This week, I experienced what might be considered my first physical “setback” of the competition. I made it to the gym again six days this week, working with Patrick on two of those days. On Thursday, we worked on a couple of the cable machines that I had not used as of this time.
One of the machines is the same one I had joked about for the last several months, saying that it looked like something used to train people for riding on a dog sled. It turns out that it is used to provide tension on your hip flexor, and I must admit that it was very difficult, as I hadn’t gone through that motion before. It certainly was uncomfortable.
When I finished that exercise, my personal trainer Patrick Carmean of NOMS had me do something that was a big challenge. On one side of the squat rack, there are four handles that those much more fit than I use for doing pull-ups. He simply wanted me to hang on them as long as possible. I told him that I wasn’t sure I could get up there, as you can only get two or three sheets of paper under my “vertical.” I managed to get up there and spend maybe 15-20 seconds total hanging on for dear life. I got back on there on Sunday morning with more success.
After I finished my workout with Patrick, I hopped back onto my favorite bike, planning on knocking out another 10 miles before I called it a day. Generally, when I am on the bike, I am listening to music, and have found several songs that have drumbeats that I have tried to follow with my pedaling. One song’s beat (Megadeth’s “Never Dead”) has pushed me to over 150 RPMs on the bike, but on Thursday, after all of the lifting, my left hamstring hiccupped a bit, so I slowed things WAY down after that.
I was back at the gym Friday-Sunday, but I took it very easy on the bike, spending several extra minutes each day stretching out my hamstring. It felt better later in the week, so I think I’ll be able to cut it loose when I get to the competition on Tuesday night.
This week, I also did some experimenting with trying to create my own dried fruit. I found a technique online stating that you could dehydrate it in the oven over the course of about eight hours. I will have to admit that it was only a partial success. The pineapple certainly shrunk in size, but it is currently on the dehumidifier in my basement trying to remove the last of the moisture. It tastes great, but it isn’t exactly what I was hoping for when I started. We’ll have to see if it works out.
As today is my day for an update in the paper, I had to do my weigh-in last Thursday. After my circuit workout with Patrick was finished, I hopped onto the scale and found myself down a total of 45.6 pounds. I know that I have had some success, but I know that I can do more. Over the next three months, I’ll be redoubling my efforts to ensure that I have even more success. Again, I thank all of you that have given me your support. While in a way, this is a singular battle; I can honestly say that I couldn’t be doing it without your kind words and thoughts.