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Drove the hot-rod Newport to physical therapy today, on request of my therapist, self-diagnosed gearhead. I gave it a little rev or two in the lot right outside his window, and he loved it! When I left, he lifted his blinds to watch me drive away. Driving that machine always makes me smile, and it pleases me that it also entertains others. Speaking of which, here's a photo from the Newport's (and my) first car show, Rev It Up! here in Lawrence, KS, a few weeks ago:


Look at that: Shorts! Today it's in the 20s F. Ah, Kansas weather, you are a fickle sonofagun.

Therapist Rob continued to work on the tendon stiffness in my elbow and gave me stretches to deal with growing abdominal/rib soreness - turns out it's just more tendon issues. I'm supposed to do backward and side stretches on the big ball after workouts on the punching bag or anything else that really works the abs.

He also gave me a rule of thumb for rest after a workout that causes muscle soreness: Wait 36 hours before repeating the exercise to allow the muscles to heal up and get stronger; that soreness is actually little tears in the muscle, and the body deposits new proteins to heal them, which makes 'em stronger. One can do light workouts or work other muscle groups the next day, but give a break to the sore muscles.

Oh, and to my question, "Why do I keep encountering this kind of tendon issue?" he said, "How old are you?" I told him, and he smiled.

"Guys like us who choose to stay active at our age just have to deal with discomfort like this," he said.

Hmph.

He went on: "You make the choice to live with tendon and muscle soreness or get diabetes and heart disease. I'd rather have the occasional ache than let my body fall apart and die young."

Word.

Which reminds me: I meant to take new fitness-tracking photos over the weekend, but alas. Next weekend.

Something just came to me: Perhaps one of the (subconscious?) reasons I get such pleasure from hot-rodding the Newport is that I transformed a not-so-special late-'60s vehicle into something much more powerful and spry than it ever was before... much as I'm doing my best to transform this late-'60s Middle American into the fittest I've ever been, too, to hell with age. Both of us can get a little creaky, but we can still show the young whippersnappers a thing or two. Hm. Something to ponder.

Hope you're doing well. Now I'm back to the (never-ending) grading. Who assigns them all this stuff? Oh, right.

Chris

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clevermanka
Nov. 28th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Perhaps one of the (subconscious?) reasons I get such pleasure from hot-rodding the Newport is that I transformed a not-so-special late-'60s vehicle into something much more powerful and spry than it ever was before... much as I'm doing my best to transform this late-'60s Middle American into the fittest I've ever been, too

I love this comparison.
mckitterick
Nov. 28th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
I got to thinking about why these two (hobbies? passions?) coincide so often in my mind, and suddenly it seemed not such a shadowed concept.

Edited at 2011-11-28 08:53 pm (UTC)
emt_hawk
Nov. 28th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Keep up the good work!
Yeah, we get sore at the end of the workout/practice. But we're all the better for it.

--Hawk
mckitterick
Nov. 28th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
Thanks! You, too, sir. Even with the soreness, my body feels better than it has since I was a kid. Heck, better than ever, considering that my knees and back don't bother me like they always did before I cut wheat from my diet. That, and strengthening everything around the joints = win.
emt_hawk
Nov. 28th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
My girlfriend got me a CPAT vest [candidate physical aptitude vest, how they test firefighters for endurance], and I try to wear it when I can.

Just adding 50 pounds of additional weight on my off-nights, means I'm working those muscles more. I'm going back to fighting after the holidays, however. I have a shoulder that's not frozen, but trying to, and throwing a flat snap has gotten painful. think of it as a straight jab which hurts because you're yoinking it too fast.

--Hawk
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
Wow, that sounds like a great way to stay in shape!

Are you punching a heavy or light bag? I find that hitting a 40-pound or bigger bag feels better than shadow-boxing because there's a solid resistance to keep those joints from over-extending, and 40 is light enough that I don't turn my wrist with bad form or fatigue.
emt_hawk
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
I dunno, I never weighed their heads.

I do SCA combat. I use a rattan stick to beat my friends on the legal target areas. My user picture is a helmet that I made for my girlfriend.

She used to fight heavy list, like I do, but she's had too many concussions, so now she uses an arbalest to send 3' X 1.25" siloflex bolts downrange. I try to avoid being hit by them.

--Hawk
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
Oh, I see! I thought you were talking about training - though SCA combat is also pretty heavy training! Come the zombie apocalypse, I want to be surrounded by SCA folks bearing longswords.

That's awesome about her massive arbalest. I thought about doing that when I lived in Seattle, where I had friends with whom I could have joined a unit. I always loved the missile weapons, and thought being an archer would have been a blast.
emt_hawk
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Keep up the good work!
I was talking about training. I use SCA training to keep my body from falling apart, and able to do fire/ambulance stuff. I train other stuff, to do SCA fighting, I've been doing it for over 25 years now, it's what my friends do, so it keeps me motivated. Of course, having a friend come after me with a stick is motivational.

In SCA combat, self-bows are... ill-behaved. They tend to have their "arrows" make a 90 degree turn when logic says they shouldn't. Crossbows are more consistent. They don't have the mass of fire that would fill the sky, say, like Agincourt, but they do work well as a sniper.

There's probably an SCA group out where you're living now, I can poke around and see who's out in your neighborhood, if you'd like.

--Hawk
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mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Most of my body-movement is without weights! I seem to get the best results from body-weight alone: TRX, pull-ups, push-ups, bagwork, stair-running, and so forth.

I'd love to get those linkies, though I'm still behind in grading (dammit, will get caught up tonight or NOT SLEEP) and won't get to them until after.

Interesting about age-related sarcopenia - sounds like "use it or lose it" for sure.

Yep, that's how they work ;-D
pamelonian
Nov. 29th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
This post came right when I am dealing with some post-workout soreness in my back and arms. How old am I? Indeed! A little soreness reminds me that I am alive!
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Indeed! I refuse to give in to aging - hell, this is 2011, and soon "aging" won't mean what it's meant to our forebears, so we need to do our best to rage against the dying of the light so we can enjoy the fruits of tomorrow!

In the words of Hardman Nadir:

I’d rather live a few blazing years overflowing with life than a lifetime of half empty... existence. Life is survival against the forces of death. Death is an ocean all around us, water carving through rock, finding its way into everything. Life as we know it is like a dance across the seaside cliffs.
siro_gravity
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
"You make the choice to live with tendon and muscle soreness or get diabetes and heart disease. I'd rather have the occasional ache than let my body fall apart and die young."

this is totally right, and i need to make some new choices!!

sorry you're experiencing the soreness, though. :(
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
We all need these reminders once in a while. The human animal - like any mammal - seeks comfort and ease, even though those are perhaps the worst motivations of all, desires that accelerate entropy, speed our path to death.
silverfae
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Yay! Cool post.

Take it from a former lifelong dancer/teacher:

Stretch well AFTER working out those muscles. I know the whole "lactic acid" theories are supposedly being debunked, but I still know from my own experience, and the reports from my students, that a good easy stretch after working out makes it all feel better than when we didn't do that.

ETA: I always liked the Post Burn since it proved to me that I'd DONE SOMETHING, but I also like having a bit less of it.



Edited at 2011-11-29 06:55 am (UTC)
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Good reminder! I often neglect my after-workout stretches.
silverfae
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)

Good! My work here is done. :D Actually, it's a mutual reminder, I need to get moving more myself.

Also, I had to show off your pic to the co-workers, tis awesomeness.



Edited at 2011-11-30 04:42 pm (UTC)
roseconnelly
Nov. 30th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
The Rev It Up show was about 8 weeks ago, hence the shorts.

mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Yep. How time spirals beyond our grasp, eh?
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