Workout #47 (Cardio)

I had to wait about 6 minutes for the train this morning, which is average, but it was cold and I was never so happy as to board the warm, empty train car and be able to spend half an hour reading, while riding into work sitting next to the heater. I was in the office at 5:40 and on the elliptical before 5:50.

40 minutes on the elliptical this morning. I burned 552 calories, went a distance of 2.97 miles and reached a peak RPM of 97. My pace was between 80 RPM. After cardio, I did some chest exercises in prep for my workout tomorrow.

Group 1                  1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                  -------      -------      -------
Chest press               12/105       12/105        9/115
Push ups                      20           20           20
Crunches                      30           35           30

I was a little disappointed doing only 9 reps of 115 lbs on the last set, but that’s still pretty good considering I did two full sets at 105 lbs before that, not to mention two sets of push ups.

I’ve mentioned in the past how I can’t understand how people can read while they are on the elliptical or bike because you simply can’t focus on maintaining the proper pace. Well, I’m not perfect either. I found several times today that I was formulating the remainder of the plot to my story “4005 B.C.” while on the elliptical. Whole minutes disappeared while I worked thing out in my head and I didn’t have the same kind of focus that I normally do. On the other hand, I now have the rest of the plot, including some good dialog and the ending sentence of the story and I might even be able to wrap up the first draft tonight. So I guess there are trade-offs.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.