Couple weeks ago I decided I needed to start doing something physical again because I was feeling out of shape. Haven't been going to the gym (we let our memberships lapse) lately, and I spent most of my days sitting down. Cleaning and cooking and walking the dog would be my main physical activities. Not good.
So I've been rowing again. I bought that rowing machine a couple years ago, and it's a great machine and I like it, but I haven't been using it lately. So Friday I decided I'd start rowing every day. And Friday I almost died.
Then I left my shoes in Naples over the weekend so I didn't row early in the week. Today I sat down and made up a workout I figured I could actually handle to start doing every day: 150m at a stretch followed by a minute rest. 150 meters is like the distance to the mailbox or something, it's pathetic. I used to row 5000m at a time. Of course that was... damn, that was over a decade ago. Still.
So today I did 8 150m intervals (with a minute rest in between). That's only 1200m total. And along about interval number 6 I think I died. I swear! In fact I think I might still be dead. I managed to keep my pace down in the 1:40 range for a few of those intervals but by the last few I was struggling.
I can't believe that. That's awful. I'm going to have to be diligent about this for the next several weeks just so I don't embarrass myself.