Wednesday, February 5 – Friday, February 7

On the (long) road to recovery

Getting to work Wednesday morning was a slight challenge due to the snow and sleet that had fallen overnight and was still coming down a bit in the morning.  The site was about 15 miles away, near the eastern end of the Long Island Expressway, and the going was more than a bit slippery.  I probably didn’t go much above 35 mph the whole way.  Fortunately, the workday went easy enough, and the roads were fine coming back. I went to yoga in the evening and had a fairly good session.  My flexibility wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be, though on a better note my balance continues to improve.

Thursday was a very busy workday, one that lasted much longer than usual.  Nothing actually went awry, it was just a matter of a whole lot of things that had to be done.  On a better note, for the first time ever I had semi-decent cellphone reception.  The site, about ten miles to the west, has been a notorious dead zone.  Today I actually had three out of six bars and 3G service most of the time. I guess Verizon Wireless finally built a new tower in the area.  High time.

Friday was, as usual, a day off from my regular job, a possibility of some extra work having fallen through.  After doing not much of anything during the earlier part of the day, at 4 I went into the Major Home Improvement Retailer for a 4-hour shift.  It was busy for the first couple of hours and then got slower, and I took advantage of the slower time to finish my online training assignments.  They were due on the 15th, but I figured it was better to get them done a week earlier.  I’m not sure what my next assignments will be, but I hope it will be training and certification for the forklift or the reach (a smaller version of the forklift).  It’s not uncommon for me to have to retrieve things from the overhead storage racks, and sometimes it takes a while to find a certified operator who isn’t busy.

Around 8:45 on Friday evening I went to the gym for yet another leg session.  I wasn’t particularly eager, as I really wanted to get back to upper-body work.  After doing some seated leg curls, 5 x 8 x 160, I decided to throw caution to the wind, as it were, and risk doing upper body work.  I had no enthusiasm at all for more leg work.  As I still have to let my left elbow heal, I decided to do very light upper-body work.  Bench pressing clearly was out, so I cautiously tried some machine flies.  My elbow seemed okay during this exercise so I did 4 x 8 at a resistance level of 9 out of 18.  I then did some machine dips, 5 x 10 at level 8 out of 18.  I know, this isn’t much weight, but it’s a start.  I decided to call it quits on the session after these two exercises, not wanting to wait until I felt any elbow pain.  While I could have done more leg work, I didn’t have any motivation to do so.

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Monday, February 3 – Tuesday, February 4

Interesting? Not a chance.

Expounding on all the interesting things I did these two day would be rather pointless because not too much happened.  Actually, maybe that isn’t true.  I was taken by surprise Monday morning by the several inches of snow which fell overnight.  Mostly this was because I hardly ever pay attention to weather forecasts.  It actually didn’t take longer than usual to get to the day’s worksite, near Exit 57, as traffic was relatively light.  Most likely, some people decided to work from home, meaning less traffic.  I had a very busy workday, staying about an hour longer than usual, and of course then had to do some shoveling.

Tuesday’s worksite was off the Sunrise Highway, and even though the weather was fine traffic moved a lot more slowly than the day before.  That appeared to confirm my theory about people working from home.  It was an easier workday, and later that afternoon we had an early dinner at Outback Steakhouse.  Hadn’t been there in a couple years or so, and it’s as good as ever.

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Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2

Call it The World’s Shortest Bench Press Session.  I didn’t go to the gym on Saturday, as I had other things to do.  In the process, I managed to re-injure, if only slightly, my troublesome left elbow.  Still, I didn’t think it would be a problem.  Famous last words.

Sunday I had a 5-hour shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer.  It was definitely a busy shift, but there wasn’t much heavy lifting involved and I sort of forgot about my elbow woes.  In the mid-afternoon, after my shift, I headed off to the gym with the intention of doing some bench presses. As usual, I started with 135 pounds as a warmup.  I got into position, lifted the bar an inch or two off the rack … and immediately replaced it.  There was such a burst of pain in my elbow that I knew bench pressing, indeed any arm exercises, were strictly off-limits.  I’m going to have to wait quite a while to let my elbow fully heal.

With benching and indeed any upper-body work being inadvisable, I resigned myself to more leg work.  Okay, “resigned” is a bad choice of word, as leg work is important yet often neglected.  Squats are the best form of lower-body exercise, but there’s enough arm involvement, in stabilizing the bar, that I didn’t want to risk doing them.  Unique Fitness doesn’t have the device known as a safety squat bar that allows squatting without arm involvement.

I instead used a plate-loaded squat machine, better than nothing but a pale imitation of the real thing: 10 x 360, 3 x 10 x 450.  Like I could ever put up those numbers with real squats.  Next came some Life Fitness seated leg curls, 8 x 175, 3 x 8 x 160.  I then did some Life Fitness leg extensions, 3 x 8 x 175.  To finish the session I did standing calf raises, 3 x 10 x 290.

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Wednesday, January 29 – Friday, January 31

Mob scene

Wednesday was a reasonably decent workday, though getting to the worksite took much longer than usual (c. 40 minutes as opposed to the usual 10-15) thanks to absurdly heavy traffic.  It had snowed a few inches overnight, and the Long Island Expressway was very slippery with crawling traffic.  Of course traffic always moves at a crawl, but this morning was crawlier than usual.  Now, I did not actually go on the Expressway, however the route I used was getting all sorts of traffic from people who had given up on the Expressway and were trying an alternative. Not such a good alternative after all.

I decided to go to the gym somewhat earlier in the evening than I usually go, around 6:30 or so.  BIG mistake.  I had to park in the furthest reaches of the lot and once I got inside the gym it was a complete mob scene.  Never before have I seen anything approaching this huge crowd.  Needless to say, it put a huge damper on my plans.  Every bench and almost all of the machines were more or less permanently occupied.  Even worse, it was hard to muster up any sort of enthusiasm when faced with this crowding.  After a few minutes I was able to get to the Hammer Strength shoulder press machine, and did 5 x 8 x 100/100.  It was my first upper-body work since my elbow troubles began a couple of weeks ago and it seemed to go okay.  At a loss for finding something else to go, I finally was able to use a triceps extension machine, 4 x 8 x 70.  I really wanted to do some light bench pressing, but there wasn’t a chance at all.  Finally, I just left, after a pretty feeble session.  At least I learned about when not to go.

On Thursday, I went to the worksite located about 15 miles to the east, I had been there last week but had to return to finish up some things.  Driving there was actually a bit hard because my windshield was filthy and I had run out of washer fluid.  I added fluid, unfortunately the discharge nozzles were frozen and nothing came out for several minutes until the ice finally melted.  Once I finally got to the worksite it was an easy enough day, and I was done by 1:30.

For a bit of a change, I decided to go to a 4pm session at the yoga center.  I figured it wouldn’t be too crowded, and I figured wrong.  Of course, a crowded yoga session is no better or worse than an uncrowded one, which is distinctly not the case with gyms.  My session went quite well.  There was a new instructor, who did some different moves, I liked her a lot.

I mostly did some errands during the day on Friday, and in the late afternoon went in for a 5-hour shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer.  It wasn’t that busy a shift, though I did help out some customers, and was able to get caught up with my online training.

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