Working out and training during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

I hit my neighborhood gym after work on Friday for a workout, but since then have decided to not venture out to public gyms for the foreseeable future.

Paddling Buddy Dave and I paddled for a 14 mile training workout on Saturday. I’m glad we did.

But for now, I’m going to closely monitor the coronavirus situation and stay as close to home as possible for a while.

I don’t want to be one of the unfortunate people who contracts coronavirus and then spreads it to others before any symptoms even appear. I’m taking this public health crisis very seriously and I encourage you to do the same.

Steps I’m taking:

  1. I’m dusting the cobwebs off my home gym in the basement and plan to do my workouts at home for a while.

    A glimpse at my rudimentary home gym. It will have to do for a while.

    2. I’m limiting trips for me and my family to any public spaces.
    3. I am not cancelling or putting my membership to my big box gym on hold, even though it might be a couple months until I go back. I feel this is at least one small thing I can do to help keep to economy running.
    4. I plan on focusing more on my diet and nutrition. If ever there was a time to eat right and eat less, this is it.
    5. I still plan on kayaking. It is almost exclusively a solo sport for me and my training provides me mental tranquility and provides me the bulk of my cardio activity to help remain strong and healthy.
    6. As much as I hate to say this, I’m preparing for the unlikely event of civil unrest. We don’t know what is going to happen, but I think it is prudent to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
    7. I plan on taking more bike rides.
    8. Projects around the house that I’ve been putting off are now on the top of the list. My garage is already starting to look a lot cleaner after just a little work in it this afternoon.
    9. All planned events and races on my schedule are on hold. I will not get upset if organizers cancel events and I will not ask for any refunds.
    10. I’m going to hold my family close and do everything I can to make sure they are safe and adhere to health recommendations.

We are living in uncertain days.

My personal feeling is that by the time we got news of what was happening in China a few short months ago, the genie was already out of the bottle and it was too late to stop the global spread of the virus. That is a simple fact of international travel.

I will hold in contempt all those who try to make this political in any way or who try to profit or score cheap political points from this public health crisis. This is bigger than any party or government, so just knock it off. Face the reality this is a global pandemic and we must all pull together and support each other through it.

Please leave a comment below to let me know how you plan to cope with the situation and things you can share with others that might be helpful.

Be healthy and stay safe.


…and not a bad workout tonight for my first basement gym workout in a long while. I guess what I lack in weight I’ll make up in volume. Probably a good change in training anyway. I also don’t miss commuting to the gym.


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