Monday, August 28 | Anne
Luke and I began our day with a nice, cool, 5-mile walk on the grounds of the Biltmore estate. Stupid people use retractable leashes. There, I said it.
As this is the fourth day in a row of exercising, I took it relatively easy. One could even say it was a day of active recovery. Yeah, one could say that. By that way, that’s what I’m saying.
100-80-60-40-20 double unders
25-20-15-10-5 knees to elbows & Abmat sit-ups
Somewhat like Annie, I know. Yes, Annie is one of my least favorite benchmark workouts because, well, it’s too easy. This was a little more challenging.
I completed all rounds of sit-ups in unbroken reps. Duh. I also completed rounds of 60, 40, and 20 double unders in unbroken reps and broke seldom and rested naught during rounds of 100 and 80. Knees to elbows were a bit more difficult because of yoke. Dammit.
Time = 13:12
Tuesday, August 29 | Nine Years
I received a text from my mother-in-law congratulating Jeff and me on our nine-year anniversary. Ha! We’ve been together going on 24 years, but got legally married in San Bernardino, CA nine years ago today.
Luke and I began our day with a 4.5-mile walk in the neighborhood as well as Carrier and French Broad parks. I can tell that we’re about to experience a change in seasons, and I’m none-too-pleased. The reason I don’t like Fall is that Winter follows. Perhaps I’ll have a more positive experience now that we live in the mountains? Yes, that was a question.
My intent was to program an exhausting workout today. Uhm, this was one of the most challenging and exhausting workouts I’ve completed in a very long time.
For Accumulated Time
Every other minute on the minute
2 strict HSPU
3 strict pull-ups
4 30″ box jumps
5 25# wall ball shots to 10′ target
14 double unders
Each round built in intensity, i.e., strict handstand pushups aren’t that aerobically challenging, pull-ups are slightly more aerobically challenging for (even if strict) you complete them faster than HSPUs. Then box jumps, wall ball shots, and double unders, all increasing in intensity — and heart rate. I was gassed as the end of each and every round and was often still catching my breath when the next round began.
I completed unbroken double unders 12 rounds, HSPU, pull-ups, and wall ball shots all rounds. I missed the VERY LAST box jump! I broke the skin, but my shin feels fine and I’m not experiencing any pain. That’s good.
I was dreading the wall ball shots each and every round, and I’m convinced that that is why I missed the last box jump. I lost my focus! Dammit.
The second was my slowest round (1:12), as I hadn’t set up my jump rope and I kept missing reps due to frustration. My fastest round was the sixth (54 seconds) and I completed most rounds in 56 to 58 seconds.
Accumulated time: 19:54
Today was my first day teaching at AB Tech, and I had a blast! I truly feel like I’m in my element when teaching at the college level. Students seemed responsive and receptive, and I hope this continues to be the case. The classroom was unbearably hot, and I’m glad I won’t likely be wearing a tie again this semester.
I also get a sense that things might be a little different than they were 20 years ago. You think? I intentionally yet casually mentioned my husband and nary an eye was batted.
Wednesday, August 30 | Bear Crossing
Yup, the title says it all. As Luke and I were traveling to Shut In trailhead we had to slow down and eventually stop to allow a rather large black bear cross the Blue Ridge Parkway. That makes the 4th bear sighting and 9th bear we’ve seen this year. So far. Luke and I went for about a 5.5-mile walk (I forgot to wear TomTom) and I rested the remained of the day. I needed it.
I did indeed scrape my shin, but I’m happy to report that the wound is healing nicely.
Tuesday, August 30 | 150
Luke and I went for a 5-mile walk around the neighborhood and neighborhood parks. With the expected spike in gasoline prices, I’m driving as infrequently as possible. ‘Twas overcast and began to drizzle as we enjoyed another Thursday morning spent together.
I don’t often share my dreams, but this one is too funny not to share.
I was wearing a cooking apron. And that’s it. And it wasn’t even tied in the back. Ha! I was sweeping the driveway and Jeff cautioned me that the neighbors might be offended. “This is Asheville,” I replied.
I was then suddenly in Jaclyn’s home, still wearing just a cooking apron. She asked, “Will you clean the inside of the windows? Only the top windows need cleaning, so you’ll need to stretch and go on your tiptoes.”
Yup, that’s 60 back squats, not counting warm up reps. I wore weightlifting shoes and belt, and I recorded all sets. My post-surgery 5RM is 195, so I set a goal of 180#. I successfully completed set @ 105, 115, 135, 155, 170, & 180#. That last rep was a struggle. I don’t know if it’s psychologically a good or bad thing that I couldn’t have had bailed on the lift, as if I did so the plates would’ve likely hit Luke. And I certainly don’t want that!
10-8-6-4-2 parallette pass throughs
10-20-30-40-50 air squats
Yup, fast and furious and unbroken. Uhm, that’s 150 air squats in addition to about 100 I did including warmup.
Luke didn’t budge the entire workout.
Time = 6:23