So, a little background-
I’ve exercised in some form and been involved with athletics throughout my life. Wrestling from early on, conditioning for other various activities, bicycling, snowboarding, and just for fun. Sometimes just because.
I’ve never been a mass monster. Usually just medium build, occasionally pretty lean, more recently just kinda blah. Pics will probably be added at some point.
So, to get the ball rolling-in the morning of June 19, at 4:00 I awoke having a heart attack. Thanks to quick response from emt’s, a great hospital within a 10 min. drive, and a wizard of a cardiologist I’m here today with some fancy new cardiac hardware. In the words of the one cardiologist that came in one time (I was pretty highed up on morphine most of the time) “You’re lucky everything went exactly as it did or you’d be dead right now.”.
Following the hospitalization, a couple of my friends busted my balls, agitated, and dragged me out for some short walks, then a little longer. Then some biking. Quite a bit actually. We have an amazing network of trails here in Pittsburgh, and even one within spitting distance of my house, so wo took full advantage of them. And a good bit of hiking. Thank God for those bastards, and fuck them right in their fucking faces! (ill show them this later, but I’ve also told them the same a few times irl.).
THEN I started cardiac rehab. There were some wonderful people there, Very knowledgeable, helpful, and caring. I progressed nicely, albeit with a bit of difficulty (it’s not supposed to be easy), and finished that up last Monday, Oct. 28th. which brings us to today.
Here at home I have a schwinn airdyne, a 20 and 10 lb. dumbbell, and a couple of stretchy bands, a mountain bike and a 7 year old. At my buddy’s place we have a wide range of equipment, rack, etc. Nothing fancy, but it works.
There are some limitations. At this point I’ve been cleared to lift, but nothing more than what I can do for 10 clean reps, and my target heart rate for exercising is 110 to 135 bpm, with an absolute max of 140. I set off the lunk alarm a few times at cardiac rehab, which is kinda playful funny with the nice nurses and physiologists but at the same time very serious. I’m finding my limits as I arrive at them, and kind of fleshing out a new plan to be in decent shape and not croak. At least not while I’m sleeping. I want to at least be doing something cool or heroic if I die, not sleeping. That would just suck.
So there will be cardio, weight circuits, and some weight training. Hopefully some laughs. Not many tears, Pics of food, and probably quite a few local references.
I’m only tagging @whang @Basement_Gainz @EmilyQ @ActivitiesGuy @loppar to get the ball rolling, but I’ll extend an invite to anybody that would like to participate. I’ll answer any questions I’m able to, and look forward to interacting, chatting, trading insults, and just general bs’ing.