>> Thursday, July 31, 2008
You know those good workouts at the gym that leave you sore the next day? It’s not a “Dang it, I hurt myself” sore; it’s more of a “Sweet, I worked my ass off” kind of sore. I’m sore like that today.
I wanted a real good free weight workout at the Y yesterday. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that when I want a REALLY good workout, I keep track of all of the exercises that I do. I only do this during the “off season” because I can’t go too nuts lifting weights during the heart of the summer. When I’m done, I figure out how much weight I lifted.
For example, my heaviest set doing the bench press was 175 lbs for 8 reps. So I take 175 x 8 for a total of 1400 pounds. Others are lighter: 10 shoulder flys with a 15 lb dumbbell in each hand comes to 300 pounds (10 x 30). I total up how much weight I “lifted” during the workout. It’s not a perfect judge of how good the workout was, but it’s just a fun way to compare the intensity from one workout to another.
I had a few workouts this past winter (upper and lower body combined) that totaled over 50,000 pounds. My highest was nearly 52,000 pounds, and anything over 35,000 is considered a pretty good workout for me.
Yesterday at the Y, I only did an upper body workout, and in 55-60 minutes, I totaled 48,205 pounds. ONLY upper body. Best. Upper. Body. Workout. Ever. THEN, last night, I did 110 pushups at home (I’m finishing up week 2 of the “100 Pushup Challenge” - more on that in a week [it’s got its pros and cons]).
Putting on deodorant today was tough. I cringed a bit when getting the milk out of the fridge for my cereal. My boobs hurt and my shoulders are tight. Yes, I am proudly sore today.
Pharmie and I are heading out to Steelhead 70.3 early tomorrow morning. She’ll be competing, and I’ll be cheering (see previous post - oh, and add wrist bands and a head band out the outfit in the last post too). I’ll be seeing some of you out there! Good luck racers!