Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:02
Happy birthday Dibs. No no emzap, on the hill, on, not over the hill! I couldn't begin to do your job, hardly bears thinking about. Good on you.
emzap, a friend has a useful saying: guilt is for teenagers. Forget it. You've got a full-time 12 hour shift job on your hands: reorganising all the little grey bits in your head and getting them to calm down and behave.
AF: leggings? Must say I abandon the leggings only when it gets really hot, not so much as to defeat the nettles but to avoid frightening the horses. Useful though. I have heard tell that nettle stings are good for arthritis. Think positive?
Congrats mava on bouncing back quickly. Shows the training must have been goood.
Chickadee - nice double digiter.
Don, LMH, glad to hear both of you are recovering.
Me? The Stairs. Ma's flat is in a building with twelve floors plus basement plus lift shaft. That makes 14 flights. 6 reps, half of them two at a time, either alternating by flight, by half flight, or by complete ascent. Dead chuffed with that. I have done worse on those stairs. I have never done better. Even better, I stopped because I had done what I set out to do, and a tiny bit more.
The tiny bit more is that on the penultimate ascent I had company: one of my mothers fellow residents in the sheltered living facility was laboriously tackling the stairs, up and down, a single flight, with the assistance of a physiotherapist. We cheered each other on, and I did the final flight all the way to the top, two at a time, rather than stopping at Ma's floor (8th).
Ma is looking much better this morning.
Training aims for the coming month: Work hard on the stairs, develop fueling/madopar strategy to avoid seizing up. This typically sets in after an hour, hour and a half of running. It's sort of like a whole body cramp, coincides with changes and judder in HR - 10 bpm raise + fluctuations ±3bpm over 5-10 second period not correlated with any change in speed/ascent, while we are all on the subject of interesting HR matters. Thought of asking doc about but hey, what can they say? "From our extensive research on pensioners with pd undertaking mountain marathons we can advise you that others in your situation have a 19% increased risk of..."
If I ask them, all they can say is no. "Wass nicht verboten ist ist erlaubt". I shall study ways of avoiding reaching that point of seizing up, and proceed with utmost caution. But proceed I will. Btw, Tinebeest is my partner for the SLMM, and it sounds like her training is going well. Good thing that.
go well all.