Monday, February 13, 2012
There was nothing on the workout board so we weren't sure if we would be combining a row with other moves or not. Turned out it was only the machine that day. The expectation was 3000 meters in 10 minutes with a slight resting period ever minute or so. I don't know how long the resting period was. I only know it wasn't enough! Then when that was done, there was a 3 minute rest and we were back in the saddle and expected to pull out 1000 meters as hard and fast as possible in 4 minutes. He was feeling generous and gave the ladies an additional 45 seconds. The display was set and we were off!
I don't know that I've ever heard so many grunts at one time. I did my share of it. Sounded like a women's tennis match up in there. Lol. It was hard but I kept going. Even had my eyes closed some of the time to discourage negativity after seeing the time on the screen. At one point I looked at the display and saw that I had less than a minute to go and was short on distance. At that moment I heard Sgt say, 'If you aren't on mark push to catch up!' And I did. I dug in and pushed hard with my legs and pulled hard enough to get my wattage over 50% what it had been. It was hell but guess what? We did it! Yes we did! I walked away with wobbly and shaking arms and a smile of pride on my face. Had someone told me that was going to be the workout before-hand, I know I would have thought it impossible for me to complete. But again, it's that ignorance/blind trust thing I had going on that got me through it. That and one of my friends from the department was struggling right along side me.
When I got home, I excitedly told my husband about it and he gave me a hug and congratulated me. I even had to text a few friends about it. I won't lie and say I didn't feel the effects of such a workout. My lungs burned and my still tender shoulder muscles (from the strength training the day before) ached just a bit more. But you know what? I was OK with it all because I had met my goal and my reward for sticking it out all week was the long-awaited massage. That alone will keep me sweating it out for another week.