Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 5 to July 15

Yeah, this isn't getting easier, so I have to change.

I've changed habits for the better. At least I think so. Smoothies and coffee for breakfast instead of carby stuff. Vegetables for lunch with some cheese and fruit. Regular dinner, nothing stupid. and then calming down and walking either in the morning or in the evening, depending on the day.

The walking and working with medical professionals is helping a lot - I can sleep through the night these days.

I'm still not making the seconds games at home. Shame, really.

But I'll keep plugging away at it. I'm making plans for the offseason which is coming up rather quickly, I'm sorry to say.

Off for a walk.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June 5 to July 4

This month is always a tough one.

I did score another try in June - in Oshawa. I'm still not back to the fitness level I feel the need to achieve. I've started on that path again.

Training on nights without rugby - Sundays, too as recovery from twenty minutes of game time is pretty easy. Solid sessions, just not long enough yet. Lots of kettlebells and bodyweight sessions ... and walking. lots of walking.

Training last night - Tuesday, July 3rd - was a real let down for me. Knee hurting during one of the drills and staying out of a contact drill for fear of injury were things that normally would not have stuck in my mind as hurtful or stupid. Today and last night they pricked my conscience.

I chatted about summer plans with a few of the guys and they laughed about what it is that I am doing - I'm working in Brampton this summer. Paying bills this way is pretty easy for me - I've got everything planned and photocopied and posted. It's all good.

I'm hoping that I can work on my own fitness these days - I did do a short walk before leaving this morning ... and plan on doing something tonight. Just not sure what and where. I will get something done, though.

At least my hip has stopped fighting me - now I'm back to fighting my belly and inflexible thingys.

I just want to be happy and I'm not at the moment ... and it's all within my power to solve these things that are bugging me. I need to summon up my own discipline and need time for that.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May 29 to June 4

It's been a few days. But a fair amount of work done. Starting to think I see results ... but my hip is still in throbbing agony.

Seriously. I need to take a few Advil in order to sleep properly at this point in time. None of that is what I want, as relying on pills just isn't in my skillset.

Stretching during Jays gam
I stretch, I hit a hot tub / sauna and stretch there too. I'm doing extra rolling and stretching and yoga and stretching after rugby training. I'd stretch during the games if I could.

Jose Baptista time.

In any case, the Polar Loop tracking is working fairly well - I like the integration of the HR with the activity level/step counter wristband and a visual calendar that helps you see everything.

June 2 was a welcome back to one on one intense stretching and fascial release I'll have to make work in my schedule. Man, it was painful, but a good pain.

June 4 was the first of many mobility and flexibility sessions that I have set up for myself. another one on one set of sessions that will take me until the end of August.

Plus rugby, plus daily stretching, plus summer school, plus a lot of things I need to do for my family ... and work ... makes for a very full next few months.

In any case, over the weekend, got to Barrie to be a backup prop for the second XV. Made very good use of my time on the pitch, securing the ball, making the set-piece work and scoring a try.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 9 to 28

I might not be blogging, but I'm working on my fitness ...

The last few weeks have been ... interesting.

I like the new Polar Flow set up I've been using. I'm sad when I get emails from my old set up, telling me that I'm being lazy and useless. I know better, but it still affects me.

I'm not logged in to Grammarly, and even it is saying I should get back to writing everyday.

Which, of course, I'm also doing.

Ah well, whatever.

Last night I was at Cedar Springs and did a cardio workout for about 45 minutes, made up of the following:

2 minutes on the elliptical trainer
2 minutes of kettlebell clean and press

I did that for 30 minutes, then got on the Jacobs Ladder. I could only do 45 seconds on and 60 seconds off. I got four rounds in and then had to just walk it off, man. I'll get better at it, I'll get fitter, too.

It was amazing how quickly my heart rate went up.

I mean, check this out:

In chatting with the opposition from Saturday, there was a funny comment they said. They had to play both the third team game and the second team game ... or at least a part of it. I played third team rugby - I'm still not getting the system, nor am I getting full training sessions in, nor am I the youngest or fittest on the field these days ... in any case, the other front row players mentioned that the third team front row was harder to scrum against than the second team front row.

It made me feel good, but it also pointed out the fact that I need to get my stuff together and get myself on the seconds. My club needs me.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April 8 to May 8

Coffee continues to run the show.

I had to take some time off of training due to a hip flexor muscle injury. I have yet to play in a game of rugby in 2018. I'm not that offended by that statement, as I know I will be playing a lot of rugby in the next six months.

I keep my home life on the down low in my various online communities, but you have to know it's a struggle. Having a child with special needs is stressful. Dealing with stress with a gentle walk and talk with your spouse while someone looks after them is really the only solution that is doable at this point.

Not much else really helps, man.

ok, maybe a massage.

Anyway, I kept up the GPP with the 30-35 minute workouts of alternating kettlebell and running. I have done more than a few walks and stretching sessions. I am really looking forward to training on the beach this summer.

Monday, April 9, 2018

March 26 to April 8

I keep stretching in the morning, keeping a decent routine for health going for myself. I put lunches together for two kids and myself at the same time.

I did discover that the cafeteria at work does decently priced fresh salads. I liked those, too. Lots of veggies and you get to control how much of the goo gets into your own mouth.

Home life is a disaster, though. At least I got my gym back to a functioning level during this time. I had a decent workout yesterday ... a 30 minute one alternating round of elliptical trainer and kettlebell swings.

My Polar Link tracker continues to function, too.

Otherwise, coffee is running the show at the moment.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Feb 11 to March 25

Man, this is awful.

I keep updating my list of books read. I keep mentioning that list and this blog in passing to people when talking about training and talking about what books I'm reading these days.

I have been using the Polar Loop quite a bit. I've been thinking about moving the number of steps up a bit, as I'm finding making ten thousand steps a day a fairly regular thing. I've been making it a habit to move around while at work and include a walk or training sessions at night.

But my garage gym is still out of order, covered in dust from the sanding of the dining room table. I've been doing a few online courses and been walking while I listen to the lectures. Stretching in the basement every morning is actually very helpful, too.

But I still miss Wrestling. I still miss swinging a bell for time. I miss running ... walking is a nice compromise for the time being, but I do miss the focus that running brought to my training. But running at 270 pounds is not a good thing. Never a good thing for my knees.

In any case, I've been training, just not blogging here.

I did get a rather nice taste of retirement over the March Break. A little chillier than I'd like to have happen in my older age, but still not a bad taste of it. Work in the morning, a nice walk or training session then back to chat with my family or other responsible people. Rugby. Good food and working towards helping others.

It was like I was Cain from the television show "Kung Fu", walking the earth and helping people.