That constant banging noise... you can't hear it?
If you can, that's the sound of my head banging against the desk in my office at home. Because I just lost my housing association appeal against Trudy and Bam-Bam's successful brand of noise-driven psychological warfare.
And General Noriega thought he had it bad.
So it turns out there's this thing called the Fair Housing Act that covers "discrimination" against parents of children in condominiums such as mine, for noise-related cases such as this.
Considering Trudy can make a plausible case that she's not playing loud music, breaking association rules about doing laundry too late or early, or having wild parties into the night, I've got no real recourse. In other words, I'm in an unfortunate, yet unwinnable situation.
I suppose in some twisted way I'm grateful for Trudy. Without this noise issue starting at 5:30 a.m. most days, I'd have less motivation to train. But, since I'm up, why not?
If that's not learning how to see the fucking sunny side of life, I don't know what is.
Speaking of training, I had a solid day. My Monday Malaise was long gone, replaced with a Tenacious Tuesday. I enjoyed an interval "cruise speed" run at Balboa Park for more than an hour early this morning. Of all the times to have a camera with me the past two months, this would have been it. The fog from the man-made lakes and creek beds in the nature preserve contributed to a menacing mist that might have given Stephen King chills. I was literally running through clouds of fog, just waiting for Freddy, Jason or Michael to pounce from the brush.
My workout continued at lunch with an incredible strength session at my work gym. I highly recommend this 45-minute program for anyone trying to get an intense full body workout.
2 sets, 15 reps, all done as supersets:
-- 10 minute warmup w/ treadmill or stationary bike
-- Lat pulldowns, dumbell lunges
-- Pushups, step-ups w/ dumbells
-- Close-grip pull-ups, squats
-- Alternating cable bicep curls, cable rope overhead extensions
-- Dumbell kickbacks, calf raises
-- 4x45 second planks
-- 3x20 medicine ball leg raises
-- 5 minutes of abs work
I lumped the planks and abs work together as another superset due to time issues (gotta do some work at the office, right?). This was by far one of the best workouts I've had in a gym since training with the Shan Clan.
Tomorrow, I've got a rare early morning yoga class and an optional bike spin in the evening. Since I missed a workout on Monday, I'll likely do both.
I'm already excited for the day to begin. What a difference a day makes.
Even if that day starts at 5:30 in the morning thanks to a noisy neighbor.
302 days and counting.