Well, that was a sucky "vacation" from working out. All was going incredibly well through Friday, February 1. Then things didn't quite feel right on Saturday the 2nd and it was a downward spiral from there. Nine days with the flu can really get you itching to make it back to the gym. There were multiple days in a row when I'd go to bed thinking I could get up in the morning and finally get back to it, but the flu virus had other plans for me. Worst sickness I've had in at least 10 years, but FINALLY seem to be well enough to at least get back in the gym. I guess I can be thankful that muscle tends to come back fairly quickly, but not nearly as quickly as it seems to leave...
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Summary: After missing just over a week of training, I was extremely motivated to get to the gym and blast everything that I could. I had to keep my enthusiasm at bay for a couple of reasons. 1) Today should've been legs to get back on track, but the joy of my sciatica popped back up right at the tail end of my flu. Feels great when coughing, by the way (that's sarcasm). It's probalby from all the odd sleeping positions over the past 9 days, but whatever the reason, it meant no legs because of the pain. 2) Age has brought on at least a slight amount of wisdom for me, and I've come back from being sick before with 100% effort... only to result in a relapse of whatever I was sick with. I have NO intention of dealing with this flu any longer, so it was a slightly abbreviated session, but with 100% effort on the few things I did do. A decent pump, but I'm ready to make up for lost time. Assuming I'll be feeling well still tomorrow, I'll be back to full-load training, with just slightly extra rest to be in stealth mode, as I'm sure no one wants to train near the guy who's continuously hacking up a lung.