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Is it rational to follow yoga with Espresso?

Maybe, maybe not.

Regardless of the sense or sensibility of it, that’s what I’m doing. I think I’ve recovered from what felt like a weeklong slump where I wasn’t exercising or getting outside¬†enough. This weekend was a lot of fun. Harry and I dug out what is about a 1/3 to 3/4 mile mountain biking loop through our back woods. Most of it is fairly simple, but with a lot of turns that don’t let you pick up much speed. There are a few technical sections that drop down and through the creek bed, but I can push through most of it without going over the bars.

Today, I got out for the first test run. I used the Nike+ app to map and get milage, but poor signal left me with only an estimate of the distance. My first loop read .35 miles, but two more gave a total of 2.5 miles. As you can see, the math doesn’t hold.

I’d like to get out and make some alterations to the path this week, but I don’t think I’ll be able to talk Harry into joining me as he picked up a terrible case of Poison Ivy from the first time. Not to mention that a good deal of the reaction was in unmentionable places due to his unwillingness to go back up to the house for the bathroom. (Oooo. That’s right. It’s bad.)

 

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Things to look out for in the woods

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Crash and Burn

As I said once before, I started P90X about a month ago following a moment of extreme late-night TV watching weakness. Once you get over the embarrassment of following a TV workout, it’s actually quite awesome. I have definitely gotten results over the first month and am very eager to continue with this progress.

The setup is that it consists of three weeks of a set workout involving several days of strength training, spaced with days of cardio, yoga and stretching. Then the fourth week is the break – which actually means just cardio and yoga (still excruciating). I just started day one of month two this morning and something odd and unprecedented happened – I completely bonked. I felt like crap starting out and just chalked it up to a fitful night of sleep and thought I’d recover by the time the warm-up was through. But that never happened. Instead, I completely crashed at the 20 minute mark and couldn’t go on.

Frankly, I’m a little concerned. I’ve been suffering from some creeping tiredness and depression of the past few days – nothing serious, I’ve just felt low on gas and a little unenthusiastic about getting pumped up and engaged. I wonder if I’m just fighting off a cold or something that is staying slightly below the radar. This is consistent with some other (very) mild symptoms of sore throat and headache.

I’ll keep my eye on it, but I hope it’s nothing.

Perhaps I can spend some time mowing the lawn this morning instead of working out. I have to listen to chapter 2 of “Your Inner Fish” for class today anyway. I was thinking of listening to it while taking a short run, but I think that’s out.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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