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    Default Training with a Hangover

    by Bill Starr

    “I made it a point to push them to personal records on several of the exercises in the program for that day. I wanted to show them that they did have control over their bodies, even when they wanted to throw up or just go lie down on the sit-up boards”

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    Awesome article. Took me back to my days in the army. The PTIs loved to thrash us if we had a hangover. Also explains how I managed to get through so many Basic Fitness Tests with a hangover. I had carb loaded the night before :-)

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    What a revealing article - this is a great read. Thank you.

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    I'm surprised Starr didn't mention hydration. I've found so long as I can remember to drink a litre of water prior to going to bed after coming back from the piss, then drink more upon getting up, I feel much less like shit than had I not, during training.
    Anyway the article was good.

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    No, they all reassured me, all they wanted was the key. They wanted to see if they could train
    under the influence of LSD. It seemed absurd, yet I had watched Jack Hill win the Teen-Age Nationals
    in 1969 while he was on the drug. I gave them the key
    That's got to be the trip of his lifetime!

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    It amazes me that for once in my life I feel highly qualified to comment on something and equally untempted to do so.

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    These Bill Starr articles would make a great book.

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    If Starr ever wrote a book of essays I'd buy it for sure.

    I do have the dubious distinction of having trained with a hangover far more times than it would be socially acceptable to admit, and I learned fairly early that it's a great way to shake off the symptoms of boozing. It really sucks in the beginning but as you get through warm-ups and your first couple of working sets you start to feel like something resembling human again. However, while varsity college athletes can probably get away with impaired recovery on a semi-regular basis, the quality of drunk sleep is horrific and if you string together too many of those nights you'll be digging yourself into a hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Flashman View Post
    I'm surprised Starr didn't mention hydration.
    That is I suspect because the article is written without any knowledge of the side effects of excessive alcohol consumption on the athlete.

    http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/banzai...er-do-or-dont/

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    Wal, I assure you that the author has extremely intimate knowledge and vast experience with the effects of alcohol on the athlete. This may be the silliest thing you've ever typed.

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