Is mid-January too soon to be looking forward to vacation in late July? We registered months ago for a four-day guided hiking program in Yellowstone National Park, and finally got the phone call finalizing our reservations. While I’m confident we will be able to handle the moderate-rated “brisk aerobic hikes” it doesn’t hurt to practice our skills. This week we ended up hiking close to home, at Roosevelt Island and around Lake Accotink.
Hiking Around Roosevelt Island
Even though we ride past Roosevelt Island all the time, it had been a few years since we crossed the bridge to hike around the island.
It was so cold, I didn’t take many pictures, but I did take a few of my husband playing in the ice under the bridge.
And I had to get a picture of Theodore Roosevelt.
The Swamp Trail around the island is only about 1.5 miles, but between that, the Woods Trail up to the plaza and back, and the stretch over the bridge to the parking lot we covered almost 3 miles. My husband was game for more, but I was ready to go home and warm up by the fire place.
Hiking Around Lake Accotink
By Saturday, the frigid weather had given way to a heat wave with temperatures inching up towards 60F! We had friends visiting and decided that a regional park would be a safer bet on the first day of the government shut down, even though national parks were supposed to be open. We decided on the trails from Wakefield Park around Lake Accotink, in Fairfax County, Virginia.
It’s a gem of a park nestled in among neighborhoods.
While you can see houses along part of the trail,
most of it is more bucolic.
There was still some ice on part of the lake, but I bet it will be gone tomorrow.
This hike was about 5.3 miles, and a fantastic way to enjoy our warmer weather. The only down side is that it appears to have aggravated my PF, which I thought was nearly better. 🙁
After putting together last week ‘s weekly wrap, I realized I had spent $90 on my fitness classes (2 x OTF, 2 x CycleBar, 2 x Core Power Yoga). While my health and well-being are worth it, I don’t need to go to studio classes every day. I dialed that back a bit this week with two at-home workouts.
Monday: 45 min strength workout at home + 3 mile hike
Would CycleBar’s red theme make it a red letter day?
Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness
I forgot to pair my new heart rate monitor with my Garmin before class, and when I tried to pair it there my Garmin detected all the heart rate monitors in the room, so I had to wait until later.
Got into the orange zone for about one second on the water rower!
Thursday: Strength workout at home.
I hopped on the elliptical for a 10 minute warm-up for the first time in ages. I wanted to see if it would aggravate my PF, but couldn’t quite tell,–which probably means it did.
I realized that my crow pose is usually more like flying frog pose, and paid more attention to positioning my legs for a proper crow. It’s probably good that I can’t look in the mirror while I’m doing arm balances because I’m sure all my poses are way off. 😉
Saturday: Orange Theory Fitness + 5.3 mile hike
I really liked the floor workout we did:
– lateral step ups on a bench holding medium weights
– upright front rows with medium weights
– hammer grip front raises
– chest flies on the bench
– sit ups with alternating leg reach
Back to my Garmin data!
Sunday: First ride of 2018!
The weather wasn’t quite as nice as Saturday, but the clouds cleared out halfway through our ride and it was pretty amazing for January. This ride would have felt easy last fall, but it’s a good start for the year.
I was planning to start running again next weekend, but now I’m not sure what to do. The smart thing would be to take more time off, but right now I am ready to run and deal with the pain afterwards. Icing Saturday night seems to have helped, but there’s still tenderness that wasn’t there before. Tune in next week to see what I decide.