So I rolled my fat-ass out of bed at 4:30am yesterday morning to get to the Y by 6:00am. MK and I walked in laughing and joking like normal and speculating on how KB might choose to wreck our worlds. KB made a Facebook post that quoted the Hunger Games “May the odds be ever in your favor hahaha. It's about to go down!” That can’t be good! The only thing I knew for sure was that we were going to do bench press at some point per my request. I was curious what I can press now that my shoulder is completely healed.
The workout was AWESOME! I had an absolute blast! MK and I are dramatically different athletes, she ran 8 miles the day before, I can’t run 400 meters! She swims like a shark and I’m a developmentally challenged guppy! I’m considerably taller than she is and I outweigh her by about 2 to 1. She can destroy me on anything endurance related. I tend to be stronger than most women, so lifting tends to favor me. The workout was a fantastic mix of everything and challenged both of us.
The highlight for me was bench press; I used to be able to put up 240 pounds in high school. As Doc likes to remind me, that was a long time ago, I love it when he points that out! Anyway, my ability to put up that kind of weight isn’t what it used to be. Part of the reason I finally decided to get my shoulder fixed was because I was unable to bench 95 pounds and I couldn’t stand it. About a month or so ago I was able to put up about 145 pounds and I was pretty happy with that, I was only 2 months out of surgery. My goal for yesterday was 175 pounds. I crushed it! 185 pounds! I tried 190, but I just didn’t have it. My long term goal is 225 and I feel pretty confident that I can hit that goal! I’m not sure when, but that doesn’t matter!
I tend to be very hard on myself and I generally fail miserably at being able to see my own progress, but yesterday I felt good, I felt strong and I was able to relax and just have some fun. Don’t get me wrong, the workout was hard, hell; I had to have help getting off the incline sit-up bench! But being around such fantastic people is unbelievably motivating. They inspire me to be better, to push harder. I’m excited about how far I’ve come and curious at just how far I can go. I guess we’ll find out!