In the valley of illness

indexsssThings have been quiet here because I have been battling with what I presume is a flu-like ailment since two Fridays ago.  The first full day of the ailment was brutal, among the most difficult I can recall during my adult life.  I was so tired and achy that even watching tv sounded like too difficult.  Instead I laid in bed for 90% of the day, feeling like a coma patient as my body rolled in between fits of sweating and freezing.

After that point I had some slight improvement for a couple days but then entered a plateau where I felt pretty much the same the rest of the week, shitty.  Even after I was 4 or 5 days into the illness I was feeling just incredibly run down and weak.  A hacking cough and inflamed sinuses joined the symptoms list after the first couple days.

Of course I did not go to the gym or do any formal exercise at all up until Sunday when Cindy and I did the 20 mile Dunkin Donuts bike ride.  Despite riding at a very conservative pace, by the time we completed the ride I felt like I had just climbed Mt Everest, I was so exhausted.

Today I worked chest after apologizing to my gym buddy for my absence.  As expected I felt significantly weaker with poor endurance.  The 4-5 pounds I have lost in the last week seemed to correlate with a similar strength loss.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Dumbbell chest press – 50lbs x 10, 70lbs x 10, 80lbs x 10, 80lbs x 8, 80lbs x 8

Dumbbell pull over – 60lbs x 10, 60lbs x 10, 60lbs x 10, 60lbs x 10

Barbell bench press dead stops – 135lbs x 15, 135lbs x 10

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