I used to do a lot of Bikram yoga. 4-5 times a week. This was something like 5 years ago. I was never very skilled at it, mostly 'cause I'm quite klutsy and things like balancing on one leg do not come easy to me. However, I benefitted from it in so many ways, not the least of which was that it REALLY helped me get over a relatively serious back injury, *plus* had me about 15 pounds lighter than I am now. I stopped because I moved to a place that had no hot yoga studio (and regular yoga just bores me for some reason). I was happy to find when we moved to Truckee that there is in fact a Bikram studio here, but we had just bought out house and those damn classes are NOT cheap.
I still really can't afford it, but the other day I found myself in a class and OH MY WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN DOING THIS FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS? And one class, that's all it took, and I am obsessed again. I've done 2 classes in 2 days and, as I leave home for my week of work, I'm wondering When can I go again? (Ohh, there is a studio in Marin, sure I can't manage to fit any running in while I'm there, just not enough time and I'm too tiiiiired, but I betchya I could find some time for yoga . . . thus is my obsessive personality). Oh yeah, how am I gonna afford it? I dunno, but I will! 2 classes a week, coming up!
Of interest, the one thing I have always been is pretty flexible. Even without regular yoga exercise (or ANY exercise, for that matter), I have always been able to, say, reach down and put my palms on the floor, knees locked. Imagine my surprise when doing my first Welcome Back class I found I could barely reach my toes, even with my knees slightly bent! I laughed out loud to find how stiff I've become. Thanks, running!
I have been running, did 5 lovely miles last evening along the river and got a little blissful. I really do love to run, though it's taken me a long time to reach this state of mind. I'm glad I got started. As far as swimming, I've done nothing for over a week -- bad bad, considering I've got a tri coming up in a week and a half. An olympic. That oughta be interesting, though I am ready to take it super easy and just enjoy the experience. Given the lack of focused training, that's about all I can hope for, and that's fine by me. As far as biking goes, well, yesterday I actually changed 3 tires, from start to finish, and now feel as though I can change a flat if I need to, if not with any great speed. It's about time! Before I just had the theoretical knowledge, I'm much more confident now that I've actually done it.
Also, I baked a couple of nice Key Lime pies. I've sacrificed probably a dozen eggs to figuring out how to make a meringue (fucking up simple procedures, the bane of the self-taught cook), but think I've worked out the kinks. Egg whites: room temperature, and not a trace of yolks, even a drop is a catastrophe; Bowl: tall and glass; Beater: beat those damn things until they're SUPER foamy and soft before adding the sugar.