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Recovering after falling onto my back

lyle lovett large band at wolf trapI was so excited! I just launched this blog, posted my first couple posts, and then my feet flew out from underneath me and I made like a lucha libre and did a diving back elbow drop on myself!

I got immediately winded and lay there for a couple minutes catching my breath. I went down fast enough that I didn’t tighten my core or tuck or put down my arms. And I felt my back left rib cage compress and I knew I was going to get something bruised.  

Full of adrenaline and wine (we were picnicking at Wolf Trap right before seeing Lyle Lovett and His Large Band), I knew I was going to smart eventually but at the time I just sort of shook it off.  Then we put away the picnic basket and sat at our seats and by the time I got up I was gimpy and all associated muscles, tendons, and bones were aware of the trauma.  

I took some pain relievers and muscle relaxants when I got home but man, the timing was terrible. I had just started my Simple & Sinister plus my ad hoc every hour on the hour greasing the groove workout.

Xpress Care Urgent CareSo, that was last Friday and there was no bruising, fever, or anything else but I went to the local clinic across the street yesterday anyway and I have a clean bill of health in terms of internal injuries or anything like that.  What he did tell me though is that there’s no bending, lifting, or anything like that for at least two weeks or so.  

It’s especially a bummer because I have been doing easy 25×4 24kg swings after messing around with 12kg and 16kg kettlebells. It really was feeling amazing being so capable with such massive iron, at least to me.

I also noticed something else:  I underestimated my strength. It’s true that maybe my military press was a little weak but I have a very strong grip, hips, legs, and torso.  So, in the meanwhile, I’ll walk and stretch and maybe see what else I can do without straining myself or reinjuring myself.  But those bells are right across the room from me and I ache to start greasing my groove. 

 

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dog days of summer rowing

Joining the 2015 Concept2 Dogs Days of Summer challenge

Concept2 Dog Days of Summer 2015 Challenge

I own a Concept2 Indoor Rower that collects too much dust. As part of my intentional movement towards fitness and health I will be participating in the Dog Days of Summer challenge this year.

The Dog Days of Summer runs from August 1–28 and features a different total distance goal each week.

I feel pretty confident that it’ll go smoothly as it’s sort of a milk run. Back when I was doing my meters for Team Grotto, my every day consisted of an easy 10,000 meter row. In fact, I will try to make sure I do 10,000 meters every day, once-a-day, anyway, using the Concept2 Dog Days of Summer challenge as the impetus.

16116398609_2af1dafb06_oThis week, it’s one 10k meter row, next week it’s 20k, the week after that, 30k, and then finally 40 in the last week, which should only take three or four days to do, if I am really lazy.

What I am happy about, though, is that my Concept2 rowing ergometer is begging for my attention more than any other self-torture devices that I own so i am grateful to Concept2 and the indoor rowing community for offering virtual teams and virtual challenges and de facto virtual regattas.

So, here’s the 411:

rowing in green shoes on my concept2 indoor rowerRow or ski, indoors or outdoors, completing each of the following four distance goals during the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:

  • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 meters
  • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 meters
  • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 meters
  • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 meters

concept2 pm4 and ipadThe distance goals do not have to be done in one sitting, but must be done during the timeframe indicated. By the end of the challenge, you will have accumulated 100,000 meters.

Here are the details over at the Concept2 Logbook and here’s the leader board so far.

Dog Days of Summer 2015

Concept2 Dog Days of Summer 2015 ChallengeThe Dog Days of Summer runs from August 1–28 and features a different total distance goal each week.

The Details

  • Row or ski, indoors or outdoors, completing each of the following four distance goals during the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
    • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 meters
    • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 meters
    • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 meters
    • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 meters

    The distance goals do not have to be done in one sitting, but must be done during the timeframe indicated. By the end of the challenge, you will have accumulated 100,000 meters.

  • For kids (aged 16 and under) and adaptive athletes, the weekly meter totals are as follows, for a total accumulation of 50,000 meters:
    • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 5000 meters
    • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 10,000 meters
    • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 15,000 meters
    • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 20,000 meters
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Meters must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower, on water, SkiErg, and on snow meters count.

Who Can Participate

Anyone with an online logbook at concept2.com can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:

  • Name inclusion on the Challenge Honor Board.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • The option to purchase Dog Days of Summer items from our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country).

Walking: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:31:46

Decided to walk it tonight. Oh well. Running tomorrow!

Walking: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:47:14