Nearing the start

Well, I don’t know what the near future will bring but I will act to minimize my own exposure. Positivity: 28.5

Workout notes: 22 fake miles (1:03; split was 3 easy, 16 medium, 3 hard)
Some rehab…perhaps a bit more serious.

Note: shoulder pain is all but gone; no NSAIDS, and glute: still some minor tingles from time to time.

Most unproductive day

But I am rested and ready to do admin stuff tomorrow; attend a virtual lecture tonight.

Covid numbers are ghastly right now. I am laying low and only making essential trips. Yoga on my own this morning plus the bike.

I’ve accepted that few others are taking it seriously, so whatever happens to them, happens.

And yes, I watched the local basketball game on TV and renewed by ESPN+ subscription to see the games; will do so until the spike comes down as few mask in their seats and there is no vaccine requirement.

Today: yoga on my own and the bike; 21 fake miles, with 3 of them at my current top resistance. I should probably work up to 90 minutes.

My chest taps after the balance were dreadful. I need to improve!

From yesterday:

Felt the onset of my back tweak at rep 8; kind of make my back sore by shoveling snow first. Not wise.
We’ll see how Sunday goes; I should be ok; can’t wait for my belt to get here.

And it starts…well, 2 weeks…

So, I am playing around with stuff; trying to figure out what to do with my courses, 2 of which I am not familiar with. Probably: a lot like the previous 3 semesters…

Workout notes: yoga (a bit nervous; positivity is 19.42 percent, but I wore my KN-95, then later..too much later, 1 hour on the bike (16 of “harder”, 4 of easier)

I left my phone at my office so I had to double back to get it. It was slippery but if there was good news is that there was just a bit of slight tingle.

My COVID strategy: treat it as a storm

We are at 18.55 percent positive tests. And yes, what we have here is mostly delta as opposed to the less damaging omicron.

Hospitalizations: I’ve listed August 18, December 22 and December 29. Note the change in 1 week, and in that week, cases exploded ..mostly delta.

But, well, most simply don’t care, at least here. So..I’ve got some KN-95 masks, my 2 shots and booster, and I’ll hunker down; mostly work activities only until cases subside to at least October levels..maybe early November will be ok.

I sold our NFL tickets and will probably catch the basketball games on ESPN+ (renewed my subscription); pity Bradley won’t make a vaccine mandate to go games the way that Illinois did. But Illinois is a major program; not as dependent on money from FREEDUM MAGA morons.

Now when cases go down, as they will eventually, I’ll see you at the arena. I am confident I’ll get baseball again.

But for now, I am in “storm mode” and will leave shelter when the storm passes ..and maybe the next variant will be more mild than omicron, which is a step down from delta.

Workout notes: yes, yoga class: 3 masked, vaccinated and boosted individuals in a large room, followed by 1:02:30 on the bike. I’ve made moved to up the intensity to give myself a better workout. The butt feels better but I am not getting the calorie burn that I got with walking, so I need to cut back on eating a bit.

Dec 28: omicron

Workout: yoga class, some rehab, 1:04 bike (home: 20 miles; did 3 of those at a “new to me” higher resistance); glute feels good. But …not much walking at all.

Later: first snow of the season. Not the worst but..yuck.

Local: COVID numbers are awful.

Positivity rate: 16.95 percent.

So, we cancelled our trip to Indianapolis to watch the Colts vs Raiders; leave that to younger people.

So, omicron is here, though some of what we are seeing is pain old delta.

Yes, I am seeing reports from social media follow/followers who have close relatives in ICU’s.

Yes..this was 5 days ago…this is not something that is mild or “just a cold”. Look at the contrast. And remember hospitalizations are a lagging indicator.

Now the CDC has new guidelines for vaccinated, asymptomatic people. This is the science they are based on:

Sadly, there is still a ton of ignorance out there and I’ve taken to muting and scrolling past.

26 December

We shall see; I am seeing some COVID anguish on my time line.

Today’s workout: yoga, PT and 1:02:30 on the bike (20 fake miles)

The video is very boring as it is 50 seconds of me being in headstand; at least I did get up there.

Glute feels better.

I do notice that my eyes feel scratchy but..no runny nose, nothing resembling a headache, no runny nose, etc. So, given I haven’t really been many places in a week…and I don’t want to waste a rapid test unless I go somewhere…

I suppose if I have something resembling symptoms AT ALL, I’ll rapid test myself before yoga. But..nothing running, no sore throat..only slightly scratchy eyes.

Christmas eve

Yesterday: slept in, did some rehab/yoga on my own, and had a somewhat slow (17:30) painful 2 mile campus walk with stretch stops ever .5 miles. That walk was, well, not very good.

The day was too nice to not get out.

I have backslid since that extra week two weeks ago; part of it is that I slacked just a bit on the PT and did too much walking on that week. And part of it: I added one legged stands and OUCH..those are tough. But some of the ache is on the side rather than in the meaty part of the glute. I am chasing the trigger point around.

Today: I got to skip B’s family gathering (in return for her mentally challenged nephew staying with us for a few days); I did spend a bit of time with Tracy and her cat.

I had a leisurely workout as well:

pull ups: 5, 5, 10, 10 chins, 5 wide, 5 wide, 10 chins, 7 pull ups, 5 (62 total)

push ups: 30 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 deficit, 20 regular.

rehab: included hip hikes, one legged stands, banded walks

curs: 3 sets of 10, rows: 3 sets of 10 each arm.

shoulder presses: 10 x 88, 5 x 103, 5 x 103, 5 x 108

32 minutes bike.

Glute: as I said: sort of sore.

Dec 21

Workout notes: yoga with Ms. V, 1 mile walking (went ok..not great) then decent 30:30 bike and rehab.

But oh my goodness…very sore..to the touch on the side. This is as sore as it has been in a long time; not sure; perhaps I overdid the standing on one leg? Just achy… does this mean I need to do this exercise MORE or is this bad for it? Hard to tell.

Later: to the Peoria Museum with Olivia and Barbara; dinner with Tracy later that evening.

End of the semester dump

Well, I think that I torched my glute last week with the hike, and 3 other 5K plus walks. That sounds pathetic, but that is were I am. So, today, 1 mile and then 31 minutes on the bike; bike will be my main “go to” for a while. Maybe a 1 mile walk every other day or something.

I’ll also work on standing on the affected leg.

Yoga class was fine, but balance on the left (affected) leg was terrible.

I have to remember the progress I’ve made with my shoulder.

Maybe time to bring swimming back?

Toward the end of finals

Yeah, COVID is spiking where I live and indoor masking is too low. Warm up the ventilators.

I do outdoor stuff but mask when around people or when indoor; so many are just not that careful. I don’t advocate being a hermit but a mask (plus being vaccinated and boosted) isn’t that much to ask.

Workout notes:

Monday: pull ups (got 3 sets of 10, several of 5 to get 60; these were a chore), push ups: 30 sissy, “walk 10”, 20 feel elevated and 10 for “show”

then indoor: shoulder press: 10 x 86, 91, 91 (getting back to it)

row: 3 sets of 10 x 60 single arm

curls: 3 sets of 10

Also: rehab, banded walks, etc.

Today; yoga, very rough 3 mile walk (3.3)

Frankly, the walk hurt at times: .7 miles, 1.0, 1.6, 2.0, 2.75, 3.0