Greetings from Punta Gorda, FL. I’ve been up since 4 AM and was supposed to
take a 7 AM flight out of here. Our
flight was cancelled yesterday because of Hurricane Irene. The blessing was we were able to spend a
glorious extra day in Naples. We’re getting
our comeuppance today. The plane has a
“mechanical issue” that was minor and should be fixed in 5 minutes. It’s now 3.5 hours later and they don’t have
the part to fix the problem. So they are
debating whether to get the part or a new plane. As I write this, they are taking the luggage
off the plane so I guess they’re getting us a new bird. So I guess I’ll pass the time writing.
There is always a debate on whether to work out or rest when
on vacation. One party is of the opinion that you should take a vacation from
exercising as well as work. You will
come back stronger both mentally and physically. I am in the party of maintaining and doing
some exercise during vacation. When I’m
away, I like to eat, drink and be merry.
With that comes the payback of gaining weight. Instead of taking a break from exercise, I
will take a break from kettlebells and do something different. Usually this amounts to doing pushups and
running. I rarely run anymore, so it’s a
good challenge to test my conditioning and the pushups work the chest, triceps
and shoulders. I’ll run 3-5 miles and do
between 100-200 pushups in a ladder format.
Recently I went away on a cruise that had a nice fitness center and an
outdoor track on the top of the ship. It
was a 7 day cruise and with all the eating, I worked out 5 of the 7 days. Here’s how it was broken down.
The first full day or Day 2, I
went up to the top of the ship and ran 3 miles.
Nine laps equaled 1 mile and I did 10, 100 yard sprints during the
run. Running in the Caribbean is a real
shock to the system. It’s extremely
humid in August and the sun beats down on you.
However, there is also a nice breeze as the ship is moving so it made
the run tolerable. After finishing the
run, I went to the front of the ship to the spa. The gym contained state of the art
treadmills, elliptical, cycling and stair machines as well as weight machines
and dumbbells. I didn’t want to go balls
to the wall so I did 5 x 5 training with dumbbells. I have hardly used dumbbells since
discovering kettlebells 2 year ago. It
was quite a surprise because the way the weight is distributed is completely
different from a kettlebell. I took
double 40’s and did military press
alternated with double rows. 5 sets of 5
reps and then switched to double squats and overhead lunges. Same rep scheme. Got my party pump, off to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
On day 3, I was a little sore from
running in my hips and hamstrings, so I went to the gym and did 200 pushups and
found a jump rope. I decided to do a
jump rope session which was quite difficult to say the least. The rope was a short, wiry piece of junk and
I started using it in the aerobics room.
It kept getting stuck in the soles of my running sneakers. At least the ceiling was high enough. After 10 minutes all of us in the room had to
leave so the two British trainer twits could do a nutrition session with the
subject matter being, “eat more, weigh less.”
Don’t even get me started on this type of bad information. On top of the fact, you’re on a cruise
ship. You have 3-4 course meals,
buffets, 24 hour pizza bar, dessert bars etc.
After spending a week on a cruise, believe me there is no cure to the
obesity problem that plagues the US. I
saw people of all shapes and sizes taking elevators one floor instead of taking
15 stairs with a landing in between. Women
in bikinis who should have stuck with the one piece. And note to European men; The Speedo makes
you the object of ridicule. Every
American is chuckling at you when you walk by.
Anyway, after hitting the ceiling with the jump rope a few times I gave
Days 4 and 6 were similar to day 1
except for doing different exercises such as seated military press, renegade rows,
(still hate them) and squats and stiff leg deadlifts. Day 5, I did 100 pushups and jumped
rope. I got frustrated with the jump
rope and threw it in the corner. Did
about 30 burpees and called it a day.
Day 7 was a party day in Cozumel.
We got backed to Naples on
Saturday by 11, way too hot for a run.
On Sunday did a 5 mile run and about a 1.5 mile walk. Got on the scale this morning on Monday,
gained 1.5 lbs. I’ll take that after a
great vacation, any time. So, needless
to say, in my opinion it’s worth it to work out on vacation. Do something different something lighter, but
as the Nike slogan goes, just do it
Back to hurrying up and
waiting. They’re making us get our
luggage and go back through security.
What a complete Mickey Mouse operation.
I should be at my house by now and seeing if my 2 sump pumps were able
to keep the 6 inches of rain out my basement.