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AFC Arrives in Barcelona

We arrived in Barcelona yesterday, and we’re staying in a beautiful apartment right on the beach.  The set-up is great because -- compared to Valencia, where we were staying in the city center -- there is much more space to workout and run.  I can focus all of my energy into my workouts now, not searching the streets for a gym!

 

AFC on the Barcelona beach at sunset.  What a beautiful city!

AFC on the Barcelona beach at sunset.  What a beautiful city!

 

 

 

I’ve been having some pain on the bottom of my foot over the course of the last month, but in the last week it's been feeling a lot better.  I can finally do hard running workouts again, and I’ve been interspersing these with plyometric training and abs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon used to live in Barcelona as a teenager, and we visited his old tennis club -- Club Tenis Barcino. 

Jon used to live in Barcelona as a teenager, and we visited his old tennis club -- Club Tenis Barcino. 

 

 

Thinking back on our time in Valencia since we've been here in Barcelona, I can’t believe I was able to find such consistency with my workouts!  There really was hardly any space to do exercise outdoors -- as the Old City maintained narrow streets and tight quarters.   I suppose that’s why it’s important to be in open areas -- with fields, running tracks, tennis courts, etc. – if you really want to progress physically.

We had a great time at Park Guell!  Walking up and down the steep slopes was great for getting fitter.

We had a great time at Park Guell!  Walking up and down the steep slopes was great for getting fitter.

AFC made it to La Sagrada Familia in between workouts.

AFC made it to La Sagrada Familia in between workouts.

 

 

Today, I joined Jon on the courts for a tennis workout.   He gave me a series of exercises to complete, which included sprints, plyometrics, and core strength building.  The muscles I worked on the tennis court were quite different than the workout you get in a gym, because your movements are so much less restricted.  You’re not a hamster on a treadmill, or a spinner in a cycling class.  Instead, you are running around as a free person!  I’ve been pestering Jon to give me some more tennis lessons in the coming weeks, so hopefully he will oblige.

 

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