Attention in shape athletes: COVID can still kill you

Yes, the death rate to COVID is about 0.5 to 1 percent, and about 1-5 percent of cases require being hospitalized and about 20 percent of cases require medial attention.

And about 80 percent can have lingering symptoms even after recovery.

Now it is true that those with comorbidities have a greater risk, but even superbly conditioned athletes can end up in the hospital and in the ICU…and yes, that includes those who have run 100 mile footraces while in their 60’s.

You might be rightfully pride of your Cross Fit workouts, your big bench press or your blazing 5K…or even your Boston Qualifying Marathon.
But that is not immunity and, though COVID “probably” won’t kill you, it can mess you up for a long time and severely degrade your future athletic performance.

Take it seriously; mask up, and get that shot when you can!

Your baseline is not your best day.

Well, I had a great day last week. I had a good day the week before that. Today: would have been a GREAT day (for me) as recently as 3 weeks ago…very encouraging. But I just didn’t feel right at the start and it was a chore..and well:

10 x 134

10 x 184 (oh no…shouldn’t be this hard)

3 x 224 (ok..)

3 x 260, 3 x 260, 3 x 260 (1 and 3 are shown)

3 x 265, 3 x 265 (4 is shown); this exhausted me.

1 x 285 (quit)

1 x 301 (quit..probably a good thing)

1 x 285 (done)

I found that my “off the ground” speed was actually ok; I struggled a bit higher up..this was just the opposite from last month (5 weeks ago) where I struggled with the off the ground part. I am wondering if I should “go high” every 2-3 weeks or so…or maybe just write this off to a “regression to the mean” effect. This WAS the best I have ever done in my low handle sets..but these just were difficult and taxing.

After this I had a good but not great walk. Some ache toward the end; for the week I had 4 training walks and 2 social ones, all short.

20 March: incline presses come back

Workout and friends related post: right now, I can hear the music coming from a maskless student party across the street..

Good news: the Walgreens app worked and shot 1 is scheduled for Tuesday (higher ed employees are now eligible)

I did have a nice walk with Lynn this morning (only 2 miles) and then experimented with a “still sore shoulder” upper body workout:

Ache: some dull. Pace: about 20 mpm for 2.

The weight workout: slow pull ups (including 2 sets of 10; mostly singles)

rotator cuff

incline press: played with settings: 10 x 94, 10 x 105, 5 x 134, 5 x 134

shoulder press: 10 x 105, 9.5 x 105, 10 x 99

rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

bench: 10 x 44, 10 x 94, 10 x 114

It took some time as I played with my new adjustable bench and pin settings

Note: on the shoulder press, I could not lock out that 10’th rep.

Doing these after the incline presses was tougher.