Sunday, October 17, 2021

The long walk back


Rule #1:  Once you start exercising, don’t stop.  I have not been consistently exercising for while now.  While I have tried claiming it was due to my new eating habits impacting my energy level, the truth is that I just found the couch soooooo comfortable.  But, this past weekend, I made up my mind to get back on the ball.

Monday, I hit the gym. Being the tough guy I am, I tried hitting the elliptical at the same intensity I had before I slacked off my workouts.  I finished and, for the next five minutes, tried to look composed as my jelly-like legs tried to support my large frame.  Then, I hit the weight room.  I said “I’ll start by bench pressing these 65 pound dumbbells and move up from there”.  Let me just say that, after two sets, my mind said “65 pound dumbbells–that’s a good place to stop”.  I had to face it…I’d lost the gains I made and now, I am in an “rebuilding” phase, so to speak.  My butt was kicked and I barely made it out of bed the next morning.

Yesterday, it was the first truly nice day of the year and I decided that, instead of hitting the treadmill, I would go for a long walk at one of the local parks.  I chose Sharon Woods, which is just outside of Cincinnati.  Somehow, I don’t remember the trail being that long and the hills that high.  Don’t get me wrong, I was the man on the first lap.  I did the 2.6 mile walk in good time.  I got some water and said, “Okay, now for lap #2”.  About 3/4 of a mile in, I hit a wall.  Then, some man who had to be at least 12 years older than me and about 3 inches shorter, walked past me like I was standing still.  I was like, “How is grandpa going to try to lap me?” and it was on!  My ego got the best of me and I refused to let this man leave me in the dust.  He knew I was there, too, because he kept looking over his shoulder.  A few times  my mind said, “you should just jog right past him.”  Then, my legs said to my mind, “shut up and mind your business!”  I did manage to stay about 15 steps behind the guy for the rest of the walk, while trying to pretend that I wasn’t basically being a stalker.  It didn’t help that we were parked in close proximity to each other so, this guy was likely thinking I was going to rob him or something.  That’s probably why he waited until I drove off to leave.

If I ever needed incentive to get back in shape, I got it.  If I see you in the park this summer old man, know I’m coming for you and may the best man win!

JP Smith
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