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Anna-Lee Markstedt  πŸ’› Adventure Ninja Warrior FUNctional Training OCR athlete sponsored by: OMPU, SATS IceBug, Fivefingers Decathlon & GoForLife

Yes, we are ridiculously lucky.
Yes, we would be fools to mess with that luck.
Yes... we still decided to disturb Niama's 8h long sleep cycle that goes from 23:30 - 07:30, by moving her from bed to car, to pram and in to park for 07:00 Bootcamp.
She didn't wake up.
Not until we finished stretching at 08:05.
Then she opened her eyes, smiled at the bootcampers, drank her bottle, then fell back asleep as I rollerbladed home again.
We just got back up out of bed at 12.
Yes, this will come back and bite us in the arse at some point I'm sure... πŸ˜‡πŸ‘Άβž‘οΈπŸ˜ˆ...πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
But for now πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ #BestBabyEVER #YesImBeingObnoxiouslySmugButAfterAllTheShitIGotForTheSoCalledDangerousTrainingDuringPregnancyIDeserveToBe πŸ˜‰
On a more serious note: I firmly believe the science that's proven that babies with mum's that worked out during pregnancy sleep much better, so probably not all just luck.
#StayActive moms-to-be. The benefits are so many.
@antwerpbootcamp #AntwerpBootcamp #BootcampEveryGodDamnDay #OutdoorTraining #FUNctionalTraining #BootcampBaby

When the best thing to ever come out of Sweden - #AstridLindgren - says so, you can't argue:
No matter age, good for body and soul.
#AldrigBlivaStur #FUNctionalTraining #AntwerpToday

I was half an hour late,
Had to check on the baby 20 times during the session,
Bring her to go toilet once,
I was there.
I sweated.
And my shoulders, and several other body parts, will be hurting tomorrow. πŸ™†β€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Š
I think key is to keep expectation low, and congratulate yourself on anything accomplished, rather than the things not.
#SometimesDoingSomethingHalfwaysIsBetterThanNothingAtAll #LookAndLearnLittleOne #AntwerpBootcamp #BattleRopes #PregnancyJourney #PostPartum

Night Swimming. πŸŒ… πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ

Another reason to love Summer: you can train pretty much anywhere!
Got a pair of Aqua Fitness dumbbells from my go-to place for sports equipment #Decathlon for only €15 and thats all you need to train arms, shoulders, back, core (real intense!) glutes and thighs. Calves are the only part I find hard to get to, but that mght just be me. A lake or the sea will do, and if you work with the resistance I swear youll be real tired after as short as 15min. Great workout as rehab training to, as very kind on your limbs.
@decathlonsweden @decathlonbe . πŸ‹οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸŠβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸŠβ€β™€οΈ
#NoExcuses #VariedTraining #StayActive #TryNewThings #FUNctionalTraining #OutdoorTraining

Friday evenings aren't the same once you have a baby. No more parties.... now we wakeboard in the sunset! πŸ˜‰
#SportsBeforeParty #OurTrumpBabyPutHerselfToSleepWhileWeBoarded #IGotUp!

I was reading all the posts about how the Obstacle Course Racing - OCR - European Championships wasn't anything like most of the athletes had imagined... and then I read another post by a woman who gave birth 11 weeks ago, sharing her birth photographer's video and saying that she was still trying to wrap her head around what had actually happened.

I couldn't help compare the two.

Even if you have months to prepare, Even if you did it before, and Even if you are one of the only 1% (recognise the statistics? 😊) with a so-called natural and "prefect birth" (fast, no complications, no meds, no intervention, no after-care, and a healthy baby), it is still a totally mind-blowing experience.
Just like a very challenging obstacle course you go through a rollercoaster of feelings like Surprise, Determination, Tiredness, Hope, Pain, Happiness, Despair, Pride and Disbelief, just to mention a few, but in this case it's amplified by 10!
Also, quiting just isn't an option when a baby has decided to come out.

The whole thing leaves most of us mums in a sort of state of emotional drainage and daze, or even shock, for weeks and months after. Personally I struggled with the lack of control. The way our bodies goes in to a kind of auto-pilot, where one is not in charge, nor able to steer very much of what is happening. As an athlete I'd normally tell my body what to do - not the other way around - and I'd find the latter a bit scary and quite stressful.

Either way childbirth most certainly puts things in to perspective. Makes any OCR a walk in the park. It's probably notΒ going to be what you expected, and it's probably not going to pleasant, but I definitely don't want to forget.
I believe it's a good thing to be out of your depth at times. Quite often good things will come out of it, no matter how uncomfortable.
At least this race ends with the most awesome medal.

Finally, I do hope you truly LOVE a challenge, cus once you had some moments to recover, you have your next long distance, kick-ass, but absolutely amazing, obstacle course lined up.
They call it Parenthood.

#OCRECeatyourheartout #TheToughestRace #JustSayin

I'm not getting a lot of time to work out, with a newborn, an 8 year old on Summer holidays, and Fred working - but at least we opt to leave the car at home most of the time, and use our own motors....
Belgium has so many cool variations of bicycles!
#ItsAFamilyAffair #PostpartumFitness #GetCreative #StayingActive #ThisIsHowWeRoll

The @sportclubheteiland gym I go to in Antwerp has a brilliant set up for the Summer they call #PointBreak, an "Outdoor Gym Concept", down at the docks where the shops are in containers.
Opens at 16 and all afternoon and evening classes are held there as long as the weather is good. Soo nice to train outdoors.
#WishEveryDayWasFlipFlopDay #ThisIsAntwerp #HetEiland #SportClubHetEiland

Another day with 30 degrees and sun in Belgium. Best place to be is in the water.
#WaterBaby #FirstSwim #7WeeksOld #WorldsMostChillBaby

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