|Me Skiing in Good Health|
Last summer, 2014, I had a strong healthy season.
I ran a 5K in the spring and was working out with a boxfit aerobics class. I did three sprint Triathalons (2 tris in Key Biscayne, one tri in Boca on Independence day)in the summer (even made it onto the podium once), and tried spending a little time in a boxing ring (one of which got recorded).
So summer 2014 for me was a peak. It didn't last. In the fall, I traveled for 3 weeks which was cool. I went to Greece & Israel. Then I worked and traveled a lot to DC over the winter for family reasons. In January, I was still biking and I even worked in a week of skiing with my son (Steamboat Springs, C).
By Feb 2015, I was badly out of shape and had put on almost ten pounds from the previous summer so when my wife took off for two weeks to Cuba, I thought it was a chance for me to focus on my fitness and eating and to really get back in shape. Instead, I overdid it and triggered a nasty back spasm which left me almost unable to walk for ten days. Uhg.
At the start of March, I tried to establish a program back towards good health. This is almost exactly where I was two years ago when I found that my back problems got really bad and I went to the back therapist and spent six months building before I could work out hard again. So now, I'm back to do the boring back building exercises a few times a week, visiting Nicole (Focus Studios) two times a week to rebuild my intrinsics and improve general core fitness, and very judiciously adding new levels of intensity and new activities. Mostly, I road bike and swim. I've tried running two times so far and both times, I concluded that it was premature.
My great fear is that I might be entering a new normal. In Feb 2013, I attended my last martial arts class since my hip made each kick into a potential back injury. My concern is that people are now suggesting that I might have to rethink running, jump rope, and even shadow boxing as too hard on my back, given it's propensity to spasm.