Hey! You! Listen to The Coach, stay the hell home! You don't want COVID-19.
Great, now that we have gotten that out of the way, if I'm a little grumpy I'm trying to remove 500 calories a day out of my daily diet because I am home and can't workout. I will be dusting off the Bowflex home gym today.
It's all because I got a lesson in Social Distancing.
I workout at Pompano Beach Airpark
. It is a 4.5 mile outdoor loop around an airport and a golf course here in South Florida. It has benches and three water stops. Flat as a pancake even if they did put speed bumps on the trail itself for the blind.
Whoever made that decision, needs to have a talking to. The speed bumps at the .6 mile marker (1 KM West of the southern start of the loop) are enough to make an elite inline skater fall down.
Can you file them down a bit, they're excessive!
Never the less, I have a complicated set of maneuvers that give me a 14 mile workout
without ever hitting a street or that particular speed bump. There are people Skating, as well as Bikers, Runners, Walkers, and people out strolling to enjoy the setting.
I have been going there for a year and a half and it shows. I'm in markedly better physical
condition than the average person in the US at my age group. A workout is 1700 to 2200 calories, generally twice a week.
The last time I went there, I went specifically to ask the question "Is it safe to continue skating".
The answer is a resounding NO. Emphatically.
First, about half of the people normally working out are staying away. I have a few people I know well and all of them were gone. The Canadians are heading back North, and the locals are skipping it too.
Second, that Golf Course? Easily half of the old duffers were missing. The line for a Golf Cart was gone, there was nobody sitting on the bench that I use at mid workout. Even the Pro Shop was idle.
Finally, the parking lot was down by about 2/3.
While we all make decisions that effect ourselves, the decision to employ Social Distancing effects others as well. If you have COVID-19, it does not pass it to someone if you aren't there to do that deed. Also you can't pick it up if you aren't drinking from a contaminated water fountain or sitting on a contaminated park bench.
I'm done for the duration. The skates will all be "refurbished" for the next workout, hopefully sooner than later.
But, Stay Home
Walk your dogs longer. Go out before dawn and get some exercise when nobody else is awake. There were a few people still out but this morning's one mile walk was completely alone and I live in the middle of a populated area.
Your health will thank you.
If you are an outdoor workout person, I did think that you can do it safely if you do a few things.
- Bring what you need to keep yourself safe. Sanitizer and a mask are helpful if you have enough.
- Obviously - Social Distancing - Stay away from others. If someone coughs and you run through it, you're exposed.
- Don't touch anything or anyone.
- Don't use the facilities.
- Don't drink the water, bring your own and bring extra.
- Don't use the benches unless they are in full sun and consider wiping them down with full strength rubbing alcohol or other sanitizers.
Don't fall. That's just good for any other normal day. Falling hurts.
Maybe this autumn I will see you all again but for now, I'm looking for my skate box. I have bearings to tear down and re-lube.