Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Recovery Day

I thought I was in reasonable shape, then I tried to do burpees.  I should have recorded myself doing those.  It would have been pretty funny or sad by the time it was over.  I warmed up by running an easy mile on the treadmill.  Then I took a good 5 minutes to get my heart rate back down.  I didn't have a workout plan to follow so I decided to pick a nice round number of 60.  I'll just do 60 and see how that feels.  Reality kicked in at about 10 or 12.  By the time I got to 20 I was sucking wind hard and had to stop for a 15-20 second pause.  The final 20 burpees were absolutely brutal.  Today I am sore in places I never expected to be.  I've seen videos of guys doing 1000 burpees in about an hour.  I can't imagine doing that.  However, this is what usually happens when I discover a new exercise.  I had the same reaction to reverse crunches or body weight squats.  I look forward to doing more burpees in the workouts to come.

Monday, October 22, 2012


My last project delivered about 3 weeks ago.  Since then, I have essentially been keeping myself busy by doing some things to improve our look development system.  A worthy cause to be sure.  However, it has been a while.  The entire department is thinking the same thing: when is the next show coming in.  I wouldn't say that I am nervous, just concerned and ready to work.

Yesterday, I left an online gaming group that I had been a part of for over 5 years.  It was surprising to me how hard this was for me to do.  I have never met any of the people in this group which now boasts over 80 members.  I can't even say that I have had a long or meaningful conversation with any of them.  Yet, I still felt a huge sense of loyalty towards this group.  I felt really bad about leaving.  It was like telling a friend that I don't want to be their friend any more.  This probably seems trivial to anybody who hasn't been in an online gaming group like the one I was in.  It's hard to explain I guess.  What it came down to was that I didn't feel that I could relate to any of them in or outside of the gaming world.

There is an exercise that most people do not know about.  It is called the Burpee.  It's the kind of evil exercise that needs to be done in large quantities.  You can't just do 10 of them.  You have to do 50 or 150.  I plan on incorporating these into my workouts.  Yay.