Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Family Workouts

Our house is a very busy place after work. All three of us work at the same place and work the same hours. When we get home at 5:00 p.m. everyone is intent on getting their workout done. That is a great thing! It is nice to see that the entire family sees the value in maintaining their fitness.
Last night was a perfect example. I was loading up my bike to make the ride to Folding Mountain while Angela was getting her mountain bike out and Francesca was heading out for a run. And that is the way it usually is everyday, we are all doing something, be it running, biking, or using the elliptical machine. It certainly keeps you motivated as everyday you are going to see one or the other doing something and feel obligated to do something yourself. My son, Nicholas, and his fiancé, Nicole, also work out every day so it is a real family affair.
There was a time when both kids thought that Angela and I were both crazy with all our running and what not, but as they got older they came to see that it is a necessary part of living a healthy lifestyle. Both kids were active when they were smaller with swimming, soccer, hockey, and basketball, but after high school they had a brief period of inactivity. Now that they are older (20, and 23) they have come to understand the necessity for integrating exercise into their daily lives.
Workouts this week:

Sunday - 50 minutes easy spin on the trainer

Monday - 42 minute 10K run – Achilles very sore after this one

Tuesday - swam 2,000 metres
- biked 33 kms – Folding Mountain 1 hour flat

My current program for the ½ Iron Man is at about 8 ½ hours per week.
Today I was asked to run in the Banff to Jasper Relay. This event consists of a North team and a South Team. The North portion consists of nine legs averaging between 14 and 20 kilometres each. There are some wicked climbs by the Columbia Icefields which is a beautiful area. We are still short one runner but I could be convinced to run two legs if need be. Anyway I am excited about this as our team that usually runs in the 100 mile Kanannaskis Relay didn’t get entered this year.
Have a great day!

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