Resentment

I am going to have to make my PT routine more efficient. But the quickest I can do it is about 35 minutes..IF I am super efficient. 40-45 is more typical and frankly, I resent doing it. But..If I want to swim and walk..that is what I must do.

And yes, I know that someone with invasive cancer would gladly trade “problems” with me. It is just that I am mentally weak and prone to whining.

Today: round 1 of PT, stretching, 1 mile walk, round 2 of PT, more stretching, 1 mile walk, round 3 of PT (shoulders) Then downstairs:

deadlifts: low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 225 (for real this time..last time it was only 220, which FELT different) 10 x 270 8 inch.

belt squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 72, 12 x 94 (depth was lacking; last time my load pin was hooked in an unusual way which kept it higher up.

I think that I can mix it up; one day do split walks, next day do it all at once. Second walk was the faster of the two.

Note: doing “bird dog” showed me that afterward, my left leg was “heavy”; I am losing nerve signal there. I need to do some open book prior to walking.

not ready for 5K

Ok, how did it go? PT, then out: I’d say the first 2 miles were ok and around 2.3-2.5 I knew I had a decision to make. At 2.7 I knew I needed to head home.

But after 2-3 minutes I was good to go again.

Yes, the pain at 2.86 was similar to what it once was at 1.8 or so; 50 percent improvement. And I recovered quicker; the second walk WAS faster and easier.

Afterward, I fought off fatigue (embarrassing that this little workout fatigued me so) and did 60 reps of pull ups (10 singles, 10 singles, 10, 6 sets of 5 with various grips)

5 sets of 20 push ups (final 20 inclined)

bench: 6-6-6-7 with 150

rows (dumbbell) 3 sets of 10

curls 3 sets of 10

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 94

Shoulder slightly sore afterward (later)

Like voting: not all unicorns and rainbows

It has now been two weeks since my injection. So the report: definitely better, but not perfect.

Example: I walked home from the gym without fear of pain; I wasn’t limping when I got home. I can handle six 2 mile walks per week. Less pain when doing the crawl.

BUT some pain is there (in dulled form) and I have to mind my posture. And it is still 40 minutes of PT every danged day… that is not going to change.

I can sympathize with those who hate working out at all; my PT is like that: unrewarding but necessary.

And voting is like that. You aren’t going to get everything you want. If you get even a 1/3 or even a 1/4 of what you want, you chose wisely, especially if that fraction is from your most important items.

Workout notes: started my PT late and didn’t walk before..didn’t want to walk in the rain after.

Swim:

600 of the usual alternating side and back

200 of the usual front kick, free

200 in 3:38 with 50 back (too slow but I had no one to chase)

200 in 3:32 with 50 back (better)

100 in 1:42 with 50 back

100 in 1:42 with 50 back

50 in 0:48 with 50 back

50 in 0:47 with 50 back

200 pull in 3:36 (easy effort)

Weight: 205 afterward (probably bloated again)

Noticing

Ok, 2 weeks. As I type this, the glute is sore.it feels like the nerve root, but that is sometimes hard to distinguish from genuine glute pain.

What I did: I walked, and did some belt squats (at greater depth..albeit light) and a set of 10 x 225 low handle deadlifts. Is that the culprit?

I felt ok after the workout though.

What I did:

2:40 worth of: PT, kind of a rough walk (first 1.7-1.8 were fine)

Strength: pull ups: 5, 5, 10, 10, 5 chin, 5 wide, 5 mixed, 5 mixed then 10 singles changing grip with each rep (plus 1 penalty rep)

push ups: 30 incline, 30 decline, 20 deficit, 10, 10

bench press: 9 x 145, 7 x 150, 7 x 150

deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 220 (all felt easy, no residual anything)

shoulder press: 3 sets of 10 x 94

belt squat: better depth..but is this the glute pain culprit?

12 days out

12 days from the injection. What I notice:

  1. day to day activities cause far less glute pain. No more limping home from the office, gym, etc.
  2. Walking: I have not been able to extend my distance, but the level of pain is well down; 2 miles is still reasonably pleasant; before, I had to start pushing through moderate pain in the final .2-.4 miles. Walking pace is faster; more “pop” in my legs.
  3. Post workout pain and night tingles are way down.

So, I’d say that it was worth it.

Still: today PT (full), 2 mile walk

This was my full 2 laps of my H course between Cooper, Laura, Rebecca.

Then 3 minute plank; did some online errands (bills)

Then 2000 yard swim. 700 warm up of side/back, 300 of 25 front kick, 25 swim

1000 of 250 swim, 250 pull in 18:34

4:44, 9:14, 14:04 were the splits: 4:44, 4:30, 4:50, 4:30

Weight: 204.7 after swimming; I am going to have to cut back on food. I have been stuck here for months.

Shoulders: slight soreness…holding up ok.

Weight: yes, some of it is butt and legs, but waaaaay to much is plain old belly fat.

Slow slog toward..what?

Another back progress: the injection seems to help a great deal with the day to day. As to the walking; pain is much less, and there is far less pain afterward, but it is not totally gone. Can I get back to 5K?

I had a bit of a detour as I heard the recycling trucks and realized I had not put ours out as yet. Still..ok, if not fast. Some dull pain toward the end that went away very quickly.

Then the strength part of it:

pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 4 sets of 5 (chin, wide, 2 of mixed grip)

Push ups: 30 incline, 30 decline, then 4 sets of 10 with extra banded walks

inside: deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (felt it in the thighs), 10 x 270 8 inch.

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline press (Swiss bar) 3 sets of 10 x 94

Then 4-5 sets of belt squats ..some with token weight..trying to learn the movement and experimenting.

Not rainbows and unicorns

10 days after the injection:

  1. Night tingles reduced.
  2. Day to day “small stuff” pain greatly diminished.
  3. Swim pain (glute) mostly gone
  4. Ok, walking: 2 miles kind of feels like 1.5 used to and there is far less “after the fact” glute pain. But there are still tingles and duller pain..pretty dulled but still there. I also think that I get more “pop” out of my leg.
  5. Trying to learn how to squat: that still sucks.

Today: most of my PT

2 mile walk (slower)

Two months ago, this would have been exciting. Today is is “meh” due to the gorgeous weather.

More PT then 2000 yd swim:

600 of side/back

200 of 25 front balance kick, 25 free

50 alternating free/back recovery free (49, 48)

100 free, 50 back (1:41, 1:42)

100 back

100 of 25 free, 25 front kick

Then 500 of: 100 pull, 150 swim, 150 pull, 100 swim (9:36)

203.8 after swimming.

On one hand, this swim is nothing compared to what I once did. On the other hand, it is a major improvement from when I started (restarted swimming)

And the shoulder feels great.

Ok..sort of

Started with most of my inside PT, walked 2 miles (tried to decide between 1 and 2; did the “4 loop Rebecca course” ) and then finished the PT and went inside for lower body weights:

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 180, 10 x 220 low

Belt squats: 10 reps with 22, 44, 44 and it wasn’t pretty.

I lack the mobility to do a proper squat; way too “stripper like” (and a very bad angle)

Back/glute: it felt great during the deadlifts but..it seems that any sort of excess squatting sets it off..later. I might try a shallower squat.

The walk: what I felt at mile 2 was similar to what I used to feel at mile 1: “pre-pain”..not quite pain but a sensation.

I was told that injections would not take away 100 percent of the pain..but hoped the would. But the improvement is undeniable.

Not what I was hoping for but

I walked at the end..kind of insufficient stretching and perhaps too long after I fired up the glutes. So while the walk was not a disaster ..in fact, would have been a huge success pre-injection, there was some dull pain..very dull toward the end.

And this gives me 12.8 miles for the week; much more than before.

Still, I was hoping I could do 12 miles today (no, I wasn’t going to try). And I have to remember that I need to build up walking again, slowly.

And yesterday’s swim went well in terms of swimming. So, it appears that my fall workout schedule will be something like 3-4 lifting sessions, 3-4 walks, 3 swims a week, plus a ton of PT

Speaking of PT: the loop/bands I ordered: way too flimsy; I need something heavier duty.

The rest: I started with full indoor PT (due to heavy rain) then outdoor: pull ups: 3 sets of 10, then 11 partial reps of weighted pull ups, 3 sets of 5 two chins chin), 2 sets of mixed

push ups: 5 sets of 20 (2 downstairs)

bench: 10, 9, 9 with 145
curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder press 3 sets of 10 x 94

1 week check

It has been one week since the injection. I honestly think it has helped; tingles way down, pain way down; not much tightness during my swim.

Weight: 203.1 after swimming.

Swim: 600 of 100 side, 100 back

200 of 25 front kick, 25 swim

200 in 3:28

100 back

200 in 3:29

100 back

3 x 100 swim, 100 pull in 11:50 (9:47 for the first 500)

Maybe tomorrow I’ll see what I can do.