Weightlifting since September 2022

Here’s my overall journey. COVID took 2 weeks. A week after that I had a GI bug that forced me to eat bananas and tea for 2 days so I was weak as hell that week. In climbing I’m now doing 5.10+ regularly with a lot less can’t-even-get-off-the-ground failures. As soon as I do my first 5.11 I’ll try lead roping.

So much to admire

These competitors are tougher than I’ll ever be. People who strive and make it to the stage despite the odds are who we all should admire.

For climbing comp vids: There’s usually a long lead time at the beginning. Fast forward to when you start seeing lists of names

Workouts in the last month

Not including the climbing days and any walking/hiking. Also, I went to the Boston area to tour the climbing gyms in that area and those weren’t included either, but I’ll include a picture that captures what physical activity I did.

Climbing gym 1
Another climbing gym
Lots of walking (because we took the subway)
I was at my sister’s house (house sitting) and tried her spin bike, but the seat screw loosened and the seat started wobbling everywhere. I went to a nearby gym instead but didn’t bring my heart monitor.
At the gym near my sister’s house… A great workout!

My workouts so far

A week or so into January I found a heart rate monitor I bought last year before all my medical issues started. Since I know that if my heart rate reaches a certain level I start having asthma issues, I decided to experiment working out based on my heart rate. If it got too high (greater than 150 bpm) then I’d rest until it slowed down to about 130ish. So far this has worked wonderfully when I do HIIT workouts at home. After about a week, I wasn’t using my inhaler as much. The heart rate monitoring doesn’t work so well in the climbing gym when 80% of the way up a route, my heart rate goes into the red zone. On climbing days, I’ve ended up in a zone where I can hardly breathe. There has to be a way for me to see what my heart rate is while on the wall without bringing my phone up with me!

I wasn’t good at recording every workout at first. Plus, I don’t record when I have a rest day, or do a full body deep stretch, or yoga-ish stuff.

Sometime between 1/15/22 and 1/24/22. I also did 2 climbing sessions and a day of pull ups and push ups, so I didn’t record those.
Climbing session on a Saturday