Monday’s I was on call, Tuesday’s I hit the pool, Wednesday was errand or appointment day, Thursday’s found me back at the pool for round 2 and Friday after work was drink time with friends. And now…
Well that’s the thing. My casual employment means I don’t always work the same day of the week nor do I finish at a set time. So it’s hard to plan the pool; especially if one must make a booking.
I’ve known for some time that I was missing the pool but the pandemic just made it super hard to do.
I am happy to report that I hit the pool today! Carefully planned so that I would only have 20 mins to swim before the swim time was up. The last thing I needed was to go crazy and over do it. Swam a steady 20 alternating strokes. Felt bagged at the end of it but muscle memory got me there.
Then… like that wasn’t enough for one day I also went biking in the evening with a friend. We did 15 km at a nice pace with a brief stop to enjoy the river view.
I also missed biking and that’s mostly my own fault. I let the wind and the gravel play in my head. Plus it’s always the same route; up the hill and then back down. Or down the hill and then back up. But again that’s just an excuse.
The thing about retirement or semi-retired is that the regular schedule isn’t regular any more. If you want something to happen you have to put it in place yourself and stay dedicated to it.
Of course I need to stop getting injured. That’s been the long term issue and that’s what derailed me again this time. I was focusing on core strength, conditioning, weights and added in balance. It’s almost embarassing to say I injured my back and leg on an easy repetitive balance exercise that seems so simple but there you have it.
I want to be hopeful that the multitude of recovery actions I’ve been taking will help me turn the corner and get back in the saddle. The bike saddle that is. The horse saddle for me left the barn a long time ago. That’s a whole different story!
Any tips or suggestions about keeping fitness going when you have no schedule? I’m all ears as I need all the help I can get. Pretty sure it begins with a goal but perhaps I am wrong. Maybe it’s just dedication and commitment.