I've been waking up between 6:45 and 7:30 each morning - no alarm, just naturally - and taking the dogs for their morning constitutional. We're probably half a mile or so away from the beach, which is just fine with my pups - it probably won't shock you to hear that the same dog who is afraid of the backyard is also afraid of the ocean.
After our walk, I pour myself a giant glass of iced coffee - I made a pot our first night here and then chilled it in the fridge, rather than my usual method of relying on starbucks Via and cold water - and then hang in bed catching up on the internets indefinitely.
Tuesday, PhillyGuy and I started the morning off with some P90X Chest & Back. As a refresher, here's what that entails:
Standard Push-ups (for me - 12-15, on knees)
Wide Front Pull-ups (8-10 on the assisted pullup machine with a 70lb counterweight, OR 15 "pullups" using a resistance band stuck on the top of a doorframe)
Military Push-ups (12, on knees)
Reverse Grip Chin-ups (narrow grip, palms facing in - 8-10 on assisted pullup machine, 70lb counterweight, OR 15 "pulls" using the band)
Wide Fly Push-Ups (12-15, on knees)
Closed Grip Overhand Pull-ups (narrow grip, palms out - same as the others, 8-10 pullups or 15 "pulls" with the band)
Decline Push-ups (I still cannot do more than one of these, so I do what I can, followed by 8 "real" pushups here)
Heavy Pants (two-armed back rows - I do 10 with 20-lb dumbbells)
Diamond Push-ups (hands spread and close together with thumbs/forefingers forming a diamond under your chest - 12, on knees)
Lawnmower (single-armed back row in a side lunge - I do 10-12 on each side with a 25-lb dumbbell)
Dive Bomber Push-ups (downward dog to upward dog and back again - the booklet describes it best, "like going back and forth underneath a fence." this is murder on my shoulders. I do about 6 before failing and finishing with 8-10 standard pushups)
Back Flies (8-10 with 10lb dumbbells)
...then repeat the entire set. Since we're traveling, we don't have access to a gym, and brought our resistance band instead. I strongly prefer doing the back exercises with the pullup bar and dumbbells, but the band is better than nothing. We followed that up with the super-toolbox-titled Ab Ripper X DVD, which involves 15 minutes or so of ab and hip flexor burning in the form of 25 reps each of the following:
In & Outs (standard crunching movement, starting in a V with legs bent and back straight, then extending legs while leaning back)
Seated Bicycle (forward and reverse for about 30 seconds each)
Crunchy Frog (hate this name - it's basically In & Outs, but with arms up, extending to the sides while you extend your legs and wrapping around to the front when you bring your knees in)
Wide Leg Sit-ups (laid out flat with legs wide, full sit-up followed by a twist over to one foot, repeat)
Fifer Scissors (lay back, one leg straight up at 90 degrees, the other hovering over the group - switch every couple seconds)
Hip Rock n’ Raise (too stupid to describe, but it burns - see video here)
Pulse Ups (laid back, legs up at 90 degrees, raise hips straight up)
V-up Roll-up (blah blah blah - full situp followed by V-up, repeat)
Oblique V-ups (side crunches)
Leg Climbs (here's the hip rock & raise dude doing leg climbs)
Mason Twist (these make me really, really dizzy, so I replace with static oblique holds - laying flat on my back, with my legs held over to one side a foot or so off the ground. I switch every 10 "mason twists")
It felt really, really good to get a decent sweat in...before I proceeded to spend the next several hours napping and watching TV. Yup, that's right.
Later that evening, we headed down Route 12 to the Sunset Grille for a couple beers and some snacks.
The view truly can't be beat...
...but I wasn't expecting too much of the food.
And I wasn't let down.
I started off with a Fat Tire while we waited for our conch fritters and jerk wings to come out.
After that, I got excited about the prospect of some nice, simple steamed seafood, so I got a raw/steamer combo of crab legs, peel & eat shrimp, oysters and clams. The shrimp were really tasty and the crab legs were decent, but please explain to me WHAT I was thinking when I ordered raw oysters from a place that serves fruity rum drinks in plastic parrots.
Thankfully, I'm none the worse for the wear. And really...the view WAS awesome.