Tomorrow I fly to UT to visit Dr. Hottie. He has a whole 24 hours off on Saturday- woohoo! We are planning an adventure to Park City for hiking and good eats. I'm excited to take full advantage of the last weekend of summer before school starts. I'll have a great story, pics, and workouts post travel. Have a fantastic labor day weekend!
Having swum approx. 50 miles/week (yea, you read that right) through high school and college, I tend to go on spurts (sometimes lasting several months) where I don't feel like swimming at all. Just because I know I can. The last few months it has been just the opposite- I've been swimming with a master's group that gives me some much needed social interaction sans Dr. Hottie. The water feels good & I got to race a couple open water swims over the summer. Tonight I got to swim with a new friend who's only been swimming for 1 year. It was so much fun watching him swim and giving him some pointers on his stroke. I've been so preoccupied with vascular physiology the past 2 years I had forgotten how much I love to coach. We'll see where post-graduation life takes me in 4 months!
Speaking of life passions, I know Dr. Hottie's passion is...well me- duh! In all seriousness he LOVES surgery. When I was visiting his childhood home once many years ago we found an essay he had written in grade school about his dream to become a doctor. He wrote, "I want to help fix people, and I will always have a job because people will always get sick." Smart boy that one :-) The point is, there will be COUNTLESS times when I get frustrated with the demands of Dr.Hottie's career. We weren't together for my birthday, our wedding anniversary, and he can't make it to my graduation. I will complain sometimes- and most definitely throw my own pity parties (when I get to eat as much dessert as I want), but what I ABSOLUTELY will never do is say, "I wish you hadn't chosen this career path." I absolutely want him to pursue his life passion- I know he would never deny me of any of mine (I have too many to count ;-)).
Yesterday Madtown was steamy 95 and sunny with the heat index. My workout plan included doing TRX (if you don't know what it is- it will get its own post soon) outside, but the heat drove me to the cardio room of the gym. I only frequent the cardio room roughly 2x/year. I can do spinning, circuits, and fitness classes but I find the cardio room to generally be a snore.
Thankfully, I made it an hour- I probably won't be back anytime soon but for the gym rats out there here was the workout:
20 min. on treadmill
- 5 min jog, then increase the speed every 5 minute by 0.3-0.5 mph
15 min. on rowing machine
-7 sets of 2 min. (done as 1:30 steady & :30 sec fast)
- 1min warm down
20 min. on elliptical (honestly- who can do the level 20 on resistance??- if you can, you're amazeballs!)
-hit the random button (when the resistance is heavy use your arms- when it's light don't use your arm and focus on leg tempo)
So why Dr. So & So's wife as a title? I read a fantastic book- "Surviving Residency: a medical spouse guide to embracing the training years". In one of my fav sections the author, Kristen Math, suggests medical spouses will often be in the shadow of their significant other career wise. The ultimate message was to not stress about finding a career path that "outshines" your spouse. Go in the direction that provides happines!s for you , because others will always seek comfort and simplicity in labeling you as "Dr. So & So's wife". I have been with Dr. Hottie through medical school and now the start of surgery residency, and I find this experience to be quite true. When we were looking for places to live in UT, the landlords would ask Dr. Hottie what he did- he would dutifully answer-"I'm a surgery resident". They would proceed to have a conversation about all the Dr.'s they knew or some strange ailment their grandma had surgery for. Then they would look at me- a 5 second awkward silence would commence- and that was the end of that. I know friends and acquaintances don't peg me in a corner to be mean- it's just what's simple and comfortable. To others I will always be, "Dr. So & So's wife". The upside is there's no pressure in my career path. I can dabble in being a scientist, athlete, and coach without anyone's expectations but my own. At the end of the day I find comfort in this- my spirit is complex & always changing- the labels others define me by are just that- construed labels. I will continue to find the path of least resistance- take the comments in stride-but ultimately find strength in who I know I am.
In the "shout outs" page of the blog you'll find a list of me and Dr. Hottie's favorite food, drink, and exercise places in Madison, WI & Salt Lake City, UT. My all time favorite place in Madtown deserves its own post. The Willy Street Co-op is located on Williamson street. It's an eclectic neighborhood often referred to as "the near east side" or "the willy st neighborhood". I often ride my bike to the co-op, pick up a snack, and hang out for a few hours in the cute outdoor seating to people watch and listen to a musician that's usually playing outside the store (the bluegrass banjo player is my favorite). Yesterday I stopped by to get a smoothie from the juice bar (I went with mango with coconut water) and a couple vegan cookies from the day old bakery. In addition to smoothies and dessert, the co-op also has an amazing salad bar, sandwiches, and creative sides. I will miss this place the most when I move come January!!
Today's workout called for a 25 min circuit + 20 min of yoga. The day was full of errands and working on my dreaded thesis, so when I hadn't worked out come 6pm I opted for an at home session.
7 rounds of 2 min/1min/:30 sec rest
2x (2 min kettlebell squats/1min burpees/:30 rest
2 min renegade push ups/1min reverse crunches/:30 rest
2 min walking lunges/1min mountain climbers/:30 rest
round #7- 2 min squats with overhead press/1min plank (30 sec right leg pulses, 30 sec left leg)
Great workout when you're short on time, and burns so good!
Howdy! Let me use the 1st post to give you the low-down on the blog. I'm fitgeek and Dr. So & So's wife. I'm an athlete, grad student (exercise physiology- one more semester to go!), and married to a surgery resident (Dr.Hottie). I live in Madison, WI & Dr.Hottie lives in SLC, UT. We'll be reunited in January after I finish my degree. I'd like to write about research, fitness, & medical marriage. Enjoy!