Comeback on the mat

Yoga, yoga, yoga we meet again. Whilst I stay very consistent and disciplined with Crossfit, yoga on the other hand has dipped in and out of my life for the past couple of years. Once I’m in, I’m in and I go but once I’m out before I know it can be months until my next class. I think we all have that one thing we struggle with to keep consistent with and mine is definitely yoga. I know how good it feels when I’m doing it and how good I feel once it’s done but yet it just never seems to stick for a prolonged period of time. Things get in the way or I find a reason not to go, even though I do want to go and know my body needs it. I don’t know if that makes sense but hopefully someone else out there can relate to this.

Last weekend I was in the local lulu store here in Brighton and was speaking to the girls who worked there. I knew they had classes on and asked about when they were. 8.30-9-30am on Sundays. Perfect because it even meant I would have enough time after the class to cycle to track! How good is that? I decided then and there it was time to dust off the cobwebs and get back on the mat. It was time for a yoga comeback and yoga debut here in Australia. Boy, it’s been a long time coming!

The weather really wasn’t pretty when I opened the blinds in the morning yesterday, grey clouds and random showers… You never know with the weather here in Melbourne what will be coming next so I still packed to be able to go straight to track afterwards. The lulu store is only a short bike ride from where I currently stayed and as in the good old days in Glasgow, I was the first one there haha. Old habits die hard! I just think if you’re making the effort to go, you might as well make sure you get a spot in the class and go a bit earlier. The worst would be showing up and it being full. It wasn’t long until it was full outside the shop and they were letting us in to grab a mat.

I got a spot right in the front. I know a lot of people find it awkward to go to the front of the class but I prefer it because otherwise I can’t see what the teacher is doing if I’m unsure of the pose. Truth be told, even though you think people are watching you because you’re at the front, no one actually is. Everyone is fully immersed in their own thing and busy figuring out if they’re doing the pose right, I promise. Don’t let the fear stop you from going to the front to see better. It wil make such a difference to your experience.

Immediately when I sat down on the mat it brought back memories of lululemon Glasgow yoga, except in a far bigger space! It felt familiar and a bit like home. The songs playing through the speakers I’d heard before during many yoga classes and it felt like I actually hadn’t been gone from the mat for over three months. However, during class I was soon to find out my body did not quite agree. I was stiff! Some poses surprised me because I could still do them relatively well and others were shocking. It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be but it’s an odd feeling when you remember how much easier it used to feel and how your body now can’t quite move the same way but it is to be expected when you haven’t done anything for such a long period of time.

From the moment we lied down on our yoga mats to start the class my body just went yeeeees! It felt nice to be lying there relaxing and listening to the calming voice of the teacher. It’s something I had missed. A moment in the day where I mindfully take time to chill and switch off. The gym is that to me too but in a very different way.

The class got me thinking about how it’s all relative. How tough you find something is so relative to what you’re used to. I struggled at points during that class and even thought that any class at Red Bluff I would find less of a struggle than this yoga class. It wasn’t particularly difficult. It is just different to what my body is used to do. It’s more in your head than capabilities in your body. You’re in a pose and your mind is telling you it’s too tough or too difficult to stay in it. A bit like when we’re in Crossfit class and your mind is telling you you can’t do something, however with going consistently you’ve learnt what you’re capable of and can push through. It’s all learning about what your body can do in different situations and that you actually can do more than what your mind first thinks. Yoga definitely tests and challenges you in a different way. Some poses I was dying in but got through.

I’m now feeling a lot more excited to get back into yoga and going to the lulu classes. As I’ve said many times before, just getting yourself to the gym or studio is a lot of the time over half the battle, once you’re there you just do it. You don’t really have a choice haha.

Afterwards a brand called Heal’r was there serving up their delicious healthy hot drinks. I caved in and bought their mushroom and cacao powder because I’ve become obsessed with mushroom lattes. Track was cancelled due to the rainy weather so I got on my bike and cycled home. That’s two days I’ve let my body rest from training. The longest for a while but I think it’ll do a lot of good. Now I’m really excited to get back in the gym this afternoon.

Box jump falls

It has been going a bit too well at the gym recently, in terms of I haven’t managed to rip my and or fall and cut myself. It’s something that happens quite a lot because I’m not the most graceful person you’ll meet in this world, I’m definitely more on the clumsy end of the spectrum. So yes, all signs were pointing towards something would probably happen again soon and it did on Thursday morning.

I went to the 9.30am class because I had a meeting in the afternoon so I wouldn’t have been able to get to the 5pm class that I usually go to. On the board we had thrusters for weightlifting and then the cardio was running, box jumps and dumbbell thrusters. Heavy dumbbell thrusters! All very tiring movements on the legs. Box jumps are one of those movements you have to fully concentrate on what you are doing, if you zone out for a second you’ll most likely fall and hurt yourself. A couple of rounds in I was getting tired and for a second on the box jumps I was not thinking about what I was doing. Anyone who has box jumped knows this is a big mistake. The second I realised this I snapped back into what I was doing but it was too late and I fell right on the edge of the box on my shin.

It all happened extremely quickly! I shrieked from the scare but didn’t feel any pain at all really on my shin. I immediately continued my box jumps and thought that I somehow must’ve manoeuvred myself to avoid the worst damage and pain. Falling on a wooden box on your shin is one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced so I was relieved when I couldn’t feel anything. When I finished the box jumps I looked down at my leg and there was blood all over my white leggings. Perfect day for white leggings hehe. I just thought there was nothing to do be done now and finished all my rounds of the workout before sorting it out. It was cut either way. I loved that workout, it was brutal but so good to push through.

After recovering a bit I turned to my shin and had a look. It would not stop bleeding! Adam kindly helped me get it plastered up and disinfected. What a guy! My shins just look more and more messed up with every fall I make. Not the nicest look but I guess it gives them character. It took a good while for it a calm down and stop bleeding but lucky it wasn’t as deep as I was dreading it would be. I’ve had some cuts that have been real chunks and it is awful.

I think that’s enough of box jumps injuries and blood in one post! This is the less glamorous side of training hehe. Not that anything is particularly glamorous. You’re mainly just covered in sweat and chalk to be honest haha. Sometimes a bit of blood.

It’s Sunday today and it’s going to be a busy one! I’m going to head down to the lululemon Brighton store to try and get a spot in their yoga class. Yes guys, I’m making a yoga comeback after not doing anything since I got to Melbourne. We’ll see how this goes, if I get a spot that is. Afterwards, if it’s not pouring down with rain, I’m going to the track session. It’s looking pretty grey out there and with my cough still lingering in the background I don’t really want to be caught running in cold rain. We’ll see what it looks like after yoga.

Later on today I’m meeting up with Em, Mim and Mim’s friend to go to Vegan Shack! They’ve been wanting to go for so long and I am dying to go back so we’re all looking forward to that. Other than that I need to get packing. It’s not long until I’m moving out and Monday’s are a very busy day for me so I need to get started today. It shouldn’t take very long because it’s basically just putting all my stuff in suitcases really.

Alrighty, it’s hopefully yoga time my friends. I’ll speak to you soon. Have a lovely day xx

“Coffee”

 
A little peek of my new ride! I will be posting more soon. I just forget to take pictures.

One thing I’ve been enjoying a lot more since moving here to Melbourne is going out for “coffee” with friends just because there’s so much more to choose from if you don’t drink coffee. Usually it’s always the same old pot of tea I have to opt for but here they are so creative!

There’s my ever favourite matcha latte pretty much everywhere then you’ve got turmeric/golden lattes, mushroom lattes (they are delicious) and even beetroot lattes. This is the pink drink Mim ordered in the picture above. I had heard of them before but never come across one to try before. I tried some of her’s and it was lovely! Quite sweet but not as earthy as you might imagine a beetroot drink to be, which I thought was nice.  I went for my usual matcha latte because it’s just so good. This little place we went to, Syndicate Room is a one minute walk from our gym and perfect for a post-workout drink and catch up. We had so much to talk about! We even sat outside in the sunshine, although it was quite windy and for a second or two I was wondering if the froth on top of our drinks was going to blow away! Still it was quite pleasant to sit there and get some vitamin D.

I then waved goodbye to Mim as she headed to work and I cycled home. The rest of the afternoon on Tuesday I did some errands on my bike. However, it got so windy later in the day that cycling got really tough on my legs. Knowing I was going back to the gym later in the day I decided to give them a rest and hopped on the train back. Choose your battles!

Today it’s Thursday and I only woke up once last night around 4.30 and managed to get back to sleep after a while (not always possible for me). I then slept until my alarm went off which made me so happy. Success! I’ve just had my breakfast and just need to tidy up before heading to the gym. I’m going this morning because I can’t make it in later on today for the usual 5pm class. Other than that I just want to give the flat a little clean before my flat mates come back from their trip tomorrow.

I realised yesterday I’ve only got a week left in the flat now before I’m moving again. I need to start preparing. This time I’m living with Mim for a bit, which will be so much fun. Her and I have been flat hunting recently and fingers crossed we’ll find something soon! Flats in Melbourne are expensive but I’m sure we’ll figure something out.

Time to get this day started x

Sunday track

Good morning my dears! As mentioned, in my post yesterday. The sun paid us a visit yesterday for track. During the session I got so warm from the sun blasting and all the laps we were doing. I said to Em and Perry this could very much be like a summer’s day in Glasgow haha. They just looked at me like I was a bit crazy and said that it was still pretty cold. It’s all comes down to what you’re used to. After having a rest day the day before I was ready to get some serious running done.

The sprints felt really good when we were doing our 6 rounds of 50 m sprints. I felt like I could accelerate pretty fast and could maintain the same pace for all the rounds. I was really happy with that. Then we did 3 rounds of 600m, 500m, 300m and 200m runs with rest in between each distance when we walked to different starting points to always finish at the same point. Then between each round we had 2 minutes rest.

We all eventually spread out depending on abilities and how fast we wanted to run and I ended up running with Em and Perry. I was slightly ahead of them (which I was over the moon about because they’re both really good runners) and for every single distance we did I was trying to stay in front. I ended up running so fast trying to keep them away! I would not have pushed myself that much if it wasn’t for them. I was dying towards the end, in a good way. It felt amazing to be able to push yourself that much and feel like you still had something left in the tank for the remaining runs. Running I usually feel like i hit a mental barrier of not wanting to put in the extra gear when it gets tough. A bit of friendly competition makes such a difference for your performance and training when you need that extra push. That’s when stubborn Maddie comes out. I’m also very much motivated by thought of the quicker the run the faster it’s over!

I really enjoyed that track session and finished feeling like I’d definitely given it my all. A very nice surprise was that Perry had brought Taylor to track so I got to see her for a bit. I’ve missed that dog! She just stood and watched us running with a slightly puzzled face.

The rest of the day I just spent getting organised for the week. I got grocery’s, cooked some meals, did laundry and tidied up. Whilst it might not be the most exciting thing to do, it makes busy weeks so much easier!