The battery was running pretty low throughout the day yesterday after the prior day’s morning Plyometrics and three sets of tennis in the evening. It didn’t help matters that I also didn’t eat that much throughout the course of the day. Still, I dutifully popped in my DVD and reanimated Tony and the kids for my final stab at Back & Biceps.
Despite my general lethargy, after the warm up, I felt some vim. As I go through the final rounds of each of the P90X routines, I feel compelled to give it my best shot. Like the annoying “bring it, bring the pain” Katie, I heavied up my weights on most of the bicep curls and lawnmowers. But after pushing harder on some I had to give back ground on others. Mid way through the routine, I had to lower the weight from the prior week on open arm curls; my biceps were shot. I paused the DVD more often and really took my time so I could recover better between exercises. In general, though, I have progressed well through this routine over the course of the program.
Pull ups, however, were my main focus yesterday. As my loyal readers know, at the beginning of P90X I wasn’t able to do a single unassisted pull up. This did not change significantly through most of the program. However, in the past several weeks, my back muscles have been experiencing a renaissance of some sort and pull ups have been increasing exponentially from week to week. My cumulative total pull ups yesterday reached 28. I started out strong, but by the second round of pull ups, my shoulders sort of gave out and the remaining pull ups suffered for it. I feel that if my shoulders recover, I should be able to do more than I did yesterday. I’m actually looking forward to my final Legs & Back to see if this positive trend continues.
After Ab Ripper X, I showered and went to a school resistricting meeting that went late into the night. E & I got back and ate a pizza and drank a bottle of wine. I don’t even feel guilty about it because I’ve been eating well, especially in the later parts of Phase 2 and throughout 3.
Yoga this morning….I’m not looking forward to the chaturangas with my sore shoulders…and singles tennis first round playoffs (that I didn’t sign up for, yet was on the schedule) this evening. I really have no intention of giving this match too much effort because I didn’t want to be in the playoffs to begin with. But you never know what will happen on the court.