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Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:14 am
by zorg
Your numbers are really looking good. I'd be optimistic as to leveling up!

Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:07 am
by cheapo
I can only hope.

Last night was D2, my perfect form day. On the pull-ups I made a concerted effort to look up at the ceiling, past the bar. It didn't make me any faster, but it did make me smoother and made it easier to get my chest all the way to the bar.

Week 38

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:16 am
by cheapo
I've been skipping workouts for the past 4 weeks. (I thought it had been only three!)

Week 38
  • Monday, December 8, 2008
    • 16 rounds (-10 cf. previous D1L5, PR: 26)

      Somehow skipping a couple workouts turned into a month-long layoff! I beat myself up about not working out every day. Really, you would not want to have been subject to my interior environment over the past few weeks. Somehow, it just wasn't in me to work out. I was extremely frustrated and still feel very tentative about my comeback.

      I expect Xmas to mess with my workout schedule, but I hope I can get two solid weeks of workouts under my belt before then.

      I only managed 16 rounds! I could have gone harder, but not without sacrificing form or risking injury. Even at 16 rounds, I don't think my chest touched the bar more than twice. I don't know if this is due entirely to a loss of strength or is at least partially due to the fatigue I have been feeling for the past few months.

      Why am I so tired? Firstly, the shorter days and cold weather hit me with a very strong urge to hibernate. Every few weeks, as fall progressed and temperatures trended downward, the sleepy hibernation feeling would hit me again.

      Secondly, everyone gets busier in the fall, right? Well, that busy-ness was really amped up this year. My son has two morning (sometimes very early) hockey practices on Sat. & Sun. And I have been spending the rest of my weekends up a scaffold working on my house. And I started playing hockey too.

      I have never played hockey before, but having watched my young son enjoy the game over the course of his first two seasons, I decided to give it a try. I am fortunate to have found a bunch of guys who don't seem to mind having a putz like me on the ice with them. I play Thursday nights from 10:30 until midnight. (In bed no earlier than 1:00)

      So, you can see that my weekend doesn't offer me much rest:
      • Hockey Thurs.
        Very sleepy at work on Fri.
        Up early and working all day most Saturdays and Sundays

      All that and doing the dinner dishes with and homeschooling my daughter for an hour each weeknight. Oh my.

      Such is my tale of woe.
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008
    • Untimed

      Booyah. Comeback Workout 2!
    Thursday, December 11, 2008
    • Skipped.


Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:11 am
by volleyball_man
Was kinda hoping you'd not do this ;) so I could kick your a$$ on the accountability thread!

Glad you're back at it!

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:25 am
by zorg
After having missed a few WO's, the first few you do are very tough, especially - ime - mentally. I had the same situation right now, so I feel with you.

The important part is that you started again! Well done! And the results will improve rather quickly now. Just consider the four weeks an extended and well deserved rest period :D

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:42 pm
by Urup
I have to drag myself down to the fitness center to workout so I can relate to your trouble with shorter days and the cold weather.

Re: Week 38

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:27 am
by ianjb
cheapo wrote:I've been skipping workouts for the past 4 weeks. (I thought it had been only three!)

You've made amazing progress in a short time and have provided inspiration and support for so many. I'm sure there a lot of people out there that miss your regular contributions ...

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:34 am
by cheapo
Call me Matt!

And thank you.
You've given me new inspiration for tonight's workout.

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:26 pm
by ianjb
Hey Matt,

Don't go at it too hard this evening, ease back into it.

And thank you for the inspiration you have given me.


Week 39

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:17 am
by cheapo
Week 39
  • Monday, December 15, 2008
    • 21 rounds (+5 cf. previous D1L5, PR: 26)

      On the first six sets I did not kip at all and I managed to get my chest to the bar.
      After that it was a free-for-all.
      Progress photos.
    Wednesday, December 17, 2008
    • Untimed

      My son's Xmas concert was postponed on account of snow, so I had no excuse not to work out.

      Not bad.
      Keep the head way back and look straight up at the ceiling.
      Much smoother motion.
      Easier to get chest to bar.
      Still very hard though! :D
    Friday, December 28, 2008
    • 5'50" (-0'15" cf. previous D3L5, PR: 5'45")
      Pull-ups: 26 (10-5-3-3-3-2)
      Push-ups: 51 (26-5-5-5-5-5)
      Squats: 51 (43-8)

      Pretty happy with that, especially considering how sporadic my workouts have been lately.

Week 41

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:26 am
by cheapo
Week 41
  • Monday, January 5, 2009
    • 23 rounds (+2 cf. previous D1L5, PR: 26)

      Got my chest to the bar consistently on the first 4 sets.
      Did it many other times after that, but not consistently and never on the third rep!

      A fair bit of kipping.
    Wednesday, January 7, 2009
    • Untimed
    Friday, January 9, 2009
    • 4'47" PR (-1'03" cf. previous D3L5, previous PR: 5'45")
      Pull-ups: 26 (14-5-4-3)
      Push-ups: 51 (26-10-5-5-5)
      Squats: 51 (38-13)

      I did it!

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:06 am
by zorg
Hey, that's looking good!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:30 am
by cheapo

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:00 am
by cheapo
Levelling Up!


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Weeks 42 & 43

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:19 am
by cheapo
Week 42
  • Monday, January 13, 2009
    Rest Week

    • Didn't plan on having a rest week, but enjoyed it.
Week 43
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2009
    • 20 rounds (PR)

      Certainly felt the impact of the increased push-ups and squats.

      Forgot about my resolution to use the early days at this new level to retrench and work on form, form, form.

      Expect a lower number next week.
    Friday, January 23, 2009
    • Skipped
      With hockey on Thursday nights, working out on Fridays is difficult.
      I had planned to work out on Saturday, but I got sick.