Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Am I ready to go back on Monday?

The dojo reopens on Monday. Will I be ready?

Since mid September, I've had back troubles and been taking time off. By November, I stopped all exercise entirely. Yesterday, for the first time, I went to the gym and had a little workout, some upper body, abs, and ten minutes on the eliptical.

This morning, I did abs and fifteen minutes on the treadmill. I intend to go the gym daily alternating between weights and different cardio. But the big question is, what will happen when I show up for my first class back on Monday.

There are three big questions:
1. Is my back flare-up over? Was rest with massage and chiro all that was needed or do I have something requiring more?
2. Is my cardio adequate to make it through a class? Remember, at 50 plus, cardio disappears at an alarming rate. It's not like in my 20s when I could take three months off and then run a seven minute mile the first day back. And, it's not as if I was in top shape even in September. I had time off in the summer and foot problems in the spring.
3. What about strength and flexibility? We routinely do groups of 25 pushups and I'm supposed to be able to kick like a black belt. Even at my best, I kick like a.....50 year old who has worked out well for the last few years.

Good questions. Stay tuned for Monday. And Happy New Year. Since this is also my wife's birthday, it's a special day for us.


Slop -n- Goulash: Dinner of Champions! said...

OMG - I so know where you are coming from. I'm only 44 and my school has been on hiatus since the last week in November. We go back this coming Tuesday and I am a big nervous myself.

BSM said...

I always like to say that I kick like a 40-year-old black belt.

That's much better than a 40-year-old with no training!

Anyhow, hope your first day back goes well!

John Lyons-Sensei Universal Goju Karate School said...

Warm up alot! I'm fifty years old too. I have learned that its all in the warm up. Another thing is don't try to do everything that the folks under forty do. There is a big difference between fifty and forty. I would have never believed it but its true. age does things to your body.