DOMS and Subs

Nothing to do with having XXX of beers with certain bloggers whom I haven't read yet this morning, but I am quite tired and my arms started aching after only five minutes of laps in the pool.

Why? Because I am pathetic? Partly, but no, ah that's right, I did 20 minutes of swimming laps non-stop the other night, after a considerable swimming lapse. (That was a pun.)

Very typical thing: you exercise hard after not doing any for a while and then, two to three days later, you really feel it.

We in the medical profession actually have a term for this. We call it DOMS. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. I kid you not, my arms are sore.

So, no more swimming today, (you care about this, why?) instead I will go to the gym and work on cardio-fitness on the cross-trainer instead and some weights and stretches. Really I will. Just watch me.

I have a post in mind about the music I use as background for gym work. It's a real synchronicity thing with me and the BEPs - Pump It! Just like DSOTM and TWOO only with my acutely ironic sense of the ridiculous self-deprecating smartarse-ness. That's the plan anyway.

E@L

p.s. Those 2kgs I lost last week? I found them again; they were in the fridge after all, hiding in this huge sandwich I made containing everything bad for you/me.

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Posted by: expat@large on Dec 08, 06 | 11:04 am | Profile


OTHER MONKEYS SAID



Were they in that huge sandwich or in those 27 beers ~grin~


Posted by: Indiana on Dec 08, 06 | 1:04 pm

how many beers was it anyway?


Posted by: T on Dec 08, 06 | 2:00 pm

It was an even number, certainly not 27. And there were sandwiches once I discovered that there is a Cedele bakery outlet, selling REAL bread not that BreadTalk abomination, just up at Novena!

Mmmmm bread... is there nothing it can't do?


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 08, 06 | 3:54 pm

now i want to bake bread...nothing better that a brioche fresh from the oven...that first slice before it cools...heavenly


Posted by: savannah on Dec 08, 06 | 9:14 pm

I have a Dutch friend who brings in 20kg of special flour, yeast and bread mixes with everytime he comes back from his home in Holland.

Asia is not a great place to buy bread usually, though Vietnam is OK. Lots of brioche style.

What was that movie where they were coming home early in the morning and got bread from the bread delivery truck as it was loading up from the bakery?


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 08, 06 | 11:12 pm

~27 beers? I'm really big on beer meself but I hafta say it doesn't compare to the rush I got hitting 47 k's under my own steam for the first time in my life (assisted by a slope, of course, but who's looking?). Dunno why more people don't try it. Gotta love it.


Posted by: knobby on Dec 09, 06 | 12:58 am

no idea...remember anything else about the movie?


Posted by: savannah on Dec 09, 06 | 1:36 am

Knobby - that rush can be as endorphin addicitive as the rush you get clogging the urinals with vomit... (Pte Joke.)

Sav - I'm thinking it was Moonstruck. But I could be wrong.


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 09, 06 | 9:18 am

ronnie (nick cage) owned a bakery...i don't remember a scene like that...guess i'll just have to watch it again

ps. after moonstruck came out, a friend was in nyc and she picked up a cammareri bros bread sleeve for me (my own little bit of movie flotsam)

pps. thanks for your b-day post...and i do *w*


Posted by: savannah on Dec 09, 06 | 9:55 am

Ya I believe it -- now.

I thought it was all some crap the docs and scientists told us to convince us to exercise until one of those rare days when I was depressed about something, happened to go for a bike ride and noticed when I was done that my mood had changed quite miraculously.

Now I'm a believer ♪
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind ♫


Posted by: knobby on Dec 09, 06 | 10:43 am

Knobby - however, you also feel so good you can be masking damage you are doing by overexerting, hence DOMS...

Sav - can't think of it, but I saw it recently... Bloody hell... I'll have to walk up there and get some more nice bread now...


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 09, 06 | 1:11 pm

and I just walked 20 mins back from Orchard Rd and I feel like a soggy mess of crap. No endorphin rush, just a strong sense of not wanting to go shopping EVER again.


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 09, 06 | 4:36 pm

No, not overexerting, Dr P. Exercising regularly and stretching before and after helps me avoid soreness. Of course, there's also the desirable soreness (from micro-tears) that one aims for when doing weight --not aerobic-- training. The tears are important but so is the rest time. Not that I'm a Dutch speed-skater.


Posted by: knobby on Dec 09, 06 | 6:52 pm

Dude, this SO out of the post I was going to write about me in the gym with BEPs soundtrack!

OK warming-up and warming-down, I've read about them... My son has this problem with his back after he spent his adolescent years playing cricket and trying to be the best fast bowler, under the persistent hammer of one those horror psycho parents who pushed him to extremes for vicarious glory and success, only to damage his young spine. Poor kid can hardly control his bladder any more. Seriously, he gets crippling back pain if he skips his pre and post exercises.


The DOMS in jerks like me happens with or without warm-ups if you have not done exercise for a while. That's when endorphin bursts can mask the damage. "Hey, I' haven't been to the gym in months, but all of a sudden I feel really good, let's do some more reps!" It's more than just a lactic acid build-up. It's not the full-on micro-tears, but it can induce oedema which is swelling and tigthness. You can ultrasound the usckle and measure the swelling. Trust me on that. I listened to the lecture 3 times in South Afirca last month!

But, this whole talk of micro-tears is for steroid abusers and narcissistic closet girlie-men - you'll need a penile implant eventually if you go down that road, won't you Arnie? You don't get the endorphin rush when doing that sort of weight training - using a weight that causes you to fail after only 6 reps is purely to induce acute muscle damage. "Rest period" is the healing period when under the influence of steriods and proteins larger distorted and ugly muscles are built. You fuck up your arms one fortnight, then work on your legs while your arms heal, then move on to your pecs, and the cycle continues.

For me, rest-time means beer-time, he he! Large distorted belly is TWTG! (the way to go)


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 09, 06 | 8:37 pm

The DOMS in jerks like me happens with or without warm-ups if you have not done exercise for a while. That's when endorphin bursts can mask the damage. "Hey, I' haven't been to the gym in months, but all of a sudden I feel really good, let's do some more reps!"

Haha, no I'm too lazy to do things like that. I do whatever I can be bothered to do (but do it regularly) and then stop. Since I'm generally a happy sort of guy anyway, I don't really base my decision to do 83 more reps on whether I'm feeling happy. In any case, I'm out of breath, more likely than not.

But, this whole talk of micro-tears is for steroid abusers and narcissistic closet girlie-men - you'll need a penile implant eventually if you go down that road, won't you Arnie? You don't get the endorphin rush when doing that sort of weight training - using a weight that causes you to fail after only 6 reps is purely to induce acute muscle damage. "Rest period" is the healing period when under the influence of steriods and proteins larger distorted and ugly muscles are built. You fuck up your arms one fortnight, then work on your legs while your arms heal, then move on to your pecs, and the cycle continues.

Arnie? You've seen me, haven't you? Hahaha. And one doesn't get endorphin rushes from weight training, only from aerobic stuff (at least, that's how it is for me). And, no, that's not what I meant by rest periods! I'm no body-builder. I do a cycle of exercises touching a bunch of muscle groups in one session (and therefore not crushingly strenuous) and then my rest period consists of one/two days, after which I repeat the dose. Weight increases never more often than once every 6 weeks or longer.

Do I pass?


Posted by: knobby on Dec 10, 06 | 1:52 pm

BTW, yoga in combination with gymmy stuff is great too though you need to know what you're doing.


Posted by: knobby on Dec 10, 06 | 1:53 pm


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