Work Outs: May 22 – June 4, 2022 (Pandemic Board Game, Wrestling Show Gargoyle)

I ran across a picture on my old phone picture roll from when I played my first game of Pandemic with some friends, and I thought I’d share it since the game was fun. Pandemic is a cooperative game where the players try to eradicate four diseases pictured at the bottom of the map. The game is lost when the player deck that everyone draws from runs out or if any one color for the little disease cubes (see the unused ones in the jar lids to the right) runs out. So there is both a strong time and resource management aspect to the game.

This is a picture after the four of us won the game.

During the game, each player can take up to four actions and do things like spend a card from their hand to move to the city on the card, remove disease cubes from a city, which represents curing or partially curing an outbreak in a city, and so on. Each player character also has a special role–I played the “Operations Expert.” This specialist can build research centers easier than other players, which are the little white building tokens on the map. These centers are useful because everyone can use them to move around the map more easily by moving from center to center. A big part of winning the game is having the right person at the right place at the right time so anything that can make moving around the world more efficient is a good thing.

I found the game to be fun in that the rules weren’t hard to pick up but there is a lot of strategy and tactics, which makes the game both hard to master and affords a lot of replayability, even without the expansions. One thing about Pandemic, which a lot of cooperative games share, is you have to play it with the right type of players who don’t try and take over other players’ gameplay because they get too wrapped up in beating the game.

So, if you are looking for a fun, cooperative game that isn’t easy to win consider giving Pandemic a try. The game took us about two-and-a-half hours to play with two players (I was one of them) who had never played, one who kind of knew the game, and one veteran.

Sun, May 22nd

We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 1, Episode 3) shortly after waking up. Afterward, I did some stretching and foam rolling work. I also used the balance board for 1:15 minutes.

My IT bands have been tight lately from all of the work they’ve been getting with physical therapy. The foam rolling helps keep them loose and I know a couple of stretches, but I wanted to learn some more so I poked around and found this page, which was helpful. What I found particularly useful was I learned how to stretch the area from a number of different positions instead of just going to the same default one or two that I already know.

I stretched and did some more restorative work in the evening as well.

Calories: 1998, Protein: 102 g.

Some of the gaming bourbons one of my friends brought home from his desert southwest trip.

Mon, May 23rd

  • (Wake-up) We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 1, Episode 4).
  • (Afternoon) Leg Day at the Physical Therapy Office: I warmed up doing dynamic stretching and light calisthenics.
  • (Super Set) Rocker Board Balancing: 2 sets x 1 minute +
    • Calf Stretches (both legs): 2 sets x 30 seconds
  • Monster Walks (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Squats with Resisted Hip Abduction (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • (Super Set) Seated Leg Press: 335 lbs x 2 sets x 15 reps., 350 lbs. x 15 reps +
    • Step up with Knee Raise and Raise 8 lb. Ball (each leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Bird Dips (each leg, down to 12″ box): 2 sets x 10 reps +
  • (Super Set) Standing Hip Abduction (green band, ea. leg): 2 sets x 10 reps +
    • Standing Hip Extension (green band, ea. leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Played toss with a 4 lb. ball for one minute while standing on dyna pads.
  • I finished with some massage, stretching, foam rolling, and electric muscle stimulation.
  • (Evening) I went to wrestling referee training for two hours. I was feeling pretty froggy and ended up doing a little bit of very light wrestling stuff too. I stretched in the evening, as usual, before sleep.

Calories: 2159, Protein: 186 g.

Tues, May 24th

  • (Wake-up) I did the balance board for 1:30 minutes, then the Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, RPMs 75+, Manual Program, Level 7. I bumped up the RPMs to 80+ for the last 6:30 minutes. Afterward, I did some stretching.
  • (Afternoon Workout) I warmed up with some light sets with the weights, dynamic stretching, and indian club work.
  • (Super Set) Arnold Press: 20 lbs. x 5 sets x 15 reps +
    • Set #1: TKD Low Block (each arm) x 20 reps
    • Set #2: 1 lb. Indian Clubs x One Minute
    • Set #3: Dead Bugs (2-ct) x 30 reps
    • Set #4: Chest Press from Horse Stance (10 lb. mace) x 20 reps
    • Set #5: Joust (10 lb. mace) x 20 reps
  • (Super Set) DB Bench Press (no feet): 25 lbs. x 3 sets x 15 reps, 30 lbs. x 13, 10 reps +
    • Set #1: TKD High Block (each arm) x 20 reps
    • Set #2: 2 lb. Indian Clubs x One Minute
    • Set #3: DB Lateral Raises x 12 lbs. x 15 reps
    • Set #4: Crunches x 20 reps
    • Set #5: Incline Push-up to Elbow Plank (4-ct) x 15 reps
  • Heavy Spring Bar (pronated grip) x 8 reps
  • I did some stretching after the workout.
  • (Evening) I went to referee training for 2.5 hours. Wasn’t feeling quite as froggy today but I learned a lot.

Calories: 2000, Protein: 147 g.

Wed, May 25th

  • (Afternoon) Back Day at the Physical Therapy Office. I warmed up using their arm cycle machine. Also, I’m feeling pretty sore today all over so I eased back a point or two on the weights and band strength today, especially since I have a wrestling show I have to go to tomorrow.
  • (Super Set) One-Handed Standing Rows (each arm, cables): 2 sets x 17 lbs. x 15 reps +
    • One-Handed Pulldowns (each arm, cable): 2 sets x 17 lbs. x 15 reps
  • Bilateral External Shoulder Rotation (green band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • Cheerleaders (green band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Prone “M’s”: 2 sets x 15 reps +
    • Prone “T’s”: 2 sets x 15 reps
  • One-Handed Bent Over Row (each side): 10 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Standing Rows (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps +
    • Shoulder Extensions (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • We ended with some stretching, ultrasound, and heat with electric muscle stimulation. I also stretched again later in the evening.

Calories: 2190, Protein: 126 g.

Thur, May 26th

I helped with set up and teardown for a wrestling show in San Jose, California. I also helped with security, etc. during the show. The picture below is taken before the show began while people were still coming in. This is an outdoor event in the parking area at a beer brewery where they bring in a bunch of food trucks and (of course) beer.

People can come to the show for free. I’ve done a couple of these now and both times, like in the picture above which I took right before the first match, there are maybe a hundred people. But once things get going the crowd tends to grow very large to where the whole parking lot is full with a lot more people. Things get fun too as the beer flows though people are well-behaved. People bring their kids too and set up beanbag games and the like. After the matches, we let people in the ring so they can have their pictures taken with a few of the wrestlers. So it’s a good time and traditionally is a popular outdoor event.

Calories: 2471, Protein: 150 g.

Fri, May 27th

Took a rest day other than a little stretching.

Calories: 2003, Protein: 123 g.

Sat, May 28th

Another rest day.

Calories: 1997, Protein: 110 g.

I lost 0.375 lbs. this week. My total loss is 20 lbs. over fifteen weeks for an average of 1.33 lbs/week. My calorie intake for the week was 14,818.

Sun, May 29th

We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 1, Episode 5) shortly after waking up. I stretched some in the evening as well.

Calories: 2012, Protein: 108 g.

The picture below comes from the wrestling show on the 26th. We had finished tearing down and ring and such and were getting ready to leave. I overheard one of the luchadores ask, “What do you call that in English?” and he was pointing up. I looked up and to my surprise there was a gargoyle!

Took this picture when it was dark out.

I was pretty surprised because I had helped out before at this venue and never noticed them before. It also made me smile because last year I had been on quite a gargoyle kick when I was editing The Lost Librarian’s Grave and was pretty much interested in all things gargoyle-related. Maybe more like obsessed as these four worthy gargoyles (see picture below) in my then-growing collection could attest.*

Not the greatest picture but I think it illustrates the depth of my then mania concerning gargoyles.

Mon, May 30th

I followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 2, Episode 1) shortly after waking up. Then I balanced on the rocker board with my feet together to make things slightly harder for one minute in both directions. Then I did two sets of one-leg balancing for 15 seconds (side-to-side) with each foot. I finished with some stretching and foam rolling.

I did two hours of very basic wrestling training for two hours in the evening.

Calories: 1988, Protein: 135 g.

Tues, May 31st

(Wake-up) I balanced on the rocker board for two minutes, then I did the Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, RPMs 70+, Manual Program, Level 5. Afterward, I did a little stretching.

(Afternoon) Leg Day at the Physical Therapy Office: I warmed up with dynamic stretching and light movement.

  • (Super Set) Rocker Board Balancing (feet together to make it harder): 2 sets x 1 minute +
    • Calf Stretches (both legs): 2 sets x 30 seconds
  • Monster Walks (blue band, forward and backward): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Played toss with a 6 lb. ball for one minute while standing on dyna pads.
  • Step up with Knee Raise and Raise 6 lb. Ball (each leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Squats with Resisted Hip Abduction (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Seated Leg Press: 335 lbs x 3 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Standing Hip Abduction (blue band, ea. leg): 2 sets x 10 reps +
    • Standing Hip Extension (blue band, ea. leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
  • I finished with some stretching, foam rolling, heat, and electric muscle stimulation. The therapist also did some ultrasound therapy on my knee.

(Evening) I went to wrestling school for two hours, though it was a light day for me because I was nursing a mild neck and back injury from Monday where I accidentally and single-handedly spiked my head into the mat. Not exactly my finest moment, lol.

Calories: 2007, Protein: 126 g.

Wed, June 1st

(Afternoon) I followed “Restorative Hip Stretch” by Naya Rappaport, and then streched some on my own. The session lasted for about 30 minutes.

Back Day at the Physical Therapy Office. I warmed up by doing some dynamic stretching and light calisthenics. Today I concentrated more on keeping my shoulders down and my shoulderblades pulled together for many of the exercises, which I’ve been getting lax at lately. I had some ultrasound work done on my neck and back before I did the exercises.

  • One-Handed Standing Rows (each arm, cables): 2 sets x 17 lbs. x 15 reps +
  • One-Handed Pulldowns (each arm, cable): 2 sets x 17 lbs. x 15 reps
  • Bilateral External Shoulder Rotation (blue band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • Cheerleaders (pink band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Prone “M’s”: 2 sets x 15 reps +
    • Prone “T’s”: 2 sets x 15 reps
  • Seated Alternating DB Overhead Front Raises: 2 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
  • One-Handed Bent Over Row (each side): 10 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Standing Rows (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps +
    • Shoulder Extensions (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
  • We ended with some stretching, and heat with electric muscle stimulation.

Calories: 3013, Protein: 149 g.

Thur, June 2nd

Today was a rest day other than some stretching.

Calories: 1995, Protein: 129 g.

Fri, June 3rd

(Wake-up) We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 4, Episode 5). I also stood on the balance board for one minute both before and after Jack Lalane.

  • (Afternoon Workout) I warmed up with some lighter sets with the weights, dynamic stretching, and indian club work.
  • (Super Set) Arnold Press: 20 lbs. x 5 sets x 15 reps +
    • Set #1: TKD Low Block (each arm): 20 reps
    • Set #2: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 31 reps
    • Set #3: Face Pulls: 15 lbs. x 15 reps
    • Set #4: Chest Press from Horse Stance (10 lb. mace) x 30 reps
    • Set #5: Joust (10 lb. mace) x 30 reps
  • (Super Set) Incline Push-ups*: (Bench) x 7 reps, (Bench & Step Platform + 4th Cellar Step) x 2 sets x 4+4 reps, Bench & Step Platform Negatives: 2 sets x 4 reps +
    • Set #1: TKD High Block (each arm): 20 reps
    • Set #2: Internal Rotation with Shoulder Abduction (orange band, ea. arm): 15 reps
    • Set #3: DB Lateral Raises: 2 lbs. x 15 reps
    • Set #4: Crunches: 30 reps
    • Set #5: Reverse One-Handed Tricep Pushdowns (each arm, cable): 10 lbs. x 15 reps

Calories: 1997, Protein: 105 g.

Sat, June 4th

Another rest day.

Calories: 2000, Protein: 122 g.

I lost 1.5 lbs. this week. My total loss is 21.5 lbs. over sixteen weeks for an average of 1.34 lbs/week. My calorie intake for the week was 15,013.


* These days it is camels as my next post will show.

17 thoughts on “Work Outs: May 22 – June 4, 2022 (Pandemic Board Game, Wrestling Show Gargoyle)

  1. I’m glad that you enjoyed playing Pandemic! It was quite a phenomenon when it come out out so I’m not surprised to hear you had fun with it. I’m glad to see the outdoor wrestling is still going strong too. It is surprisingly 98 or 99 outside as I write this and I can only imagine how challenging wrestling or refereeing would be in that kind of weather!

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    • Thank you, I do vaguely remember everyone talking about the game years ago though at the time my circle of gamer friends were people mostly into D&D so I didn’t get a chance to play it then.

      This is indeed the beginning of the season for outdoor wrestling for us. We had a small outdoor show this past Friday but fortunately, the weather cooperated and it was relatively cool. We also have a couple coming up in the beginning of July so we’ll see but San Jose, California does tend to get hot in the summer. They aren’t as close to the ocean as Santa Cruz so they don’t get the moderating breezes as much. When I wrestled in the past I did a lot of outdoor shows and sometimes the canvas would get so hot it would be uncomfortable to bare skin. It does add a bit of a challenge, but not nearly as much as setting up and tearing down the ring does in hot weather!

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  2. The game sounds interesting, I’ll tell my daughter who has a passion for board games . The wrestling seemed like a success, as for the Bourbon it’s strangely enough the one alcoholic drink I can’t take πŸ€”πŸ₯΄.

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    • It is a really good game and not hard to pick up the basic rules for either, though like I said not an easy cooperative game, especially on the harder levels.

      Yes, the wrestling show was a success. We usually do very well at that venue and the people seem to enjoy the combination of food trucks, beer, games for the kids, and wrestling. πŸ™‚

      Huh, I don’t drink much but when I do it is almost always a smooth bourbon. I can’t get into the smoky-flavored liquors most of my drinker gaming friends seem to go for.

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    • Yeah, tell me about it, lol. Pretty much an analog to the “Try Hard” who plays super cutthroat in regular games where there are winners and losers when everyone else is trying to play casually. I guess there are some people in the world who just can’t stand the possibility of not winning at games, lol.

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    • Yes indeed, I have John. πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve been having fun lately too. I did think the wrestling show was fun. Looking forward to going back there again. Of the smaller venues we do I think that one is the one I find the most fun.

      Yeah, I thought “Blood of My Enemies” was a good name too; it’d be a good product to export to the Klingon Empire if we ever join the Federation of Planets. I’m glad you liked the gargoyle picture. I used a blue filter on it post-production because I thought it made things stand out better and you are right: it might make for a good book cover someday.

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  3. Good progress on the workouts Ann, sorry to hear about your stinger, and hope that’s all it is. Fun looking game, and wrestling event, please tell me the beer is in plastic cups, incase the heels do their job too well ! LOL

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    • Thanks, Dave. I’m keeping at it and continuing to lose weight and increasing my flexibility while not having my strength go down, which are my goals. Fortunately a stinger is all it was. One of the therapists at PT fixed me up pretty good. She really knows her stuff thankfully for me.

      Yes, the beer is in plastic cups for the most part–the food and drink are sold by a bunch of food trucks that come in and park in a circle around the parking lot. During this last show one of the guys did make the crowd pretty angry. He announced to everyone that if the luchador, who was sponsored by the beer brewery, won the battle royale he’d buy everyone in the crowd a beer. Well, what ended up happening is the wrestler jumped out of the ring between the ropes and spent most of the match hiding under the ring. At the very end when the luchador in question did in fact “win” the wrestler snuck out, jumped in the ring and threw him out thus winning the battle royale himself and denying everyone their free beer.

      As anyone who is a student of the great sport of professional wrestling knows (and as I particularly know since I’m a referee-in-training and former indy wrestler myself) you have to go over the top rope and your feet have to hit the ground outside the ring to be counted out of the BR. There is a bit of a loophole in the rules because there is nothing that says you can’t jump out and hide under the ring. I did consult closely with our head referee and chief referee trainer and they confirmed this.

      Thank goodness at that show I wasn’t having to referee that mess because it got pretty ugly at the end, especially when the luchador and the wrestler started fighting through the crowd.

      So when we go back to the brewery I’m suspecting there are going to be a lot of people unhappy with my friend the wrestler who got out of buying everyone a beer.

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    • Thank you, Azazel, yes we did enjoy Pandemic. I’d definitely play it again for sure. Yeah, the show was fun too, lol. Not much mud but plenty of giant cockroaches though mostly they stuck to their traditional hunting grounds over by the giant yeast overflow tanks attached to the brewery.

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