Ah, here we are again… 4 am and completely wide the fark awake… good time to do some work on the comics, though… I do so miss sleep…

Regardless, from Tuesday’s session, I was instructed that in order to have a real effect on my metabolism, I need to do cardio for one hour at least 5-6 days a week.  Eep… so much for that 3-day a week resolution!  I also learned that my target heart range should be between 132 and 160 bpm.  This is below my “I’mma vomit” threshold and above my walk to work range (110-125), so it sounded like a reasonable target.

So, though classes don’t begin until the 13th (that’s auspicious), I opted to make Wednesday my first day at the gym.  I arrived at 7:05 am (they open at 7) at joined the aged for a morning workout.  When I arrived, I weighed in and they took my BP.  As I hadn’t used the gym before, they had to show me the equipment, and the doc from Tuesday had recommended I start on an elliptical.

The doc Wednesday thought that sounded like a piss poor idea, but took me over to the ellipticals.  There were three of them… all different.  She put me on the first one which was a bit weird.  To begin, it had no upper body levers… just fixed handles… I had thought the whole point was to engage your upper *and* your lower body, but what do I know.  More importantly, however, it did not have an adjustable stride.  What it did have was a teeny, tiny little child like stride… so small that it was like I was doing half steps and bouncing about on a back of a truck.  It did get my heart rate up, though… here… have a look:

chart showing heart rate vs time.

As you can see, my HR just shot right up there, and after five minutes I was starting to panic just a wee bit.  The doc realized at about this time that that machine was way too small for me, so she pulled me off and moved me to the treadmill for a bit.  This went very well as you’d expect… I do do a lot of walking (heh – I said ‘do do’).  I put in 30 minutes on the beast and tried to keep my HR varied. This will be my last comment on the age of the other folk at the gym, but at first I was being schooled on the treadmill to the right by a guy wearing a friggin’ oxygen tank!!!   Talk about motivation to pick up the pace!  😉  After that, the doc let me try a different elliptical… it had the arm levers and an adjustable stride!  I was able to actually keep a rhythm on this thing and adjust the workload and stride to keep the pace varied.  She told me to do five minutes, but at five minutes, she was occupied elsewhere, and I was having fun playing with the features… and oh, what is that?  That button is labeled ‘Fan’… Holy Cow!  It IS a fan… that’s so nice!  I did 15 minutes before I had to climb off and start getting cleaned up for work.

Of course, it turns out they don’t let you just get cleaned up… they won’t let you leave the room until your HR falls below 100 and then they take your BP again (I really hate having my BP taken…).  They did show me some stretches while we waited though… and then I showered and headed out…

So, here it is, two days later… and my quads feel like stone… no… they feel like stone has been dropped on them… repeatedly.  Stairs… so painful…  Seriously, they hurt more than the day after doing a 600k.  Ouch… but I leave for the gym in an hour (I really wish I could get some decent sleep), so it is what it is…

Owie owie ow…