You know what is a great Fear Buster? GOOGLE! Well, actually, any sort of information gathering system!
I was reading and commenting on blogs yesterday and left a comment that I’d always wanted to do a pullup and that my gym has an assisted pullup machine but that I’m scared to use it because I’m scared of heights. And then…..30 seconds later I left her another comment and said that maybe I should take my own advice and stare down fear! Haha
So knowing that I was pretty much committed to getting on the pullup machine (walk the talk and all), I googled how to use one. I’d looked at the instructions on the machine in the gym previously but what it didn’t mention was how to determine what weight to put the pin at. For example, do I put the pin at what I want to do or at what I want it to do. This is an important distinction because once you get your knees onto the deck, if you put the pin in the wrong place, my suspicion was that there would be a rapid plummeting to the ground! Turns out that on the machine in my gym, you put the pin in at what you want IT to do. So for me, I put it in at 115. That means that the machine is responsible for 115 pounds of me and I am responsible for the rest. (is this pretty basic and I’m the only one who didn’t get it?!). I did 3 sets of 12 with 115 pounds of me counterweighted.
Gotta say, COMPLETELY different than anything else I’ve done. You feel a pullup in places you never knew existed! Now, granted, the amount of me that I was actually pulling up was not a lot (I actually don’t know how much I was pulling since I don’t know what I weigh), but it was a totally cool feeling! Take that, FEAR! (regarding my fear of heights….climbing on the thing was alright but climbing down off of it after each set was a bit wobbly….I dare say that the desire to delay climbing down for as long as possible may have propelled me to keep going when the last couple reps on each set were getting hard!). And, even though I was doing something to stare fear in the face, I was actually mitigated by that same fear…..because I didn’t want to make the move so difficult that I couldn’t get the deck back up to the top before getting off. In this case though, I think that’s sound judgment….you don’t go to failure on something that you have to succeed at in order to get off safely!
I tried a revision to my workout this morning but I really didn’t like it. I moved my mile run and 1000m row to the very end. Previously I’d been doing a mile to warm up, then weights and then the 1000m row at the very end. And, for the most part, I was failing the row every morning. So my thought was that I would do weights first and a big cardio push at the end. Didn’t work. I’m not sure if it was the wicked headache I’ve had since I woke up this morning or what, but my workout sucked from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I did do it…..but nothing felt good, I never got the good-workout feeling and I could feel the blood pounding in my head like a hammer. By the end I was gassed and my head was splitting and I only made it through half a mile and 500m of rowing. Total cardio fail. I was feeling so crappy that when I got home I set my alarm for 25 minutes and took a nap on the sofa before getting in the shower and heading to work.
That’s it for me today…..I’ve tried to kill my headache with exercise, Advil, coffee, water, breakfast and none of that worked so I am now going to suffer through it with a big mug of coconut oolong tea. Tara’s shake n bake drumsticks are for dinner tonight with…vegetables. I have head of cauli, a bag of peppers and a bag of zucchini….and right now what I’m going to turn those into eludes me! Suggestions are always welcome!