You know, being hardcore can be rather painful at times.
Remember that high rep lower body workout from Oxygen Magazine that I did yesterday?
When I finished it yesterday morning, my legs were wobbly but functional. By 9 pm last night, I could feel the stiffness move in. By 6 am this morning, I literally had to roll myself out of my bed because I felt like someone had stuck my lower body into a batting cage and then proceeded to use it as a target for batting practice. I don’t even want to think about what I’m going to feel like tomorrow if I’m this sore today.
Being the stubborn ex-Army wench that I am, I sucked up the pain, limped down four flights of stairs, got in my car, drove to the gym, did my 20-minute HIIT run on the treadmill at my full interval speeds, snuck in and finished the last 30 minutes of tai chi class, and then hopped on the elliptical crosstrainer for another half hour. Abs and arms will be done after I get off work at 9 pm tonight.
It’s not quite 3 hours of exercise, but hey, I tried my best. I don’t think I will do this again, LOL. I’m officially cutting out extra cardio on tai chi days. I will probably reassess my training split after this week, too. After digging into the Max-OT documents a bit more, I found some more compressed training splits that will fit my work and cardio schedule better. Five days of lifting with six days of cardio and two days of tai chi is a bit much when one has a full-time job and time-consuming hobbies like gaming and illustration.
My new Dell desktop arrived today, too, so not only will I not be getting back to my apartment until around 10:30 pm, I probably won’t be able to resist tearing open the three Dell boxes that are waiting for me and installing Everquest 2. I may not get to bed until the wee hours of the morning. I’m pretty strong-willed when it comes to food and exercise, but dangle anything computer or gadget-related in front of me, and I turn into a complete marshmallow of nerdiness.