Sunday, July 15, 2018


Hmmmm, seem to have missed some days of logging....

Friday: complicated day schedule-wise, did PT exercises in the morning and had an hour of PT in the afternoon (very good) but no actual exercise, alas. If I don't do it before PT session, it won't happen after. (But the washer-dryer is in!)

Saturday: PT exercises and my precious 30 as 1:1! High point of the week. Did I really not log it here?

Sunday: PT exercises and went over to the Columbia gym (couldn't make myself go there the other day, but really I must just have been in overload mode, it didn't feel stressful making it happen today), 15 mins bike, it is still not happening for me pain-free. Adjusted position as per PT's rec last week, started out OK, but as soon as I started a higher-cadence interval I had sharp discomfort in glute and building ache in hip. Back to square one on this - PT sensibly said (yes, I guess I kinda ignored it, I didn't mean to) get to 20 minutes and then 30 minutes pain-free before I try and do anything that's not absolutely easy, and that is what I will do.

One more week in NYC! Office declutter is still ongoing but my apartment is really almost ready for me to leave it. Have a bunch of library books that I need to skim/take notes on/return, that's the one other biggish thing....

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Good day. Just about made it to 10:30 restorative yoga, which really hit the spot today: I wasn't having allergies that made my face want to explode (or right-nostril breathing impossible), my back is much better and no longer twanging even in rest positions, etc. Ate a salad and finished reading Naomi Novik's extremely good new novel. Then had PT on pool deck and a nice swim as follows:

Warmup (500)

100 easy
2 x 150 as kick-drill-swim by 50 (back, free)
100 RaLaCuBa

Main set (500)

4 x 125 as 25 back, 100 free, concentrating on long smooth easy strokes

Test: 50 fly as drill-swim. Hmmm, maybe I can start adding a little of this back in - it would make sets more appealing....

Cooldown: 50 easy back, 100 free

1200 yards total

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Exercise went haywire when at the 8min mark of proposed 30 as 1:1 I got the beep for voicemail (ambient noise prevent me from hearing ring I guess) saying that appliance delivery truck was less than 15 minutes away - raced home, got there in time, but I ordered the wrong machine, so they had to take it away again! Take two on Friday. That was kinda it for me as far as exercise goes today as I was supervising effort of getting all the STUFF in my apartment that I am getting rid of over to campus for first day of donation event. Need to go back out now for the evening so that kind of is just going to have to be it for today, got no vim left for anything surplus to minimum requirements...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Beautiful swim!

Monday is rest day, I just did PT (and there was some misc. walking). Tuesday: very nice swim! May try and bike for a bit before I leave the gym (about to eat and set up with work in cafe, first day I have had like this for so long!), but might be that one thing was enough for today.

PT on pool deck, then:

warmup: 100 free, 100 RaLaCuBa, 4 x 75 kick-drill-swim (odds free, evens back)

main set: 2 x 300 as (2 x 50 easy, 2 x 50 moderate, 2 x 50 as 25 hard, 25 easy)

cooldown: 50 easy back, 50 easy free

1200 yards

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Sunday: had walk in the park instead of bike (but I need to get over the hump of not wanting to set foot in the Columbia gym, it is foolish, it is RIGHT THERE), then did PT. Only two more weeks in NYC!

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Thursday: did restorative yoga, bad allergies and knowledge that I had forgotten keys and would have to deal with that when I got home did NOT make for best class ever, did PT on pool deck afterwards but no other exercise. Overheated en route home, that plus key fiasco (fault of declutter - keys in a bowl are not as noticeable as keys splayed out on dining table!) led me to cancel assistant session and huddle in bed for much of afternoon and early evening!

Friday: short version of PT exercises before a BRILLIANT PT session. This guy is really good. Things are getting better but still a ways to go. My run (shuffle) gait on treadmill got seal of approval. We experimented with position on stationary bike until I found one that didn't trigger (mild but noticeable) sciatica. My task is to get up to 20 minutes on bike totally pain-free, then thirty, before I add in any interval work. This is extremely sensible.

Saturday: The heat wave broke! Did my 30 as 1:1 in the park, area around top right quadratus initially quite lit up from yesterday's soft tissue work and stretching, that warmed up but other stuff twanged a bit, I have to be patient - but it was BLISS out there, 65F, sunny, low humidity - a gift!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tuesday, Wednesday

Tuesday I just did PT - schedule mismanagement on my part, but by the time I'd done my office book-moving session, even mostly just supervising, everything was sore and achy and it didn't make sense to try for anything (also, HEAT). Today I got a late start but it didn't matter. Taxi to gym, pool deck PT and a nice swim. I feel sheepish that it's such a small number of yards, I think of 2000 as a sort of minimum workout (the way 3 miles is for a runner - not that I have been running three full miles on my 30 as 1:1), but important not to overdo it - no pain now but everything does feel a bit tight on that right side.

Warmup: 400 as 100 swim, 100 RaLaCuBa, 100 back alternating double-arm and full stroke, 100 alternating catch-up and free (400)

Main set: 2 x 300 as (100 easy, 2 x 50 back-free by 25, 4 x 25 hard on :45) (1000)

Cooldown: 2 x 75 as easy kick-drill-swim (back, free) (1150)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday back-at-it

Saturday and Sunday were a wash - it was a VORTEX of memorial activity. Did PT on Saturday but not on Sunday (only got about 2 hrs sleep and hosted this drop-in brunch Sunday - about 20 people - I casually host after misc. academic stuff at that kind of number but it's mostly graduate students who do not at all mind standing around with, usually, beer and pizza - but this is an adult crowd with higher expectations - I am happy to say it went really well - once everyone left around 2, I went back to bed and slept for four hours, AND slept a good night's sleep too - I was exhausted!).

Today: PT, 30 as 1:1. Decided not to go downtown to restorative yoga as it is just TOO HOT outside and I felt the quiet morning at home in air-conditioning was clearly going to be better for me. Will get down there for swim and/or bike tomorrow I think.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday PT/swim

RT taxis, extravagant and still not optimal as traffic en route home was unbelievable and I only JUST got home in time for the beginning of my take-two couch delivery window. Spending money like water! Assistant will be here at 1 so that I can go and get my hair cut (tonight is out-of-towners' dinner at Petrarca in Tribeca, tomorrow's the big celebration of life party in memory of Gene at the Tribeca Grill), FreshDirect delivery booked too, feel like a crazy NYC lady multitasker!

Only had time for a short swim (and am trying to play it safe - back was way better yesterday and overnight than it has been, I need to take things really slowly and not do anything that will produce a setback), but it was really nice. Somewhat as follows:

100 swim
100 RaLaCuBa (Doug Stern's favorite)
100 kick on back
100 alternating double-arm back and full stroke
100 free easy
100 as 4 x 25 harder on :45
100 easy swim down

PT exercises plus 700 yards

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Taxi to gym (I was running really late, barely made it there in time, but the class starts a bit late because the teacher waits for the previous hour of pilates class to finish, so that in fact I wasn't late at all!). 75 minutes of highly beneficial restorative yoga - can't miss these classes as they're only twice a week and it's the only kind of yoga class I can currently do! Did PT exercises on the pool deck, then tried a stationary bike (the more recumbent kind) - alas, felt that yawning tugging feeling at R proximal hamstring right away, so just did 10 mins to get the HR up a bit and called it. I will swim tomorrow, jog Saturday and take Sunday for rest, then see how everything feels next week - but swimming more may be the solution for now.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Had good session with Tom the PT yesterday where we were in agreement (reluctant but strong on my part) that I am doing too many things still that aggravate back stuff. He worked on my upper back and neck, with beneficial effects, and today I only did my PT exercises, especially as I was spending a lot of hours pulling stuff out of closets and sorting it into trash and donation bags, with the kind of miscellaneous leaning over that you get with that kind of work. Tomorrow I will go to restorative yoga in the am and then have some kind of bike or swim after - Tom rightly suggests that I should be trying an upright stationary bike of regular rather than spin bike kind, because the spin bikes are to a great extent set up to mimic road bike posture. (You can adjust, of course, but I do find that as a short person, it is impossible to have the handlebar high enough up to get a truly sedate ride.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Monday-Tuesday catchup

Monday: rode bike RT to Chelsea Piers for restorative yoga, which was good. Did PT exercises there. Rode home irritably into a headwind, it activated the R glute-hamstring thing somewhat.

Today: Did PT at home then had 30 as 1:1 (mixing up the days based on what other commitments I'm working around, will bike tomorrow on a spin bike at the gym). That R proximal hamstring was activated yesterday while biking and I could feel it today, not unpleasantly but certainly it felt weird and sciatica-like all down the leg. PT appointment later, will grill him about various things.....

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Gonna have to start taking Sundays as a rest day, that was not good. Did PT at home mid-afternoon, then rode bike to gym to see if the 90-minute hatha yoga class might be ok. It was not OK (I almost burst into tears when the teacher sent us into a series of fast sun salutations near the start of class - but even just lying in shavasana without a bolster under my knees currently makes right lower back immediately rather sore). Things kind of came round and the second half of class was mostly things I could do, but that plus overcrowding on the bike path (note to self: do not even think about riding bike to gym on a summer weekend day - especially not Pride weekend!) and hot hazy weather just made everything frazzled rather than in any sense relaxing. Ugh!

2 x 5mi bike
90 minutes of ill-advised yoga

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Friday: long walk with friend and colleague L., PT exercises.

Saturday: PT exercises, 30 as 1:1. Not great, not bad (really I'm just in low spirits); trouble area was tight rather than sore as such, spot in left knee very sore for some reason. It is such a first-world problem that I am ashamed I even let it affect my mood, but I had a disappointment this morning with the couch delivery - the armchair is in, but the couch was too big to fit in the elevator and it had to go back into the truck! Was very tempted to go back to bed afterwards and weep, but really that doesn't do any good - and I think there is an easy solution, there is a loveseat sized version of the same couch (WHICH I SHOULD HAVE ORDERED IN THE FIRST PLACE, I AM AN IDIOT, I HATE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH ADULT LIFE IN THE WORLD) and I can get them to send me that instead. The question now of course is whether (I think probably not) it can be delivered in time for me hosting an open house brunch (closing event of the Gene Kilik memorial celebration weekend) for a relatively large number of people a week from tomorrow....

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday bike-yoga

Rode bike to and from gym, restorative yoga (I am rediscovering my love for this particular yoga practice by the way!). Nice not-hot ride on the way down; way back, hotter and also something of a headwind, which activates a sort of strip along my right proximal hamstring. Not painful, but feeling almost as if someone glued a strip of plastic to it or similar. Still need to do PT stretches, but shower first I think...