Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The elliptical machine...

humbled me this morning.

On my last morning of freedom I went to the gym to get a quick workout in. I started on the elliptical machine with arms (which I find harder than the EFX). So I start going and a couple really cool songs come on my Ipod (including Before He Cheats which is always a crowd pleaser). I decide it would be a good idea to go balls out on the thing- 8.5 mph with decent resistance. When I hit 33 minutes I thought I was going to drop dead of a heart attack. I had to stop, kneel down, and allow my heart rate to come back down below 200.

Elliptical, I will never doubt your anaerobic inducing capacity again. But I have to tell you, I am going to be one happy camper when I can run again.

One question for you folks...

How stupid would it be to take call Wednesday night so that I can ride with my Thursday night group? How much will I suffer if I work from Wed 5:30 am until Thursday at noon, then go get my butt kicked by Sherman hill after a quick nap? Discuss...

I'll update later this week with the top 10 ways I made a fool of myself during the first week back to med school. It will be hard to choose just ten....

12 comments:

JenC said...

If anyone can do it, you can!

Angry Runner said...

Elliptical. Ugh.

Wes said...

"the top 10 ways I made a fool of myself during the first week back to med school"

Always over achieving, there, Ironman ;-)

Mallie said...

How stupid are any of the things we try to do? I know plenty of folks who think that the whole lot of us bloggers are completely nuts!!! Try it and see how you feel. There's nothing saying you can't bow out of the ride early or ride with a slower group if you're feeling exceptionally icky!

Judy said...

I can't wait for the top 10 list - you are so funny!! The group ride sounds like fun - just be careful because when you are tired your reflexes are not quite as good and a group ride is scary to me.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Not nearly as stupid as NOT doing it. Who are you kidding...of course you are going to do it...Ironman. Oh, I'm sorry, Doctor Ironman. ;-)

Donald said...

I have nightmares about elliptical machines. The sleep-deprived bike ride can't be any worse.

teacherwoman said...

I think you can handle it!

Ellipticals bore me sometimes... glad you were able to push yourself the the extreme!

Ima Tool said...

I can't wait to hear about your first week of medical school. Knowing you, it'll be quite entertaining.

Also, the Ever Brave and Wise Anonymous Coward has struck my blog as well.

Karen said...

The elliptical is a machine of torture, I avoid at all costs. HATE THEM!

As for your Wed 5.30 till noon Thurs and then a bike ride. MAD. But then you quakes have to do what you gotta do to keep sane.

Oh and btw - Sorry matey but I've just tagged you!!

Jess said...

You can do it! I mean it's a bit nuts, but I think you can handle it!

Way to rock on the elliptical!

Kate said...

8.5 mph on the ELLIPTICAL??

I hate that evil thing!