Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Weekly Wrap | Playing with Snow & Ice

Over the weekend mrC and I went on a fun trip to Harbin, China put together by the American Women’s Association. Harbin is the capital of the northernest and coldest province in China (we were very near to the Russia border). Each year Harbin hosts one of the largest Ice and Snow Festivals in the world. It was simply amazing and definitely worth braving the frigid temperatures (it was between -24 and -31C each day!). 

We did a lot of exploring and sight-seeing, but we also got to play some too. 

I loved the ice slide ---> we actually borrowed the tube from a Chinese lady and her son not knowing that we could rent our own a few steps away! Ha! They were super nice about it though. 

Ice chair skating? skiing? I wasn't sure what to call it, but it was hard to do. You'll definitely get a good upper body and core workout on this one. I also rode an ice bike.

Snow tube slide. Super fun and a little scary at the same time. I ended up going backwards and my hat slid down over my eyes, so I couldn't see and I was going soooo fast down that hill.

Banana boating in the snow behind a snow mobile was by far the craziest. We were whipped and bounced around and hanging on for dear life (in a fun way). I fell into the center of the boat and could not fight the G-force to sit back up. All I could do was hang on and laugh.

I will be writing a full recap of our weekend, but I couldn't wait to share the fun snow and ice activities we got to do. Here's what the rest of my week looked like:

Monday - Bodypump  and HIIT

I doubled up on the HIIT workouts. First I went to Bodypump (and did much better at picking upper body weights). After a quick run through the grocery and arranging for delivery, I walked to the fitness center for some hill repeats on the treadmill.

Tuesday - Yoga

Listen to my body day ---> 1) didn't sleep well 2) muscles sore from Bodypump so instead of going for a run as planned, I pulled out my yoga mat. After getting a thorough stretch session, I was feeling energized, so I took myself to the salon for a manicure.

Wednesday - Bodypump

Bump up weight day at Bodypump. It was a challenge and I couldn't complete every rep, but I hung in there pretty good. I was exhausted at the end of class but also felt very badazz!

Thursday - Run

I was really looking forward to this run since I didn't run on Tuesday. There was much to love and not love about this run, but the main thing is that I DID run.

Friday to Sunday - Travel

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!


  1. That trip to the north looks like so much fun! I always forget how big China is and how many different climates are there. How do you manage with the language?

    Isn't it great how yoga can really recharge you?

  2. I love that you did the tubing on a banana boat! That’s awesome.

  3. Looks like you had a great time in the Snow and Ice!

  4. Okay, those look like some really fun activities!! That ice slide is very cool and the banana boat tube sounds crazy fun!! What a fun adventure ...but those temps sound brutal to this southern girl!! Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip!

  5. What an awesome week of tough workouts and you squeezed in a lovely weekend adventure too! Nice one!

  6. The Ice and Snow Festival looks like so much fun! If you can dream it up, I guess it can be an activity there. LOL. I'm curious about the ice bike! I've been trying to do yoga at least once a week about an hour before bed. It works the soreness from my body and definitely helps me sleep. Thanks for linking!


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