Day 22 - Light Day
Hamstrings feel like a struck match - LIT UP! There are basically zero high speed movements during Ragnarok. So after my first dynamic day, this makes total sense. Since My lift won't be very entertaining today, I give you Tayler G...
Ragnarok Growing Pains?!?!
As previously mentioned, Ragnarok has a significant impact on one’s body. Specifically, it causes extreme hunger, sleepiness, fatigue, and even GI distress. While driving to the gym, my stomach was in knots. The feeling was comparable to what one might feel a couple hours after competing in a bean and cheese burrito eating competition. Ragnarok is evil. It will beat you up inside and out, and its effects extend before and after each grueling session.
On this day, I was able to train at an actual athletic club (vs Anytime fitness), so the first few minutes were spent trying to locate a squat rack. Once I found it, it was on. I crushed squats and RDLs. My lower back was pumped but it wasn’t yet debilitating. The challenge with step ups, again, wasn’t with the reps, but rather with my inability to catch my breath after the reps.
I’m convinced that Ragnarok workouts restrict oxygen to the brain which causes lapses in the ability to count. Between sets of bench, while I was changing the weight, I swore I was seeing bright lights. I was on the verge of fainting, no doubt about it. Usually mental lapses come later in the workout, but this one came on my third set of bench press. Instead of the prescribed 195 lbs, I put on 190lbs for bench press. I only realized my mistake when it was time to strip the weights.
Next was lat pull downs. On my third set I was only able to complete 7 consecutive reps, but the fighter in me was not satisfied. I mustered up enough strength to knock out 3 more before my time was up.
Success. Push press was next, and I was spent. After my second set, my phone vibrated. A reply from the Danimal. I had texted him earlier asking for words of encouragement, and his timing was perfect. He replied with “every rep you are a better version of yourself. You got this!” On my last set, I imagined that after each rep I was growing. On an exercise like push press, the imagery was awesome.
After push press was when I started talking to myself. Seated row math is so difficult. The weight listed on the sheet is in total pounds, and the machine requires you to evenly distribute the weight to both sides, meaning I had to divide by 2. Are you kidding me? I used my calculator to verify that 160lbs divided by two was 80. There was already a 35lb plate on both sides, meaning I needed to add an additional 45 pounds to both sides. Of course there were no 45lb plates nearby, so I had to grab a 35 and a ten. As I’m moving weights around between sets I am talking to myself, going over the math, to ensure that I wouldn’t make another mistake. At this point in the workout, I felt drunk. I’m talking to myself, and I can barely stand up straight. That’s no joke. It was hard to simply stand upright. It got better from here. So the next exercise, triceps extension, is right next to the lat pull down. They are adjacent to each other if you will. I don’t know why but had I had left my water bottle at the lat pull down. Between sets of extensions, I attempt to reach over the lat pull down to retrieve my water bottle. For whatever reason, I tried to rest my arm on the leg pads of the machine. If you’ve ever done a lat pull down you understand that these pads roll. As a result of putting all my weight on these rolling pads, I almost fell over completely. “Wow” I thought to myself. “That could’ve been really bad.” I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that you literally feel intoxicated.
Following the workout, I was sitting down on a couch when I realized that it felt as if a heating pad was under my back. Or, if you’ve ever been in a car with heated seats, this was exactly the sensation I was feeling. Could this be another Ragnarok symptom? Dan confirmed that he experienced the same phenomena.
I’ll conclude with this. I think Ragnarok is giving me growing pains. I have not felt the achy sensation of growing pains in years, but twice now I have struggled to get to sleep because my quads feel like they need to be contracted. What in the world is going on? How awesome would it be if Ragnarok was somehow the impetus for a very late growth spurt? I know it’s a stretch, but hey, you never know.
Thought of the Day:
Computers are the only thing that freeze when they overheat.