Let Go of the Barbell and Strap on the Knife

Two days ago I wore the old heart rate monitor for the first time in ages. I’d avoided it because duct taped repairs made it complicated and time consuming. At precisely 26:00, while on the rower, the chest strap gave way and fell off.  At that point average heart rate had been 160 beats per minute with a peak of 173. Training continued to 37:30 so the final average would have been at least a few beats higher.  [A moderate (50-75%) target heart rate for someone my age is 83-124 bpm.]

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June, 2016

As for strength training, I put up 135 for 48 reps on the bench the other day.  53 reps continued to elude me (51 last November remains the PR). I admit I made the beginner mistake of peaking too early this summer with the reported 60 reps with 60 lbs. dumbbell benches and dips of bodyweight for 55 reps. – and that was all she wrote for performance this summer.  Over the past few weeks I incurred several small but debilitating muscle pulls as my body begged for a break.  So I’m into the second day of “scheduled time off” a necessary component of long term training.  Time off is the only way to “take back the power” and keep fresh.

What with all the studying I’ve done this summer Mak and I haven’t adventured much. Life is too short to put that off for long! So I’m returning the barbell to the rack, donning the jungle boots and strapping on the Bowie knife…

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