Posted by: Joe | May 21, 2007

Still in da game

motherfuckers didn’t know I had the skills to last
So feel the wrath, money, ’cause I’m built to last — Maestro

After being on the DL with an unspecified upper-body injury, I went for my first run in 3 weeks this morning. It felt great, but I definitely noticed a difference in my conditioning from before the layoff.

The thing that I’ve noticed about my athleticism since turning 30 isn’t necessary a decline in performance–I’m faster, stronger, leaner and have better endurance right now than I’ve ever had. There’s no question I’m in the best physical condition of my life. The 2 main differences from now to five years ago are:

1) recovery time — nagging injuries that I could have shrugged off or worked through in the past don’t just go away anymore. Small muscle strains and common joint injuries take longer to get over.

2) speed with which I lose conditioning — granted, it comes back nearly as quickly as it goes, but even taking just a couple weeks off makes a difference that is very noticeable.

If I drank beer, it’d be time for a Carlsberg.

However, neither of those points mean “toning down” training. I leave *nothing* on the gym floor when I’m there. I just have to be a little smarter about it. One of the things I need to work on is flexibility, so I’m going to start some yoga. “Hot yoga” has always intrigued me–I love getting a good sweat going. It drives me crazy when they crank up the AC at the gym.

Oh, and not getting punched in the face. That’s the other thing I need to work on.



  1. Now your North of 30 you need to combine boxing with something cerebral like Chessboxing:


  2. I’ve mentioned Chessboxing to Igor before — he didn’t seem too enthusiastic about taking me on.

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