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  • @Paekakboyz said in Back for more!:

    @NTA how much shorter are you today!! Respect bro. Nothing like sticking your head in a scrum to know you are alive!!

    If he got any shorter he’d be auditioning for the Hobbit



  • @MN5 said in Back for more!:

    @Paekakboyz said in Back for more!:

    @NTA how much shorter are you today!! Respect bro. Nothing like sticking your head in a scrum to know you are alive!!

    If he got any shorter he’d be auditioning for the Hobbit

    Go climb a rope you gangly fuck



  • @NTA said in Back for more!:

    @MN5 said in Back for more!:

    @Paekakboyz said in Back for more!:

    @NTA how much shorter are you today!! Respect bro. Nothing like sticking your head in a scrum to know you are alive!!

    If he got any shorter he’d be auditioning for the Hobbit

    Go climb a rope you gangly fuck

    I'm probably a bit fat round the guts to be called gangly but yeah that is in the workout regime for this week.



  • 3km run after work, followed by a migraine at dinner. Fuct. I wasn't even going that hard as evidenced by the 19 minute time.



  • So after a week recovering from rugby, I decided to get started again by... playing rugby. Wasn't exactly my choice after someone called in sick, one of the young blokes decided to go chase pussy for the weekend, and another had some kind of other girlfriend issue. Fucking hopeless.

    First Grade this time - full 80 minutes at loosehead against a bloke 10 years my junior.

    Fucking dished him up, too, with 2 tightheads (but no penalties to us - which were deserved IMHO 😐 and I left the ref in no doubt of my thoughts). In fairness my second row is probably the strongest in the comp, and our tight five average age is 39 so there is no trick we don't know. Not that we needed it against pretty much anyone.

    Thing is, I might complain about the bruises, and the strains and injuries, but I fucking love playing front row at this level, because most guys on the other team don't know shit. Plus I love the banter out on the field - one young bloke on the other team had his lower leg pinned in a ruck after trying to take our ball, and I decided to land on his hip while clearing him out.

    "Ah! My kneee!" said the offending manbun.
    "Well don't fucking be there next time" I muttered in his face, smiling nicely.
    He took my advice.

    I didn't even get a chance to make (miss?) tackles as they refused to run near our forwards (nothing to do with me - I've got some big koro types who like contact), but I threw 1 lineout for 100% success and got around the park until I ran out of gas about 50 minutes in. EDIT: after that was a lot of walking. Or jogging if it was a scrum.

    Anyway, I'm on 90 caps for the club so I'll probably keep going, but get fit.



  • @NTA fucking awesome bro. Big props (boom tish) for playing at that level still. I would much rather prop against a young strong fulla than a Wiley old mofo with an evil gleam in his eye! The dark arts are real and fucking painful!

    As a young prop I remember the first time I had a tighthead manage to lift me but get the point of his shoulder into my sternum - omg that was a nasty position, made worse by the pushing of my own guys. Swear that dude was cackling away, but good for a beer and a yarn after the match though!

    Ahhh my knee... he he he



  • @NTA said in Back for more!:

    So after a week recovering from rugby, I decided to get started again by... playing rugby. Wasn't exactly my choice after someone called in sick, one of the young blokes decided to go chase pussy for the weekend, and another had some kind of other girlfriend issue. Fucking hopeless.

    First Grade this time - full 80 minutes at loosehead against a bloke 10 years my junior.

    Fucking dished him up, too, with 2 tightheads (but no penalties to us - which were deserved IMHO 😐 and I left the ref in no doubt of my thoughts). In fairness my second row is probably the strongest in the comp, and our tight five average age is 39 so there is no trick we don't know. Not that we needed it against pretty much anyone.

    Thing is, I might complain about the bruises, and the strains and injuries, but I fucking love playing front row at this level, because most guys on the other team don't know shit. Plus I love the banter out on the field - one young bloke on the other team had his lower leg pinned in a ruck after trying to take our ball, and I decided to land on his hip while clearing him out.

    "Ah! My kneee!" said the offending manbun.
    "Well don't fucking be there next time" I muttered in his face, smiling nicely.
    He took my advice.

    I didn't even get a chance to make (miss?) tackles as they refused to run near our forwards (nothing to do with me - I've got some big koro types who like contact), but I threw 1 lineout for 100% success and got around the park until I ran out of gas about 50 minutes in. EDIT: after that was a lot of walking. Or jogging if it was a scrum.

    Anyway, I'm on 90 caps for the club so I'll probably keep going, but get fit.

    Fuck that's awesome, good on you mate.



  • This nice forum software advises me this thread is quite old, and would I like to start a new one?

    Well, I'm quite old, and while I'd like to rewind about 7 years to my younger, fitter self, that shit isn't happening. Still, new thread. Whatever.

    So, where to begin? Heart surgery - let's do that. Save a bunch of bullshit and play the footage, Jeeves:

    Pretty cool eh? They went in via my groin while I was under - fuck I love general - and I woke up a couple of hours later in compression socks with new hardware I can't even show off.

    Basically this thing is designed to close a Patent Formalen Ovale (we in the biz call them a PFO), or a hole between the upper chambers . You all had one at one stage, but 75% of people have theirs close up after birth. The rest generally don't know they've got one unless they have stupid shit go wrong.

    In my case, the cardiologists think it is the cause of my migraine/vision shit when I exercise; deoxygenated blood coming into the right chamber for a topup of gas is diverted into the left chamber under pressure, and then goes straight out the gate, into the brain. Vision starts to dim, body thinks "Fuck! Pump harder dickhead!" and the circulation causes the migraine.

    I'm a month post-op now so the doc wants me to build up the exercise again. I'm sooooooooo fucking tired tho that it is a struggle to get out of bed.

    Throw in work being a right pack of fluffybunnies and I'm in need of endorphins. Walking the next couple of weeks, building up into a gentle run in May.

    Funny thing is I lost weight during recovery, so assume it was a bit of reduction in muscle as I was doing the gym thing with the boy before surgery. Back into lifting tin as soon as every bastard settles down on this COVID thing.



  • @NTA legend πŸ‘. Science is farking cool.



  • @voodoo it really is. To think everything used to be open heart mere decades ago, and now smart bastards have figured this out.

    Had a follow up with the cardiologist today and all looks good so far.

    EDIT: he showed me the ultrasound and you can see where the device is due to the thickening of the flesh where it is growing around the thingo. It was rad.



  • Lucky you didn't need a multioptipupiloptomy



  • Been doing some early morning walking, as I tend to wake up around 0600 for completely fucking unknown reasons.

    Have put in some light jogging during this and things seem to be improved over the vision/migraine issues BUT early days.

    Today the kids were both home from school. The boy had PE for his last session today, and his teacher really phoned it in giving options of 20-30 minute jog OR bike ride OR a circuit of squats/lunges/pushups/situps etc

    I gave him the option and he took bike ride, so a gentle 6.6km later we'd clocked 26 minutes @ 15km/h which is pathetic. But the kid isn't that active so its a start.

    Gym has closed and payments suspended, so gotta do something.



  • What with one thing and another, you’ve been through the wringer mate but the main thing is your positivity. Keep that up and your halfway there. Good on you Nick.



  • @NTA I reckon aiming to do something each day is the way to go. Whether that's a walk, a jog or a circuit approach. All runs on the board!

    6am!! might as well hassle the missus bro πŸ™‚



  • me and the boy started doign a workout at 5 (when I finish work) need to get daughter more active though.



  • y'all are gonna come out with that prison body



  • @mariner4life said in Back for more!:

    y'all are gonna come out with that prison body

    Ha! I had that exact same thought the other day. Another month locked up at home is an opportunity to shred, particularly as food supplies run low*

    I looked at the last weight chart I set up on New Year and projected I should be about this weight a month ago, so...

    However, the doctor did warn me that one cholesterol issue (a partial blockage in one artery) could also be related to my weight loss efforts a couple of years back. Can't win, really πŸ™‚

    If I target 500g per week, then by end of April I'll be at around 98.

    *Note: My wife is half italian. Food will never run low



  • @mariner4life getting my 3year old to ink me up brah. Probably end up with better tats than most lol.





  • I moved to Bali 3 months ago, weighed 105kgs.

    Didn't really ramp up the exercise massively given heat and humidity, but totally changed eating habits. Ate much earlier in the evening, smaller portions. Cut a lot of wine out.

    Left Bali a few weeks ago at 96kgs.

    Currently in Queenstown working on restoring my former glory.



  • @Paekakboyz said in Back for more!:

    6am!! might as well hassle the missus bro πŸ™‚

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  • Just looked at the private health for my operation - I paid $70 out pocket at the hospital, and another $75 for follow up medication and radiology.

    Health fund paid out nearly TWENTY. FUCKING. THOUSAND.

    Last time I'll bitch about the premiums... For a while...



  • 11km bike ride this morning @ 20.8km/h - pushed hard at points and no ill effects in terms of vision/migraine. Good signs.

    Much faster without the boy, dragging me down.



  • @NTA great news



  • Weather has been shit lately for the most part. And I've been enjoying beer.

    But I have a goal: Next stress echo is on May 13th, and the doc said I should be back running by then.

    So that means I've got to have a plan! This week i need to resume running (of a sort) and build into a 5km run so let's do this Monday/Wednesday/Friday of each week, with maybe a bike ride Sundays:

    Week 1: 3km jog/shuffle at any pace
    Week 2: 3km under 19.5 minutes (6:30/km)
    Week 3: 5km jog/shuffle any pace
    Week 4: 5km under 35 minutes
    Week 5: 5km under 30 minutes
    Week 6: 5km under 28 minutes

    Reckon that is achievable if the circulatory system stands up to it. By the time I hit that treadmill, shirtless and covered in electrodes, I reckon I'll avoid making a complete idiot out of myself in front of the cute little radiologist.

    EDIT: will bookend the 3km work with 1km walking each end as a warm up / cool down. No need to be stupid. If I consistently hit the goals early, I'll bring things forward.



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    Pretty much on target. No vision problems I noticed besides I'm Fucking Unfit God Help Me



  • @NTA said in Back for more!:

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    Pretty much on target. No vision problems I noticed besides I'm Fucking Unfit God Help Me

    Good one mate. How was your heart rate? Assume that's the major thing you're monitoring?



  • @voodoo I tend to not bother with the heart rate - if the vision starts to fade then I know I'm overdoing it.

    I should probably do a post-run measure and then a 5 minute recovery just to track it. I don't have any fancy doodads hooked up to Strava.


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