Snow jog/sprints.....an odd workout/ test

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astroman
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   Posted 3/4/2018 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep in mind cardio is not advised with lyme infection per some well known llmd's. Some point in time, you need to get on with life and prove what can do ....again.

This is a low commitment/ low impact exercise for those who were athletic and live in snow country. Uses more muscles than hard surface jogging and less joint impact. Short sprints mean you can stop whenever as you are not out on some long run. A good way to test yourself assuming your heart is in good shape and you exercised before.

10-12 inches of snow is ideal for this, maybe 8-10 for "vertically challenged" people.

Mowed, snow covered, flat parkland/ ball fields work best. I wear snow hikers, "gators" help keep the snow out avoiding wet feet. (The skaters at the adjacent hockey rink prob think I'm nuts.)

Just did 100 yards x 2 yesterday...nothing in the gym replicates this. With snow, every stride is a little different to, less repetitive motion. First did about 25 yards in January as a baseline for muscle health and lungs. Winter fatbiking is more of a longer clumsy, slow workout. X-C ski, like summer running, has a lot of repetitive motion, so I skipped that this winter.

I have also "snowshoe run" in snowy deep fields, ....you launch like a rabbit pretty far sometime from the undergrowth spring effect. Snowshoe run/racing events gave me this idea. Winter boredom can make people try weird things in snow country.
Had initial lyme symptoms late 80's, then again and with bullseye early 90's. Ended ABX for Lyme in 2015. Rebuilding / fine tuning / fixing muscles since then; member "10 Percenters Lyme Club". What an adventure this has been. Hashimotos adds to the enjoyment.

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Girlie
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   Posted 3/4/2018 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
phew - just reading what you're doing is making me tired...lol.
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astroman
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   Posted 3/4/2018 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Improvements feel good when fitness has been part of your life.

I was not made to sit still, (besides my love for power naps). But, I will never be the machine I was, a little less desire, its time consuming and life is short after 50. Looking for the happy medium.

I'm sure others can relate. There's plenty people more hardcore than myself by far though even after 50. They are still machines, not "has-beens".

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Girlie
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   Posted 3/4/2018 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I miss that part of my life...hopefully I will be able to be active again....I'm slowly getting there.

Bike rides last spring/summer were short and slow...but at least I got on my bike. It will be interesting to see how I am this spring.

Can't play tennis yet - upper body not good enough.

I walk instead of run on the trails..

Surprisingly swimming was the easiest for me...although I've never swam long distances anyway.
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astroman
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   Posted 3/4/2018 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Swimming was hard on my shoulders, but now they are better. This reminds me I should try it again. I hate chlorine, I smell it for days after. I should be ready for a lake swim trial in June.

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   Posted 3/4/2018 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
astroman said...
Swimming was hard on my shoulders, but now they are better. This reminds me I should try it again. I hate chlorine, I smell it for days after. I should be ready for a lake swim trial in June.


I do the breast stroke usually - not hard on the shoulders - never the crawl.

Yah I don't swim in pools...just our lake.
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Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
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Notime4lyme
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   Posted 3/5/2018 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I love snow jogging. It doesn't snow enough here for me to do it very often. It seems to be easier on my joints. I have to stop every so often though, especially if I start to get really hot.

I guess I decided a while ago to take all these recommendations with a grain of salt. But it's always been a mystery to me that exercise doesn't make me tired at all, while going to any kind of class or anything where your have to sit for a long time makes me feel like I ran a marathon. After sitting for a long time, sometimes I start feeling like my brain isn't getting enough air.

I love swimming too-I don't like pools either. There is a river nearby, but the water is very dirty and there are water snakes there, so I don't swim very often.

astroman
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   Posted 3/5/2018 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
"I guess I decided a while ago to take all these recommendations with a grain of salt. But it's always been a mystery to me that exercise doesn't make me tired at all, while going to any kind of class or anything where your have to sit for a long time makes me feel like I ran a marathon. After sitting for a long time, sometimes I start feeling like my brain isn't getting enough air."

- part of that is cortisol release from exercise. I can usually sit through bordome now, still dont like it. Before I'd be nodding off- was pretty embarassing to say the least.

not everyone has clean swimable lakes, I forget that .
Had initial lyme symptoms late 80's, then again and with bullseye early 90's. Ended ABX for Lyme in 2015. Rebuilding / fine tuning / fixing muscles since then; member "10 Percenters Lyme Club". What an adventure this has been. Hashimotos adds to the enjoyment.
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