To quote that iconic Porgy and Bess song:
First off, and speaking of spectacular music, the Andrea Bocelli concert on Friday night was STUNNING. Thank you to Adam for getting the tickets. It was one of the most stirring and captivating performances I've ever experienced in my entire life. Bocelli's vocals are truly magical, more than I can even begin to describe in words.
Bocelli's show was a very interesting mixture of musical genres ranging anywhere from opera to pop to Broadway and Hollywood soundtracks. He included guest performances and duets with singers Renee Fleming, Maria Aleida, and Jessica Sanchez; his wife Veronica; and violinist Caroline Campbell. Everyone was magnificent, but I was especially blown away by Jessica Sanchez (I learned she's an American Idol alum). The show even featured some professional dancers.
I have long considered Con Te Partiro to be Bocelli's signature song and my favorite. On Friday I discovered a new favorite - Canto Della Terra (translates to "Song about the Earth"):
Italian is such a beautiful language.
I want to learn Italian.
I want to BE Italian.
I've listened to this song about 25 times since Friday night. It is incredibly emotive. Yesterday, I was on the treadmill doing incline work and had this song on repeat almost the entire time. What a difference it made during those tough intervals.
We may be on to something here with workout music choices...
Here are my workouts from the week:
MONDAY - 10 minutes stationary biking, 40 minutes lifting
TUESDAY - Rest
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class
THURSDAY - Yoga class
FRIDAY - 10 minutes stationary biking, 30 minutes lifting
SATURDAY - Run 3 miles on treadmill with incline work (10 minute warm-up, 1-minute ladder intervals betweens levels 3-7), 10 minutes of strength work on shoulders/back
SUNDAY - Yoga video
I've done so little running over the last few weeks. Honestly, I haven't missed it. But I realized that Rock N Roll Chicago is five weeks from today, so I need to keep my conditioning up. Sadly, long runs are a ghastly thought right now, especially in the summer heat. Why did I sign up for these races again? Sigh.
That aside, I am ready to shake up my lifting routine. I feel like there are only so many variations you can work each muscle group before it gets very repetitive. This will be my next area of fitness research.
Also next on the to-do list: Get outside more! I wanted to do outdoor yoga at Millennium Park yesterday morning, but didn't get up early enough. Hopefully next weekend.