Week 21 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of an cantaloupe (approximately a pound!)

Weight Gain – 14 pounds. Seems like I didn’t gain much this week, but my belly sure did get bigger (as seen in the pictures from this week).

Movement – Still just little kicks. Very low.

Sleep – We slept a little better this week once we got the smelly dead animal out of our HVAC and replaced the entire system.  Thousands of dollars later.  It feels good to be in my own bed knowing the kids are safe in their own bed sleeping away.

What I miss – A lot of people asked me if I was envious of everyone racing this weekend.  I have to admit, I actually was not.  I enjoyed seeing the race from a different perspective.  I have stayed busy enough that racing is not necessarily on my mind at this point.

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I have to remind myself that I am on my feet far more now than ever before just taking care of the kids.  I get worn out at night.  Watching these kids (and our family) evolve and adapt is really a special thing.  My oldest daughter put together her own flower arrangement without me asking her to?

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My youngest has her own personality that is full throttle.  Everything about her could be wrapped into one acronym (“bull in a china shop”).

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Best Moments this Week – An absolutely fun filled fitness weekend.  I am really at the perfect point in my pregnancy for all of this to not be uncomfortable.  Charlotte hosts ONE Spartan Race a year. Even though it’s a forty-five minute drive from center city, it is still the closest race we have.  I opted to sign up to do the obstacle specialist training on Friday to get a new focus on how to approach obstacles as well as get a chance to practice some obstacles that I knew I wouldn’t see until post pregnancy.

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This training was well worth the money.  I had a chance to really focus on my weaknesses and get a fresh perspective on different ways to complete obstacles.  While I did sit out a lot (I opted not to perform the atlas carry, slip wall, 7 foot wall, and hurdles), I was able to still do a lot of the things that many people struggle with – including the Olympus, monkey bars, rig and spear throw.

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I have struggled with the spear throw since day one.  Guess what?  After practice, practice, practice, I hit 2 out of 4 in a group competition for time.  I even surprised myself.  I really appreciated the interaction between the group and the time Spartan Pro Team member Kevin Donoghue spent with us individually critiquing form.

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While I was able to participate on Friday, I simply watched all day Saturday.  The day started early as I filmed live footage of the men’s and women’s elite start on the Spartan Race Facebook page.  My husband also happened to be running in that heat.  Being on the opposite side of the fence (as a fan) was more fun than I thought it would be.  I was able to see all of the shifting of positions real life due to simple failure of obstacles.

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My husband ended up failing one obstacle (the monkey bars – gosh right at the end) and finished 19th overall.  With everything we have had going on, I was just so proud of him.

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We stuck around to see my Cross Conditioning OCR team launch.  Several individuals I train ran in groups throughout the entire afternoon.  I am just so proud of them.  The course was not smooth and the obstacles were definitely tricky due to cold temperatures and wet conditions on obstacle transitions.  The whole purpose is to have a good time and that they did.

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With everything going on Friday and Saturday, I had to shift my focus entirely on Sunday to lead the Charlotte Flywheel studio through its final week of FlyMadness.  Not sure what FlyMadness is?  It’s our own version of March Madness.  Over 40 teams started.  Each week studios compete to get the highest average power per person.  It was down to two this week.  Winner from Sunday to be announced this week.

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That said, the powerhouse riders showed up and brought the fire.  Energy was incredible.  Thank you to all the riders that made this competition so special in our studio.

Looking forward to – Finding out the winner of FlyMadness.  Duh!  In all seriousness, it is my husband’s birthday next week and Easter.  Looking forward to some Easter egg hunts, baseball games and family time.

Cravings –  CAKE.  Maybe it’s not necessarily a craving, but I ate a lot of it this weekend.  We spent Saturday night celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday before going out Sunday night for my dad’s birthday.  It has been so great having my dad and mom local to Charlotte the past couple of years.  The girls love spending time with them and so do I.

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Somehow we managed to get everyone to sit still long enough to take a group picture together with everyone looking at the camera!

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Symptoms – At this point in my last pregnancy I was experiencing a lot of congestion.  I haven’t had any of that yet, but I have started to have some pain in my low back (right side).  This was relieved after seeing my massage therapist and movement trainer.  After being on my feet all day Friday and Saturday, I also started to notice some tenderness on my lower belly when I touched it that my doctor confirmed is normal at this point.  It has since subsided.

Workouts –  My workouts were less structured this week with all of the extracurricular activities.  I spent a lot more time just walking around than actually doing a “workout”

  • Monday – I taught my regular 6:30 AM Flywheel class
  • Tuesday – My only major strength workout of the week in the garage.  I knew I had a busy rest of week, so I tried to get in what I could here.
    • 2 Rounds
      • Run 800m
      • Pushup to Jump Through Dips x 10 each
      • Goblet Squat x 15
      • Rig practice with Pull Up
    • 4 Rounds
      • Single Leg Squat to Bench to standing overhead press x 10 each
      • Pull Up x 10
      • Plank x :45
      • KB Swing x 15
      • Bicep Curl x 25
  • Wednesday – I squeezed in an easy 30 minute run before knocking out a strength workout.  I tested my max pull ups again this week and ended up hitting 12!  That is my max when I am not pregnant.  I was shocked.
  • Thursday – Bad storms pushed through the Charlotte area Wednesday night, leaving my running group in a frazzle Thursday morning.  We opted to skip our regular run, so I slept in.  I taught my regular 3:30PM Flywheel class.
  • Friday – another unusual day.  I subbed the 6:30AM class at Flywheel before heading up to the Spartan Race course to participate in Obstacle Specialist Training.  We walked ALOT.  I hit close to 20,000 steps and I was sore from practicing the obstacles I completed.
  • Saturday – I was up at 4:20AM to get everything together before my husband and I got on the road to the race (5:30AM).  We got home in the early afternoon at which point, I went on a run/walk.  Being on my feet all day was enough for me.
  • Sunday – I taught my regular 7:30AM Flywheel class.

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