What a long strange year March has been… Though the pandemic started weeks ago in China and parts of Europe, it really didn’t “hit home” until the 12th or 13th here. It was then that the precautions began rolling out, with spring breaks extended. And things only ramped up from there.
Last week I think we were all in a bit of shock. I did get a walk in and even managed one workout (see Week 1 Lessons here), but for a person who dislikes change it was rough on the system.
This week was better, though worse in a lot of ways as old habits for me began to creep back into my life. Managed a bit more:
- Tuesday, 2.5 mile walk
- Wednesday, chat with Coach Drea about nutrition/exercise
- Thursday, 2.5 mile walk
- Friday, strength training with Coach Marilee
Bad habits include:
- Skipping breakfast and just drinking coffee
- Less water consumption
- Easier to just hunker down and work (I already worked from home before the crisis, so it’s almost a refuge to just chug along if I’m making progress on work items)
- More regular alcohol consumption (not a lot, but more than I’d like)
- Less healthy eating (more wraps or sandwiches, less salads and veggies)
The usual suspects.
On the plus side, I think I’ve only hit Starbucks once in the last couple of weeks and I’m sleeping in later because I don’t have to make sure the girls are up for school.
But just like with everyone else, I am getting a little stir crazy. That’s why I was thankful I managed to get out for a workout with Marilee today.
Strength Day – Upper Body
My wife and girls have been doing intermittent strength training with Marilee for a couple of weeks. Today was the first time I got into the cycle.
Warm-up: Three sets of 10 banded pull-aparts then 10 banded overhead presses (kneel on band, press band upward like doing a strict press), then 10 push-ups.
From there, we looked at some numbers for strict press and bench press. My current one-reps are:
- Strict Press: 145# (set back in February)
- Bench Press: 230# (set many many moons ago), so I used 225# as a number for now
We used those numbers to figure out the following:
- Strict Press, sets of 5 at 95#, 110#, and 130#
- Bench Press, sets of 5 at 130#, 150#, and 170#
- In both cases, the last set of 5 is really 5+ to see how many you can get
So how’d it go?
Strict press got sticky quickly. Sets of 95# and 110# were ok, but showed I needed to tighten my core for each rep more consistently and watch elbow position.
My last set, I did three very ugly reps at 130# and my body wouldn’t go further, so we dropped 5# and I did the last two at 125#.
Bench press wasn’t too bad. 130# and 150# went well. And I got to 7 reps at 170#.
Apparently we will focus on deadlifts and back squats next week and work on some accessory work as we move forward through a four week cycle alternating between upper and lower body movements.
We’ll see how it goes. 🙂
I’m hopeful that I can continue to get some walking in, plus add in the strength component next week. Just want to take it a week at a time for a bit, though I suspect we’re stuck at home at least through the end of April.
The biggest thing? Old habits die hard.
Before starting Crossfit and getting into the box regularly, I was a pretty big homebody. I spent a ton of time at my desk or in front of the television.
I thought I was over that, but apparently I was wrong.
Getting out and about to walk around or get a workout in at a friend’s house is great, but it’s not normal. So I shouldn’t be surprised that some of my oldest habits would return with me NOT escaping on a regular basis.
But the social thing… that’s killing me. ME… A huge introvert. Damn the luck. Apparently I need some people time too.
So I’m glad that I have had some gaming opportunities (tabletop RPGs) that have enabled me to “meet up” with the folks that we normally would meet up with anyway. I have a regular Tuesday night group that now meets via Skype and my D&D group that meets intermittently is now meeting more regularly over a messaging app (GotoMeeting) and using Roll20, which is a virtual tabletop that you can get to in a web browser.
It’s not enough, but it’s a start. I know my wife and girls are really feeling it because they have always been much more social than I am. But we’ll slowly find a new normal I hope.
If you’re feeling the pressure and stress, don’t think you’re alone. We’re all struggling to find a “new normal” — and it’s going to be a while before things settle again.
Do your best. Give yourself and others some slack. And we’ll get through this.