Pregnant and training – week 34: On a Mission
“Hey Max, are your hips hurting you?”
“’Cuz you’re waddling.”
Grrrr. Not at Chris – he’s just calling ’em like he sees ’em – but at the fact that I am waddling! What do you mean I can’t deny all physical evidence that I am 7.5 months pregnant?!?
When I first told Chris I was pregnant, he said something like, “Let’s see how long you can go before anyone notices.” Never one to turn down a challenge, I immediately renamed my training log “Operation No Show”.
Needless to say, this was one mission destined not to succeed, though I definitely held onto it long enough! I was well into my 6th month and showing from every conceivable angle before I finally shut down Operation No Show and renamed my workout log Operation Easy Exit.
As I’ve written in previous posts, this was about the same time that my attitude changed, and I guess these names are pretty indicative… from fighting it to embracing it. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t unhappy early on, I just had mixed feelings. My BFF Christine put it best, “It’s normal to have mixed feelings; you’re making all the compromise of pregnancy without the reward of having a baby yet!”
At first Operation Easy Exit was about the fitness: be strong enough to pop this kid out with one good ab crunch, flexible enough slip him out of the pod, stamina enough to breathe through 10+ hours of labour. But beyond fitness, Operation Easy Exit soon took on other dimensions. For example, I changed my tune about prenatal courses. I groaned about them at first: “Really? Nine 2-hour sessions? How complicated can it be, there’s only one way out!”. I am now reading more about birth and labour, enjoying the prenatal classes, and washing and folding dozens of onesies in preparation for the big day.
In the spirit of a military operation, today’s workout was all about accomplishing a mission. We did a sequence of several moves called Bear Complex,(modified) followed by a minute break. The whole sequence counts as one rep. The challenge was to start by doing 3 reps, and after every one-minute break, increase the number of reps by two.
Three reps: no problem.
Five reps: a little tough, but totally doable.
Seven reps: getting hard now. Shoulders and traps getting tired.
Nine reps: really pushed through this one, but made it. After nine, I said, “that’s it, I won’t be able to do 11”.
Chris offered me a deal: a two-minute rest, if I would go for 11 reps. During this rest, he told me an anecdote about Will Smith, who says something like, “I’m not the most talented, but I’m successful because I work harder than anyone else. If we were to go on a treadmill race, either you would get off first, or I would DIE on the treadmill”.
I did 11 reps.
Warm up: 5 mins treadmill walk, dynamic stretching.
Bear Complex: 45lbs bar. Start with 3 reps, 1 minute rest. Increase reps by 2.
Did sets of 3, 5, 7, 9.
Pull-ups: 4 sets of 5 reps. Use purple elastic for support (provides 25-30lbs of assistance).
WHEW! Mission accomplished!