Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bootcamp + gale force winds = :(

At 6.30am every Sunday we arrive blurry eyed, fizzy haired and coffee breathed at family bootcamp. It's a great way to start the day, spend some quality time with the girls and get a workout.

Usually, it looks a lot like this...
But this Sunday it was blowing a gale. To protect our delicate constitutions, it was safe to assume bootcamp would be in the still comfort of the gym.

Immediately, the trainer politely asked us to separate into teams of two and get a football to share. My husband and I became a team. Just like in life. It was so romantic. Then we were told to jog to the beach. Umm, I guess he didn't realise the weather wasn't suitable for outside bootcamp. Still, I pulled up my big girl socks and started running. We had to toss the ball back and forth as we ran. My husband insists that I was aiming for his head and only when he was looking away. Well, a girl needs to find little pieces of sunshine in an otherwise dreary day.

With each step, we were blown back two.

Once we arrived at our destination, we had various activities to do. What I realised about working out in this weather is:

1. When doing push ups, plank holds, etc. the wind blow your sports skirt and top up over your head and your hands aren't free to pull them back down.

2. Whenever you open your mouth to gasp for breath, the wind whips in and then whips saliva all over your face. Once again, your hands are rarely free to fix this either.

3. Towels, balls and hair are at the mercy of the wind.

4. Trainers and children don't notice the wind. Dimitri, the trainer, even commented on the nice breeze.

The run back was awesome. The wind was behind me, pushing me to run at a super human speed. I am fairly certain anyone that saw me was left speechless with amazement.

It may not have been ideal, but I sure felt awesome afterwards.

52 comments:

  1. I can picture it, "Super Human Women!", leaving you in a dazzle with her speed and spit!

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  2. I love that you play footy with your girls (which is sexist I even register it, so it's ironic that I approve)!

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  3. Family bootcamp is a great idea. It's great that your kids get to see you being active - great exampe for life.

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    1. I know, I want them to know that you need to be active. They love it! Rachel x

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  4. I totally would have taken the opportunity to 'accidentally' connect the footy with my Hubby's head, in a playful kinda way, of course! Oh the wind and unfree hands = torture to me.
    Stacey-Lee :D

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    1. It wasn't fun. I kept trying to grab a sec to pull the skirt down but it was useless. Rx

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  5. Trainers are funny creatures. They seem to enjoy our pain and suffering. Sickos...!

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  6. HAHA you crack me up! I have visions of you waiting for your beloved to turn his head away and you casually tossing the ball to his head ;) As for the saliva all over your face and skirt blowing over your head, if anyone could make that look ok, it would be you!

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  7. Oh I love the wind, great for downwinders on my board, so fun catching all the little runners. Make do with what you've got huh, good on you for getting out there!x

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    1. We wouldn't miss our Sunday mornings. We all love it. Rachel x

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  8. You are braver than me. Any excuse to avoid exercise works for me. Too windy? Sorry, day off.

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  9. So funny! I love that the kids and trainer didn't even notice. What a great idea to do family boot camp!

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  10. we were getting spat on (by the sky - not our trainer) at training yesterday too, but she didn't care! Oh well, just makes it that much more of a work out, right? would love the chance to throw a footy at my husband's head....hmmm now you have me thinking...

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    1. It's a great way to let off steam - when the ball bounces off their head. Rx

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  11. i must say - i am very impressed that you are up so early AND exercising on a Sunday! You go girlfriend!

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    1. My girls are early rises. It's not hard to get there. 4.55am start this morning. Yawn

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  12. Wow! Good on you! Nothing like a good boot camp session to set you up for the day! xo

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    1. It's a fantastic way to start the morning. Rachel x

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  13. LOL! I had to laugh out loud about your sport skirt and top whipping up over your head. And you throwing the ball at your husband's head. I would've done the same.
    Family bootcamp sounds like an awesome idea. Gale force winds ? Not so much :) x

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    1. We love it. I wish there were more things like this to do with the girls. Rachel x

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  14. Such a vivid description, I felt every inch of your pain and gain.

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  15. Nice take on an awful event (in my mind) Rachel. I hate the wind and doing sport on sunday? baaah. You are a better woman than I.

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  16. Great family activity! I can imagine you running with the wind in your back like a super woman!

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    1. I will tie my towel around my neck next time. Then I'll really look like a super woman. Rx

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  17. absolutely wonderful that you guys exercise as a family
    a truly great thing to do
    xxx

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    1. Thanks, we all love it. The girls are little champs. Rx

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  18. I love the idea of family bootcamp! And every Sunday.... that must keep you inline on a Saturday night with the 6:30am start :)

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    1. Yes, not too much partying the night before. Rx

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  19. Am in shock at the very notion of 6.30am on Sunday activity. The kids often wake us then but it's the day to (try to) stay in bed... but can see how fantastic it'd be to exercise with the whole family, what great role modelling.

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  20. I grew up in the UK. You have just described every PE lesson from October to May!

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  21. Is it weird that this makes me want to do it? I think I might go for a run next time there is a cyclone...

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  22. How cool is family boot camp? I never knew it existed. That's something I might look into for my troops.

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  23. Man I love bootcamp! The standard rule at mine is it only gets taken to the sanctuary of the gym if there is lightening around. Sometimes it is truly awful on the beach in the rain and wind but how good does that hot shower and coffee feel afterwards?!? I am a little sad Mr Bond doesnt come with me so i can throw things at him ;)

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    1. Trainers love to send you out in the elements. Maybe just throw things at him around the house?

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  24. Good on you for persevering, you are a legend. Also, did you manage to hit your husband at all?
    xx

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  25. I didnt realise there was a 6.30am on a Sunday - how interesting!!! ;) love the idea of family boot camp - play together, stay together and all that! Great idea xxx

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  26. What an awesome thing to do together!!

    Although me... I'd be the one in bed yelling out "I'M NOT GOING!!" lol

    Well done on powering through!!

    xxx

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