Well the day did not start well, since when I arrived at the gym it was just under 40 degrees and I quickly discovered that the gym was locked- stranding me and the staff outside. When they finally got someone down there to open the gym I had missed the chance to perform my usual mobility program (although I had performed a shortened version on the cold concrete outside). I was also still coughing up all kinds of fun stuff from my lungs. Based on the above I decided to do a shortened (20-30 minute) workout of just a few compound exercises for low reps and one set a piece. Something that would allow me to feel my muscle working without getting my lungs too upset.
I felt pretty weak as I struggled through a leg press, dumbbell dead lifts, push-ups, one-legged squats, and chin-ups. I decided to try and salvage some personal dignity by attempting a personal best on the biangular bench press- an exercise I haven’t done in a LONG time. I layed down to start my usual visualization process when out of nowhere a coughing fit hit me. I sat up, collected myself, and then layed back down. Again I began coughing, and this time it was bad enough that I almost left the contents of my stomach (one smoothie and a protein shake) on the floor of the gym.
At that point (ten minutes into my workout) I knew it was time to pack it up and head home. I had to face the realization that I had not yet recovered and that I woke up at 3:45 a.m. for no good reason. As I sit here typing this I am still upset that I couldn’t get in a decent workout. Better luck on Friday perhaps?