Day 440: Realizing What’s Missing

It was another morning of waking up without my alarm even though Laura had to set her alarm for 30 minutes earlier. It still helped me to get just shy of 8 hours of sleep last night.

With only one meeting today it gave me a good opportunity to close out the week on a number of projects, follow-ups, etc before the weekend kicked in.

Mid-day I went to get my blood work done. It was a new phlebotomist since my previous phlebotomist left to go work for one of the local hospitals. As usual, it was quick, easy and painless.

As I was driving home I started thinking about what was missing from my workouts lately.

Though I’m always exhausted, drenched in sweat and usually wake up sore, I haven’t been able to put my finger on what why I have been left wanting more.

I realized that what I want is to move heavy weights around again and have variety in my options such as different height boxes, battle ropes, free weights and more.

I am roughly back to the same size as I was pre-seizures and my body fat percentage has held steady which is what makes me know that I can achieve even more by going back to a full gym - I can potentially be in even better shape than I previously was.

My cardio endurance and functional strength are better than they were before my seizures but my raw power isn’t the same - the type that only comes from lifting weights.

I don’t want to lose either the endurance or functional fitness since I’m still planning on accomplishing multiple Spartan races next year but it has come time to add the power.

When I was back in CT and went to the gym there with my father-in-law it was a lot of fun pushing myself on higher boxes, throwing around kettle bells and using battle ropes.

I’m planning on stopping by a local gym tomorrow on a free pass to check it out. It is on the way  between where we live and my office which would make it easy to fit into my schedule. 

At the end of the day I went next door for a fast but hard cardio workout:

Warm-up

  • Dynamic warm up
  • Cycle - 5 minutes

Main set

  • 2 minutes of burpees
  • 800-yard elliptical (max)
  • Recover 1-2 minutes
  • 2 minutes of jumping rope
  • 800-yard run (max)
  • Recover 1-2 minutes

Cool Down

  • Stretch

After not jumping rope for the last few weeks I was able to tackle the rope segment unbroken which made me really happy.

It has been a long week for both Laura and I so we are enjoying a quiet night of catching up on a few of our favorite TV shows.

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