I decided to take it a bit easy today. It is the weekend, after all. I went to the gym and got on a treadmill. I decided to continue experimenting with 2 minute intervals and set the treadmill for 3.5 mph with 0° incline for the easy intervals and 4 mph with 3° incline for the hard intervals. This was actually a bit harder than I meant to do for an easy day, but it worked out pretty well anyway. Toward the end, I just really wanted to go sit down for a good long while, which I think is a message from my body that I need to take it even easier tomorrow.
Today I tried the interval program on a regular elliptical. I also tried to increase my pace during the hard parts for an extra bit of burn. It was pretty fun and a really good workout! I’m really starting to relish the physical effort of exercising almost to my limit. I’m also starting to get a pretty good idea of what my limits are and how they’re changing. I definitely feel more powerful and energetic than I did 25 days ago! Challenge 1/4 complete!
Today I rode the stationary bike, but I decided not to let the heartbeat monitor hold me back. I chose to do 2 minute intervals for 30 minutes. It was kind of exhausting, but in a good way. I also got a lot more miles than before. The final total was 8+. The only real downside is that my butt freaking hurts! I’m not sure if it is from working out harder or the way I adjusted the seat height. I finally figured out the right setting to have my leg almost completely extended at the bottom of the pedal circle. I think that made me sit a little more forward than I previously have, which changed where on my pelvis the seat rested. There’s a little more padding further back (for now!).
My son’s surgery today turned out perfectly. The procedure was shorter than expected and there were no complications at all. We even got to see some pictures from the laparoscope! However, we spent most of the day at the hospital and the rest of the day taking care of a very grumpy toddler. Even though I think that this situation warrants an exception to the 100 Day Challenge, I really don’t want to let myself think that exceptions are possible at all. So I’m saying that hauling a diaper bag, laptop bag, wife’s bag o’ stuff, and heavy winter coats around the hospital, up and down elevators and hallways, back and forth to the parking garage, counts as light exercise for today. I’m pretty sure I walked at least a mile at the hospital.
For the way my silly brain works, it is ok to have light days, but allowing an exception once invites later attempts to justify more exceptions. Therefore, I’m still on track!
I managed to get up this morning, even though all I wanted to do was sleep all day. I was running late, but still managed to get in 30 minutes on the crossramp. I pushed myself some, increasing my pace during the hard intervals (which are also “uphill”). I’m actually a little sore tonight!
Part of the reason I pushed a little harder this morning was knowing that it is going to be a challenge to get any dedicated exercise time in on Wednesday. I am likely to spend the day in the hospital with my 2-year-old son. It’s routine, nothing to worry about too much, but I’m not seeing any treadmills or stationary bikes in my immediate future. I really don’t want to break a 22-day streak, so I’ll be looking for some sort of creative solution.
Monday marked 3 full weeks of daily exercise! Although I didn’t get out to the gym in the early morning, I found time after dinner to go run on a treadmill. I did 2.6 miles in about 35 minutes (walking and running, but mostly running), which is definitely more duration and speed than I had 21 days ago. It feels good!
I’ve been getting a little lax about telling the world about how my 100 Day Challenge is going and I can already see some negative effects from that. I find myself feeling really unmotivated to work out today, at least partly because I’ve started to lose that feeling that there are people watching who will notice if I slack off. I’m going to make a fresh effort to blog about (or Facebook, Twitter, whatever) each day until the end.
As for my recent sweating: last Friday (Day 18), I rode a bike for about a half hour. I got about 5.1 miles in. I tried a reclining stationary bike instead of the more traditional kind just to see if it was any better or worse. I found it to be less of a workout than the normal stationary bike. It might have targeted some of my leg muscles a little more directly, but I didn’t feel too tired after pedaling 5 miles.
On Saturday (Day 19), I went back to the gym and got back on the regular stationary bike. I did 5.5 miles in about a half hour. I was using the built-in heart rate monitor to let the bike control the resistance for hard and easy intervals, but it kept telling me to slow down! I guess my poor heart is not very good at getting back to resting pace very quickly. I kind of feel like I can do more than the bike’s program wants me to do, though. Next time I use the bike, I think I’m going to try a different program or just manual control.
Yesterday (Day 20), I did a nontraditional form of exercise–clearing the snow from our driveway and sidewalk. Even though we have a snowblower, it is still a fair amount of work to push that thing up and down the sidewalk, turn it around, and so on. In the past, I’ve felt a bit wiped out after clearing the snow, but yesterday I still felt pretty good afterward. I think I’m starting to see some results of this crazy daily exercise plan!
I have not yet done any sort of exercise today. When my alarm went off at 5, I just could not face the thought of getting out of bed. I had only been asleep for 3 or 4 hours at that point, as I had had some homework due late Sunday night. Now I’m stuck at home with the kids and no vehicle to transport them. Hopefully I can find some time to hit the gym after my wife gets home from work or maybe after dinner. I certainly can’t just take a walk around the neighborhood, as the North Pole seems to have taken up permanent residence over Michigan. I want to exercise, but I don’t want my exposed skin to fall off!