What I mean is, I went back to the gym this morning after pretty much a four-week absence.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of quality sleep, but I was awake at about ten until four, so I turned off the alarm and got out of bed. Had some coffee and water. Debated food but decided not to.
Pulled into the gym’s parking lot right at five. It was already open.
The gal behind the desk asked where I’d been and I told her about the cold and the surgery. I got a number of other surprised looks from some of the regulars but just headed to the elliptical and got to work.
The first thing you lose when you stop exercising is your cardio endurance, and I’m living proof of that. I wasn’t pushing myself hard at all compared to usual, but at the end of a 20 minute session, my heart rate was just shy of 160 bpm.
I did a five-minute “cooldown” and got it down to 138, but normally it would be 120 or a little less.
I looked longingly at the weight room, but I need to see my doc one more time (tomorrow) to get the seal of approval to lift. Once I do, I’ll probably finish off this week with cardio and stretches and start lifting next Sunday.
When I was doing the lawn on Monday, I noticed my lower back was getting achy, especially when using the weed whacker. So after cardio, I hopped on the roman chair for three sets of back extensions, again, nothing heavy-duty, just to ease back into things.
I ended up my gym session with some ham and quad stretches, which I’m sure I desperately need.
The gym was pretty much as I left it. Saw the usual regulars plus one guy with no hair on his head but a “ZZ Top” type beard. He mainly used dumbbells and weight machines. For some reason, I figured a guy with a beard like that would do a lot more barbell work.
Jerry recommended that when I do go back to lifting, I reduce my previous weights by 25%. I’ll have to do the calculation for that, but it makes sense. I’ve let my body go due to illness. Now I have to build it back up again.
My guess is that it’ll be even slower this time around. Age seems to make it harder to get back what you’ve lost. With each interruption, my body resists recovery and build up to prior levels.
Well, we’ll see about that.
Pain is weakness leaving my body.
–Tera Lynn Childs