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Friday, June 5, 2009

STS Week 14 in Review

This morning, I did the very last workout of the STS System.  How cool!

This week, for upper body I focused on doing the same number of reps as in week 1 of mesocycle 3 (which is 8 reps), but doing the weight from week 2 (which is when I did 7 reps and that weight was 5% higher than in week 1).  Since I was able to lift the 5% higher weight for the full 8 reps, that means I'm 5% stronger after 4 weeks.  Pretty cool, huh?

As far as lower body, it was still plyo legs.  I have to admit, I'm going to miss doing plyo legs.  I can't wait for Cathe's STS Shock Cardio, which I've pre-ordered.  I'm hoping Shock Cardio will be a lot like the things that I love about plyo legs - quick bursts of high intensity workouts that will help me burn calories and get stronger and more powerful.  Plyo legs was tough, but good.  I feel better having done them.

This week, I've been very tired.  I am not sure exactly what it is, but I have been pretty exhausted all week long.  I finally got to sleep in some this morning (tonight is another all-nighter at work, so I took the opportunity to get some extra sleep), so hopefully that will help.  I think my body is definitely ready for my one week of active recovery from STS.

I also did some more work with Total Immersion.  I admit, it's not the easiest thing in the world.  Is my swim stroke getting better?  Honestly, who knows.  I will continue with it and see how things go, because it gives me focus in the pool.  We made it to the pool twice this week (should have been three times except for random weather Wednesday night).  I should be there again this weekend to get some more time in.

With running, things are going well, but I've flet pretty tired with that, too.  As much as I'd like to slow down, I am really having trouble doing anything other than pushing myself on Tuesdays and Thursdays for my short runs.  It's gotten hot and Tuesday's run was pretty hot and miserable as a result, but I'm still keeping it fairly fast.  I have the Race for Our Kids 10K this weekend, and I'm hoping to set a new PR.  It will be tough, so we shall see.

What's next?  Well, like I said, there's a week off from STS, and then I will busy myself with getting ready to start my new round of STS in mid-July.  Look for an overall review of the STS system next week here on the blog.

1 comment:

V- said...

Great job on the workouts - Cathe system, running and swimming. I need help with the swimming myself. It's the whole breathing thing...I haven't been motivated lately to hit the pool at the Y or downstairs (condo pool). Bruce has agreed to help so I'll make myself get back in there. Glad that you're giving the Total Immersion workouts a try. V-

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