I’m traveling this week so I haven’t had as much time to post, but it’s been a fun week in the gym….that’s for sure! After three days, I am finally able to walk. The 5 sets of 20 squats just about did me in. The muscles in the backs of my calves actually started getting sore because I was walking so funny. It was awful. Luckily the workout I did on Tuesday didn’t involve my legs at all.
I did an old fashion circuit workout. I haven’t done any circuits or super sets in a long time so it was a nice change of pace. They were all five sets of 10 reps. First I did pull ups and shoulder presses. That’s right, it was a return of the 50 pull up challenge. There was, of course, more rest this time around. Next up was dips and bent over rows, and the last round was shrugs and barbell curls. It wore me out, but it wasn’t too bad. At least it distracted me from the pain in my quads….
On my way home I stopped at the gas station to get ice. I’d been told repeatedly that I needed to take an ice bath in order to make my legs feel better. I HATE cold water and I really didn’t want to do it, but I was desperate. I went inside and told the guy at the counter that I needed a 20 pound bag of ice. He sat there scratching his head for a few minutes and then told me that I could actually get 24 pounds of ice cheaper since the 8 pound bags were on sale. Now, I realize the poor guy was trying to help. But what he was actually doing was adding 4 more pounds of HELL to my life, pure hell. How do you explain to the innocent check out guy that he’s actually ruining your life by trying to save you money? You can’t. So I thanked him and took the 24 effing pounds of ice. I hobbled into the house hauling one bag at a time up the stairs, whimpering the whole way as my quads felt like they were shredding into a million pieces. I turned on the cold water and dumped the bags in. Great…it was ready. Now all that was left was to get in. No time like the present. Just hop in. 1, 2, 3, go! #^%$%&@!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cold. Very cold. I couldn’t even really breathe at first. Then is started burning. I looked at my watch and realized I had only been in there about 30 seconds when it had felt like an hour. I was dying. I wussed out after less than five minutes. I was no match for 24 pounds of ice. It was fun while it lasted, but i promptly dried off and got into my PJ’s. And so ends the story of my one and only ice bath.
I spent most of Wednesday hobbling around cursing my trainer. I also had to make a 5 hour trek to Green Bay, WI where I’m spending the weekend. You can imagine how much I tightened up during that ride. I also spent the entire 5 hours dreading the fact that I had to do the same 5 sets of 20 squats all over again the next day. I REALLY didn’t want to do it. I laid awake thinking about it last night and it was the first painful thought on my mind when I woke up this morning.
I eventually threw my gym clothes on and set off to find the nearest squat rack. I ended up at Anytime fitness. I did the bench sets first 3 sets of ten at 100 pounds and then 2 sets of 8 at 105. Last time I needed a lot of help during the 2 sets of 8. This time….I sailed through them. Then it was on to the 5 sets of 20 squats. I went up 5 pounds to 100. The first set went great, but i was still expecting it to get hard in the 3rd or 4th sets. But….it didn’t. It went great. I was tired, of course. But I didn’t want to open my veins right there in the squat rack like I did on Monday. Success. And I was Really happy to have it over with.
Tomorrow i go back to the superset workout I did on Tuesday. Easy Peasy ; )