Day 11, or maybe it’s day 12, of isolation in Catalunya, and the Covid-19 figures are pretty terrifying, like a bad sci-fi movie.
As a family, we are lucky with our set-up. It’s like we live here ready for something like this to happen. Basically the middle of nowhere, lots of outside space all within limits and no one to be seen for miles around. So, no complaining here, but there are restrictions in place so popping out for a run is off limits. So, what does a person like me, ‘mildly’ obsessed with the great outdoors and sport do?
Days started off strange, settling into a routine that is new and with no end in sight as the restrictions get extended. If I need to leave the house it is only for food or the pharmacy, with paperwork to show the police where you are going if they pull you over. Everything is patrolled. I have left the house once in 14 days.
Convincing children that this isn’t a holiday and home-schooling is the new norm, I found myself pretty tired by the end of the day. Then the added stress of my dad getting Covid-19, it’s not been a pretty 10 days. I told myself that sport wasn’t top priority. But looking back over the past few weeks it’s been my saviour, which is also turning into a mini experiment.
I joined my friend Bex on a morning Zwift group ride. Something totally new to me, I had no idea how much more enjoyable it makes the home trainer. I used to use Zwift as a time-poor effort, where I simply spun around roads on the main loaded route. Now I am smashing it out each morning with a bunch of people and occasionally riding along-side Bex, which is oddly comforting in these weird times.
I can totally recommend the TBR get Fried Fenced Sprint. A lover of climbing, I wasn’t sure when Bex said this was the plan for Tuesday, but it was insanely good. Who knew a mountain goat could sprint? The group is guided by K.ingofSwim TBR and he gives off such a good vibe and energy I actually find myself joining in with a bit of a chat while we recover from the efforts. I wouldn’t have dreamed of it before. But King, whoever you are, you make it fun, relaxed and friendly, so thank you!
I have also decided that I should put resistance training into practice and hopefully this can become a habit once all this is over. I have started out with a bit everyday followed by a short yoga session (yogeur.co) to see how my body copes. I will either come out of this as a lean, mean biking machine, that can hopefully transfer back into running and not have forgotten how to swim, or someone in desperate need of a rest. But whatever happens I will have sport to thank as playing a part in making this strange period of our lives a bit more liveable.