I learned a few things this weekend.
1) My friend tends to make bad bets.
2) I tend to join her in such stupid choices.
3) I can bench press 65 lbs? (this last one still shocks me)
The thing about the internet is you meet interesting people, and not knowing them outside of a website can be a bit of a drawback. In this case, my friend challenged someone on a fitness site to see who can get the most points from a workout in a single day. Of course, we made a full day of it, doing cardio and working with weights at my house. But our challenger is apparently a huge work out guro. Like, he goes to the gym several times a week and works out 3-4 hours each time. How were we supposed to know that his higher level was from intense workouts and not simply being on the site longer?
Needless to say, we lost. He got a little over 14,000 points for a day of working out. Us? I got about 5-6K, and she got 7K (she can do more with weights). Even combined, he still beat our butts. And I'm rather peeves at my friend because it's two days later and my back still hurts when I bend over to pull on or off pants. Or put my breakfast dishes in the dishwasher.
I didn't even consider the ramifications of working out for a full day, but man I wish I had now. But actually doing it, with someone there pushing me along, was so helpful. We gave each other mini challenges (I bet I can do 10 dips before you do 5 deadlifts!) and I did a lot more than I expected. I actually found myself meeting goals, and then immediately setting new ones because I was so excited about completing things and realizing what exactly I was capable of. Like bench pressing 65 lbs (um...20kg? I think, for those of you on the metric system).
It made me realize how important a partner going through the same things you are is to keep you going, and I've been working on a little project based on that idea. So let me know, how many of you would benefit from a writing partner?