Being “in shape”

Yeah, I slept in; spent last night trolling and didn’t get to bed in time. But I did lift after my 9-10 numerical methods class; I’ll talk about some interesting issues in that class on my math blog.

The workout: weights only; did all of my rotator cuff, McKenzie, planks, Achilles, hip hikes and finished with abs (3 sets of 10: crunch, vertical crunch, twist, sit back)
pull ups: 2 sets of 15, 2 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170
dumbbell superset: 3 sets of 12 x 50 seated military, 3 sets of 10 x 25 upright row, 3 sets of 10 x 65 bent over row
curls (pulley), pull down superset: curls: 10 x 50, 10 x 52.5, 10 x 55, pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160

The whole thing took right around 1 hour.

On Being In Shape
I was struck by this story:

Not a snowstorm, a traffic jam or a daunting six-mile walk through fresh powder could stop an Alabama neurosurgeon from getting to the hospital where he was needed for emergency surgery.
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw had to travel from Birmingham’s Brookwood Medical Center to Trinity Medical Center to perform the operation Tuesday, but a sudden snowstorm had snarled all traffic, with thousands of drivers getting stranded for hours.
Authorities in Alabama had declared a state of emergency only for the southern half of the state, leaving out hard-hit Birmingham and sending available equipment the other way.
Getting to the hospital by car would’ve been nearly impossible.

Instead, the neurosurgeon decided to make the trek by foot.
“It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” Hrynkiw said Thursday. “I walk a lot, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.” […]

The emergency surgery was for a traumatic brain injury and Hrynkiw is Trinity’s only brain surgeon, according to The Associated Press.
“He had a 90 percent chance of death,” Hrynkiw said. “If he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead. It’s not going to happen on my shift,” he added.
“Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro-intensive care unit at Trinity, told the AP. “But he is doing well.”
Google Maps estimates the distance Hrynkiw walked at around six miles.

Thank goodness he is in shape; many people his age could NOT have made the trip.
Yes, I could have too (easily) but ….well, I couldn’t of been of much help once I got there. 🙂

That got me to thinking about what it means to be “in shape”. For even a recreational athlete (such as me), being “in shape” means being able to perform to within shouting distance of one’s potential at a given event (say, a 5K run, marathon walk, whatever). But being able to complete the distance AT ALL might mean that one is “in shape” relative to the general population, especially when compared to others in one’s age bracket.

That got me to thinking about swimming (I’ve GOT to find a way to get back in the water!)
If you asked me in 2009: “are you a good swimmer” I would have said HELL NO, I suck. Why? Well I did the Big Shoulders 5K open water swim and finished in the bottom 1/3 of the field and of my age group.

But…compared to most people my age (49 at the time), I would be considered a “good swimmer” since I swam 3.1 miles (5000 meters) in the open water without assistance of any kind. That would be too dangerous for most people to attempt.

The phrase “in shape” must be understood within a context.

January 31, 2014 - Posted by | social/political, swimming, weight training

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