Dear Tony/P90X, Day 64: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Dear Tony,

I looked at my numbers from this morning’s workout: not bad, but I think they could have been better. My legs were still sore from the run yesterday, so I mostly went on my knees and focused more on my chest on the push-up routines. The resistance band exercises went well, but I am still going to spring for some weights or dumbbells for P90X Classic.

So, on Sunday I went to buy something from Big Lots when I noticed that the store had a lot of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt products on the shelf. I was interested to see if Dr/ Teal’s sold any therapeutic epsom salt bath gels, like the other bath gels and soaps they had for sale ($5 a bag or bottle, by the way).

The bath gels had epsom salt mixed with a variety of plant extracts for various treatments, but the Dr. Teal’s product line had only pure epsom salt for the typical easing of aches and pains therapy. Even though I had two one-pound bags sitting at home, I bought a bag of the Therapeutic Epsom Salt. Twenty-four hours and two workouts later (X Stretch and Chest-Shou-Tri/ABX) and the bag sits unopened still.

In retrospect, and epsom salt bath (formerly known as a sitz bath?) probably would have saved me from shutting down the workouts last week. A simple twenty-minute session would have eased a lot of the aches and pains that I felt when I cramped out of the warmups from last week’s session.

I will probably be taking a lot more epsom salt baths after the Sunday long runs, as my distances become greater (twelve miles this week, sixteen the week after). Perhaps if I do heal, with some chocolate milk aiding the process, I can maybe fit in a Sunday X Stretch.

Tomorrow is Cardio X, 0500 bright and early. Maybe I won’t need the bath after tomorrow…I’m not that in a rush to take one now.We’ll see.

See you next time, Tony!


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