August 1st, 2003

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Gym. Session 56 of 124. Back and Triceps

Well, since my Jeep is still in the shop (see later posts on this), I had to hoof it to the gym. According to the GPS, it's only (almost exactly) 1500 m, but I still misjudged it, and got there 10 min late. At least I didn't have to warm up.

Since my back seemed to be all healed up, we dug right into it.

The addition today was assisted dips (which uses the same machine as the assisted pullups). Logically, we cycled the dips and the pullups, and I was very good about holding form, and could feel the correct muscles burn and stiffen. As always for a new exercise, the dips found yet more unworked muscles, in my shoulders and sides, that are very weak and thus subject to beginner's gains.

We burned quickly through the rest of the sequence, since I was starting late. Seated low rows. Low back lifts. ISO lateral high rows. Standing rope pulldown triceps.

The last set of the low rows, my muscles failed after only 12 reps. But instead of just getting up, I took a couple of deep breaths, gritted my teeth, and squeezed out 3 more. Likewise, I failed 3 short on the low back. But on that, I didn't try that stunt again, one's lower back is not something good to mess with.

I'm not even stiff, sore, and in pain the next morning any more!

Stronger and stronger, better and better.


(Of course, then I had to make the uphill hike (81 m) back to work.)
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I have been putting off replacing my twelve year old Jeep Cherokee for some time now. Years.

But it looks like it's time. The mechanic's techs refuse to drive it, and all the stuff that needs to be replaced (with labor) come to about what I paid for it in the first place. And it would be stupid of me to put it off any longer, I'd feel really dumb dying due to a brake failure after taking up skydiving, and I would be devastated if I killed someone else in the process.

I'm inclined towards a Honda Element or a Subaru Forester, and I really wish that there was something like a high quality new Samurai-like small SUV that didn't have the RAV-4's ten thousand dollar "hot model" markup.

Car payments. Sigh. I've gotten very used to not having car payments.

On the plus side, I've got The Motley Fool and Consumer Reports on my side, and will refuse grease wrestle in the slime with dealer salesmen. A few test drives, lining up my own credit union or personal financing, and then a faxathon.

And it will be nice to have a car that doesn't clank.