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Monday, October 15 2018 @ 11:13 am PDT

Workout update

It's been a while since I've posted a workout update, largely because things have been going well. I've made substantial progress, although travel set me back a bit because between the actual travel and the subsequent sickness, I went about a month and a half without a regular workout routine. The losses were aggravating but nothing I worried about.

Until today.

Today's workout was Bad News. Humiliating as I stumbled out of the gym to my car. I made it through my usual weights and 15 minutes of the stair stepper (a slow 40 floors) before realizing that I wouldn't be able to keep it up for the length of time I wanted to work out. I switched to the elliptical but only lasted a few minutes there. (This was doubly embarrassing because I was wearing my USAF shirt.) Rubber muscles, heart rate that refused to return to normal... I sat in my car for about five minutes before realizing that it wasn't helping much. I was half hoping for a tap on my window of someone checking on me. (Not that I would have necessarily trusted this mythical person, but it would have been nice to have a chance of a second opinion on what the problem was.)

Some of the problem might have been muscle fatigue from Krav Maga the day before, although I thought I'd done ok. Not great; first day back never is, but I made it through the hour without anything worse than taking a 30 second breather. (Well, I have a fashionable array of bruises, but they're nothing new for the training.)

So I'm thinking that it comes back to diet and hydration, with an additional nod to the fact that my stress is high and my body a little off-kilter right now. I had eggs and toast this morning, but I was severely delayed in getting out the door this morning so the calories might not have been hanging around like they were supposed to. Normally two packets of oatmeal or a big bowl of whole milk yogurt and granola does the job, so I think I'll be going back to that. And my hydration this morning was bad...I freely admit it. But unfortunately, even after eating properly and hydrating I'm still feeling the ill effects, so I'm not entirely sure of what's going on.

So that's the current WatchCat Workout update. I'll hope to be back with better news soon.


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