Winter is upon us. Well, technically it's still Fall, I guess. But for me, anything under 60 degrees is Winter. I hate the cold.
So late last week was my first workout in, well, less than ideal conditions. Let me explain. My trainer holds our workouts in the Crossfit area at Hercules Fitness, which is a converted parking garage in the back. Or, more accurately, a garage in the PROCESS of being converted. Meaning it isn't yet fully enclosed. Meaning it's partially open. Meaning as the calendar turns to November and December, it gets bloody cold out there.
I'll just say this -- when people say to warm up before exercising, make sure you are WARMED up. I usually get to the gym about 10 minutes early and do a little time on the treadmill before starting my workouts. It became clear to me last week that I literally need to step it up a bit.
The regimen didn't seem that much more difficult than usual, but after my first rep, I was done. I had to jump and lift a barbell over my head, which wasn't happening. Even after my trainer took the weights off, I could barely do them. Then I had to hang from a bar and lift my knees to my elbows. Then I had 30 jump ropes.
Bottom line, the cold just felt like extra weight on me. It was harder to lift, harder to jump, harder to breathe. I know hot air expands and cold air condenses, but does it actually weigh more?
All I know is, before my next workout, I'm running a marathon.