I have a big race in a few days – the YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower. I’m gunning for a personal best, which would be faster than 18:30. This week I’ve had to improvise with my final workouts – because, well, I’ve been busy!
Monday was supposed to be a weightlifting day at the gym – since I only did cardio while in Colorado over the weekend – but I couldn’t make it to the gym. My solution? A kick-ass weightlifting workout at home. I took the basic premise of the Bowflex Summer Strong Challenge, which is to do three 1-minute sets of a certain exercise, with 1 minute breaks in between, and I repeated it eight times, with eight different exercises. So I did three 1-minute sets of:
- Bicep Curls
- Triceps Extensions
- Mountain Climbers
- Military Presses
- Shoulder Presses
Half the exercises involved only my body, and for the other half, I used my Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells. It took me 44 minutes (5 minutes for each exercise, with 30 seconds in between exercises). Then, I finished off my workout with 16 minutes on my Bowflex MAX Trainer (186 calories burned!) to bring my workout to a solid hour.
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But I digress.
On Tuesday, I wanted to go downtown for the final stair race training session in the 55-story Wells Fargo Center. Alas, work got in the way. It was an incredibly busy work day, and I ended up working until 10pm – that’s 2.5 hours after the training session ended. Hey, it happens.
So, instead, I busted my butt to get to the gym, which closed at 11. If I couldn’t climb stairs in a skyscraper, at least I could engage those muscles on the StairMaster. I didn’t get on the StairMaster with a specific goal, but a few minutes in, I decided to go for 75 stories. I haven’t been on a StairMaster in months (I prefer to train on the real thing), and I was a little rusty! But I reached my goal in 15 minutes, and burned nearly 300 calories in the process!
I followed that up with 10 minutes on a rowing machine and 10 minutes on a rope machine (where you pull an endless rope like you’re working on a pirate ship).
Then the gym closed. It was 11pm. I didn’t feel ready to throw in the towel, so I left, headed to the sidewalk, and ran. A 10-minute run would bring my total workout time to 45 minutes, so that’s all I shot for. My gym is a block from Burbank High School, which occupies a big chunk of land, so I ran all the way around it. It worked perfectly – I finished in 10.5 minutes, and ran nearly a mile.
When I returned to the gym parking garage, I had trouble finding my car.
But I finally found it!
Tonight I’m going to lift weights again – nothing too strenuous, but something to balance sitting on my butt all day while working – and that will be my last big workout before the race. I’ll maybe go for a walk, just to stay loose, but that’s it.
The next post will be a race recap. I’m getting excited!
Keep it up, David!
PS: This post is dedicated to Rob Murdock, an all-around awesome guy. If you know him, my bet is that you like him, and if you don’t know him, you should meet him!