Just what the DR ordered

My memory is somewhat foggy, as I spent the last week engaged in debauchery. Not really. I did, however, join Jeff and some of our (and some of really just his, if truth be told) friends at the New Onyx resort in Punta Cana. ‘Twas Jeff’s 50th birthday bash.

I missed Luke, Meg, and Zac terribly. I can’t be away from them for more than a couple of days hours minutes.

The following consists of some of the workout that I did at the New Onyx gym. I’m pleased to say that the resort had a rather nice facility (Abmats, free weights, kettle bells etc.dd). We tended to go at 8 am and that also seemed to be the busiest time of the day. That’s understandable. Start the day with a workout. As the gym was often filled with tourists the asshole count was often high.

I also consistently observed folks doing reps without using full range of motion, particularly pull-ups and pushups.

The following is a description of some of the workouts I completed. Some, but not all, as I didn’t record nor can I recall many.

20-min AMRAP
5 pull-ups
10 pushups
15 air squats

The biggest challenge was having enough space to work. Oh, and not hitting my head on the low ceiling.

I didn’t have my abacus so I may have forgotten to count a round. I either completed 25 or 26 rounds + 1 pull-up.

8-rounds Tabata (30;15)
7 DB HPC (25#)
7 sit-ups
7/leg mountain climbers

How many rounds? I can’t recall.

100, 90, 80…30, 20, 10/leg steps at 6 mpm pace
10, 9, 8…3, 2, 1 DB burpee deadlifts (45#)

Time = 13:12

I kept the treadmill running, and starting and ending the sprint was often a challenge.

10-min AMRAP (I think it was 10 minutes)
Odd-numbered minutes burpee pull-ups
Even-numbered minutes burpee toes to bar

That was tough! Sixty-three reps.

10, 9, 8…3, 2, 1
1-armed DB KB thrusters (1 rep = both arms)

As the heaviest KB the resort had was 35#, well, that’s the weight I used. That was tough. Time = 7:43

Every 30 seconds for 10 minutes (20 rounds)
DB manmakers, 20#

Tough. I was exhausted.

Tabata Treadmill Sprints

I completed the first tabata at 6 mpm pace. I rested briefly and then began the next tabata at 10.1 mph and finished at 10.8 mph. Uhm, that’s a 5:33 mpm.

The gym was crowded and I used the only available treadmill. I felt sorry for the females on both sides of me, as I did indeed sweat.

And then it happened. Yup, some dude wanted to know what I was doing, if I was a runner, what app I was using, etc. Uhm, same dude did really shitty pushups two days prior. I was on vacation so I was nice. Nice for me, that is.

14-min AMRAP
DB burpee deadlift + HPC&J (25#)

My goal was 50 reps and I got 58. I don’t know how. The power jerks got heavy. 

5 deadlifts
20 lateral bar hops

2 reps shy of 7 rounds. What a gasser.

Bench Press
10 pull-ups immediately after each round

Uhm, the weight was in KGs so I didn’t even bother to attempt to discover what I was lifting. I just knew that the last round was heavy.

And some dude asked, “Are you using that bench?” Uhm, as I was using the bench. Asshole.

Partner WOD
50 RFT
Burpee + pushup + jumping jack + sit-up + handstand

Whaaaat? A partner WOD? Yes, because Kelli (and Bill) attended the soiree and Kelly often worked out with Jeff and me. I completed odd- and she completed even-numbered rounds. Time = 11:51.


Jeff and I enjoyed a Gator excursion during our visit. Unfortunately, the Gator kept falling out of gear and, well, stopping. About a third of the way through the ride the staff was kind enough to swap and provide us with a much more powerful Gator. And much faster! Jeff and I were both laughing at the top of our lungs as we drove through the rather expansive mud puddles. Jeff drove after our swim but, after driving for just a short amount of time, stopped the Gator and asked me to drive. “Why?” I asked. “Because you enjoying driving a lot more than I do.” True. Very true.

Jeff and I also enjoyed a spectacular zip line excursion. I take that back. I enjoyed the zip line excursion but Jeff did not. It sometimes boggles my mind how little I fear heights and how much of a thrill seeker I am.

We had the most fun at a water park that also include zip lines. I jumped off of the highest deck! And without a care in the world.

I finally got to watch “Black Panther” on the plane ride to the DR and “Lady Bird” on the plane ride home. BP, while enjoyable, didn’t live up to the hype. LB was an extraordinary film.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I most enjoy movies that don’t use the soundtrack to manipulate my emotions, foreshadow the plot, or insist that I listen. I’m not going to explain. Suffice it to say that the soundtrack to “God’s Country” and LB were much better than the soundtrack for BP.

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