Well, my old pal Murph stopped by this morning. Hadn’t seen him in a while, but for my typical morning routine of breakfast, a short bike ride, some gym time, a little more bike riding, and 2nd breakfast (which I normally do solo) he showed up. This is how the morning went:
Woke up late at about 5:40 a.m. – Okay, I have to get ready quick and get out the door quick so I can eat, hit the gym, and be back in time to take my wife to work.
Double protein shake and pre-workout formula down the hatch – no issues there.
Can’t find my wallet (with my gym card) – Check in my room, check the couch cushions, check the bathroom, check the shorts I was wearing yesterday, and check all of these places once more. “Oh yeah!” (click, lightbulb flashes) – I had put it in my gym bag the night before so it would be ready to go in the morning (clearly forgotten in my rushed state to get out the door).
Do some foam rolling and stretching, a little quicker than normal – Leg day; so I stretch hamstrings, quads, calf muscles, but forget/skip stretching hip flexors (see “Squats”).
Head out on my bike ride to the gym – About a ¼ mile from the house the chain gets caught up and lodged in between gears. It’s really jammed in there. I spend a few minutes getting it fixed and am left with some greasy hands. Off to the gym now, a little further behind schedule.
Workout – Noticing I am a little short on time now, I decided which exercises to chop from the routine, but it’s not too bad. Still enough time for a good workout.
Squats - On the 2nd set, a little hip flexor aggravation and pull. Shouldn’t have skipped the hip flexor stretches!
Rest of the workout – It goes pretty good, and finished in time to make it back home to wake up the wife at 7:30.
Unlock the bike from the bike rack – Just kidding, I will be home late. The bike lock is jammed somehow. I keep thinking, “I have the right combination – what-the-heck?” After several minutes of tinkering it comes loose.
Get home, stretch, wake up my wife (just a tad late), get ready to take on the day.
Thanks for the good time Murph.
The good thing(s):
I was blessed to wake up in an air conditioned house.
I got to pick from a variety of high-protein foods, fresh fruit, and supplements to start the day – plus drink some clean, reverse osmosis water.
Rode a newly paved road on a nice bike to an air conditioned gym where I got to work out with an array of fancy equipment.
Offered to help a guy in a wheelchair through the front door of the gym on my way out, to which he replied, “Thanks, but I prefer to do it on my own.” After a little hiccup, I was able to ride home with two fully-functional legs on a bike that switches gears when the road incline gets just a little steep.
Returned to an air conditioned house to a great family, fridge full of food, among other blessings.
Tonight I will ice my hip and take a bath with some Dead Sea Salt imported from 1000’s of miles away that cost me a few bucks at the local health food store.
Not too bad of a day. It all depends on how you look at it. Remember the glass is half-full, but it is also half-empty! Just acknowledge the half-empty, get over it, and enjoy the half-full. Have a great day my friends!