Various Core Exercises with the Team.
Week 3 of "The Plan"
I'm going to Emory University today for a volunteer program for a study on heart disease. I basicly get a physical including Blood Work, Treadmill Stress test, Stationary Bike Stress test, Pulminory Function, etc. etc. Not only is this basicly a FREE very in depth physical at a SUPER hospitial....they PAY me to do it. Cool.
I wonder if when I am doing my bike stress test...if I tell them that my PLAN says today is an EASY day if they will let me spin it in a higher gear?...probably not ;)
Poked, proded, pumped up and PAID....oh yeah. Great to get a full physical and be paid $125. Pulminory Tech said I had lungs in the 137% range for my age. For the Stress test on the bike "Normal" people go at a setting of 55 (whatever that is) for 7-9 minutes with the resistance increasing every 30 seconds. The purpose is for you to go to exhaustion and have to quit. She told me to do a setting of 60 (She is a Triathlete herself and said I should be able to do this resistance at least into the "normal" time ranges). She had to stop the test for me at 13 minutes and I was still going...just barely keeping up the 60 status.....oh yeah...I nailed it. Since you asked.....yes.....she was impressed with Old School. Of course I am SURE she was comparing me to her Dad. lol ;)
I found out about this on BT, in the Ga. forum, and saw a bunch of advertisements for study participants being needed. If you have a Research Hospital near you then check it out if you are interested. They pay well, it helps research and you get tons of good info on your personal health for free.
Not a great run...especially after having pizza...not pizza..just pizza ;)
Did get to see my youngest pitch today in his first start for his new college. 7+ innings/3 hits (1 hard hit ball) 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 105 pitches, 3 runs (2 earned). As his Dad I was proud of his outing, as his former coach and the former pitching coach for the school he is pitching for now...it was an OK outing. Nothing special but then my standards for my pitchers are very high, especially for those with talent...as in a 6'7" lefty that throws 86-88 with a + curveball and a ++ change-up at times. :) This is the first start against real hitters in 22 months and from that standpoint...wooo hoooo. So overall...I am VERY PLEASED. Thanks Mitch, for making your old dad PROUD.
I am going to list todays training as core....only because there is no listing for " Volunteer for an A$$ Kicking" in the Actual Sports List. I laid 6x6 pressure treated timbers for 4.5 hours today. I rebuilt the bullpen mounds and I crawled to the truck and came home for a nap. Bagged the training for today but it is supposed to be very nice tomorrow and I am going to try and get a Run & Ride in.
I did this type of work for 30-40 hours a week for 10 years and know what I am doing.....oh yeah...that's right...I am 56 and NOT 26.....hummmmm, I wonder if it matters that MUCH.
Got a jump on the Saturday 90min - 2 hr. ride. I did 35 minutes before class started keeping the cadence up over 90 for most of that time then we did a very good Hill Class. (Ahhhhhh :-) I love Carolyn as a spin instructor).
I have so much to do and so little time...so why the hell am I sitting here typing on BT. Baseball season starts Monday and I am not ready to get my pitchers going. Kids are so under motivated to work extra these days at things they suck at. They will come to the field and hit EVERY DAY...but will they take extra ground balls or work on their pitching mechanics....NO..because that isn't "fun". So they continue to suck and guess who's fault it will be when little Johnny doesn't get that chance to play in College??? That's right...mine...because I didn't MAKE him do what was necessary to go to the next level. Maybe my new nickname...Old School.... is going to work out just fine, because "back in the day" you ether Did...or you Didn't and each INDIVIDUAL got the credit or blame. Wonder if my guys can adjust to this approach...I am SURE their Parents CAN"T.
We shall see.
Suwanee Greenway...a Little Bit Chilly but not too bad. Hard second half on the trail part...more uphill than I remember....or course I am not putting in walk breaks and I'm sure that makes a world of difference.
Got a LOT of junk to do the next 3 days so I have to arrange things to get all of the training in. That is a MUST.
Like most athletes (at least those on team sports) I have had a bunch of nicknames....some are even printable here (none of the Fire Dept. names are printable OR repeatable in mixed company) but my 2 grand-daughters that live with us have started calling me "Old School"...and I frickin LOVE IT.
Dr. GoodHands works her magic again. God bless that woman. Therapy for the body and for the mind...and when those two are right...then the soul in in tune as well.
We are working on her training plan for our Oly in May. Pretty sure we are going to tweak one of the wonderful BT plans. It was fun working with her through the marathon process...this is going to be just as fulfilling as we are doing our first Olympic and first HIM together this year. I really enjoy training with her because it keeps me focused because I have someone depending on me to make sure they are ready for big events in their life.....she makes me relax and kicks my a$$ on the massage table and I return the favor on the roads.
Stretched for 15-20 minutes this afternoon. Felt fine. Still need to incorporate some more strength training...especially upper body stuff.
Supposed to do a 1 hr. Bike ride tomorrow. 95% chance of rain so I'm moving it to Fri. and taking tomorrow as my "off" day. Going to see Dr. GoodHands for massage and we are going over her new Oly. Plan for May and her HIM Plan for Sept. Will still slide some stretching/core work in so my Peachy Plan doesn't take a hit. WU- Drove to the PoolMain Set- 1500 yds.
Gimme some PURPLE in the graph !! 1500 yds. almost continuous… (quit laughing) Rested on the 100’s, about 30 sec. per, and used fins for yards 800-1100. When I use fins I hardly kick at all but it sure helps me get a much better feel for my body position. Didn’t time any of the 100’s except for the last one…it was 2:21 including a 25 yd breast stroke on the 3rd length.
Grand-ma Grace was in the lane to my left and was swimming when I got there…she is 65 (at least) and 50+ lbs. over her desired weight. On my right, Henry Hair-Plugs shows up about 15 minutes into my swim. Mid-40’s, avg. build, with the North 40 recently replanted. Appeared to be coming out of a mid-life crop rotation. Anyway….I am so glad I am not one of those guys that think they have to get into the pool and swim faster than most of the other guys and faster than ALL of the ladies, because if I was, I would have been SOL on this day. Grace was swimming (I guess you would call it that…although I saw the lifeguard look more than once thinking she was flailing for help) when I arrived and she went for the next 45 minutes NON-STOP…Frickin WOW. And Henry gets in about 15 minutes into my swim and starts out with a beautiful and very STRONG stroke….throws in flip turns and he is still going 45 min. later when I get out and I didn’t see him in the locker room after showering etc. so I don’t know how far he went but it had to be over 2500 and FAST.
Watching people like this that makes me feel better about the pool. I love being in the water and know that all I need is TITP to build my endurance. While I will probably never swim like Harry I know that if Grace can go 45+ min. and still go up the ladder out of the pool…then I know I can do HIM and maybe IM distances if I put in the work.