Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2

I’ve never quite figured out why Labor Day is supposed to be the end of summer.  Leaving aside the whole equinox thing, in most parts of the country the first week of September does not particularly correspond with the end of summer-like weather or the first chill in the air.  In the New York area, which obviously I know best, I would say that summer in its climatological sense lingers until about the 15th of September.  Many parts of the country, of course, have summer weather much longer. Yet we’ve decided that Labor Day is the big summer/not-summer dividing line.  Weird.

In any event, I made it to the gym twice during these three days.  On Saturday, I continued with the dips I had started the day before, doing 4 x 10 x bodyweight.  It wasn’t possible to add any weight because the belt used for doing so was in use elsewhere.  I also did my usual medicine ball exercise, 6 x 10 with the 20-pound ball.  On Monday, with the gym closing early for Labor Day, it was absolutely jammed and most things were taken.  I was able to use the Hoist moving-seat row machine that I’ve been using, and did 6 x 8 at level 16 of 18.

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Thursday, August 29 – Friday, August 30

Last-minute change

I thought that I’d be working only a few miles away on Thursday.  Having done so much driving to distant worksites I really appreciate the opportunity to work locally.  Alas, that did not happen.  When I got to the worksite I found out that I was being sent to another site about 25 miles to the east.  Getting there in a timely manner would be a struggle, but somehow I made it right on time.  It wouldn’t have mattered too much if I had been late, but I’ve got this visceral loathing of lateness.  Not just in work contexts, either; the concept of “fashionably late” has no meaning whatsoever to me.  Anyway, the work went well enough, though it wasn’t what I was particularly used to doing, and traffic was no trouble getting home.  I had had big plans for the gym on Thursday evening, unfortunately I lost my last reserves of energy by 6pm and couldn’t even think of going.

Friday was a day off from work, the start of what will be a four-day weekend what with Labor Day on Monday.  I went to the gym in the afternoon and had what turned out to be a pretty good session indeed.  Continuing with my machine-based theme, I started out on the same very challenging leg press I had done last outing.  I upped the weights over last time, doing 8 x 330, 8 x 350, 8 x 370, 8 x 390, 2 x 8 x 410.  Let me tell you, it was very tough indeed getting through the last couple of reps!  Next I used the Hoist moving-seat row machine that I’ve been using lately, 6 x 8 at resistance level 15 of 18.  I hope to hit the top level on that machine soon.  To end the session I did some dips,which I’ve decided to do instead of bench presses for a while, just to see how it works out: 8 x bodyweight, 2 x 8 x bodyweight + 10.

Published in: on September 2, 2013 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment