The revealing of the final workout

The crew

Here it is!
We were clearly loving life

Done done done!

Prize time
Our boys came third!

Exhausted but so happy after an amazing comp day!

It’s been a long time coming but here we are, the final post about the final workout of the partner comp! At this point we were all pretty knackered after a long day of competing but we had one event left to go. We were intrigued to find out what we were going to do and dreading it slightly. We got gathered in front of the rigs and Tristan announced the final workout. Luckily no crazy movements like muscle ups, all doable but very shouldery, which is not my strongest part of my body! I knew it was going to burn.

One thing I was excited for were the pistol squats, I really like them and I thought Mich and I would be able to fire through them fairy quickly at the end and be able to get a decent amount of points in. We decided since Mich is stronger on the overhead movements she would do a couple of extra reps on the shoulder to overhead.

We got through the shoulder to overheads, where we struggled a bit more was the synchronised kettlebell swings. We kept on getting out of synch and getting no repped due to fatigue. We eventually finished them off and went on to the pistol squats. We decided to do tens and just pushed through. At one point my legs felt very wobbly and I got no repped because I needed to put my other foot down. Little things that happen, you shake it off and give it another go. I think we got to just under 100 reps and when the timer beeped for the last time, we left the floor feeling like we’d given it our all. The body was feeling pretty wrecked but wow, that feeling of happiness you have after finishing a comp is unlike any other feeling. Loads of emotions and genuine good vibes running through you. You feel so accomplished having pushed through all of that.

When you add up all the total time you’ve actually trained in a comp day, it may not seem as much. It’s a lot of waiting around and the workouts normally only last for about 10 minutes or so but the entent you push yourself to during that time is more than you’d ever do on a normal training day. The doms you get the next day and how tired you feel proves once again that it’s not about how long you train for, it’s how hard you train for during the time.

Once the final was done and dusted it was time for the prize ceremony where we found at that our boys Matty and Tim had taken third place. We were so unbelievably happy for them! What a great job they’d done. After the ceremony the girls and I decided to go for dinner somewhere because we were starving! We ended up at Sister of Soul in St Kilda, a fantastic way to end our day of competing.

Fridge adventures

Life doesn’t always pan out the way you expect. Sunday was a prime example of this. I woke up to make my breakfast and opened the freezer to get blueberries out. The first thing that caught my eye was how our frozen bananas were looking very brown and then I felt how the freezer was awfully warm. I had another look at the rest of the food in there and realised it was all defrosting. No wonder the flat sounded quiet, the compressor wasn’t running. I opened the fridge part and yup, same there. It was lukewarm.

As soon as Mim got up I told her what had happened. I started Googling how you figure out whether a fridge is repairable or not. Adulting stuff that I have no idea about yet. After some discussions, Mim and I figured there is not point in investing money into an old fridge and thought we were better at looking into where we could get a new one from. I frantically messaged people on Facebook market place. Hoping someone would reply as soon as possible. We knew at that stage in the morning it was out of our hands so we decided to still go to yoga, which we had planned on doing the night before. Perhaps needed after the less than ideal start to our day.

I cycled down to lululemon Brighton and Mim drove. I was planning on going to the track session after with the gym crew and needed my bike. Mim’s boyfriend Tom joined us for yoga too, which was such a nice surprise. It was really fun to have their company because usually I go alone.

Yoga has once again fallen off my radar for a while. I’ve been wanting to start again but just haven’t found the time with everything else going on. Therefore I was really looking forward to getting back on the mat and boy did it feel good! I felt quite stiff and the feeling of the body slowly getting rid of the stiffness with every movement was amazing. Lying down in savasana at the end of class was the cherry on top. I hadn’t felt that chilled for a while. God I’ve missed yoga and I hadn’t even realised how much I had missed it until I was there doing it. That’s the tough part, when you aren’t aware of what you’re missing until you are there doing it. It’s difficult to get back into something when you’ve forgotten about if there’s not much reminding you of it. I have noticed a bit more stiffness in my body than usual but that’s about it. That’s when you need to just get up, put on those gym clothes and go, force yourself to remember.

Having been back on the mat now I was once again reminded of the many reasons why yoga needs to be in my life. I’m now looking at studios in the area to see if there is somewhere I can try out. Mim was recommending Warrior One Yoga, which is quite nearby. I’m tempted!

After the class I turned to my phone to see if we’d received any replies about the fridges and bingo we had. There was a girl in Elwood who said we could pick it up in the next hour. Only small problem we had was, we had no way of transporting a fridge! Mim had the great idea of asking our friend Eric at the gym. The amazing guy he is he said he would help us out and he even had a trailer. What a guy! I decided to skip track, as much as I like going, having a functioning fridge was a bit more of a priority this day. We headed back to the flat and waited for Eric to arrive.

He picked us up and off we went to Elwood, which is not far from where we stay. We got to the building, and it looked alright from the outside. We went inside and walked up the stairs and that’s when things got a bit weird. There was a massive mattress in the stairwell outside the flat, there were cables going across from the flat across the hall to the one where the fridge was, that flat didn’t even have a door! It all seemed a bit odd. I knocked on the door, no answer. I knocked about three times until a young scrawny looking guy answered the door (he was clearly on something) and he barely even looked at me or spoke to me when he opened the door (Mim and Eric were standing at safety distance away from it haha). There was a lot of loud noises coming out from the flat and when I peaked inside there was just piles of stuff and writing scribbled all over the walls. My gut instinct was to leave and I mumbled this to Mim and Eric who agreed and we ran off. We couldn’t stop laughing on our way out, that had been stressful.

Still fridge-less we drove off far away from that place. I had received another reply from a guy in Beaumauris from good old Gumtree who was selling his fridge. I messaged him back asking if we could pick it up in half an hour and that wasn’t a problem. We were just hoping this place would be a bit more normal.

Luckily it was, they even had a rottweiler puppy there called Marley that we got to play with. Now that’s what I call a good turn out! She was incredibly cute. We strapped up our new fridge onto the trailer and then Eric helped us get it up into our flat. What a relief it was when we plugged it in and you could hear it working. It was now two in the afternoon. A pretty long start to the day but we were so happy that it all worked out in the end. Eric had to then leave to pick up his cute dog Kendrick at the groomers and Mim and I ran out to grab something to eat because we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. I’ll write more about that meal in a different post because wow. It was so goood.

So yes, you never know what’s going to happen when you wake up in the morning really, this was not at all what I had in mind. But, that’s what makes life interesting and we had a good laugh about it all along the way. The people at the first place I don’t think even realised we’d left because they never messaged us after we left. I’m so glad we left when we did!

First dip

Sometimes when you’re all caught up in your training bubble you forget to take some time out to let the body recover. It’s like a hamster wheel that keeps on going and you are in autopilot, going through the motions. I love to train and have most of social life there, therefore I don’t think much about it. I just do it.

After Battle of the Bluff last Sunday (I will be writing about it soon!), a rest day on Monday was definitely needed. The day couldn’t have been timed better as it was 30 degrees here in Melbourne that day. So the afternoon was of course spent on the beach and it was amazing. I even dared to have my first dip in the ocean since I got here. It was pretty cold but on a day like that, very refreshing and cooling. I was there for a good couple of hours and my lovely Mim came down to join me for a bit as well. Melbourne would not be the same without that girl in my life. Always have the best time with her. Living with her is so much fun.

I’m so glad we did make the most of the beach weather because it has been pretty awful here since. One day it was 14 degrees and raining. If I thought the weather changed drastically in Glasgow, I think Melbourne weather probably beats it. Never thought I’d say it. However, Melbourne is considerably warmer, sunnier and drier than Glasgow overall!

What I wanted to say with this post is, yes the gym is important, your fitness is important but take time to live as well. It’s okay to skip the gym once in a while to do other things. Don’t feel guilty about it, enjoy what you’re doing instead to the fullest and know that it’s not going affect your health and fitness goals. There’s more to life than training.

Now a week on I’m feeling recovered and ready to work on some new goals. There is so much I want to improve on for Battle of the Bluff next year and I’m excited to get to work. Especially now when my chest is almost entirely back to normal and my shins have recovered. I’m doing my rehab exercises to improve the stability in my legs and I want to focus even more on my upper body strength and gymnastics. I’ll go more into detail about all of this in a separate post.

Today when I walked into the gym and saw one of the workouts I got nervous. In total we were going to do 70 push ups. I had slight flashbacks to a workout we did a while back which had an obscene amount of push ups where I was struggling big time. I was the last one left and my coach Pete was next to me talking me through the final reps as I seriously did not think I was going to finish the workout. My arms felt like jelly and I was so grateful for Pete’s support, I couldn’t have finished the workout without his help.

This time around was a different story and I didn’t expect it at all. I managed all the push ups and wan’t last! Not that it really matters when you finish but that is a considerable improvement since the last time and I managed to stick to the same amount of reps in each set before taking a break. I was over the moon with that. One of the guys at the gym Svick who works as a trainer came up to me after and said my push ups looked really good and I kept my form to the end. His comment made my day because my struggle with my push ups has been really tough and to hear they looked good, wow. It’s all I want, to move well and keep my technique on point because that’s how you get better and stronger. You can’t cut corners.

Now it’s time for me to sleep! Sleep well my dears, M xxx

Cocomamas // 1C Staniland Grove // Elsternwick

How many photos can you take of an acai bowl?

Since moving to Elsternwick I’ve slowly started to tick off some of the local joints. Being a massive foodie it’s simply a must when you’re new to an area to see what the food scene is about. Of course being in Australia, we have a smoothie joint just a block away, Cocomamas. I had heard loads about it even before moving to Elsty and only realised after over a week of living here how close it was to our flat. Only a block or so away. How amazing is that?

Recently after a sunny day on the beach I was really craving something cold and refreshing. What better than an acai bowl? I thought it was time to check what all the hype was about. There are plenty of smoothie bowls to choose from but I went for the classic acai bowl and added cacao nibs and peanut butter because life without peanut butter is a sad life and cacao nibs needs to be on all my smoothie bowls. When I got my bowl they had already won me over with the generous dollop of peanut butter. The more the merrier. The apple topping I had to leave because they make my stomach sore.

The verdict? So far I think Cocomamas makes the best acai bowl I’ve had in Melbourne. Super tasty and refreshing on a hot day. I’m so happy and kind of worried by how close they are to where we live. I feel like now I’ve broken the seal there’s no going back and I will be going back for more very soon. I’m excited to try their other smoothie bowls, raw desserts and more lunchie food.

When I was in I overheard one of the girls working there saying they are moving onto Glen Huntly Road in the next couple of months. I’m crossing my fingers it’s a bigger unit with more seating and more delicious healthy things on the menu. It’s so easy to eating healthily when you’re out here in Melbourne with places like these readily available and I absolutely love it.