Had my last round of tests this morning. Only one more trip to Doc Blasiol to make sure all systems are go. I found this great article online about transition periods to demystify the need and importance of taking time off—and to add some context and validation to my experience the past 6 weeks.
Coach Ben has me in what he calls a ‘training to train’ period, which is a steady drill of low-intensity aerobic riding, leg speed drills, weights and yoga. Just get into the habit and lay a solid foundation. It’s also a good time to get a handle on any weaknesses or deficiencies so we can correct them — thus, the battery of tests.
My day started with a CT Scan and a little vampire taking some blood. I’m not a big fan of needles. I nearly fainted 2 weeks ago at the first blood-letting. This girl knew what she was doing! I nearly kissed her when I left the lab.
On Thursdays, I lift at 24/7 Fitness in Allentown, where owner John Brinson generously provides me with a ‘Champion’ membership. I also have a membership at HealthWorks here in Lehighton. Both are great gyms. Lehighton’s cool because the equipment is top-notch and it has a diverse no-nonsense membership. Westend is funny because it’s a mix of the tennis club set, kids, professionals and some real hammer heads. This being eastern Pennsylvania, they still play classic rock, so I can lift to Journey, Kansas, Quiet Riot and Rush—all the hair bands I grew up with. HILARIOUS!
I recently started working with Dr. Nick Theodoro out of Easton. My goal is to build overall strength and really improve my power this year—and of course do it totally clean and drug-free, which is Dr. Nick’s expertise. He’s passionate about his anti-drug stance and is a great teacher. I’ve met with him a few times to talk about diet and run through Olympic lifting technique. This is key for me, because, left to my own devices last year . . . I tweaked my knee. This year, an ounce of prevention . .
Lath and I are looking for a source for hugged beef (my term), and Dr. Nick turned me onto Klein Farms, where you can get raw milk, yogurt, handmade cheese and yes, hugged beef. We’re into buying local, and would prefer to support farms that operate with a conscious, so we’re looking forward to checking them out.
If I have any questions about what I’m doing in the weightroom, all I have to do is run it by Dr. Nick. He’s helped me feel confident about what I’m doing. Last year, I had 3 different people—all smart and good ones, mind you—weighing in on my strength program. This year, I’m reigning it in. Take a little bit from Mike, Erin, John, Bob, Coach Ben . . . think about what’s worked and what hasn’t, listen to what Dr. Nick has to say, and craft a program that works for me. It’ll be interesting to see how it makes a difference.