Wednesday, May 27, 2009

week 2, day 2: 71 total pushups

Or, 81 total pushups if you count a ~3 hour break and then adding 10 more pushups into the mix.

I have been noticing over the past two days that my right arm seems just sore enough to be a little annoying, but not quite sore enough to call it sore. I have also experienced very slight tingling in my right hand like it had fallen asleep, but not 100% woken up (minor pinched nerve?). Lastly, my whole right arm and hand seem to tire out very quickly. This seemed to get better as today progressed, so on with the show it was. Besides, I have been busting my back with this whole garage and landscaping project and am not convinced that this could be related to doing pushups 3 days a week.

Seeing as Monday didn't go as planned, I decided to try and do my pushups the first chance I got after walking in the door from work. I had an energy drink after lunch since I didn't sleep so well last night, so I wondered if it would be put to good use.

Nope.

Getting right to it (I'm tired..) today's sets, with a 90 second intervals between sets, looked like this:
  1. 14
  2. 16
  3. 12
  4. 12
  5. minimum of 17
The first 14 wasn't even easy like the first set normally is, but I am absolutely determined to successfully complete this challenge and continue to do 100 pushups a few days a week while adding in other excersizes or taking another challenge.

Since there was a house full of kids here today, I picked a quiet spot on a different floor of the house--hoping to avoid the same ending Monday had. Trying to keep my breathing consistent, I still struggled through sets 1 - 3. Then my youngest started screaming and my wife started shouting, so I had to come downstairs and find out what was going on. After that distraction, I didn't follow the program as required and had to break up the last set again. Now I am starting to wonder if I should be downgrading to the middle column instead of the far right column (here is the week 2 schedule) but there is a progress test at the end of week 2 that will set me up for week 3, so I'm not giving up here!

After all of that and at the end of the day, I decided to hit the floor and pump out 10 more pushups to make up for my shotty ending today. Those 10 were the easiest pushups I have done all week and at the end of the day, aside from being completely exhausted, fubar'ing my blog posts, and having the slight annoyance on the couch next to me, err, I mean in my right arm ;-) I am feeling pretty darn good.

I am looking forward to the progress test at the end of week 2, but I am relizing that I need to add a routine to my routine. Meaning, I need to be paying attention to my breathing more, staying hydrated, and not attempting these on an empty stomach. A consistent time of day may be nice as well.

1 comment:

  1. I felt the same way about being in the second column this week after day 1's pushups. But I figured before I do that I will try my best to keep up with column 3 and see what happens in the test at the end of the week. I'm also thinking I may have to repeat week 2 because I'm struggling with it so much.

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