So, for a while I was posting frequently about my progress for workouts as I trained for the Wichita Highland Games being held at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival. Â This was a really big thing for me – I had been really looking forward to doing it. Â I’ve competed once, having no idea what I was going to be doing, Â This time, however, I knew what I was it felt like to do the games, where I needed to gain strength, etc.
Along the way, I hurt my shoulder. Â I did a double whammy – I was running, stepped in a hole, and did a fantastic flying rollÂ (seriously, I wish I had that on video), took two steps while still moving at a pretty good clip, then promptly face-planted (that part I would have edited out.) Â Then, later that day, was hanging from the chinup bar, my shoulders fully extended, doing some ab stuff. Â My shoulder popped.
Now, I’ve already got a messed up left shoulder that’s had surgery many years ago. Â I just falls out of socket semi-randomly (actually, I built up enough muscle mass on the last run of workouts I haven’t had it fall out of socket in quite a while.) Â No biggie, but there’s certain things I’m careful about. Â My right shoulder, unfortunately, feels a lot like it.
I limped along a bit on my workouts, trying to find ways of working around it for some of the range of motion issues I was having. Â For the most part, I did OK. Â But, slowly, things seemed to be getting worse.
At this time, I’m having a problem with reaching out and grabbing things that are at arms length – I get a nice stabbing pain in my right shoulder. Â Most of the time, I manage to sort of hide that there’s a problem, and try not to admit it’s gotten worse. Â And, well, there’s various range of motion stuff that just doesn’t work right. Â On top of that, there’s a nice “pop” that feels a bit like how my left shoulder doesn’t move through a certain range of motion right (you can actually see my left shoulder pop in and out of socket. Â The first time I showed a sports medicine doctor that, he changed colors and looked a bit ill. Â I’m not kidding.)
I took two weeks off, just to see if swelling went down, things improved, something like that. Â It hasn’t.
Well, crap. Â I’m not going to compete this time. Â I figure I might be able to do it, but if I did it, I’ll destroy the shoulder the rest of the way.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up. Â Instead, I’m extending my timeline.
Something I learned from the left shoulder – after building up a good amount of mass on it, it no longer pops out of socket, and I rarely have issues with it. Â So, I’m going to be crafting a fairly long-term plan for my right shoulder (including consulting a doctor either this week or next), and see about doing similar: rebuilding the muscle around it, and seeing if I can compensate for it’s weaknesses.
The big thing I can’t work very well right now is my chest – that’s part of the problematic area for it’s range of motion issues. Â Oddly, I could continue on to build bigger triceps and biceps without aggravating it – that portion of the range of motion isn’t affected!
For the short term, though, I’m going to switch my workout goal. Â For a little bit, it’s about fulfilling what my post-Highland Games was going to be, just a little early. Â I’m shooting for 6-pack abs. Â Now, this is a temporary thing – to reach that goal, I’ve got to strip A LOT of weight off my center. Â And, even if I get to 6-pack abs, I’m not going to have a perfectly flat stomach – I’ll be a bit more “pro wrestler” sort of stomach at this point in life (and, that’s not a bad thing.) Â Once I achieve it, I’ll probably only have ’em for about 3 or 4 weeks – just long enough to say I’ve had ’em. Â But, the important part is, it means I will have stripped enough fat off of my center that I can look like, well, anything I want to look like at that point. Â Building a muscular frame on top of a body that’s been stripped that far down looks a lot better than having plenty of extra fat sitting on top of 17″ biceps. Â I’ll also continue my arm workouts within the range of motion that I have available for the moment, and what the heck, let’s see if I can reach 18″ (which, for a 5′ 9″ guy is pretty big.)
After 3 – 4 months, and with the help of a doctor I hope, I’ll start working on my chest and back again more heavily (plus, there are some things I can do to help minimize potential damage when I do return to that). Â Basically, now I have a full year to prep for the Wichita Highland Games. Â I want to look at 44 what most guys wish they could look like at 24 😉
In some ways, I consider this a fail. Â I’m not going to finish my goal of competing this year. Â That’s definitely a fail. Â I failed to manage to not injure myself in my workouts.
But, I didn’t fail completely. Â I could have went ahead and competed in the games; it would probably be the last time I ever got to do it, because I’d blow the shoulder out the rest of the way (at the moment I view it as “damaged” not “toast”.) Â That has the potential for an epic fail. Â So, now, I’ve got (roughly) 56 weeks in which to be ready for the 2016 Wichita Highland Games, along with a timeline to working towards my goal of ripping the fat offa’ my body. Â I didn’t give up – I just learned to change the goal. 🙂
So, starting next week, I’ll restart the countdown and photo thing again on Wednesdays. Â And, despite that sense of failure and disappointment at not reaching the goal, I’m hyped about what 2016 would be like. Â I’ve managed to do pretty good for 9 weeks straight, and even had the wisdom to take time off to let my body heal. Â Let’s see what I can do in that 56 weeks 🙂