|MRI image from inside a sarcomere in my left|
quadricep after finishing my workout
Tuesday marked the first day I decided to 'go back to normal' on my workouts. My new plan involves a bigger variety of equipment including the stepmill. I'd tried it out last week but was a bit skeptical that it would be able to provide the required difficulty, but though i'd give it a shot.
Based on that previous trial (where i did 1:1 intervals, each interval being a minute long) I decided to try 1:2 intervals which meant only 2 work intervals for 2 minutes each. The work intervals were at the max level (level 20) and the rest intervals at level 11. I was on a Matrix brand machine.
I made the intervals, but barely. The resulting experience was a combination of what i've felt on my best bike workouts and my running through jello workouts. The final 30 seconds i felt as though everything was in slow motion - my legs heavy like i was trying to lift my feet out of molasses. I was sure i was going to clip one of the stairs and be sent sprawling as i counted down the final 20 steps. After i was done, the molasses went away but still my legs screamed at me and refused to let me walk with anything resembling a normal gait for at least 10 minutes.
And no back pain the day after which is the best part--I'm happy to hobble around, it just needs to be for the right reasons, like my thrice weekly trips to the Inferno.