My last post was close to a month ago so I have a lot of catching up to do. Since that time, I have designed my workouts, chunked down the components of the project, and actually started doing pushups….and yes it is sort of like eating a car.
For those of you who are new to the thread you might want to check out earlier post to get an idea of what this is all about.
Let me start by quoting myself from my first post, “I want to make this clear; this project is about exploring and not breaking records. I have no idea if I can do this or for that matter if it is a good thing to do. But I do know this, I am extremely curious about the journey, the exploration…asking myself the question, just “what is possible?” and asking it for my own account.”
Knowing that, the first question most people ask is, “how many pushup can you do” or “are they real pushups”, “what is the trick”, or in the case of my wife, “have you lost your mind”.
Or they say, “I couldn’t do five pushups” or “you are going to hurt yourself”, or “are you sure that is possible?” or in the case of one person, “Bullshit”
I take no offense to any of these comments and I imagine there are many more unspoken ones because one time or another I have had all the same thoughts and more.
However, this project is about exploring my physical and mental resources, looking at my imposed limitations, presuppositions, and limiting beliefs and not so much about how many pushups.
A metaphor for what is possible not only in this context but with all of life…but more on that later.
I first broke the project down into three major divisions I refer to as mind, body, and being. From there I started asking questions and breaking the divisions down to smaller and smaller details.
In addition to this theoretical and philosophical work, I also started doing pushups and working out, using the workout process as a laboratory in which I recognize and record the details of the process.
In other words, what is going on? For example to do 3400 pushups in an hour you have to do about 56 pushups in minute and continue that for 60 minutes or cycles. Therefore, I started with one cycle and broke that down.
Who long does it take? Are the first 10 pushups the same as the last 10? How is it different? What can I notice about each pushup? What is there to notice? What am I able to distinguish? What details of each movement are important?
I am the only person at the Gym with a tape recorder taped to my arm taking notes. A close friend reminded me that this is somewhat unusual and maybe that is why no one ever says anything to me at the Gym. Could be but I think it has more to do with the day I was working on weight and speed and taped a 45-pound plate to my back with duck tape. Not only did no one say anything but I was also given all the room to work I needed.)
So between the planning and research, both mental and physical, I am learning a great deal about myself and although this project has just started it might be easier to eat a car.
But it is still early.
Next we will explore the mind division.