It's official - we crushed this challenge! We arrived breathless at the finish line with 190 workouts, 2,311 hours of sleep and 759 healthy meals under our belts. Ten of us made it to the 50% mark, with five brave souls zooming past 75%. Special mention goes to David H. and Tara M., who finished at 95% and 94% respectively. Altogether, it was an impressive and inspiring showing. Brava!
Whether you aced this round, or need another chance at redemption, we invite you to join the February 101, which kicks off on Friday. We've also revived the Dawn Patrol challenge, and hope to see you bright and early all month long. February is a short, dreary month, which is why we need to stick together. So, dust yourself off, sign up on for the next round, and we'll see you at the starting line!
Sign up for the February Social Workout 101 and the Dawn Patrol here:
Friday evening yoga with Domenic at Yoga Vida, just as the snow was falling. It was warm, humid class, with lots of advanced asanas. I headed out into the slippery streets, a little damp but with an open heart, for cocktails and dinner with a lady friend, whom I adore but don't see often. I love lady friends, cocktails, gossip, and holding hands with friends so we don't slip in the streets.
Naughty Flog: Two dirty martinis, and a glass of champagne. I regret nothing, because the martinis were served in small glasses, and made with red olives, so they were pink. Champagne was meant to be drunk while watching the snow fall and the bubbles rise.
Sassletic & I have befriended a handsome trainer at Crunch. He sent me an adorable and formal invitation to a spin class. Afterwards, we had coffee and he walked me to the train so I could jet to rehearsal. It's incredibly refreshing to be in the company of a gentleman. Manners are always endearing.
Naughty Flog: Chocolate chip cookie at rehearsal, free wine at a benefit, which I drank mainly because I was grumpy that I was there and not watching Downton Abbey.
The eternal question: Does bowling count as exercise?
these are wall pushups, not down on the floor pushups
First day of Cherry Blossom training! Goal was 2-4 miles and since I left work later than I anticipated, I got 2.5 in before Body Pump. It's nice to think that even though there was nasty sleet on the ground yesterday, in 10 weeks I'll be running in the cherry blossoms!
I'm not sore from my run yesterday...yet :-)
Back from Texas, and straight to the gym. Airplanes are bad for your health. Yeehaw!
Day two in Ft. Worth. For better or worse, my diet consisted of chicken fried steak, fried okra and Arnold Palmers. I managed a few pushups in the hotel room, but that's about it. We did a lot of walking, though, and spent some time watching the cattle judging. Pretty amazing to see all the farm kids primping their animals, i.e. showering, blow drying, and using an electric razor to give them a nice "fade."
Image: Teen girl resting on her cow and checking iPhone.
On Friday, I went down to Ft. Worth, Texas for the annual Stock Show and Rodeo. Long story, but suffice I bought a pair of cowboy boots (Justin Boots in Justin Texas) and some Wranglers, and dove right in. We watched bucking broncs, and bulls, and barrel racing (amazing!), and beautiful parades of horses and flags. We sang the national anthem and prayed en masse, and we looked at a lot of very pretty cows. Gotta say, those rodeo dudes are in amazing shape. Talk about core strength. I wonder what kind of workouts they do to prepare for sitting bareback on a 1,800 lb bull?
We also went to the gun range, where I shot a .9mm handgun and a .22 rifle. Don't hate. If you're gonna have a position on the whole gun debate, might as well gather some facts. One conclusion: Shooting guns at a range is sort of an interesting hobby, but I'd rather go to Zumba or play pick-up basketball or do yoga. Not that gun shooting and fitness are comparable, but I did get the feeling people went to the range as a regular activity. And, yes, there's real skill required — breath control and concentration — and tons of "technology" to geek out on, but I think I'd get bored after a while. That said, the range was packed, and it was great people watching. Next to me was a woman with pink earphones (to block the noise) and a pink iPhone in her back pocket, and she was shooting a black .9mm Glock. She was certainly not the only women packing heat, either. I chatted with a cute young blonde at the bar later who showed me an iPhone snapshot of her pink handgun.
I won't digress into longer political debate, but suffice to say the cowboy culture is alive and well in Texas. Also, score one for the New Yorker who wasn't afraid to order non-alcoholic beer at some pretty tough joints, like even at Filthy McNasty's Saloon down by the old stockyards....
Thursday (last) Catch Up: Early bfast with AZM, followed by work, work, work, followed by interesting Nike+ TechStars Accelerator meeting. That's where Nike and Tech Stars accept pitches from various start-up companies that want to do cool things with all the Nike+ and Nike Fuel data. Represent Social Workout!
(Um, no gym, but lot's of biking in the cold.)