Hero’s Journey Day 55: The Final Challenge “100”

Day 55: A true hero never gives up.

Heeeeere we go.

LOTS of exercises, split up as I see fit. 100 pushups were gonna be the worst, of course. Here’s how it went.

50 taps
40 climb
25 squats
25 crunch

My strategy was to get through all the other pushup-like exercises (shoulder taps, climbers) out of the way before trying pushups, as my arms and shoulders being tired would make those harder.

25 taps
30 climb
25 squats
25 crunches
25 taps
30 climb
25 squats
25 crunch

OK, at this point, I’ve done 100 shoulder taps, 100 climbers, 75 squats, 75 crunches. Time for pushups!

10 pushups

Of course, there’s also the inverse problem: holding the position for climbers and shoulder taps wore my arms out for push-ups. Going to have to do them 10 at a time.

25 squats
10 pushups
25 crunches
10 pushups

The score is: 100 shoulder taps, 100 climbers, 100 squats, 100 crunches, 30 pushups. Time for a shower and heading in to work.

10 pushups

Ducked into the unused conference room and squeezed in 10 pushups!

10 pushups
25 lunges
10 pushups
25 lunges
10 pushups

Exercise started again when I got home, this puts me at 70 pushups and 50 lunges. Time for dinner, and more later.
Dinner

10 pushups
25 lunges
10 pushups
25 lunges
10 pushups

And DONE. 100 shoulder taps, 100 climbers, 100 squats, 100 crunches, 100 pushups, 100 lunges. I finished it at 8:30pm, but I finished it.

The pressing question for me was: how was I able to do so many pushups? I usually drop down to 5-8 in later sets. I think the important detail was NONE of these were “to failure”. I only went to 10 and then stopped. I really think the fact that I wasn’t pushing myself until my muscles gave out let me do much more later. Makes me think I should avoid pushing myself as hard so I can do more in later sets…