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  • I'm just getting over the particularly bad flu that is going around Australia at the moment. Was on the couch for about two weeks and still not feeling 100%, with sinus congestion and a lingering ear blockage from a related infection.

    As I was lying there, praying for death, it occurred to me that the length and seriousness of this flu wasn't helped by my relative lack of fitness. I'm also not getting any younger, which makes any form of serious respiratory illness an issue.

    So I've decided to get back in the saddle, despite the issues with my exercise-induced migraine aura, and will start small.

    Obviously this has ongoing benefits for my health, but in the short term I need to get into a bit of basic shape for my upcoming trip to NZ where I'll be doing a few trails.

    I got up this morning and did 10 pushups with 10 squats back to back. Clearly the lungs are still suffering because I thought I was going to faint, but also the muscle tone just isn't there.

    I think a few 5km walks and some body weight is in order as I recover from this shitty flu, and then we'll see about something more strenuous.



  • Good to have you back Nick.

    Def recommend shaking that flu before ya kick in to things good and proper.



  • @JK you're not fucking wrong.

    Can barely manage a long stroll right now



  • I went for a walk the other day - covered 3.8km in 34 minutes so pretty good going.

    With the hiking in NZ coming up, its probably good I spend some time with a pack on, in order to get some harness strength in the core, and work the smaller muscles used for stability.

    This weekend I'm probably getting shitfaced at the local Suburban Rugby finals, but after that the hard work will start.



  • @NTA said in Back for more!:

    I went for a walk the other day - covered 3.8km in 34 minutes so pretty good going.

    With the hiking in NZ coming up, its probably good I spend some time with a pack on, in order to get some harness strength in the core, and work the smaller muscles used for stability.

    This weekend I'm probably getting shitfaced at the local Suburban Rugby finals, but after that the hard work will start.

    Or you could get a properly fitting modern pack which shouldn't put any extra work on your core or back or shoulders. It should just sit on your ample hips. 😉
    But yes, you will find you use a lot of small muscles for balance, especially on uneven ground.
    A good excercise my son showed me that he uses on clients is to get them to stand facing a wall with feet shoulder width apart then balance on one leg and close your eyes. Try to keep on one foot as long as possible using only feedback from your leg muscles. He reckons many start off only lasting a couple of seconds.
    DoC in NZ love building steps on tracks. I have been on walks with 300+ steps on one hillside. I assume your work building is multi-storey?



  • Hope to see you back for good @NTA. Could write a soap opera based on your previous trials and tribulations and ups and downs.



  • Welcome back hombre!

    Lots of one legged variations (lunges, partial squats) etc should help with balance and those smaller muscle groups. But just getting some Km's under your belt would be top priority, no?

    Crucial, that is a tricky test - amazing how hard things get when you close your eyes... hold on!! that didn't quite come out right 🙂



  • @Crucial said in Back for more!:

    Or you could get a properly fitting modern pack which shouldn't put any extra work on your core or back or shoulders. It should just sit on your ample hips.

    Smart arse. You knew what I meant! Not going to get far with my core in its current shape.

    🤔

    Or pretty much anything in its current shape...

    105.1kg as of Tuesday morning. Aiming for under 100kg before going on LSL in five weeks



  • @NTA said in Back for more!:

    @Crucial said in Back for more!:

    Or you could get a properly fitting modern pack which shouldn't put any extra work on your core or back or shoulders. It should just sit on your ample hips.

    Smart arse. You knew what I meant! Not going to get far with my core in its current shape.

    🤔

    Or pretty much anything in its current shape...

    105.1kg as of Tuesday morning. Aiming for under 100kg before going on LSL in five weeks

    How's the diet? I've found the difference between two and three figures can be the amount of beer I have over the weekend. It's not good for the waist particularly the posh shit I drink. Might have to revert back to tui



  • @MN5 diet needs a little work but I'm not a big drinker these days. That will change on Saturday at the rugby, but from Sunday I'll be moderating everything



  • Got my trip to NZ booked - flights and car only. Going to wing it on the accommodation front as its not school holidays.

    First stage is 5 days around the Waikato looking at various trails and catching up with mates.
    Stage 2 is a short one, across to Taranaki to get a closer look at the big fuckoff mountain, and do an overnighter there.
    Third stage is down to the southern half of the island and a look around some of the bits I've driven past the two times I've been there.
    10 nights with a split of camping and interior accommodation to keep the stink factor down 😉

    So with that, I've been doing a bit of walking in the early morning, and started back doing some chinups and pushups. Will plug it into a routine this week as we're off up the coast for a short break.

    24 days until Long Service Leave starts.
    37 days until wheels up for NZ.
    6kg to lose.



  • In the week we had up the coast I went for a few walks, totalling about 20km. Incidental walking around town probably made up another 10km or so.

    At the same time, the booze and food got out of control so I came back a couple of kg heavier - but most of that is still in the digestive tract. I get a little bloated when drinking 😉

    The goal this week is to get into a routine with the walking and body weight exercises.

    28 days until NZ trip. 7kg to lose.



  • Have sorted out a basic routine for basic toning up of the basic muscles - its a basic measure of, basically, how fucking unfit I am, and what my power/weight ratio is right now.

    30s plank
    20 squats
    10 pushups
    20 lunges (10 each side)
    Minute rest
    Do as many times in 20 minutes as possible, then a bit of stretch and breathing.

    I'm so unfit, I got through this twice in ~8 minutes last night and my left hammy got a twinge (also because I've been doing some construction in the back yard). So that's baby steps again.

    Chinups are on the cards, too, and I'll incorporate them once I've got the basic core back.

    Tonight I told the family we were going for a walk, then Mrs TA and Miss TA said they couldn't be arsed - "we went last night" they said (total was about 1.5km - lazy cows). The boy hopped on his bike so I decided to run.

    20 minutes saw me cover just short of 2 miles (3.19km) at a decent shuffle. Need to see how I pull up from that before continuing.

    Fucking hell its a long way from running 5km in < 25min



  • @nta said in Back for more!:

    Have sorted out a basic routine for basic toning up of the basic muscles - its a basic measure of, basically, how fucking unfit I am, and what my power/weight ratio is right now.

    30s plank
    20 squats
    10 pushups
    20 lunges (10 each side)
    Minute rest
    Do as many times in 20 minutes as possible, then a bit of stretch and breathing.

    I'm so unfit, I got through this twice in ~8 minutes last night and my left hammy got a twinge (also because I've been doing some construction in the back yard). So that's baby steps again.

    Chinups are on the cards, too, and I'll incorporate them once I've got the basic core back.

    Tonight I told the family we were going for a walk, then Mrs TA and Miss TA said they couldn't be arsed - "we went last night" they said (total was about 1.5km - lazy cows). The boy hopped on his bike so I decided to run.

    20 minutes saw me cover just short of 2 miles (3.19km) at a decent shuffle. Need to see how I pull up from that before continuing.

    Fucking hell its a long way from running 5km in < 25min

    I'm getting back into the planks in a big way. Back into doing them every day and aiming for over 10 minutes. Maybe we could have a contest when you're over here? Loser buys beer.



  • Get fucked. No way I'm going to be above 2 minutes by the time that happens.



  • How about see who can drink 10 pints quickest and the loser has to plank for 10 minutes? Seems fairer.



  • @catogrande Not. Helping.



  • @nta said in Back for more!:

    @catogrande Not. Helping.

    S'funny. I'd have had you down as the winner. MN5 as a Sweaty would have sunk five in quick order but then would have gone looking for a fight, leaving you plenty of time.



  • Friday night ran the plank/squat/pushup/line program through 3 sets in 13 minutes.

    Saturday I spent building a small deck next to the pool. Lot of lifting and bending n shit. Quite sore and slept very well.



  • My pint skulling ability has rapidly diminished this side of 40


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