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Gut check workout.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

November
4
2008

Yesterday’s training session was a real “gut check” workout. I was very tired yesterday because I was up until around 1:00 AM that morning (thanks to the network outage that affected all of JSF). Even after the routing issue was resolved and I felt comfortable going to bed I had trouble falling asleep. Also, Lisa accidentally turned the alarm clock on while she was dusting in the bedroom on Sunday, and the alarm was set for 4:30 AM. That sucked. Finally, my internal clock is still an hour ahead thanks to the time change, so I never really was able to fall back asleep after the alarm went off since I normally get up between 5:30 and 6:00 AM.

So by mid-afternoon I felt like a zombie, and thoughts of skipping my workout were running through my mind. I decided that skipping the workout because I was tired would be a lame excuse. I challenged myself to not only get in the gym and do the workout, but to push through the fatigue and have a GREAT workout!

The hardest part was the beginning of the training session. I had to power through the first few sets and jump around between sets to help get fired up and shake the cobwebs off. I had the music turned up so loud that the walls were shaking. By the time I finished my squats, I was feeling pretty good – especially because I added weight to every set and was still able to do the same number of reps as last week. I started my leg extension/backyard lunge supersets, and while I was lunging around the backyard on the first set it was like a light came on. The endorphin rush kicked in and the energy burst was incredible. I tore through the rest of my workout like a runaway freight train. Bottom line: I added weight to every single exercise and did equal, or more, reps than last week. Considering how tired I was (and how darn good last week’s workout was), I was very proud of myself for not just doing the workout, but making it a great one.

Of course about 2 hours after my workout I became so tired that I felt like I’d been drugged. I was in bed by 9:00 PM, and I slept like a rock. This morning I’m feeling like myself again, and I’m not going to be satisfied with anything less than an amazing pecs/triceps workout this afternoon.

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