I’ve not been explicitly trying to do this but as a result of trying to five cardio and five strength sessions a week, I’ve found that most weeks I have a new result or reach a new level or generally have something to be proud of. In no particular order:
- The first week of the year I started doing three swims a week (M/T/F) upgrading from the two-a-week last year
- The week when I first did three morning swims
- The two-week period when I was trying to catch up on sessions and ended up doing three consecutive bike workouts followed by three consecutive swims, 6 days in a row overlapping two weeks
- The week I started doing proper push-ups instead of just girly ones – I started on 10 and can do 15 now. If I can add 10 a month I’ll be able to do 100 before the end of the year!
- The week we broke into a jog as part of our long afternoon walk.
- The first week I ran! Running is always an achievement! And especially since I hadn’t even planned to start running until April but have been doing these little pre-runs in preparation.
- The week when I ran the hill course in the park for the first time.
- This week I am trying to commit to swimming every morning before work, which with the Monday will be five consecutive swims. Those quick morning swims are the easiest form of exercise and they fit into my routine so well, and they definitely set me up for the day!
- Getting sub-30min 1K swim times more regularly.
I wonder what the next achievements will be? I expect I’ll be moving up to 6-days a week either for cardio or strength or both, and as we move into spring I’ll be looking to increase the number of runs and gradually move across from swimming. I’d like to add in a “fun” activity day each week – something like Tennis or Badminton or something random that isn’t part of my normal routine. And of course there will be new times and PBs to strive for!