Muscle Gain 08.08.12: Chest & Shoulders

Upper body workout first thing this morning (after some oats and fruit), followed by a trip to my family doctor for an MRI referral for my hip.

"Semi-urgent" is 8 weeks for an appointment.

Mine’s “Elective”. Sigh.

Tracked a workout for 957 pts
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 20 lb x 12 reps (+64 pts)
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+68 pts)
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+68 pts)
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+68 pts)
    • 30 lb x 8 reps (+63 pts) <— Really happy with this PR.
  • Standing Barbell Shoulder Press:
    • 45 lb x 10 reps (+75 pts)
    • 45 lb x 10 reps (+75 pts)
    • 55 lb x 6 reps (+73 pts)
    • 55 lb x 4 reps (+63 pts)
  • Standing Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+73 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+73 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+73 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+73 pts)
    • super set with triceps
  • Triceps Pushdown:
    • 30 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • 30 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • 30 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • 30 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • super set with standing dumbbells

Bum Knee Pt. 8

I met with my doctor about the results of my MRI today, and learned that there is “no tear” and a level of degeneration which is more or less to be expected for my age.  If it’s not keeping me from doing what I want to do, then there’s nothing else to say - my knee’s fine.

Of course, this is unacceptable, because it IS keeping me from doing what I want to do (not just running, but walking downstairs comfortably, and bending/twisting in certain ways, and occasionally standing up from my own damn desk), which is NOT fine.

So, she’s referred me to an orthopedic surgeon who will look at the MRI results personally and assess what should be done moving forward.  In the meantime, I’m going to the Running Room tomorrow to get fitted for new shoes and I’m starting to run again this weekend.  It’s been 11 weeks since the initial injury - if there’s no “tear” or other decipherable damage, then there’s nothing to exacerbate.  I’ll start slow and lay off if it hurts, but all my favourite TV shows have ended for the season - it’s back out on the pavement for me.

Madrid | Bum Knee | P90X | Paleo

-> Today is my last day in (amazing!) Madrid.  I’ll be spending it working at Starbucks (do I suck? yes I do…) but tonight is the European Poker Tour Grand Final Party, which is notoriously sick.

-> I often tell Nick that there are good knee days and bad knee days, but he only ever hears about the bad ones.  Bad knee days include stiffness and pain when walking, climbing down stairs, crossing/uncrossing my legs and any other kind of twisty bendy movement.  Good knee days include none of those things.  Last Saturday was a very bad knee day - one of the worst, actually, culminating in a shooting pain up my thigh when I pressed on the side of my knee (something brand new) and intense difficulty getting into bed.  But since then, I’ve had 4 consecutive good knee days.  I’ll be visiting my doctor next week to get the results of my MRI, so fingers crossed that things may actually be okay (10 weeks after the initial injury…)

-> speaking of being okay, I think I’m ready for a second round of P90X.  I’m considering - CONSIDERING - starting on Monday.  Stay tuned.  

-> I’m working on a long post which outlines my concerns with Paleo before I start it.  I’d be more inclined to “just try it for 30 days” if I were the only factor, but I have to consider Nick’s health as well, and I’m a little more risk averse where loved ones are concerned.  The last thing we need is to both fall into a carb-deprived depression, throw our bodies into ketosis and then gain 20lbs the moment we re-introduce chickpeas into our diets.  Dramatic?  Maybe.

-> Back to work.  Peace out, homies.

MRI Today

Gonna figure out what’s up with this knee.  Results in 10 days.

Also, check out this runner I saw in the fog from my car on Lakeshore this morning.  Badass.

Bum Knee Pt. 3

So, I went to see my family doctor today, and got a referral for an MRI, since an x ray will only show bone damage, and this is ligament or cartilage or muscle or something.  The appointment will be in about 4 weeks, so in the meantime, I’m supposed to keep doing what I’ve been doing… not running races, I mean keeping it elevated, iced and rested.  If it’s going to heal itself, it should do so in 7-10 days.

Hopefully in the next couple of days, I’ll be able to at least hit the elliptical or even do a yoga class. Mostly I think I’ll be doing upper body weight training and ab work to try to stay on track. What do fit people usually do to keep from falling off the ball when they get injured?