So today was the first time I have returned to the gym since my mom had a sudden, massive, heart attack and passed away three days later. To say it was a difficult, life altering event would be an understatement. My mom was only 66 years old, only two decades older than myself.
The only conventional exercise I did was one treadmill 5K last week, otherwise all of my activity has been from the physical labor of cleaning out her apartment of her belongings. Obviously it was not a fun. During this time period I somehow managed to lose three or four pounds. I figured today was the day to get back in the saddle. The only real choice a person has in this situation is to keep moving forward.
The loss of a few pounds seemed to equate to the loss of a few pounds on my bench press. I only went up to 225lbs for three single reps and it was a struggle. After finishing up on flat bench I did a couple sets of incline benching before heading over to the VMX continuous rope machine.
You may recall I tried this out for the first time a couple weeks ago and found it quite difficult on it’s maximum resistance setting. I did a set of 200 feet followed by three shorter 100 foot pulls if memory serves me correctly. It was tough.
Well today I decided I was going to pull the entire 500 feet in one set and do so in honor of my mom. I’m sure there is some symbolism I could draw here but I just wanted to do something hard and complete it. As I crossed the halfway mark the burn in my scalpula steadily intensified. I just ignored it and kept pulling. Short of the skin peeling off my hands there was no way I was going to quit before the meter read 500. I completed the pull successfully and have a feeling there may eventually be a Mom Memorial 1000 in my future.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5, 225lbs x 1, 225lbs x 1, 225lbs x 1, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 8
Incline barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 3
VMX rope pull – 500 feet