[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 23 {237.5}

How often do you consider self-correction as part of in your daily life? How often is positive yet critical self-analysis part of your weekly tasks? Once I’ve figured out how to do something, and feel comfortable doing it, I’ll try different approaches. Though I’ve experimented with different rowing forms in the past, this week is focused on one topic: sleep. Can I stick to a regular sleep schedule to decrease fatigue and increase rowing performance?

My Weekly Stats

Tuesday 29th
Row #1: time 5min, 182 rows, 37 SPM [strokes per minute], 1135 meters. When your mind is completely empty, uncluttered with thises and that’s, you can give your all to your current task. By far my best set yet!
Row #2: time 5min, 192 rows, 38 SPM, 1020 meters. Numbers are tricky. I have a higher stroke count but a lower meter count. My biceps are sore but I’m otherwise fine. Each set on its surface is the same, but with infinite subtleties.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
Bonus: 10 minutes of reorganizing.
Sleep: 4 or 5 hours…

Wednesday 30th
Row #1: time 5min, 175 rows, 35.5 SPM, 1021 meters. Maybe my last late first set in a while? Things are looking up now, things are happening, some of which wouldn’t have been possible a year plus ago, when I was terribly out of shape. Knees kinda hurt, though, so I won’t push myself too hard.
Row #2: time 5min, 180-some rows, 38 SPM, 1034 meters. I did this set last night, but the compulsion to eat macaroni and cheese was so powerful that it drove this set, only so I could give in faster to my baser desires, which was tasty! Otherwise, the set was half leisure, half surpass 1000m.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 1 hour of reorganizing.
Sleep: 7 hours, with a long nap

Thursday 31st
Row #1: time 5min, 185 rows, 37 SPM, 1114 meters. Jumped my rowing machine ahead twice. The first time was with my first stroke, maybe because I jumped up and forward, with the second time toward the end where I did the same. I’ve done this enough lately where there are skid marks. Fun stuff.
Row #2: time 5min, 187 rows, 39.5 SPM, 1048 meters. I think I felt particularly sluggish during this set because I just finished a big katsu meal about two hours ago. No, actually, it’s been my terrible inability to get quality lengths of sleep, but the katsu certainly contributed. Nap… when?
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of reorganizing.
Sleep: 6 hours, other than accidentally sleeping in for over one hour

Friday 1st
Row #1: time 5min, 183 rows, 36 SPM, 1038 meters. I have a natural tendency toward shorter strokes, maybe because it’s easier or that’s the pace I learned years back. I am mostly self-taught so remembering about a quarter of the way through to use my arms more was tricky, but I’ll get there.
Row #2: time 5min, 172 rows, 35.5 SPM, 1052 meters. About 26 rows in, I caught my arms going at a milder pace. I tend not to extend my arms out as far, so this was a good change of pace. Literally. Instead of panicking toward the end to reach 1000m, I just picked up the pace slightly overall!
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 1 hour of reorganizing.
Sleep: 6 hours…

Saturday 2nd
Row #1: time 5min, 180 rows, 36 SPM, 1120 meters. I spent the morning writing, so when it came time to row, I wasn’t thinking of the distracting subtleties of each stroke, it was just “go time.” If I could tap into that mindspace without the hours of dumping my thoughts by writing… oh my!
Row #2: time 5min, 177 rows, 36 SPM, 1175 meters. Despite dropping a plastic shelf on my foot, leaving a scratch, and my right hand slipping before the first stroke… good set! I can see my output when I have the big lights on, and with this fuller arm form, I was tracking good distance!
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 15 minutes of reorganizing, 30 minutes of walking.
Sleep: 6 hours

Sunday 3rd
Row #1: time 5min, 185 rows, 36.5 SPM, 1126 meters. I’ll typically row with the lights off and hearing protection so I can just focus on my form, but with all the lights on, I can better gauge my pace. I slowed down in the last 30 seconds because I was quickly approaching 1000m, so I eased off.
Row #2: time 5min, 193 rows, 40.5 SPM, 1168 meters. Ever go through the motions on something, then you realize how you can drastically improve with just a minor change? That was me during this set, realizing “quit being lazy,” and kicking it up a notch. Nearly got to 200! That’s my next goal.
Wii Fit: 8 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of reorganizing
Sleep: 5 hours

Monday 4th
Monday’s stats are deferred to next week’s column. Until otherwise noted, the schedule will have stats Monday through Sunday, with Sunday being the weigh-in cut-off point, which will give me two days of padding for writing and editing in case I need it. I haven’t yet, but just in case…

Stats And Stuff

237.5 pounds: up 1.5 pounds from 236 pounds

(Note: My goal is 1 gallon of water per day. One liter is 0.26417 gallons.)
Tuesday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Wednesday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Thursday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Friday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Saturday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1 sugary smoothie
Sunday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee

Vitamins14 of 14
(I take: Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; and Vitamin E.)

Rowing Machine Maintenance
– Check bolts: yes
– Clean seat: yes
– Lube chain: yes

Aspiring Toward Goals

Last Week’s Goals:
Weight: [failed] Increasing calories burned while decreasing calories consumed didn’t work. I relaxed too much on Wednesday and Thursday. Recalling those day’s events and looking over my rowing stats, I didn’t eat consistently, so I’d binge-eat when I could and pushed myself too much, so I’d get too distracted by end goals.
Consistency: [succeeded] Rowed twice daily? Wii Fitted frequently enough? I didn’t schedule my time well enough to do as many Wii Fit routines as I might like. Maybe that’s a sign that the appeal of that aspect has faded? Other than that, I’ll go ahead and give myself a pass for politeness.
Health: [neutral] Did I manage to get enough sleep? No, honestly, a few days I felt terrible, but having this “guilt” top-of-mind was useful because instead of eating more to compensate for my fatigue, I could say “alright, I’m actually sleep-deprived, not hungry.” I’m not sure how I can sneak some sleep…

This Week’s Goals:
Weight: No weight gain. I think my problem with overeating is the abundance of food during irregular meals. If I can find a way to stabilize my mealtimes, even if it’s as boring as “eat a little when I’m not hungry,” then I should cut down those “I’m too hungry” cravings.
Consistency: Row twice daily. Fortunately, this is second nature to me. Expanding out, I should get back into the Wii Fit stretch routines, if not, I should just stretch more in general. I’ve noticed myself hindered by feeling sore because some muscles like my legs or ankles aren’t entirely warmed up.
Health: Get sufficient sleep. I cram too many activities into each day, from writing to other distractions, so I’ll often stay up past my “bedtime.” Over the past few days, it’s been about 30-45 minutes over as I finished up writing. Are there 45-60 minutes each day I could edit out… before publication?

Future Fitness Plans
I’m walking around more. Pokémon Go was an efficient way to encourage me to walk around more since trackable and achievable stats, or gamification, work well for me. I should then invest in a pedometer along with some decent running shoes. It’s just a matter of figuring out those details.

Random Fitness Topics

From Good to Better
I have two health issues weighing me down. Sleep-deprivation and insufficient sugar balance. Years of abusing both led to me getting tired when I’m hungry, mixing these signals, or learning to push through it all silently. I have a problem with managing these, but this admission is the first step.

Sober Living
I am almost certain this continual fatigue and sugar imbalance caused me to experience more peaks and valleys pre-sobriety, or these issues could have been amplified by the substances I was consuming to help me feel better about pushing myself so hard. (I don’t want to think I’m overly special.)

Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
I addressed something big this week. It’s a decision I’ve been thinking about for some weeks now. I won’t write about it until I’m ready, but every big decision has felt the same: I’m numb before, during and after I adrenaline, exhaustion, then the next day some regret, then acceptance.

Decompressing From Stress
I haven’t been as great about applying any good decompression techniques this week, other than diving into writing more, which led to some interesting thoughts and revelations, but the problem is that work without relaxation is never sustainable. I’m exhausted as of writing this, past my bedtime, and losing steam.

Wii Fit Highlights
Wii Fit hasn’t been much of a priority for me this week. It’s not that the routines are getting stale. It’s that there’s no external incentive. Just getting an “OK” at the end of every set, without getting a score or any nuanced advice after each exercise, is wholly unrewarding.

A Nice Outro
I’m terrible at getting enough sleep, but at least I tried to be more aware of that this week. It will just take more time, like when I exercise, where one stroke by itself does nothing, but multiple strokes over a period of time can lead to lasting positive results.

Quotes: None
Sources: My fitness experiences.
Inspirations: None
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Above: Colossus wrapped up in an old shirt like he were in bed, with green marker adding color.
Below: The rowing machine’s skid marks.
Wii Fit Stats: BMI and Bonuses
Written On: May 28th, 31st, 1st, 3rd
Last Edited: June 3rd

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.