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    Started the day with a 5k-step walk - target: the grocery to get some powdered chocolate for my wife's morning coffee.
    Did a little yard work (pulling up errant maple seedlings, mostly) then retired to my cave.
    Investigated YouTube sites for Tai Chi. Landed here.
    Did maybe 15 minutes of work ... OK, Tai Chi is hardly a heavy duty workout. More like Yoga, with movement.
    Yoga tends to be moving from static pose to static pose. Note ... "tends to be". I am not even vaguely familiar with all the forms of either Yoga or Tai Chi.
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    Next? Thinking about the Workout of the Day - You Had Me at Bacon. Or, maybe I'll start out with Day 15 of Athena's Playbook - Yoga Day.
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    Decided on Bacon
    Set 1, how to do these again?
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    Set 2, ahh ... better. Not great, just better.
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    Set 3, got some better (driving) tunes to go with it.
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    Set 4, checked my pulse (panting) and found 103 bpm. Close to Doc's 'limit', mine is clloser to 130.
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    Set 5, a bit better - 101 bpm. Hah!
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    Set 6, and now at 112 bpm, getting closer.
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    Set 7, Level III, down to 109 bpm.
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    Time for a short break before going into Yoga Day. Maybe.
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    Break over. My view of Yoga as a collection of poses is unchanged. Tomorrow I get to punch some more - maybe with the light 'bells (for a bit, at least).

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      Started the day with ~15 minutes of new-found Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Helped loosen up after yesterday's minor leg workout.
      No, it wasn't the Jump Squats or Lunges, certainly not the Yoga. Those smooth breathing moves involve modest squats that you barely notice when doing them.
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      Day 16 of Athena's Playbook, "Upper Body".
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      Set 1, with Warrior's Training Music to back me.
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      Set 2, still using the 3-pounders, 88 bpm, panting (up and down to/from floor?)
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      Set 3, 94 bpm, panting, still using the weight!
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      Set 4, 93 bpm, right groin asking me "why?". That's where I had a hernia operation 4 decades back, and injured it a couple years back doing <shudder> Burpees.
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      Set 5, 98 bpm, changed my 'get-down procedure - right first - and my groin has quit complaining. Still using the weights!
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      Set 6, 94 bpm, STILL using the weights! If no DOMS after nearly 300 punches, I may have to up the weight to 5 pounds. "May".
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      Set 7, and DONE. Pulse (just) below 90 bpm. Sweating, but not panting.
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      Next up, Day 17, "Lower Body". Not looking forward to this. But ... needed.

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        Started the day with ~15 minutes of Qi Gong (simplified Tai Chi). "Wake up, you slug" without fear of injury.
        Did the DD - Leg Raises - last night, before bed.

        Perhaps the best part of Athena's Playbook, Day 17, is that it is short.
        Start with Jumping Lunges, then Split Squats, followed by Back Kicks ending with Side Leg Lifts.
        The Jumping Lunges (10x4) were the hardest - on my ego! I don't think I levitated more than an inch or two on any and I had to 're-do' a handful because of no levitation!
        The Split Squats (10x4) I could do, just not nicely. While the last two sets were not 'bad', the first two were 'feldercarb'.
        Back Kicks (20x4) were not 'perfect', but were quite acceptable, as were the Side Leg Lifts (20x4).

        Thinking about doing the Workout of the Day, Crossfire, a bit later.
        Started in, got to Level II, and my wife called. Time for Midsomer Murders. Guess I'll have to pass on the last two sets!

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          Trying to do the Workout of the Day (DayBreak) before bedtime.
          Our cat thinks this is wonderful "fun".
          Back to it.
          No throbbing music to drive me along - folks are sleeping.
          Well, all four groups of four sets are done. The cat got bored with me - or offended when one of my 'angels' swept him off his feet.
          Don't think my pulse got over 99 bpm, though there was a little sweating and panting involved. A 'little'.
          I'll try the DD - Sitting Punches - in the morning.

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            Glad to see that Mademoiselle Luna is not the only kitty who shares in the Darebee Workouts. She sends a purr to your cat!

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              PetiteSheWolf ... mais oui! Our Siamese, though? Doesn't care. About almost anything. Your lady? Uninteresting. A guy? Let's fight!
              After my very early start, I did little ... a 6k-step walk (with a short jog in the middle). Just finished the DD (punches) that I could have done last night (without disturbing the household).
              So I was well rested when I went to the Athena's Playbook, Day 18. Didn't help. Must break the Jumping Jacks x20 into 2-times JJ x10. My legs get discombobulated. A few seconds later, maybe ok again.
              Set 3, finally checking my pulse. 83 bpm, if it matters.
              Set 4, nearly Level II, not quite. Giving up on the Jumping Jacks. Not sweating, not panting, my bpm is still below 90. Just can't keep up the rhythm. The brief breaks (4 of this or that) are quite welcomed.

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                Did the DD before bed last night.
                Starting out today with the WotD, The Fresh Start, and some nasty "music". Sounds like my grandson's 'band'. Must change it.
                OK ... Set 4 done and got my "dark Viking" drums pounding. Strange, sounds less hostile than what came before.
                Trying a different take on this "Easy" Workout. Adding my 3-pounders to the Scissor Chops, the Arm Scissors, and the Bicep Extensions.
                Not a huge amount of weight, except when compared to no weight.
                OK, Set 7 complete. Running at a modest 80 bpm - just getting warmed up.
                Now on Athena's Playbook, Day 19. What's this "left side" and "right side" for the V-extensions?
                True, it is the only one not 'sided'.
                OK. And Done!

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                  Started with today's DD - two minutes of High Knees. Couldn't do it last night - gent in apartment below was asleep. Did get in Days 1 & 2 of the May Challenge ... the Core Control Challenge.
                  Then I went to the WotD - Get It Done! - more High Knees. Got Warrior Training drums behind me.
                  Set 2, 92 bpm, panting a bit. Used my small 'bells to boost the bicep and shoulder work.
                  Set 3, 86 pm, slight panting. Skipped the 'bells, for speed.
                  Set 4, used the 'bells again. Gained nearly 800 'steps" so far.
                  Set 5, 96 bpm, some panting. No 'bells, this round.
                  Set 6, 93 bpm, feeling the beginnings of a light sweat. What do girls call that? A "glisten"? Used the 'bells.
                  Set 7, 94 bpm, no 'bells, gained 1300+ "steps" in the process.
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                  Interesting that three times, out of seven sets, the closure of "Done" was not spoken, nor did the timer stop at the five minute mark.
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                  "No Sets" ... just three minutes of various "Plank" configurations. Day 20 of the Athena Playbook struggled through.

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                    It's going on 1 AM, time to run some of the WotD - Goku. 3 Sets, Level 1, and it's difficulty 4! But ... going on 1 AM. Time for sleepy-bye.
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                    A bit later in the day - 6 PM - and time for ... more. Starting with Day 3 of Core Control , 40 Torso Twists (a modest warmup effort).
                    Got my Celtic/Viking Battle Music Mix going. And on to Athena's Playbook, Day 21 (Combat)
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                    Set 1, 80 bpm, well ... that was ... ungainly. Maybe I'll get the hang of these combos in a couple of sets.
                    Set 2, 90 bpm. Less ... awkward. Think I'd better research that last combo - Turning Kick/Hook Kick - before I continue on.
                    Set 3, exercise interrupted. Called to dinner (in a few minutes) for fish! I likes me some fish. Leaving it with Level I.
                    I certainly was doing that third combo wrong. I was following the pictures, which ... ?
                    I'd hate to accuse them of misleading me, but the video library tells a different story. One is misleading.

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                      OK, got my driving beat going.
                      Did the DD (Bridge Taps) and my May Challenge. Challenges tend to be ... refreshing?
                      Time to get into Athena's Playbook, Day 22 (upper body)
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                      Archers. In baseball I was a switch-hitter. I write right-handed and type lefty. Drawing and releasing a bow, I retain the muscle memory of my youth - right handed only. Lefty is ... strange.
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                      Cross-Chops. Almost started with a 5-pound (2.3 kg) dumbbell to add to this. Turns out the 3-pound 'bell was really close to my max on this.
                      Might have used my 'sword' or my 'battle-axe', but insufficient head-room.
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                      Backfists. Again, the three-pound weight. Because ... why not? Light panting, 86 bpm. "No sweat".
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                      5 minute Raised Arm Hold. Glad there was no "x 4 sets" associated with this. Once was quite enough, thank you. Even with a 63 bpm pulse, no panting, no sweat (no weights).
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                      Time to get the house cleaned up for tonight's game. Maybe GURPS, maybe intro to The Fantasy Trip. Friends over. That's the main draw.

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                        Got the DD out of the way early, and the May Challenge, and the Qi Gong.
                        Time for Athena's Playbook, Day 23 (Yoga), followed by an attempt at the WotD (Extractor). Maybe, then, a long walk.
                        Yoga
                        Right! No 'fun' at all. I could spend a week, two sessions a day, and not be adequately prepped for that level of stretching and balancing.
                        So ... I did my best. Not at all 'bad', just not up to my own standard of 'Good'.
                        Tomorrow, comes Burpees! Be afraid, be very afraid.
                        Onward to the Extractor Workout.
                        Set 1, 86 bpm, got the Plank Jump-Ins sorted. The Jumping Lunges? Not so much.
                        Set 2, 88 bpm, already panting heavily, this is only Difficulty 3?
                        Set 3, 80+ bpm, maybe have the Jumping Lunges figured, maybe not. Sweating already. Letting go at Level I.

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                          Not yet 1 AM and I have the Iron Bar (Advanced) taken care of.
                          Can't do the DD (Plank Jacks) due to the needs of the neighbor downstairs. Tomorrow, from my 'Man Cave', that won't be a problem.
                          Guess I'll have to start that with the Easy Abs Workout - only Difficulty level 2.

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                            Is this a Man Cave like the Bat Cave is a Bat Cave, Daithi? Do you emerge in a gleaming Meyer Car in your Meyer suit ready to fight crime and injustice wherever it rears its ugle head (or heads)?

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                              Originally posted by Colin View Post
                              Is this a Man Cave like the Bat Cave is a Bat Cave, Daithi? Do you emerge in a gleaming Meyer Car in your Meyer suit ready to fight crime and injustice wherever it rears its ugle head (or heads)?
                              This is a smallish "office" in the basement with a few computers (Mac, Windows, Unix), walls-that-are-bookshelves, and just enough floor space (around the large desk and small table) for me to exercise. With the door open. The heater sometimes struggles to maintain 60 degrees in the winter - even with 'help' from my 'data center' and the air conditioner struggles to maintain 70 degrees on those summer days when it gets warm.
                              I generally emerge in my seasonal wear (long jeans, hat and coat in chill times, cargo shorts and short sleeves in warm times) to walk the thousand-and-change steps to the local 'village' to buy "whatever" and then return a similar route.
                              Our Mazda3 HB sits, lonely, in the driveway except for those rare occasions when needed. Like when I pick up a player (RPG) for our weekly game or when we go out for an occasional "major shop". Before this geek was forcibly retired, I'd drive to work ... not recently, though. Then there's tennis, theater, grandkids (one town over) and other social engagements.
                              No fighting crime, though. Sorry.

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                                Not all heroes wear capes!

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