No Stirrup November
It has begun. I got right into No Stirrup November last night and it was…enlightening. I’m not strong. I knew I was out of shape, but yeesh, it’s bad, guys.
Anyway, I decided that, due to Duke’s previous Kissing Spine surgery and our subsequent protection of his back, I am not going cold-turkey and taking off my stirrups. I’m going to warm him up with stirrups and make sure he’s feeling good and working well through his back before I go stirrup-less. I think that’s the best for both of us.
Once I dropped my stirrups, I immediately felt like a blobby, muscle-less mass just flopping around up there. I have very little muscle control, my legs don’t feel solid, and my position goes to crap because I also don’t have good core strength right now.
All of this will change throughout the month of doing no-stirrup work. I also decided to do a plank-a-day challenge this month. It’s what it sounds like; I will do a plank for as long as I can, every day.
I told my dad about my plank plans and he jumped on board. Because
he is a competitive person and I don’t take after him AT ALL we are competitive people, this quickly became a challenge. On December 1st, we are going to do a live FaceTime showdown, in which we see who can do the longest plank. Oh, and somehow I got talked into this idea that he needs a handicap of 1 second per year he is older than me. So in order for me to win this challenge, I have to do a plank for 30 SECONDS LONGER than him.
What have I gotten myself into?
Also, I am totally going to win this.