2015 Training Diary – Week 36

2015 Training Diary – Week 36
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This week was the run up to my hen night. I’m lucky in that my bridesmaids organised so much for me so I didn’t have to do too much, but the prep I did have to do seemed to take over and I didn’t get much else in at all. Along with all of that, I also felt really tired and in need of a rest. Altogether this meant little-to-no exercise.

I can’t help but feel as though I’m turning to excuses far too easily though. Since injury I’ve lost motivation to get up early, favouring a lie in instead, and evening workouts have never really been my thing, unless I’m going with my fiance. Has anyone else found it hard to get back motivated after injury? Accepted the most trivial of excuses?

Week 36: 31st August to 6th September

Monday – Gym 11am. Today was the August Bank Holiday so Darren and I hit the gym together. We worked on chest and tricep exercises, doing:

Chest fly

Dumbbell chest press

Lat pullovers (for the chest stretch)

Incline chest press

Skull crushers

Dips (though I had no strength for these by the end!)

I’ve been enjoying working on specific body areas and training slightly more traditionally for a change – it’s also good to be getting in some varying planes of motion from what I’m used to doing in CrossFit – I’m hoping this will help to protect me from injury going forward.

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Tuesday – Rest day. We had a busy evening of wedding planning and jumped straight into that after dinner. I was later to bed than I hoped though – a theme for this week!

Wednesday – Physio 5:30pm. This was my first appointment for a couple of weeks. Joe seemed pleased with my progress, and told me I could step up my training even more, perhaps even adding in some short distance running (up to 400m), which is great news. However, because of my slow (and low frequency) return to CrossFit, there are still some things I haven’t tried out… like box jumps so I’m nervous to try the higher impact work. I’ve never really been this neurotic before! Joe told me to take it one step at a time and only do what I feel comfortable doing. He booked me in for another few weeks’ time.

Thursday – Rest day. I got back late from work after having some bits to finish off and then got ready for doing dinner. It’s Darren’s stag do tomorrow so he spent the evening getting things ready for that.

Friday –  Rest day. I had a half day at work today so that I could do some last minute bits ready for my hen night tomorrow. I did some wedding shopping and then drove to my bridesmaid’s beauty salon to have my nails done for the weekend – one thing I’ve enjoyed about giving up sports massage is the ability to have my nails done! Who said a CrossFit girl can’t have nice nails?! 😉

Saturday – Hen night! Today was my hen night. We left fairly early to get to the train station to get into Stratford for the first part of the day… life drawing! We’d booked a session with Hen and Stag Life Drawing, which was so much fun – we giggled from start to finish as they gave us different challenges to do, including drawing specific body parts, and playing a game of “pin the penis on the drawing”.

Life drawing: a brilliantly different way to celebrate a hen night! Click To Tweet

We then headed into central for lunch at All Bar One, where I was overwhelmed with gifts and party bags full of fluff and games! My friends and family were all so generous.

After lunch was a quick (or not-so-quick!) change and then on to cocktail making at Revolution vodka bar, where we learnt the tricks of making a good cocktail and roared with laughter at games and competitions. A series of shots in a row finished me off temporarily, but then I returned to party and we moved on to Steam and Rye to dance the night away.

I had such a great time with my friends and family, and just want to say a very public THANK YOU to them all, especially my lovely Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid, for making it such an enjoyable day and night!

Sunday – Recovery… waking up with a hangover, we headed to a lovely cafe for breakfast before getting the train home. Arriving home, my fiance and his dad had been busy laying turf in our nearly-finished garden. It was so nice to be home – after two nights away (the longest we’ve spent apart since moving in together nearly 4 years ago) I’d really missed Darren.

Vegetarian breakfast… with bacon.

What have you been up to this week? Have you had a busy week too? If you keep a training diary I’d love to read it – please feel free to link below in the comments!

Mileage Tracker

Weekly Miles: 0 miles

Running Total: 194.8 miles

2015 Fitness Goals Progress

Goal Target/Date Progress
Running Twice per week 14 out of 36 weeks
Inversions Unsupported hand/handstand (end Q1) Can hold unsupported… just need to work on confidence
Pullups 5 strict (end Q2) Allllllmost one strict (nose height!)
Squat Depth Below parallel (end Q4) Air squat 3/4 depth
Clean & Jerk Body weight (end Q4) 60/72.5kg… slowly getting there!
Snatch 2/3 body weight 40/47.5kg
Georgina Spenceley
Georgina Spenceley


  1. 16th September 2015 / 3:28 pm

    I love how colorful your journal is! I don’t keep a public diary anymore about training but I used to. It really does help hold you accountable! I need to get back to it.

    • Georgina Spenceley
      16th September 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks Kristin! I don’t always make it this colourful, but it definitely helps my motivation when I do! The online training diary definitely helps with accountability – though even that hasn’t seemed to get me training as much as I’d like to of late. I need to get back on that horse! Please feel free to link your training diary in the comments of mine when you do, and I’ll have a read 🙂

  2. 16th September 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Glad you had a great hen, I’m going on one myself this weekend- should be good fun. I took a long rest period after an ultra early summer, and then I’ve had a few niggles and it just destroyed my motivation and I was in such a funk- it’s really hard to get out of it. I’ve just rejoined the gym this week, and starting a new program which has been fun and I feel so much better already! Hope you find your motivation soon.

    • Georgina Spenceley
      17th September 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks Lauren! What are you doing on the one you’re going to? Sorry to hear you’re motivation has been low too 🙁 has that been since your ultra? I need to catch up with your blog! Glad you’re getting it back with a new routine though! Keep it up 🙂

      • 21st September 2015 / 4:35 pm

        I’m doing the Jamie Eason livefit program, which I did a few years back and enjoyed, it’s an old school 5 day weights split, but I’m really enjoying it. Yeah it’s been since the race in July, I took a few weeks off, ultra blues set in, then I had a few niggles, and motivation just dived, but it’s definitely back after a good week last week.

        • Georgina Spenceley
          21st September 2015 / 7:49 pm

          Ooh, I haven’t heard of that. Will you be writing it up? I’d be interested to hear more about it! Oh it’s so hard sometimes isn’t it! Really glad you’re back in the game though!

  3. 16th September 2015 / 11:05 pm

    Happy hen do!

    I agree, after injury I had a hard time getting back into a routine, too — partly just from being in less-good shape, so everything that used to feel normal felt SO hard, and partly as I found I had ‘trust issues’ with the knee that had been injured. I’m sure you’ll be back to it, although hopefully you’ll give yourself a little leeway and a bit of a break over the wedding 🙂


    • Georgina Spenceley
      17th September 2015 / 7:29 pm

      You hit the nail right on the head there Lesli! Being a little less fit, and being nervous and cautious is definitely contributing to my hesitance at going back full steam. Thanks for your words of encouragement, and yes… maybe I should take this downtime as just that before the wedding! x

  4. 19th September 2015 / 11:44 pm

    I love the idea of an exercise journal yours looks super cute

    • Georgina Spenceley
      21st September 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you Alice! Gotta love washi tape and doodles 🙂

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