It's a Saturday, and as close as I can calculate (since for some reason it's impossible to get the actual date something was posted on this site), this is the end of week 6. Today is Saturday August 20. There, now I have an actual benchmark for next time. Science!
I spent much of the last two weeks both sick and injured, having pulled a trap in the gym three Thursdays ago and randomly coming down with a cold the following Sunday, two weekends ago. The cold finally let me go this past Thursday, and the trap is basically healed now. The week before last was the week before Toronto: Unconventional, and I knew I wouldn't get as many workouts in as I wanted to. I did two that week, both core and stretching at home. Then, this past week, I was still sick on Tuesday and Wednesday so I did more core and stretching at home. Learned that I really need to focus on my hip adductors (inner thighs).
Yesterday was my first day back in the gym in a couple weeks, but unlike previous times when I've gone two weeks between visits, I was actually able to keep working out at home. Because I have a goal I'm working towards, and I'm committed to it. Yesterday's workout was short, but it really focused on my adductors. And today, am I ever feeling it. Flexibility is important for climbing, and my adductors need to be bigger in order to get more flexible. But I decided to push today's workout to tomorrow, because holy damn are my legs ever sore today!
Also, between the cold, continuing to work out and eat appropriately, and running ragged for Uncon, I'm down around 164lbs. And as far as I can tell, none of what I've lost has been muscle. This bodes well. It occurs to me though that I don't know how much I can bench any more, because I haven't done a bench press in almost 2 months. I did a lot of pushups the day I pulled my trap, so I guess it hasn't gone down, but right now, I've no idea. And if I'm being honest, I don't really care.
The plan going forward is to stay in the gym for the next two weeks, and try to lean down a little more. Get back into gym shape after being out of the game for 2 weeks. Then, once I'm confident with where I'm at, I'll head over to a local climbing gym and poke my head in and say hi. In addition to giving me an opportunity to climb, I happen to know their website could use a little work. I've decided that I want to eventually focus on bouldering. But first I need to get in shape.
And now here's another random climbing video, as is tradition. This time it's a longer one, showing how different people can approach the same problem in different ways based on their respective strengths. I give you certified professional climbing beast Alex Puccio, and 14 year old Ashima Shiraishi, at the Tri-State Bouldering series Final from earlier this year.