Wednesday, September 7, 2011

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spartan Shape-Up, Day 49:

It's Lifting Day, here in shape-up land! Despite the pretty impressive blisters/calloused blisters I'm now permanently sporting on my hands from lifting, I banged out a solid workout today. I was feeling pretty inspired and pumped up, from reading the Spartan Chicks FB page this morning. There is nothing like 700 equally badass ladies, virtually behind you on your journey, to keep you motivated.

... even when you're sore as hell. LOL.  My TG suggested yesterday that I might want to ice bath (this was following a particularly ugly run), but I laughed and was like, oh HELL no, I do not need to submerge my nether-regions in ice to recover. I will be JUST FINE.
As it turns out, as usual, TG was right... probably an ice bath would've been awesome. After soliciting some opinions/thoughts on the Chicks message board, it seems that ice baths might really be beneficial every now and then, and something definitely to work into. Apparently, the consensus is that I need to just suck it up, get three bags of ice, sit in them, and then Skype with a bunch of them (doing the same thing!) for 20 minutes to get through it. LOL. If that's not support, I don't know what is!

Anyway, onto today's WOD:

  • 5 Min. Jump roping... Including *drumroll* THREE whole Double Unders, without falling on my face. LOL. 

 Dumb bell complex; 21# dumbbells, 4 rounds of:

  • Bicep Curls x6 (varying hammer curls, concentration curls, etc.)
  • Upright Rows x6
  • Bent Rows x6
  • Hang Snatch x6
  • Shoulder Presses x6
  • Thrusters x6
  • Upright Rows x6
  • Curls x6 (again, assorted variants)
It went pretty well. My shoulders are burning - but that's the idea, isn't it? Those thrusters (which are a squat-move), tried to kill me, particularly after yesterday's run... however, I finished them strong.  Not sure I could've gotten through another set, but we can work up to that!

I'm off to grab some lunch, take a shower (seriously, a shower after a workout is the best part of the day... ahhhhh), and get some chores done!

Feeling really good, positive and supported today. Anything's possible, if you decide it is!

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