It should have said something more along the lines of this:
I was too busy having a great time with my best friend, who's been living thousands of miles away for a long long time, to worry about trivial things like push-ups. The academic endeavor of doing certain things 31 times in 31 days was a wash, yes, but the day itself was most certainly not.
I am sorry that the tone was as academic as the endeavor. The visit with you, my dear friend, was neither academic nor trivial.
My sincere and public apologies.