Shoulder-Basal[1]So today is my last day at the gym before I have a mohs surgery on my left deltoid to have some basal cell skin cancer removed.  I have had this procedure several times on different spots of my upper body but the end result is always similar, pain and exercise restrictions.

They basically cut out a sizeable border around the cancerous skin and then test the perimeter cells to make sure they got it all.  If not they have to go back in and cut out more until the test comes back clear.  The amount of post operative pain coincides with how deep and wide they had to cut.

I also am only nine days deep in the 22 Kill push up challenge where you do 22 push ups per day for 22 consecutive days to help raise awareness regarding PTSD and the resulting high suicide rates among US veterans.  Without a doubt push ups will be off the menu after tomorrow so I see little choice but to complete my remaining 286 reps tonight, despite very sore chest muscles from yesterday.

There was some good news at the gym as I saw three AC technicians in the gym, hopefully to finally fix the HVAC system which can not currently keep up with the heat and humidity of South Florida summer weather.  The bad news was the back door of the gym was propped open so the techs could go in and out as needed.  The door is a few feet from the squat rack so I was blasted with a steady hot and humid breeze during my squat session.  The sweat was rolling off my back.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Barbell squat – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x8, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 8, 185lbs x 8

Seated leg extension – 115lbs x 10, 145lbs x 8

Seated leg curl – 115lbs x 10, 145lbs x 8

Standing calf raise – 250lbs x 10, 295lbs x 10