Dear Orange Theory,
I know I missed three sessions of torture—I mean exercise—because I have been traveling. Orange Theory is good for my body—eventually I will see the results—but traveling is good for the mind and the spirit. And thankfully, you see immediate results with traveling.
But, you need to realize that traveling can be exercise, too.
First, I trudged up the 40 degree incline and the thousands of steps on the Great Wall. I also did a lot of twisting and contorting getting through the crowds there. It was a non-stop trek up the mountain for 45 minutes. Okay, I stopped a couple of times because I thought my heart was going to blast out of my chest. My lungs worked extra hard trying to breath through the heavy Beijing smog.
I didn’t bring my heart rate monitor—I know a big mistake—but I know my heart rate would have been in the red zone or maybe the purple zone. I gave you an extra color to show how hard I was working.
You need to have a new routine called The Great Wall. It will be as bad as your hell week sessions.
Following that, I hung on for dear life—literally—on the airport bus in Beijing. The bus driver stopped and started with such force that holding onto the rings from the ceiling was a workout all on its own. Your strap rings are easy peasy—even for the ancient like myself—compared to the bus rings. As I clutched the rings, my nails dug into my hands while my arm was yanked in all directions. I used every arm muscle, pectoral muscle and any other muscle that is in any vecinity of my arm just to stay upright and not fly into the person in front or in back of me.
No, it’s not over yet. Our plane was delayed in China for one hour, so our window of time to catch the next plane narrowed considerably. Without going into details, we had to run through the Japan airport at top speed, pulling luggage, backpacks and posters. We raced to the gate in ALL OUT mode. Even though you don’t see it on my heart monitor, I was RED! We made the plane by squeezing through the door as it was closing.
Now, as you can see, I did exercise. So, my question is, is there any way I can get credit for at least one session, maybe even two.
If not, you will see me three times a week for the next three weeks.
Oh, in case you haven’t noticed, I don’t suffer in silence.
Please give me the credit?
Sweaty, Tired and Achy,