OK, so I have this thing about whining...I am philosophically opposed to it. I also have a real hard time with whiners. This has led me to have certain personality conflicts with various people at different times in my life.
That being said, I have to admit, today I am physically exhausted!
About 3 weeks ago, #2 son and I started taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. (See my blog bit.ly/1nVwMhN
) We go 3x/week and I do this on top of my regular ST routine.
My regular ST routine entails lifting 4 days a week doing a program called "5/3/1"( bit.ly/1bwAE3q
), which focuses on 4 main lifts; squats, overhead press, deadlifts, & bench press.
On top of that, I found out that my gym at work also offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu during the week. So being a Type A kind of guy, I thought to myself, "Hey, how cool would it be to practice with these guys at work on the days I'm not lifting! I can take a Jiu-Jitsu class at work, then another one at night with #2 son!!"
So for the past 3 weeks, I have been working out EVERY SINGLE DAY, to include weekends, and on 3 of those days, I've been working out twice a day.
This has not proven to be an effective fitness strategy.
Did I mention that I also have a day job and, oh by the way, other family obligations around the house.
So on Monday, I woke up and I was in a foul mood. It seemed like no amount of coffee was pepping me up. At lunch I did 90 minutes of Jiu-Jitsu at work, came home, had a light dinner, then went for another 90 minute class at 7:30 with #2 son.
We got back at 9:30 and I just crashed in bed!
Tuesday, I woke up in the same grumpy mood. I started my 6th month of the 5/3/1 program and so did 12 sets of deadlifts, pulling 315 lbs for 5 on my last work set. But man I had to work on every one of them. Luckily, that was my only workout for Tuesday.
Today, I woke up foggy headed again. I did 12 sets of Bench Presses at lunch, finishing up with 205 lbs for 11 reps. Came home, skipped dinner, took a 30 minute power nap, then did a 90 minute Jiu-Jitsu class with #2 son.
My body and mind are now screaming, "NO MAS!!!"
The good news is, tomorrow (Thursday) I'm driving up to Boston to pick up my mom. She's been complaining about this winter's ridiculous snow (she's been complaining about the winters in Boston for the last 70 years!), so my brother and I decided to bring her down to DC to ride out these last few months (although it's not that much warmer here). We're going to time share her a couple of weeks each through March, then I'll drive her back (she's not a fan of flying either)
Oddly enough, I have been looking forward to the 10 hour drive all week. I can kick back in the car, relax, listen to my .mp3s and I don't have a workout planned for the entire day.
Now that is not like me at all. One of the biggest and best changes in my life these last few years is that before, I used to look for reasons to NOT workout. Today, I look for opportunities TO work out. Truth be told, I do have to get in squats this week and I'll probably do that on Friday at a gym near her house.
So my dilemma is this; I know better. I know this is an unsustainable pace. I know that rest and recovery are the keys to getting and staying fit. But I'm in a quandary....
....I want to keep doing the Jiu-Jitsu with #2 son. I also want to keep lifting. I'm entered into another Powerlifting Competition on 26 Feb and my goal is to lift somewhere around 960-980 lbs between squats, bench press, and deadlifts. This would be a 50-70 lb increase from my last meet in October. ( bit.ly/1dkQH6K
So something's got to give, maybe it'll be the extra Jiu-Jitsu classes at work. But I've got to take a good hard look at my schedule and alter the lifting with the BJJ classes and build in at least one rest day during the week as well. I've just got to plan smarter.
I know it's nutty....it's a dilemma of my own making. I think I know how to solve it, and I know that if I don't, it'll eventually lead to an over-training injury or chronic fatigue unless I make adjustments. So, more to follow.
Why couldn't I have been born a Type B!
Have a great night Spark Friends!