make schedules work better, I'm going to have to drop that to pretty much just four days a week. But I can deal with that, I think.

Optimally, the full workout consists of a mile on (quasi-)balance beam, a mile of hill walking, and the weights. It takes about an hour and 45 minutes, including changing clothes and stuff.

To be clear, the balance beam isn't a true balance beam; it's just that the 1mi each way walk to the gym doesn't have sidewalks but does have elevated drainage curbs about half the time (like this) which are about the width of a balance beam, and they're on uneven terrain and up and down hills and are worn and broken in a bunch of places to make it more of a challenge. So I figure that balances it out.

I'm already starting to run just a little of the balance beam part; I want to run more of it. I don't think I'd've climbed to the top of that exhibitor prop if I hadn't been doing all this. That is my best memory of PAX - I had the altitude record for the show. Fuck yeah parkour is what.

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Aug. 29th, 2017 12:07 am
solarbird: (tracer)
Weightlifting is paying off quickly. It's been too long, and I've missed it. It makes me feel all liquidy. Right now, I'm two days on, one day off, doing two slow reps of a bunch of different weight exercises. When I can do 15 and 15 (reps), I consider myself to have achieved a weight; when I can do 15 and 20, I move up to the next weight.

I've been going about three and a half weeks. Every category has advanced, some by a lot. (I set starting weights with a trainer.) Some lifts have gone up literally 50% - I think that's more re-limbering than muscle gain, but it's some of both, I can definitely feel it.

The gym is a mix of Widowmaker purple and Overwatch gold. I am not even making this up, it's just true. Mind you, that's also UW purple and gold, and I figured that was why those colours, but turns out they're based in New Hampshire or something? So it's entirely unrelated and coincidental. But I like it, it's in walking distance, and I kind of pretend it's a joint Talon-Overwatch facility in some AU. I'm from the Talon side, of course.

Also, Zarya is in my head a lot, mostly saying, "STRONG." Fitness goals. I WANT TO HUG YOU LIKE BIG FUZZY SIBERIAN BEAR! Not there yet, but closer than I was. XD

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