So we found ourselves on a boat for seven days going to the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. As you can quite imagine, this puts quite a hinderance on the training schedule. The one upside was that I was getting some things done on Green Lightning at the bike shop, so that worked out well (future sweet blog post to follow).
This ship (as I would imagine all do) has a running track up on the upper level, and a fitness center. I worked out four days. Basically the day we were in the Bahamas and the three days at sea. The first day I ran up on the deck. It was 7 laps to a mile. The deck was all wet, but was surprisingly not slippery at all. The wind was super strong, however and almost tripped me up a couple of times as I made the turns.
|The Big Turn|
|Here's where I ran|
|Kind of wavy through the water|
|Looks like I ran intervals|
|Can't beat those splits|
|Can't beat the weather, either!|
The rest of the week, I decided to run on the treadmill. Yes I was on a dreadmill. Quite honestly, it was just a better workout than running on the deck. I'm pretty sure that I had run a total of four times on the treadmill in my life prior to the boat ride. Seriously. I just can't stand it. I'm an outdoor person, I guess. So that being said, I could only handle 3 miles at a time. I'd just get bored and would have to crank the speed up to make it interesting. The last run I set the speed in the first mile for 6:57, then 6:27 in the second mile, then sub 6 at the beginning of the 3rd mile. I eventually took it down around 5 flat for the last quarter mile, so that was kinda fun.
So then each workout day, I hopped on the stationary bike for an hour. I did this interval workout that was 3 min hard, then 4 min easy. The hour goes by pretty slow. There are only about a dozen channels on the TV in front of you and they are mostly news and shopping. I don't think I had done a stationary bike like that for almost 2 years. I rode over 5K miles last year, but 100% was outside on the roads. I guess much like the dreadmill, I can't stand the drainer. For me, a 3 hour ride outside goes by faster than an hour on the drainer.
Of course they did have exercise equipment, which I also hit twice that week. So I had a piddly 5.5 hours working out. Plus all the food and beer doesn't help either. I was definitely ready to get back to "normalcy" of working out as much as I can. We enjoyed spending time with our family on the cruise. I really enjoyed the snorkeling as well. But, at the end of the day, we're just not cruise people. And I'm OK with that.
|Beers on the Beach!|