The last 12-week cycle ended unceremoniously. September 1 is the start of a new 12-week cycle.

Low on energy at the moment so will be as expedient as possible.

Goals for this cycle, in order of priority:

Yoga: Complete Primary Series (2 hours), 6x/wk

Lifting: 5×5, 1.5x/wk (may be reduced to 1x/wk):

Squats: 200 lb
Deadlift: 200 lb
Bench: 175 lb
Barbell Row: 140 lb
Overhead: 125 lb

Those are the only two forms of physical fitness I am regimenting myself to. The next two are optional and leisurely:

Biking: However much I want. Just riding for errands, to and from school, to relieve stress, etc.

Running: However much I want. Maybe 2 times a week for 2 miles, if we want to be ambitious. If we don’t want to be ambitious, 2-3 times a week for 1.5 miles. That said I will not resume running at all until the middle of the month.

Until I reach and master the goal of yoga, master in the sense that I meet and stick to it for six months or so, I do not particularly care about making significant advances in lifting, biking or running.

I am tired of burning out. Yoga is all that matters. Everything else is secondary. I strongly suspect that pushing myself too hard with regards to running and lifting has been the primary reason behind the burnout. They are extremely tough on your body over prolonged periods of time. They are also largely counteract with yoga.

I am a yogi. Have the confidence to be and remain a yogi.

But, as is always the case whenever I burn out, I start from the beginning with yoga once again.

Everything that follows is in order of how I actually worked out that particular day.

Monday, Sep 1:

Short hike with Caitlin

StrongLifts 5×5:

Squats: 185 x 5

Bench: 165 x 5

Deadlift: 185 x 1

Squats were tough. Thought about quitting around the third set.

Bench was flat-out fun!

Deadlift was tough.

We’re staying at one time a week for the entire month. No plans to add weight, but maybe I will if I feel particularly strong. Working on getting the form back.

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Felt tight since I practiced after lifting. Quads tight. Still out of shape. Good progress relative to the past few days.

Tuesday, Sep 2:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Sore from lifting. Strong practice nonetheless.

Wednesday, Sep 3:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Not quite first thing in the morning, but it was within a few hours after waking (9:30 or so). Yesterday’s was at night (9:30 PM).

Was even more sore than yesterday. Shouldn’t be sore at all tomorrow, however.

Biking:

To Sprouts (six miles) and college (10 miles), 16 total. (Edit: Actually biked about halfway home. Let’s say 20 miles total.)

Thursday, Sep 4:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Almost first thing. Was simply pressed for time, but it was fun. Woke up around 7:30, practiced around 7:30.

Friday, Sep 5:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Practice by 8 AM.

Biked ~15 miles around noon.

Saturday, Sep 6:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

Lazy morning; C slept over. Yoga within 90 minutes of waking, methinks. May have been earlier.

Sunday, Sep 7:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

Within 20 minutes of waking. 7:30 AM.

Biked ~15 miles.

SL later today. Full Moon tomorrow.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 185 x 5

Overhead Press: 110 x 5

Barbell Row: 135 x 5

95-plus degrees outside. (I always lift outside; that’s where the garage is.) Dripping with sweat. Strong workout.

A significant amount of fat to burn and muscle to build. But I’m still at the amount of force I was six weeks ago. In other words, I didn’t lose much strength at all. Yes, it’s tougher. But I’m also going easy. I could do the weight I was at before but I am going slowly as not to tax myself.

Ride this out for the month. Then add a little more next month. Fun!

Monday, Sep 8:

Full Moon

Tuesday, Sep 9:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

First thing in the AM. 6:35 AM or so. So far so good on the first thing bit. It’s been a bit easier than expected.

Still pretty tight from lifting Sunday. And just tight in general. Practice feels far from limber. Whatever. One day at a time.

Wednesday, Sep 10:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

11:20 AM.

Biking.

Thursday, Sep 11:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

7:35 AM.

Two flats in one day re biking. So no biking today. -.-

Friday, September 12:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana

11 AM or so.

Saturday, September 13:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana

11 AM or so.

Sunday, September 14:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana

7:40 AM.

Monday, September 15:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

10:35 AM.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 185 lb x 5

Bench: 165 lb x 4; 160 lb x 1

Deadlift: 185 lb x 1

No words. Hard work. That’s it.

Tuesday, September 16:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

9:30 AM.

Biked 20 miles. 100 degree heat. Good times.

Wednesday, September 17:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

New pose, same great taste. 9:30-40 AM.

Biked 15 miles, more or less. Possibly more.

Thursday, September 18:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Strongest practice since returning. Wow! Quickly getting back in the swing of things. The biggest challenge will be, in fact, to slow down!

But I’m not thinking about it. Just feeling it.

Biked 20 miles, more or less.

Friday, September 19:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Saturday, September 20:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Sunday, September 21:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Monday, September 22:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

8:30 or so.

Sunday’s was at night, 9:50 PM. Saturday was late, too, around 9:30. Friday was in the morning. Forget when. Not too early, not too late.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 185 x 5

Overhead Press: 110 x 5

Barbell Row: 135 x 5

Fourth SL of the month. Next week I’ll add pullups, push-ups and forearm curls again.

Not quite ready to add weight. I’ll know when I am. I mean, I could, physically speaking, but I am being careful wrt stress and my yoga practice. Yoga is going swimmingly at the moment and now’s not the time to potentially risk anything.

Tuesday, September 23:

New Moon

Wednesday, September 24:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Biked 12 miles. Might add another 11 miles to that before the day is done. Bit behind on math. We’ll see.

I did bike those 11 miles.

Thursday, September 25:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Haven’t been keeping track of time.  This one was 7:10 AM or so. When Caitlin was over they were fairly late. When she hasn’t been over it’s been early, but not super early.  Today was the earliest in a week or so. Let’s keep it up. No later than 15 minutes after waking up, bruh.

Biked 20 miles.

Friday, September 26:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Trying not to beat myself up for only doing sun salutations!

Hey, look at it this way: “originally” (well, not “originally originally,” more like “revised originally”) I said 6 days a week of yoga was fine. So far I’ve been on 6.5 days a week, only taking off New/Full Moons. So this basically slides right into one of those off days (one a week) I’ve allowed for myself.

There, now I feel better. I can rationalize like a mutha!

The truth is I was lazy in the morning and by late morning Caitlin came and the day got away from me. Started this at 11:45 PM. Right the ship tomorrow, Adam!

Saturday, September 27:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Ship righted! What time was this?

Sunday, September 28:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Added one of the most challenging poses for me, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana. Felt particularly limber so why not. Did not plan on adding poses until October 1, but I felt good so I did it.

Don’t have any set plans for what to accomplish in October. In my mind adding 15 minutes a month sounds great. But that could be easier said than done because it’s cumulative.

If I get through the entire Standing and Finishing sequence by the end of October, that would be an incredible accomplishment. Let’s see… The four prasaritas, the next pose being one I like, then the balancing poses… That’s eight or so. Get through the balancing poses and all of finishing and that’d be pretty sweet. That would be 15 or 20 minutes added.

Actually, let’s just get through tomorrow. One breath at a time.

Also ran a mile.

Monday, September 29:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Late again, around 7:30. Meh.

Mentally eh. Physically great.

Also biked 10 miles.

Today is typically StrongLifts. Not today, however. Bleh. Do it tomorrow or, more likely, Wednesday instead.

Tuesday, September 30:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Early, 7:45. But still kinda late. Whatevs. Didn’t sleep well. Only ~5 hours. The practice energized me quite a bit. Carried me throughout the day.

Lifting tomorrow.

Biked 20 miles.

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