My low stakes saga continues

Yes, this is of interest to me only.

Compared to what others deal with on a daily basis, what I am dealing with is not much. But it does affect my quality of life: I used to love to walk distances and to walk errands. Now I dread unplanned walks anywhere.

Reason: piriformis pain, probably brought on from my back.

Currently, I am trying to figure out what sets it off and how I can mitigate it.

Factors: 1) weather changing from warm to cold.

2) exercise bicycle use (really)

3) arching while pressing; the “legs on the step stool” bench presses appear to work. I am now doing sets of 10 with lighter weights (134, 145, 150) but it isn’t as if I am preparing for competition. Once I get the motion down, maybe move up to sets of 5 with heavier weight.

4) seated shoulder presses; doing a “high incline” appears to help;

I think that I’ll have to bite the bullet and switch to swimming for my cardio; probably Tu, Th, Sat, and move my deadlifts (so far, light due to a too-tight belt injury) to Sunday. Given that swimming will start small, I’ll have time for a short walk afterward; I do think I need some short walks.

Anyway…wonder if it is past time to see if there is a pattern. I do remember the last time it got really bad, I was doing much more on the bike.

Workout the last couple of days:

Thursday: slept in due to a late ball game; did some PT before work. lunch: 30 minutes of cycling (bad idea?) and a LOT of PT

Friday: damn thing ached the rest of Thursday and most of Friday; it only felt good in the morning. (to and from work: ok, until the stairs) It did feel ok right after Friday’s workout:

Usual PT; added the IT band side move no. 6 as I already do most of the others for my piriformis and back.

pull ups: 40 singles on the 10 seconds, set of 12 (kind of sloppy last 3 reps), 6 wide, 5 chins.

push ups: 40, 35, 25 (two sissy, one feet elevated); pushed it a bit here.

bench (flat) 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 10 x 150 (last set was challenging)

4 sets of curls

3 sets of 10 x 103 high incline presses

More PT (shown)

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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