Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekend Review 55: Duluth

Over the weekend I went up to Duluth with my little sister to assist her with her volleyball team since the other coach was getting married.

We stayed at the Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark that was right across the street from Lake Superior and not too far from Canal Park or Downtown Duluth. When we arrived we found a local restaurant to grab a quick dinner at before we had to meet the girls for our team meeting.

The mom that was the team chaperone was great and made the girls, and us, snack bags and bagged lunches to bring to the tournament.

The first day, we didn't have to be to the gym until 8:30. The girls came ready to play and we left the day winning all three matches!

Since the first day went rather quick, we were back to the hotel by 1:00 and ready to start exploring Duluth.

Kari and I headed to Fitgers for some beer. They had an Apricot Wheat that I really enjoyed. Then we walked down to the board walk and took in the lake. The wind started to pick up so we found another brewery to stop in to, Canal Park Brewery, and we discussed what our next move should be.

We had to meet the team for dinner at 6:30 at a nearby restaurant so we decided to walk through a few more stores, grab some fresh cheese curds and then make our way to dinner.

On Sunday we had to be at the gym by 7:30, which meant a 6:00 AM wake up call. Our morning pool was mostly teams from our own club and the girls struggled a bit, but we took most matches to 3 games. By 2:00 bracket play began and we were placed in the Silver bracket. We won our first match, then our second, then the third!

The third match was so exciting all the way to the end. We won the first game, lost the second game, we were the first to 8 in the third game and then the other team started to bring. it. Next thing we know its 16-16, then 17-16, then 17-17. I can't remember exactly what happened during the next two points, but we finally got the lead 17-18 and rallied hard to make it 17-19 and take first place in the last tournament of the season.

The parents from both teams were on their feet just going nuts those last few points. When the final ball dropped, the girls cheered, cried, hugged each other and cried some more.

This was such a different experience then I had throughout my season and I wish I could have had. It was such a treat to be at this tournament with this team, the very first team I ever 'coached', and to see them take their bracket and fight to the very end.

Enjoy this little video I put together from the weekend.

Friday, May 15, 2015

She Sweats Week 5

I've officially started the third segment of the She Sweats 12 Week Transformation Program, the gym version and let me tell you, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

W5D1 - Legs. Leg day in segment 3 is pretty similar to leg day in segment 2 only you are adding an extra element to most moves. Step ups added a knee lift, walking lunges added a pulse and deadlifts went to one leg. The number of reps and sets increased as well to give that extra burn.

I live on the second floor of an old building, so I don't have an elevator to use if I wanted. To say that my legs were shaking by the time I entered my apartment would be an understatement. I burned a whole heck of a lot of calories too!

W5D2 - Chest, Triceps and Cardio. I did this workout on Mother's Day right when the gym opened and it was the best time to workout. There was NO ONE at the gym! I was able to get all my exercises in that needed weights without waiting for a bench to open up and then I was able to move right on over to the treadmill and get in the cardio portion of the workout.

I used to think I was a runner, I've ran 5k's, 10k's and even a half marathon. My knees hate running, so when I saw 30 min of cardio I was a little hesitant and thought maybe I could just walk at a quick speed. I gave it a go though and went with the interval suggested and felt so flippin good when I was done.

Do you ever finish a workout and just feel like a complete rock star? Because that's how I felt.

W5D4 - Back, Biceps and Cardio.  If there's one thing I can't stand at the gym, it's when a group of guys take over 3 benches in the free weights section and only use one bench because the one guy who is actually lifting weights he can barely carry, needs 3 spotters and then they all proceed to stand in front of you and 'flex'. Not impressed, buddy.

The cardio in this workout was stairs. So many stairs! Since I work in a high rise I was thinking I could just walk the stairs on my lunch, the problem is that I work on the highest floor so it would just be going down and not up. So, I went to the stair stepper. I tried doing this once before and after 3 minutes I was so winded I quit, but I made it 20 minutes this time and had beads of sweat rolling down every inch of me. It felt awesome.

W5D5 - Legs. I was able to move through this workout pretty quick, except following squats with lunges is just stupid. My legs were shaking so bad! It's a pretty quick day with only 4 moves to do, but very effective.

W5D7 - Abs, Calves, Shoulders and Cardio. I'm a big fan of days that include cardio. I like ending my workout drenched in sweat. This particular day was an interesting one in the free weights department. It was ALL GIRLS! It's pretty cool to see the ladies rocking the free weights.

Next up is week 6 and the half way point!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekend Review 54: Mother's Day

In a nutshell, you could call this past weekend, perfect. I love it when you find that balance between staying busy/socializing and relaxing, especially when you can combine the two.

On Friday night Mike and I went to his friends house for a birthday get together. They had a great spread of food and we all hung out on their deck until the sun went down and we brought the conversation inside.  I tried a new to me beer, Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat and really enjoyed it. I love hard cider, but there's just so much sugar and I feel really heavy drinking too many, that I'm glad I found a beer with a nice apple flavor that isn't too heavy or full of sugar.

Saturday morning was nice and lazy, but since it was a gorgeous day outside I headed over to Mike's to watch him do yard work. My apartment doesn't get much sun light, and the temperature on my phone read 65 degrees outside so I thought it would be necessary to bundle up. By the time I got to his house I was over heating. Luckily I'm slightly lazy and have yet to drop off the three bags of clothes in my trunk to Goodwill and I had some alternative tops to wear.

I wasn't totally useless, I did clean off his patio table and ran to the store to get food to grill,  but I felt guilty watching him mow and clean out some rocks as I sat and soaked up the sun.

Sunday morning I got to the gym right after it opened and I loved it! There was hardly anyone there and I didn't have to wait around to use any weights or anything. I'm on to the third segment of the She Sweats 12 Week Program and so far it's proven to be a butt kicker and my favorite segment.

After the gym I got ready to meet my family at Grand Cafe for brunch. It's a small restaurant in South Minneapolis with a simple, yet absolutely delicious menu. Just as we were ready to wrap up and head outside to take our group Mother's Day picture, the sky's opened and we weren't able to get a good group picture this year.

Weekends like this make me so excited for Summer and all the warm weather activities to come!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Pic Drop

I've been taking more random pictures lately that get lost on my phone, so because it's Friday, and I don't want anyone working too hard by having too much to read, here's a bunch of pictures from my phone.

Pretty blooming trees on my walk to the morning bus.

Nico's Tacos & Tequila for Cinco de Mayo

Two dogs, one bed. they don't look like they were forced to be in there together, do they?

Too much beer. Drinking is tough!

Just before the WI border is a cheese curds and french fry stand at a gas station. Of course we tried some.

Chapstick for daaayyyysss!

I'm pretty certain this is Leonardo as a boy. TMNT shoes, backpack, sunglasses, hat and a stuffed turtle friend. Waiting at the bus stop with his body guard...or he was trying to find his way back to the sewer.

Big fire in North Minneapolis. For the past five weeks I've seen at least one fire burning from my office windows. We need rain! But at least I can flush my toilets.

When you get courtside seats, you run in to some silly characters with style that's on #fleek. No, he did not have a big red nose.

Safety first when drinking. You don't want to hurt yourself.