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Before sunset

Workout Wednesday! Wahoo! Today: Working my arms on a New York After Dark kayak tour.

I know my strengths and weaknesses. My legs are strong — how could they not be after living in walk-ups the last 21 months? My favorite part of boot camp is when we finish the planks and get to our feet for jumps and squats. I’m so good at those. You should see my Superman.

My arms and core are weaker. I hate ab work. That’s the only part of class when I need to stop to catch my breath as my abs burn. And I still can’t do a push-up. Not even one properly. I can go down with control, but not back up. Weak, I know!

Even though those are my weak areas, I’m so much stronger than I was a year ago. Back in August, my SUP coach encouraged me to challenge myself on a less stable board. “You have all October to ride the easy boards,” she said. I took her challenge and you know what? I didn’t fall in. Even though we were practicing surfer turns and changing our stance on the boards, I was able to catch my balance and keep myself up. I surprised myself! I honestly didn’t think my core was strong enough to do that.

I also like to challenge my balance on the subway. I remember trying to go one stop to the next without holding on. Now that’s easy. I’ve gone all the way home from work without touching the rail — in heels! (good skill to have during cold and flu season, ‘m I right?)

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#Selfie on the #Hudson #NewYorkAfterDark #Hashtag
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Safety lights + reflective jacket + flash = this hot picture

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