As far as my overall fitness lever: I have never worked this hard to look this bad! I REALLY miss being 19. The days of drinking lots of beer, eating crap, still looking decent, and performing at an elite level are GONE. I am officially almost old and I have outrageous cookie-handles/spare tire, my arms have shrunk, and my body fat percentage is bordering on Santa Claus level. The months of inactivity after the most recent surgery and gorging myself on coffee (triple Grande one pump mocha with whip…), 1-liter wheat beers, donuts, more beer, cookies, and brownies did little to prepare me for the coming summer. I have been doing yoga at home weekly, but want to find a local class/studio to visit for a weekly or bi-weekly session. Yoga really adds to my climbing and as I have decided to focus on my core (keeps me from stressing robo-shoulder) and my agility, it compliments the abundant AB work – which is not going well since I am starting from scratch again. All the work last summer and fall was for naught. I am slowly working back into my pre-cartwheel down the stairs groove.
The Bionic Shoulder is doing SO much better. I still need the second surgery, but it can wait – no serious rush – and I can do 15 push-ups without it hurting. I have been real careful not to stress it as I am going to need it in as good a shape as possible if I snag a slot on the Alpine Club of Iran Climber Exchange trip that I am hoping to be selected for. I am climbing all right, but I have been hesitant to frequent the rock gym or bounder on plastic holds. I have found that it is REALLY easy to over train and tear something on plastic.
I have logged about 90 running miles in the last 6 weeks, Nike+ has helped with that, but I have been neglecting my two-wheeled mistresses. I may have ridden 120 miles in the last 7 weeks… It is my new commute and the spring rainy season. The ride home has a shitty hill at the end of the 15mile ride and I have to fight traffic some so that puts me off, but more than that, the sun has been shy of late. I am by no means a fair weather cyclist, it is just that rain + traffic + cold + hill = me screwing off instead of riding. I have already paid the entrance fee for the annual Seattle to Portland ride, so I have to cowboy-up and get a bunch more training and commute mile behind me. Speaking of rides: I am also signed up for a Duathalon in June, a couple of 10k road races and a half Marathon this summer, all in an attempt to keep myself on target for the STP ride, the possibility of climbing in Iran and to keep my cookie handles in check.