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DaemonCorax and the rowdy inmate (incubating pt. 4)

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So to give people a break from the Crossfit and lifting videos of pregnant women. Here are a couple references I read. These article highlight that just like everything with pregnancy, climbing pregnant is totally different for everyone. Beth Rodden is a monster in climbing, but she had a very hard time coming back from having a baby. Aimee Roseborrough is shown climbing 9 months pregnant, and honestly at that point I think I'll skip it because it seems so awkward. And I don't want my belayer to give me an assist. Most of these articles talk about the full body harness that I haven't switched to yet, but another article(#3) the mom mentioned she just loosened her normal harness. She also said she never got pumped. Hah. Yep. Everyone is different. It really really depends. Because I'm climbing inside where my belayer can see me from below (and therefore judge if the rope is getting tight for real rather than being caught on something), and where I can choose vertical and overhanging routes, I get to get my workout in, limber things up, without the uncertainty of long multi-pitch routes with poor visibility. I stopped leading around week 15 and stopped bouldering, even indoors, around week 20. My worst days have been days where work and sleep have interfered more than anything else. When I read about the pros, I have to remind myself I don't get 20 hours a week to train.

 

https://rockandice.com/chicks-corner/what-to-expect-when-expecting-rock-climbing-while-pregnant/

 

http://cragmama.com/2013/12/rock-climbing-and-pregnancy-what-changes-to-expect/

 

http://www.magneticnorth.us/journal/2015/12/20/pregnant-athlete-rock-climbing

 

 

Just today I found this blog:

https://www.patchworkandpebbles.com/tag/climbing/

 

(I'm also posting it here so I can't lose it. lol.)

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Oh man. Super grouchy this morning. Yesterday I was in work debugging broken code and lost track of time. Bolted out of the lab because I finally looked at my phone and MFH had been outside with the car for 15-20 minutes. Rude. That kind of off-kilterness totally comes from me feeling over-scheduled though. If I could just get out of bed 15 min earlier!  (this is a sticking point with MFH. I ask for help scooching me out of bed, he's not crazy about it being his responsibility, especially when I'm a grouchy jerk to be around and act resentful about being tired and rushed.) My Tuesday morning workout felt too short though good. I was reasonably on top of drinking water, except in the evening. We went to a friends house for dinner. Then this morning I had to report to the hospital for a shot (I'm 0 negative...*eyeroll*). What should have been quick took over and hour. And we have birth class after work. Between that and managing hydration and demon kicks all day, I really miss sitting down to work on something and focusing only on it. Sigh.

 

No workout today. Not an intentional rest day either. So yeah. Grouchy. Things on the project I'm on right now are a little stuck, so maybe if I sneak a workout this afternoon I'll be in a good mood for evening/food/birth class. *grumble grumble*

 

 

 

 

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Sorry to hear about the grouchy day.  I hope you managed to get that workout in!  And good job staying on top of hydration.  It's a pain, but it's important. 

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No workout. I put on my good headphones and got cranking on another project for work though. Music videos and Matlab make the world a little better sometimes. Or at least less frustrating.

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13 hours ago, Salinger said:

focus is good for when the mind demons are around

 

Yeah the mind demons and the belly demon totally ganged up on me yesterday. I got a little too hungry before grabbing a bite pre-class and that really sunk me. I was teary and dead by the time I met up with MFH for food. I didn't want to go to birth class and be extroverted at all. Fortunately class was calm and quiet and i got to make a pillow nest. In spite of drinking water, I still had a headache at the end and went to bed pretty promptly after we got home. Woke up with said headache this morning, but things went better.

 

Getting me out of bed in the morning has been a lasting challenge. I touched on this a bit a couple of posts ago. I'm tired. I've asked MFH to help me with it, but what form that help needs to take is pretty nebulous. Unlike other things where he has no problem helping me, he doesn't like that I seem to be making him responsible for me getting up on time. And then when we grump at eachother about 15 minuted wasted, I feel trapped and he feels berated (I hope not to much) and resented (yes, in the moment, for sure). But the answer is crushingly simple. If he goes downstairs or into the bathroom for 15 minutes to read the news or whatever, the quiet in the bedroom lets me go back to sleep. If he comes back up from the kitchen with the coffee almost immediately and reads the news in the bedroom, the activity nudges me into sitting up and not falling asleep again. That's all it takes. Once I'm sitting up I'm ok. But before that I sleep through half our alarms.

 

Anyway. Because operation "get the sleepy preggo lady out of bed on time" was a success this morning, we were 15 minutes earlier getting out the door. The gym felt less rushed. We didn't bicker at eachother in the car, and I wasn't grouchy. I was still tired. My blood pressure felt low through the whole workout, so again I found myself pausing in the middle of my deadlifts to check in. But it was a solid day.

 

Climbed 5-ish routes + the crack. The 5th route I came off on a move I just couldn't do. There was a big volume hold the size of a large backpack and I just couldn't get around it. My belly put my weight in the wrong place to get to the next hold and it was just weird. The previous route had a lot of changing corners kinds of motion and getting my feet under my weight was challenging there too, but I did it. It usually involved just pinching the heck out of a handhold to lock my torso in above my feet. Pulling with my toes to transfer weight side to side is harder. I heel-hooked twice in this morning to suck my hips toward something that wouldn't have been a challenge 22-22 lbs ago. Anyway. I felt tired between routes but the routes themselves were fine. Everything was 5.9+ to 5.10+.

 

Squat 120 3x5

Deadlift 180 x5

OHP 45 3x5 - this is new. I've been cautious about lifting weight above my head, but there's this spot below my shoulder blades that hurts in the evenings, so I'm going to try to help them out.

Tried an assisted pull-up. Hah. The jerk at the beginning of the motion made my upper abs/diaphragm area very unhappy so I killed that idea. Need to try this more gently at home with one foot on a chair I think. I've been slacking on this particular motion.

Rode to work 2.5 mi. Warm and windy in a favorable direction. I drank almost 32 ox of water at the gym, and made myself some miso soup when I got to work. So THAT's going ok.

Tomorrow I might hit the gym again solo. I SHOULD come up with a workout that doesn't involve deadlifts. Will post things here.

 

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Spitballing ideas for a non-climbing gym workout for tomorrow:

 

Circuits where I don't get time to breathe aren't necessarily my friend right now, but I don't want to waste limited time and they always seem like an easy way to organize things.

Upper abs and diaphragm need some love. I want to walk back into doing strict pull-ups again in a few months.

 

Possible exercises:

1. front squats - maybe 65-75 3x8

2. barbell rows - maybe 75-85 3x5

3. overhead press - maybe 45-55 3x5 being careful here Did this today. Will save for deadlift day.

4. monkey taps

5. push-ups on a box for belly clearance

6. hammer curls - probably 20-25 3x8 each side

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7. inverted rows or assisted pull-ups I do these most deadlift days too

8. Some sort of core-ish planky birddog thing to stretch me gently

9. Dumbbell bench press - maybe 30-40 in each hand 3x8

 

I think I'll try:

Either start with 10 min on the rowing machine or a series of yoga-y things to warm up.

Circuit of monkey taps, push-ups, and core thing 3x10

Circuit of front squats, hammer curls, and dumbell press at 3x8

Do barbell rows last and go heavy.

 

I haven't done a dumbbell or barbell bench press in a while, but the dumbbells are good for form and easier to bail from if I need to. And yes, pregnant women need to be careful on their backs, so I'll see how this feels.

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On 2/12/2019 at 7:10 PM, Rurik Harrgath said:

mad ascension skills

 

Mad could mean so many things right now. Lol. Non-climbers in my life think I'm crazy. Climbers get it that it's not such a big deal by and large. I'm basically climbing half a grade easier than I was pre-pregnancy for shorter periods of time. I'm hoping to crush out harder stuff once my body recovers from the end process of all this. Even if birth goes badly, I'm clinging to the idea that exercise makes me happy and will never make me worse prepared for whatever is to come.

 

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7 hours ago, DaemonCorax said:

But it was a solid day.

 

Sounds like a good day!  Your circuit plans sound good.  I hope it works for you!

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Logging as I go:

 

Did some yoga to see how things were feeling

Monkey taps 3x10, push-ups 3x10, side planks 20s per side made up the first circuit

Did some front squats w the bar then:

Front squat 65 3x5 and hammer curls 20 per hand 3x8 were the second circuit

 

OHP 45 3x5

Barbell row 75 3x5 - this went well. And then I watch a big dude due them with THE WORST form.

Inverted rows 3x5 - I dropped the rings lower for more difficulty. For some reason.

3 dead hangs with scap engagement for 20 sec each

 

My push ups were demoralizing with my hands a few inches up on a platform to clear my belly. I could do 2-4 before caving and using my knees. This position is much lower than the benches I've been using for my hands. I didn't do dumbbell press because the pushing motion didn't feel as stable as I wanted. OHP was subbed in because I know I can do it and needed a morale boost.

 

Ugh. Found my weak spots.

 

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Disclaimer: My abs look nothing like this now.

Like stitch a soccer ball under some abs and you might be close.

My obliques are killin' it though. They have to be.

 

 

Now I am very tired. Like workout tired. But very. But the data acquisition hasn't crashed yet at work. So I'm checking in with my project and going home. And see my cat. And drink water.

 

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Great workout!  I can understand how pushups would be problematic.  Identifying weak spots is good because now you can work on them.  You couldn't do that if you didn't know what they were.

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Oh man. I did a thing. As I said at the beginning of this challenge, the Thor analogy only goes so far. Working out 4 days in a row was..... in hindsight.... ambitious.

 

(Thursday was climbing gym + heavy weights, Friday was weights, mostly shoulders)

Saturday I went for a hike. I was going to ramble my way up Green Mtn via a side route that I used years ago. I forgot the side route adds 1.2 miles. Heh. I stopped at the top Gragory Canyon when it looked like weather was coming in and the temp dropped about 5-10 degrees. Popping back into civilization 1/2 mi from teh car, it started snowing. So so pretty. So the hike ended up being 4.6 mi, 1300 ft elevation change (1000 in the 1.2 mi up Gregory Canyon). It was a great hike that felt like two: the middle of the canyon was bone dry rock. Everything above and below it was packed ice. Microspikes for the win. The high school students heading up the main trail and I was walking down were literally sliding backwards.

If I had gone to the top of the mtn it would have been 7 mi round trip. Next time I may start from the base of the canyon for 5 mi round trip with a summit. I was trying to save energy for people coming over. We had a pile of friends come help with our basement climbing project. I wasn't super useful, because tired, but I cooked for everyone, so there's that.

 

Saving energy..... yeah. So Sunday we went skiing after a big breakfast. It was the same road/trail as last week, but with much more snow and about 20 degrees colder (8 to 15 F roughly). It was awesome. 1.2 mi of it had only had a few skiers on it and nothing else. #thisiswhywehaveedges. We turned around early for a tad under 6 mi roundtrip (and about 800-1000 ft of elevation change) instead of 7. At the beginning of the route I was getting hot in my jacket, and my shoulders were stiff and my stride was short. I warmed up, removed jacket, and got into a great rhythm. Then I went from totally fine to way too hungry in no time flat around the 2.9-3.0 mi mark. Cheese, nutella, miso soup, and warm jacket were deployed. On the descent back to the car I noted that I'm a way way better skier that I was last year or the beginning of this year! I only crashed once - because there's a jump on the trail! Otherwise things were smooth and controlled in spite of my exhaustion. Heading home in the car I tanked. MFH had to work on a friends car, so he parked me at the house with blanket, toast and Netflix. I was dead all evening. The hydration wasn't bad, but I was so tired I could barely walk up the stairs.

 

So my activities were great but the aftermath is rough. I feel pulled between enjoying the workouts and being dead afterwards. Today I'm ok. I got sleep. And food. (Although I was hungry at 4 am.) Documentation that says you only need 300-450 cal for a growing fetus say NOTHING about the fatigue. 7 months ago I would work, ride my bike 17 mi, and then be ready to climb the next morning. These days my core is so tired and my ligaments get pulled so much that riding the 8.5 to work one way is less and less enticing. It really throws me for a loop. I hope my energy comes back this summer. Holy cow.

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Cool- green mountain!

I climbed that last year!... I went the ampitheatre /Saddle rock way, (from the institute)

 

so I see that you attempted to go the longer ways. its a heck of a hike!

 

I LOVE how active you are!  your totally working out the weekends.  & you wonder why your in the leaderboard!?  heck, its really hard to catch up to you

:respect

 

anyways selfcare,  & patience concerning the fatigue.  we all have limits.

 

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6 minutes ago, TGP said:

the ampitheatre /Saddle rock way,

 

 

Yeah, saddle rock is great, but it has a metal ladder on it. I wasn't interested in doing that in microspikes. And Gregory canyon has a great sunny rocky section.

 

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This is the second, smaller rock section. The stuff far right is the part that was dry.

The lower rock section is all cut from one big slab and was wonderfully sunny.

Photo not my own.

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well, yeah.

I did this walk in May.  to do it NOW is .... Epic.

 

and 

 I loved the ladder.  I'm from the East!  who ever heard of a trail So steep you had to go up ladders!?   Well, maybe it happens other places, it does NOT happen in Northwest Pennsylvania.

 

I'll have to look up microspikes. I haven't heard of them.

 

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All the trail runners were wearing them Saturday. That was telling. Usually they stick to Yaktrax, which are more comfortable below a running shoe (or approach shoe in my case) sole, but not as aggressively bitey.

 

Also, you want steep on the east coast? Go hike the Carters and Wildcats in Connecticut/NH. Steep! You'll be right by Mt Washington, so you might as well hike that too :) (Seriously, the hike up Mt Washington as you cross treeline is surreal and beautiful.)

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Just been reading through, and I've got to say it's seriously impressive to see the grades you're climbing and all of the activity you're doing. A challenge worthy of Thor indeed.

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I’m so jelly here.  Not like I’m even close to being in good shape, but when preggers, exercise made me have contractions.  Braxton hicks, but still very uncomfortable.  I bet you’ll rock the birthing process.

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Sleep is the magic ingredient and I need more of it. Had a bit of a meltdown when I got home last night after seeing my therapist (This was my second appt back. I'm trying to see her every couple weeks for a little while.) Just. So. Tired. No exercise Monday. Today I went to work a little late and am leaving a little early so that I can gym+cook stew+sleep.

 

Need. Moar. Sleep.

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6 minutes ago, DaemonCorax said:

Sleep is the magic ingredient and I need more of it. Had a bit of a meltdown when I got home last night after seeing my therapist (This was my second appt back. I'm trying to see her every couple weeks for a little while.) Just. So. Tired. No exercise Monday. Today I went to work a little late and am leaving a little early so that I can gym+cook stew+sleep.

 

Need. Moar. Sleep.

 

Try to keep relaxed, i know how hard therapy can be. Keep talking to us, we are here for you :) Gym, cook, stew, sleep sounds great x

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Epic weekend!  I'm not surprised your Monday was rough.  I'm very confident that you capacities will bounce back after you offload the passenger.  Keep the faith; you're doing great!

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