I had a good workout on Monday and increased weight or reps on three exercises.
Wednesday was another good workout and I was able to increase reps or weight on several more exercises. I did the quickest half mile so far since injuring my Achilles tendon.
Friday was another good workout and I continue to progress adding weight and reps where I can. The half mile walk was even faster than Wednesday’s but to avoid irritating the injury I won’t try and push any harder for a bit.
This was the least eventful and least amount of “drama” since I started back trying to get more fit post-COVID. At this point I am back to where I was pre-COVID in terms of strength and endurance and, in some areas, stronger than I have ever been.
Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!
God bless and God save the Republic.
Oh, and welcome to the Resistance.
Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022 (not going to happen)
For a variety of reasons I didn’t get much rest Sunday night. That left me feeling pretty darn drained on Monday so I skipped the workout and went on Tuesday instead. It was a very good workout and I am actually exceeding some of my pre-COVID workout levels on several exercises. I still have a few where my performance is still lower but I am working through those and should get there soon. I did skip the back extensions because I was having quite a bit of back pain after my last workout.
I made it to the gym on Thursday and although I really wasn’t feeling it I was able to improve on just about every exercise in my routine. I am at or above where I was pre-COVID on all exercises except one. To be honest there are two other exercise that I haven’t reached pre-COVID levels, however, that is by design. I am taking a different approach of lower weight but increased reps on those so I won’t hit pre-COVID levels for a long time but that is by design. I still skipped the back exercises out of an over abundance of caution. I also shaved a few seconds off my fastest half-mile time.
Saturday morning was tough. It was really tough to motivate myself to work through the exercise routine. I really wanted to just skip it and eat some tacos but I forced myself to keep going. I am in the green (at or above pre-COVID levels) on all exercises. There are a couple that I am taking a slightly different approach to, more reps lighter weight, that I don’t plan to hit pre-COVID levels on for quite sometime so I am not counting them.
After a late Sunday evening walking with the grand kids as they celebrated Halloween, trick-or-treating through the neighborhood I was pretty tired when it came time to exercise. I was able to force myself to go mainly because Wonderful Wife was working late. It went better than expected. Even as tired as I was I made it through the whole list of exercises and even increased the number of reps on a few.
An issue with blood sugar kept me out of the gym on Wednesday but I did make it in on Thursday. All went well and I was able to catch up to where I was pre-COVID on another exercise.
I couldn’t make it into the gym on Saturday because I had a training class. Then again, walking crouching, and running around learning Area Search and Clear tactics while carrying an AR-15 and the rest of my gear was a pretty good workout in and of itself.
Started off the week on a good start. I made it to the gym and completed my first full workout since COVID. The number of reps and amount of weight is still below where I was but this is a major step in the right direction. I was also able to start walking again. Half a mile on the treadmill at a fairly slow pace.
Wednesday was another good day at the gym. I was able to increase the reps on a few more exercises as I try and get back to where I was pre-COVID. Still keeping the slow pace on the treadmill to prevent aggravating the damage to the achilles tendon.
Skipped working out Friday in favor of hitting the gym Saturday morning instead. My back was hurting so I left off the back extensions but hit everything else on the list. I was able to continue increasing the number of reps on several exercises and should hit pre-COVID stats on one more exercise next week. My half mile on the treadmill was a pretty slow pace again to avoid tendon issues.
From a fitness perspective this was a pretty good week and I am happy with my progress.
Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.
Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022…or maybe 2023…
I didn’t workout on Monday for a number of reasons but did make it into the gym on Tuesday instead. I was able to increase the reps on all the exercises I am doing and I added sit ups back into the rotation.
I skipped Wednesday and worked out on Thursday instead. I was able to add another exercise back into my workout routine and increase the reps on most exercises. I did not increase the reps on assisted pull ups or push ups because of the pain in my shoulder. I don’t want to push too fast and set myself back another couple of months. I also skipped walking on Thursday since my achilles tendon was killing me all day. I have really pushed it this week with a tactical training class on Saturday, a much faster pace on Tuesday than I have done lately and I worked an event on Wednesday that had me on my feet for around four hours. I’ll start back walking soon.
I worked out again on Saturday. I was able to increase the reps on most exercises and added two more exercises back in. Next week I will go back to my full workout but still with lighter weights and fewer reps. I’ll keep increasing reps gradually and then add the weight back.
All in all, other than the pain in my ankle from the achilles tendon I am both surprised and pleased with the progress I have been making.
Sunday I walked a mile. Again the pace was much slower than it would have been before COVID but I was able to do it and felt reasonably good afterwards.
On Monday I made it to the gym for the first time in over a month. Despite cutting the number of exercises by over half and the number of reps per set by over half I am so sore it is not even funny. Even after taking Naproxen I feel like I was stuffed in a barrel of rocks and rolled down a ski slope in summer.
I didn’t work out Wednesday for two reasons a) an after hours work function and b) I was still too sore. I did make it back to the gym Thursday. I was able to do a little more than on Monday. I increased the reps on a few exercises and added one exercise back into the mix. I was sore afterwards but it was the good kind of sore not what I experienced after the workout Monday.
I have a training class (first since COVID) on Saturday so this week will be limited to two (gym) workouts. I am pretty sure than totin’ a rifle a my gear around for seven or eight hours under the Texas sun will work a few muscles and burn a few calories.
I have been doing some tactical training over the last few months (when I was stricken by COVID). In addition to the skills I have been picking up in these classes, they have given me the opportunity to wear/use my gear. It’s all well and good sitting in your man cave/bedroom/basement watching mall ninjas show you the way super secret operators set up their gear but until you get our and wear it all day while standing, sitting, walking, running and crawling around under the Texas sun you won’t really know how well it works or if you even have the right stuff.
I started out with a Condor Modular Chest rig loaded out with enough stuff I could probably survive in the piney woods for several days without resupply. That configuration was recommended by a YouTuber who seemed pretty squared away and if you are on a long patrol in enemy territory it might make a lot of sense. However, I am not planning any long range recons behind enemy lines. In the Texas summer this thing is HOT, and not in a good way and after a full day out and about wearing it it got pretty darn heavy.
Based on the “parties” I am most likely to attend something lighter and with less stuff stuffed in it would be a better choice. A number of the guys recommended either a minimal chest rig or a “battle/war” belt. After seeing the prices on those fancy dancy little chest rigs I dig out a Condor Slim Battle Belt that showed up at some point that I don’t recall and started playing around with the stuff and how it was organized. I think I finally have a set up I like (mostly).
I have reduced the gear/stuff to a Gerber Principle knife, a kangaroo style magazine pouch holding 2 AR and 2 pistol mags, a blowout/trauma kit, radio pouch (need a smaller one), a holster for G19 (a better one is in my future once we have a little more cash coming in and I find one I like), a sundry pouch/booboo kit, carabiner to my attach gloves and my gloves.
It is reasonably light, nothing gets in the way of my rifle and I can easily draw my pistol without interference. I could probably add a second tourniquet on my strong side without excess bulk or weight and I may just do that.
I should be able to make my next training class and test it out this weekend.
Most of this week was completely non-productive. Recovery form COVID and the after-effects kept me from doing much more than the bare minimum in any aspect of my life and exercise was definitely not included in the bare minimums.
Thursday was a little different. For the first time I felt (somewhat) normal. I am still weak and easily winded but my mind is clearer and I have a bit more energy and a bit less of the post-COVID malaise. So much so that Wonderful Wife and I were able to go for a half mile walk. We took is slow but it still elevated our heart rates and we were pretty tired afterwards but it felt good.
So, I wish I could say that I was back in the gym this week but that would be a lie so I won’t.
However, beginning on Wednesday I was able to start walking. First a half mile which left my legs feeling like jello then, on Thursday, about three quarters of a mile. After the second walk my legs were in better shape and not so wobbly afterwards.
I didn’t walk Friday but I plan to get back to it this weekend and to get back in the gym next week.