Welcome back, everyone! I have been trying to do some Crossfit and the place I go to has started outdoor sessions. I’ve got to say that the sun has taken my stamina away, I also have another lingering problem, a bad sunburn. I hope that, by now, you are aware that you shouldn’t be lifting when you are sick. A few have said that, for them, there is nothing better for getting over an illness than to get moving, not true for me. Like many of you, when we are sick, rest always seems to be the best healing you can get. When you have a sunburn, the decision that you made is of your own thinking, do you miss a workout, when you were perfectly capable of doing it? On the other end of the spectrum, do you go ahead and lift, knowing that sweat and friction are terrible company for a sunburn. I fell into the latter camp, when I decided to man up and go on lifting looking like a lobster.
Needless to say, I got about ten minutes into the workout before I packed it up for the day (also the rest of the week). I faced tingling pain and each drop of sweat felt like lava, as it crossed down my back, which was even more red, due to blood flowing to the surface of my skin. I know there will be a few of you cringing in your seat when I tell you that what I drank before I lifted had beta alanine in it. The one part of a preworkout that causes tingling of the skin and I, like an idiot, had mixed that with a terrible sunburn. As far as the progress of my end of summer cycle, I’m not that impressed.
I was looking to mainly gain some more mass, while I’m still on my summer diet. I’ve been doing great with learning to accept what has now become bland times of the day to eat the same food, not to fear, winter will be here soon enough and I can bulk again. I’ve got three different supplements in this cycle, two for cutting and a strength increasing product, I’ll leave it at that. Anyways, the workouts have been combining crossfit and my usual style of lifting, it’s becoming to be a bit bothersome. I’ve not combined different elements of fitness before and the dance we have been interwined in has been an awkward one.
When the weather permits, I have been spending the weekends by the lake, getting some much needed fresh air. When you are on a computer as often as I am, you have got to make some time to get outdoors, it really has to be experienced on a nice day. I would say that, being three weeks in, I have gained a little over an inch around my arms. Astonishingly, my legs have seen the best treatment, growing about three inches of lean mass. It could be that the summer weather, with it’s near record high temperatures has just got me burned out. I have always had difficulties with cutting weight, finding it much more easy (and fun) to pack it on! I’ll be back with another update, as this cycle is growing closer to the last leg. I’m looking forward to giving it 110% the second that I step back into the lifting zone!