Day 5 – Exposure 2
Tayler and I are walking across campus to be guest lecturers for an undergraduate class. We are both nervous for 2 very different reasons. “I am freaking out because I have to talk in front of all these people and you can’t stop thinking about the lift.” He said while shuffling through his speaking notes. It was true. Public speaking is something I did a lot in undergrad and at this stage in the game it is not something I get nervous about. My mind is much more worried about getting Ragnarocked.
Against my better judgment, I put on DMX. I had a heart rate strap on for this lift, and sure enough, my heart rate went through the roof. After the first set of squats I felt all the accumulated soreness at once. Even my hair hurt. Is that even possible? “C’mon Danimal!” I said to myself. “FOCUS!”
After I corrected my train of thought, I took a left turn out of negative town and gave maximum effort. I focused on breathing and reciting my squat poem for motivation. Yeah, you read that right. I’m sophisticated. I write poetry. I write poetry like a boss.
(Check out the squat poem here)
After the third set of squats I was rocking a solid heart rate of 190 beats per minute. When I saw that, it made total sense why 212 was obtainable on exposure 1. Tayler threatened to take my phone away if I kept checking my heart rate. Probably for the best. Need to focus.
The rest of the lift was rough. The entire time I felt like a shaken up can of soda that was about to explode. But, I finished. It felt so good to hit every rep of every set. Upon completion of the work out I wanted to climb to the top of the weight and scream “FINNALY! The Danimal HAS COME BACK!” I wanted it to reverberate off of the walls just like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Nerd O’clock pm
I was excited to see what my data looked like from this exposure. Below is the reading I got from Polar and a tonnage chart comparing weight moved from exposure 1 to exposure 2.
I spent my entire lift in the red zone. INCREDIBLE! Calorically speaking, in less than 40 minutes I burnt approximately 1,000 calories. Additionally, I almost doubled my tonnage.
All in all, I did way more work, expended a ton of calories, and most importantly, I get to go up in weight on each exercise for exposure 3. To quote Mr. Cube “today was good day.”
Thought of the Day:
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