The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
Yesterday during my workout the Marine had me on the rowing machine twice — asking me to do 500 m in under 2 1/2 minutes each time. Which I did, and even he said that I did it in a good time (I think they were around 2:20) — yay me. The Marine is not a talkative guy so for him to say something about my effort was heartening (Not to say he is not encouraging me — he definitely is).
Later on he asked me if I had ever used the stairclimber – I said once or twice but that I didn’t like it; when he asked why I said that it was too hard (I was just being honest, and he seemed ok with that). But I’m thinking that somewhere in his tortuous mind he is going to put me on that machine at some point so today while I was working out on my own I decided to go back to it. And it’s really not that hard! Granted I did go slower than I was capable — I started at 25 steps a minute not knowing how fast/slow that was and ended up at 45 steps/minute and I could probably go higher — but the fact that I edged a bit out of my comfort zone is worth a pat on the back. It is a bit boring, though, so I don’t think I could do it for more than 5-10 minutes. I think the Marine was at the gym tonight as well and I don’t know if he saw me on the stairclimber, but if he did I hope he was impressed.
Yes — once a teacher’s pet, always a teacher’s pet.