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To Swim or Not to Swim

Well, being a gym rat is going quite well actually, I’m getting into a comfortable groove of running/biking/weight training in the guest gym. My schedule is actually ideal for training. I work split shifts so I always have time every day to go to the gym. We don’t ever work all day straight, there’s always a break! I really feel like I’m getting so much gym and self improvement time, it’s amazing. The only thing missing is swimming. Of course, swimming is the component that I have to work hardest on to keep up. My current solution has been to swim back and forth along the beach when we are in ports with a close beach. Which is at least 2 days a week. Sometimes I can’t get off the ship, but I’ve been making do! One thing that I can’t get enough of right now is the eucalyptus steam room and dry sauna on the ship. The wall opposite to the door is actually a massive floor to ceiling window that looks out onto the ocean. There is nothing better after a workout than sitting in the steam room and staring out at the ocean. It’s heavenly!! I’ve also discovered napping!! It’s amazing!! How did I live without naps before???? Does anyone out there have any advice for me in the triathlon department?? How can I maximize my gym workouts to keep me in shape while living on a cruise ship all winter (pool swimming is out of the question, crew aren’t allowed in the guest pools, originally I thought maybe I could do some pool running)??

Isla Roatan, Honduras. My floating home on the left!! Wanna race to the ship??

Goofing off with a co-worker in Roatan!

 

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The Cruise Life

I feel like I need to take a moment to just address how much fun I’m having!! I love working on a cruise ship so far, and sometimes we even get off the ship and enjoy ourselves……like this:

Reunited with one of my best friends!! Best place for a reunion is the Bahamas, hands down!!

Least co-ordinated jumping of all time

My beverage came in a monkey head!

Gym Rat

You know, I used to be a gym rat. I loved the gym. Didn’t want to train outside (except for horseback riding), just inside, constantly, all the time. Then I started hiking with a good friend of mine and fell in love with outdoor training. Then I started racing triathlon and became addicted to the outdoors. The last 7 or 8 years I’ve been all about the outdoors, still doing a gym workout or two here and there, but mostly as many outdoor sports as I could get my hands on. Now I’m living on a cruise ship. Training outdoors is less feasible. Don’t get me wrong, when we dock on a Bahamanian island, I’m on the gangway with my one piece on and goggles in hand, ready to swim back and forth along the island, but for the most part, I need to re-connect with my long dormant gym rat. It’s been easier than I expected. One thing I’m really excited about is the chance to really focus on training and my health. I have a tendency to run myself ragged at home. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely not complaining, I love every single thing I do at home and am so happy to do them all, but sometimes I forget that I am in fact not invincible (shhhhhh that’s a secret) and eventually I am going to hurt myself. Case in point, savagely murdering both of my ankles this summer. They are rehabilitating nicely, which I’m very pleased with. My point (I swear I have one) is that I’m going to really focus on my health while I’m on board, I’m only working one job, and in my spare time, I’m pretty limited in available ways to fill my day. A very good friend of mine from home has offered to help me in my quest for the ultimate healthy state, and I was thrilled to accept!! We have been friends for at least ten years and he is one of the most positive, inspirational, and genuine human beings I have ever had the pleasure to know. I’m so excited to be a part of Team Alvarez!! Please check out his facebook page here: Team Alvarez!! Now, in order to practice what I preach, I am headed to bed, I have an early start tomorrow, and I need my beauty sleep!!

Play safe and happy training!

E

I’m on a boat!

Are you ready for another fun post about the amazing adventures I had this summer? I’m trying to get them all posted before I start on all the fun things happening in Florida! So one of our members at the golf course has a boat that is moored in the Oak Bay Marina and one day he offered to take a few of us out for some drinks, tunes, and open ocean. It was an amazing way to spend an afternoon and we even took a dip in the ocean! Here’s a few photos!!

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Summer adventures!

I had such an amazing summer full of friends and fun and adventure. I feel like there’s a million adventure days I haven’t shared, so here’s one!! A lovely co-worker of mine has a cabin on Shawnigan Lake so one sunny afternoon, she invited some of us up for sea dooing and wakeboarding and boating!! So much fun!! We really do live in one of the most amazing places in the world and it’s so nice to get to enjoy it!!

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Friends and Photo shoots!

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You might remember a few weeks ago I did a photo shoot with the lovely Natasha Enquist and super talented photographer Darren Stone, well I got a few more images sent to me from the shoot, and looking at them just makes me so happy! We had such a great time, and now that Natasha is in Berlin, and soon I’ll be back in the US, it’s so nice to have some fun photos to enjoy that remind me of all the fun times we had!! Check them out!!

Tough Mudder

I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating the Tough Mudder update and I’m ready to give it to you. First of all, I ADORED the atmosphere I found in Whistler during the race weekend because it was full of like minded people who are also into racing and health and the same things I am. Myself and my team stayed at the Westin and loved every minute of it. My friend works for them and took very good care of us while we were there. The challenge itself was amazing. I adore the idea of it, lots of teamwork, and for a good cause but also very physically and mentally challenging. For those who don’t know about it, this race is known as possibly the toughest race on the planet. It’s intense and painful and so awesome.

The official Tough Mudder Vancouver video came out today, check it out!!!

Tough Mudder Whistler

I’ll post more photos later!! I managed to hang onto a disposable camera for the whole challenge, so I ended up with some great photos!

 

Climb On

I will just preface this by saying that I ADORE rock climbing. I used to climb a ton, daily actually, before a shoulder fracture sidelined me for a while. When I lived in Banff I was able to do a ton of climbing, both indoor and outdoor and it’s something I always come back to whenever I can. It’s one of those things that you can always pick back up, especially if you have your own gear like I do. I really enjoy both the challenge and the upper body workout. When I’m really training hard for triathlon, it’s nice to supplement that training with something super fun! For your local climbing gym, just google it! For the Victoria area gym that I go to, check out CragX

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Kettlebells

I don’t think I have really gotten into chatting about how much I am enjoying kettlebell training. There is so much more to it than just incorporating a few kettlebell rows into your workout, if you want more. I’ve got a few photos to share from training! I’m going to be getting my lifting ranks sometime soon. Which pretty much means that if I want to compete at kettlebell lifting then I can! If you’d like to have a look at the website of the place I train, check it out www.victoriakettlebell.ca
What do you think? Have you trained kettlebell lifting? Do you use kettlebells in your workouts?

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