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Respect the Wall

Friday, January 04, 2013

I am doing well on my recent journey.
I am having a great time at the gym, but I am not back in gym shape yet.

Yesterday I got on my old friend the elliptical. At my old gym the maximum workout was 50 minutes and I usually strived for 10,000 or 10,500 strides in a workout, depending on what resistance level I chose. And I would always get it. My new gym allows for a 60 minute workout. 12,000 strides was now an option.

I set the resistance only at 3, but as I am not in shape yet, it was enough. I pushed and pushed myself. Over the last 15 minutes i dropped it to 1 and kept pushing. A few times I hit a wall and pushed thru. Finally I whimpered past the finish line and hit 12,004 strides.

I was elated, I got off the machine and was dizzy, light headed and my field of vision faded around the edges. I showered, went home and cooked dinner. As I got ready to eat my conditioned worsened and I was nauseous, I couldn't eat. I could barely move. I went to bed and apologized to my wife, I was completely useless and had to lay down. A few hours later I had regained my strength and finally ate something, but I was in misery for a few hours.

For some people nausea is a non issue, but I cannot vomit. I don't' mean I am medically incapable, I just find the experience of vomiting for 5 minutes to be worse than 4 hours of nausea. I talked to my sister, a nurse, and she mentioned something about lactic acid or something like that and said when the body is worked to that degree the acid builds and causes nausea and makes you vomit. That sounded about right.

At least I know in the future to work my way up to that wall and ease off a bit.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

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    When we exercise, lactic acid builds up in our muscles. To eliminate it we need to do a proper cool down of maybe five minutes of slow walking on a treadmill before we head to the showers. An excess of lactic acid does cause nausea, muscle cramping, dizziness, and other symptoms. So always do a proper cool down after exercise. -- Lou
    1899 days ago
    emoticon I learned something from your blog as well.
    1899 days ago
    hang in there - you are doing great.
    1900 days ago
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