I’m baaaaaaack! You guys, Alaska was amazing. Cold, but amazing. I could look at that scenery (aka mountains) for the rest of my life, and I hope to move and do just that some day soon. We decided to take a cruise to Alaska because it allowed us to see a lot of places in a small amount of time. A lot of the towns in Alaska, like Juneau and Ketchikan, have no roads in/out of them, and they can only be reached by boat or plane. I’m not totally sure of the costs, but I’m guessing it would be pretty expensive to jump a plane around Alaska for a week or two. I’m not totally sold on the whole cruise thing, I don’t like being held to someone else’s schedule and it felt a lot like going on a trip and spending most of your time in the hotel, but it was definitely cool to get to see multiple Alaskan towns + Glacier Bay NP.
I am always so amazed by what a difference sleep + proper nutrition can make in my athletic performace. One thing you definitely need to look out for on a cruise is the continuous availability of way too much food. I ate a ridiculous amount on this trip. And then when I returned, I was STRUGGLING to run a 5k, and finished with a pace of about 10:12 per mile, over a minute longer than my pace when I left. Everything feels so much harder, but I know it’ll come back soon.
I was on vacation and I had made up my mind before I left that I was not going to restrict myself, but enjoy my time completely, even if that meant eating dessert every night and enjoying a few cocktails with my family. However, especially on our days at sea, I ate way more than I needed to. Not that I was eating when I was full, but I was definitely eating before I was truly hungry. And everything on the buffet lines was greasy/sugary/starchy AF. And so I gained 4 pounds in a week. But guess what? I’ve already lost 1/2 pound in just the 1 day I’ve been home. If I ever cruise again, I’ll definitely try to be a bit more mindful of my portions, but I think it’s important to recognize that this was a special occasion. I enjoyed myself fully, I gained some weight, but I got right back into my normal routine when I got home, and I bet that weight will be gone within the week. It’s okay to splurge sometimes, just remember to differentiate between a normal day and special occasions, and get right back into your healthy routine when you get home 🙂
As for working out on a cruise ship, most ships will have a gym. I had a little trouble with my workouts on the ship because of the swaying/rocking – it made me pretty unsteady when running, and kept tilting my barbell from one side to another. I played it safe by taking my reps slowly and keeping one hand on the treadmill, but if you have any balance issues at all I’d say stay away from the gym on a cruise. My uncle didn’t like the crowds in the gym, so instead he did laps up/down the 16 floors of stairs, which is a great option if you want to avoid the gym. And the best kind of workout is always EXPLORING the port you’re in! We walked SO much on this trip, even just around the ship!
Our first day at sea, I did this Tone It Up Treadmill Workout while holding on ans praying I don’t fall over and break my arm on the first day of our trip. That ship was ROCKIN.
6+ mile paddle across Mendenhall Lake to Mendenhall Glacier, + about 2-3 miles of hiking around on the glacier. My shoulders and biceps were sore for days after this.
2 mile hike along the Chilkoot trail
1 mile run to warmup, then 10 min AMRAP of 21-15-9 reps:
– alternating toe touch crunches
*I finished the full 21-15-9 + about 6 reps of thrusters using 2 15# dumbbells
Power yoga warmup + 3 warmup sets of deadlifts and push-press x10 reps, then…
– hang power cleans
– push press
– front squats
*I used a 45# barbell