Although you can just imagine him cursing and swearing his way around the course, ey?!
About that, check out this article on the DailyMail. I mean it's great that something like Kona gets mentioned in the mainstream press, albeit only because of the Ramsay association, but could they at least get someone not quite as bad as this reporter: 'He certainly appeared to be taking the competition seriously, wearing a pair of grey sports trainers and an over-sized white stopwatch.'
So that's all it takes then to be taken seriously? Trainers and a stopwatch (and I bet it wasn't a stopwatch but some super expensive waterproof GPS watch)? Come on. You can say that when you watch some C-list celebrity take on a 5 or 10k, but anything beyond that requires such a level of training and dedication that it's just insulting to be making a comment like that. And c'mon, it's Kona, KONA!!!!
OK, rant over!
So on Friday I had my first PT session at Fitness First for the FitBrit challenge. First impressions first. The gym manager was beyond friendly and Emmett, the PT, was a nice enough guy. He took my body stats, which, in my humble opinion, were completely off (did you guys know that I was basically fat according to those?!), and then showed me downstairs to the gym. My first thoughts were, 'OMG how bleugh...!' I really don't miss the gym environment at all. It's stuffy, linear and just so very, very boring...
My other major complaint about this whole program is that I think that the layout is a bit rubbish, to be frank. I'm not a fitness expert or PT but the make up of it just makes no sense to me. To do 30 reps of 2 x 8kg kettlebell push press is a lot! I mean a lot. Yesterday's WoD at CrossFit had high-rep push presses in it and we only did 20. And I still think that CrossFit is a bit more hardcore than Fitness First.
I really struggled with those and had to take a break after 15 reps. The KBs really knock your balance and make it that much harder. Sure, I'm weaker in my upper body anyways, but someone explain to me how thirty 16kg push presses compare with only ten reps of 9kg steelball slams? That's a piece of cake in comparison. Furthermore, it makes no sense, IMO, to have only ten of those but then followed by 30 KB swings. I'd have made it 20 reps of each exercise throughout and called it a day.
|At least the view was alright|
Unfortunately nobody asked me and until I'm Queen of the World, nobody will. Harrumph.
Anyhoo, maybe I approached the session with too much cynicism and scepticism. Maybe I was too sore and tired to really get into it. But I can't pretend that I'm feeling super excited about it all. However, I've agreed to go back for one more PT session this week (Emmett wanted to see me 2-3 times a week! I'm not sure what they've been told but I feel like they're trying to groom me for something...) and see how I get on.
So that's my exciting FitBrit update.
In yet other news, I finally made it back to a proper yoga class and my-oh-my, did my body thank me for that.
It was a HUGE race weekend. If you raced, how did you get on? If not, what did you get up to?!