My P90X Journey – Day 42: Ennui… or Plateau?

Day 42? Yes, it’s been about a week-and-a-half since I last posted an update. I just haven’t had either the energy or the focus to put pen to paper… er, fingers to keyboard. Hence, the post title.

P90X is hard. I know, this isn’t news at this point, but it’s really hard. After a long day at work, it’s really easy to come home and want to slack off. When events are happening that capture your attention, it’s really easy to focus on them and put off your workout for another time. Except this is an every day commitment, so there really isn’t another time.

As a result, things have been choppy lately. Two weekends ago was the city exploding into conflict and violence and, I have to admit, it grabbed me with both hands and wouldn’t let go. We were glued to the television coverage. Day 33 became ‘let’s make today the rest day, and then do today’s workout tomorrow and tomorrow’s workout on Monday, when we’re supposed to have the rest day’. Which is all well and good, except that it’s become apparent to me that there’s a reason why the schedule is set up the way it is. Body parts are worked in a particular order. The routine has peaks and valleys, a rhythm with which you just shouldn’t mess.

Why not? Because P90X is hard, and it gets even harder when you start shuffling the schedule. When you do kenpo, and then you follow it right up again with chest/shoulders/triceps/abs, and then plyometrics, and then… well, you need that day in between to give your body a break. And when you don’t get that, it gets harder. When it’s harder, and you’re already pre-disposed to be hard on yourself like I am, then it becomes frustrating. Frustration becomes annoyance. Annoyance becomes poor focus and poor form. Poor form makes it harder. Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera.

This weekend, it was Ribfest – large servings of protein, hot weather, bright sun, and allergies out in full force. And the problems repeated – not really ever home on Saturday to get the workout in, so day 40 became the rest day, and Sunday and today were to be Saturday and Sunday’s workouts. But the heat/sun/allergy combo knocked me on my ass by the time we got home yesterday, and left me pretty wobbly through most of the day today, which meant that those two days of workouts just didn’t happen. Best laid plans and all that, but P90X suddenly becomes P88X for me.

So, tomorrow is day 43, the beginning of week 7 – it’s the last week of getting in the really hard work before the ‘recovery week’, the last chance to go after some significant gains before moving into the home stretch of this program. It’s gut check time – I need to treat day 43 just like it’s day 1. I need to get past whatever this block is, whether physical or mental, and get back to work.

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