[Rowing Machine] 2017: Week 51 {243.2}

One thing they don’t talk about in any gig’s onboarding paperwork is preventative care in avoiding getting sick. You impulsively want to do a good job, so you unintentionally push yourself past your breaking point, only to realize your condition after sleeping through half the weekend. If you didn’t negotiate for healthcare benefits or sick leave timing, you might be screwed. The keys might, then, be: rest, nutrition, hydration, and open dialogue with your employer(s).

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 150 rows [30 average strokes per minute or “SPM”]. Wrapped up early, even after downshifting at around 120 to a mild pace. I should remember to be consistent and pace myself so by Friday, I won’t skip a set due to exhaustion. It all adds up, good and bad. I just forget that and exhaust myself.
  • Tuesday Evening: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Did an extra few rows because my sound alarms stop after 9PM. I closed my eyes to get some shut eye for a minute, too. This pace feels relaxing. I’m not rowing at a “breaking my pick” pace, so I could do longer sets, if I practice this speed.
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  • Wednesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 150 rows [30 SPM]. Much lighter pace than my usual morning sets. Sure, it’s more impressive to get bigger numbers, but I don’t want to burn out midday, and I’m thinking I might try at least one longer set at this lighter pace over the long weekend. Probably 30+.
  • Wednesday Evening: time 5 minutes, 159 rows [31.8 SPM]. Good pace for being completely exhausted both mentally and physically. I’m probably still a little sick from Sunday since I’m not feeling great. I haven’t been writing as much, so something’s off. Sleep should help.
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  • Thursday Morning: time 5 minutes, 150 rows [30 SPM]. I slept in and didn’t write, which are my two biggest tells that I’m not feeling well. It’s icy and it’s easier just to rest, right? My first 20 or so rows played into those excuses. After that, as it does when I forget my woes, I was golden.
  • Thursday Evening: time 5 minutes, 167 rows [33.4 SPM]. Good set. Soup at lunch and getting in some writing helped. My seat rattled throughout the set, so I’ll have to check that I didn’t overly tighten the bolts to the railing during my Saturday maintenance; I didn’t seem to be seated off-center.
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  • Friday Morning: time 5 minutes, 150 rows [30 SPM]. I’ve been exhausted this week. My strokes per minute were all over the place for both this set and this week. I’m glad I’ve been practicing this moderate pace recently, otherwise, I might have burned myself out like I did the last two weeks…
  • Friday Evening: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Good set. Frustrating week. Tomorrow will be better. Sober Saturdays always are better.
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  • Saturday Morning: time 5 minutes, 162 rows [32.4 SPM]. Slept in for 4 hours. Feeling better, at least. The stresses of our work, situations, and the lives of others shouldn’t impact us as much as they do. We should do our work, work our situations, and live with others. At least rowing is calming.
  • Saturday Evening: time 5 minutes, 162 rows [interestingly, also 32.4 SPM]. Feeling better but still dragging overall. I’m going to get in some writing and got to bed early.
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  • Sunday Morning: time 5 minutes, 175 rows [34.2 SPM]. 1-30 were at a solid pace, then slowed down from there. I’m not feeling as sick as before, then again, I’ve been sleeping in quite a bit, too. This winter has been knocking me out.
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  • Monday Morning: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Went to bed shortly after yesterday morning’s row, slept most of the day, and there’s been some heavy snowfall ever since. At least I’m feeling better now. Excited people and changes in weather always wipe me out. This was a solid set, though.
  • Monday Evening: time 5 minutes, 152 rows [30.4 SPM]. Lighter pace since I wasn’t feeling well. Better than recently. Maybe because I’ve caught up on some hibernation? I probably won’t do a 30-minute set this long weekend, but these 5-minute sets are becoming so routine I forgot to post this one..
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  • Weight: 243.2 pounds (down 0.2 pounds)
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water):
    • Tuesday: 3.0 liters (0.79 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Wednesday: 3.75 liters (0.99 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Thursday: 4.5 liters (1.189 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Friday: 3.0 liters (0.79 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Saturday: 3.0 liters (0.79 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Sunday: 3.25 liters (0.86 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Monday: 5.25 liters (1.39 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 11 of 14
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  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [succeeded] Benefit of sickness…
    2. Consistency: [failed] Dehydrated most days, forgot vitamins, brushing, flossing, and skipped Sunday
    3. Health: [failed] Pushed myself too much, too long, maybe?
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  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: no weight gain
    2. Consistency: I’m feeling better now, so hopefully I’ll get this sorted out.
    3. Health: Mending. Last week, I even had a typo under goals.
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  • From Good to Better
    • Even though I was knocked out tired and not feeling well, I still didn’t catch a cold or have anything overly devastating. I could have probably pushed myself, as I had throughout the week, if I absolutely needed to, so I had four days to get better.
    • My writing backlog was also obliterated. I had a five day lead time and I went through all of it, nearly having to put up a “come back tomorrow” sign, but I was able to pull through at the last minute. From that, I figured out some routines to help out.
    • I’ve been writing my rough drafts on that tablet for practice. Soon, I’ll be writing more on-the-go. I had some time to hang of it. Now I’ll email the roughs to myself, edit, and publish the final draft on one of my writing computers. That should help.
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  • Sober Living
    • Actually, it was kind of a trying week. I’d attribute most of that to feeling sick either overtly or subtly since last Sunday. I didn’t get enough time to decompress throughout the week. Just went from one thing to the next. I need to work on that.
    • Friday was the worst in months; exhausted, stressed, and mad. I was still miles away from finding anything to sacrifice my sobrieties, but still, I was seeing enough of the red flags continue into Saturday that I knew I couldn’t handle much more stress.
    • I’m writing this, behind schedule, on Tuesday evening. I’m starting to get back to normal now. For 2018, I’ve thought of renaming the weekly Sober Living column to Sober Saturdays, but maybe not, after all, it’s a daily and not weekly choice.
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  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • Was there a primary source of stress? Let me brainstorm out loud. Driving might be part of it. I don’t think it’s entirely that, because I was able to listen to some music I really enjoy. The project is not really as great as it could be, so that could be it.
    • If I were to jam on the stress of the project, it’s that we’re not getting the traction we need. The team itself get along well. We’ll all probably be friends after this gig. It’s just everyone else was overworked, ignorant… probably thieves and spies, too.
    • There was probably stress from the holidays as well. Not being able to attend any of the festivities wasn’t the optimal route to take. Probably turned out for the best, because I would have carried that stress with me through the festivities into today.
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  • Disengaging from Stress
    • My biggest red flag that something’s wrong is when I choose to sleep in. Normally, I can sustain a schedule well enough where I just get to bed early if I’m feeling my productivity is ineffective, or if, like I did on Monday, browsed reddit for one hour.
    • On the flipside, if I feel compelled to watch more than an episode of anime, then I do get to escape into those dreamworlds for 30-minute sets. It’s not so much that I don’t like to do anything recreational, it’s just I’d rather not be sick and watch anime.
    • Another thing that helped, believe it or not, was getting acquainted with that tablet. I haven’t been feeling quite right until just earlier this Tuesday evening. I dumped my thoughts for Friday’s upload and rowed at almost my normal pace again. Felt great!
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  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • I printed out 22 pages of documentation this weekend. I compiled surface level information on my specific rowing machine into one document, printed it out twice for redundancy, along with schematics for the engineering for major components.
    • I’d like to thoroughly understand how my rowing machine works. If anything should go wrong, I’d like to be able to take it apart and repair it without any guesswork. This will help prevent any anxiety I might have hearing any weird noises while rowing.
    • Along with being a fun exercise in engineering, if I can perform my own maintenance on things like the chain, or any other part that might be prone to failure, then when I want to invest money in a high end rowing machine, I’ll know the full intricacies.
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  • Photo and Outro
    • I didn’t get a chance to incorporate “The Gig Life” into the introductory paragraph, so how about in the conclusion? Before I started feeling sick or fatigued, I was planning to photograph my new rowing tools. I’m not quite there yet, however.
    • It snowed on Christmas Eve. I went out on Christmas afternoon to shoot some photos, first of Colossus’s barbell as shown in the second photo, then of the sick face in the first photo. Here’s also a photographic sneak-peek of Sunday’s update to “The Story.”
    • Concluding thoughts… this weekly check-in is already over 1500 words. Every other section gets 500 words, but for the rowing section, I let it breathe because health and fitness really permeate into everything we do just slightly more than employment.
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