Rolling around my apartment
You’ll be seeing my coach Chad in this blog a lot while we’re on lockdown for two simple reasons: (1) We’re both totally alone, and (2) we both miss doing what we do.
Him: I’m 180 right now.
Me: I’m 155, but I’ve definitely traded muscle for fat. Do you wanna come over and roll? I’m dying to roll. Plus, I’m 99.9% sure that I can’t give you COVID. No promises though.
Him: (thinking) Let’s do it.
Honestly, having the COVID antibodies is maxing out my social card in really unexpected ways. I digress.
He’s easing into actual and virtual privates and cut me an amazeball deal for the first couple of lessons since I’m his first private student post pandemic.
It’s always good to be first.
I went down via the Hudson River Greenway to get him a helmet and sunglasses so he could rent a Citibike.
He’d never done it before. While we were getting his bike, Chad turned around.
Him: Hey, look!
It was an old gym buddy of ours that was just jogging to get a workout in. We chatted for a bit before we headed up to my pad.
It was a beautiful day and he’d never ridden a bike in the city before so I led the way and showed him a few sights too. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.
Him: Man, that was awesome.
Once we got in, we got cleaned up and I laid out the mats. They’re the kid’s mats but he’s not here and we’re pretty desperate.
As soon as they were down, Chad immediately got down on them and started rolling around.
I had to laugh. Like I told him, in a world where bullshit is the norm, the truth is refreshing; he was like a kid in a candy store. He’d not been on a mat in almost two months.
Me: You’re like Aquaman back in the water for the first time in months.
Him: (rolling upside-down) Oh man, this feels so good.
We rolled for only a little bit; maybe just over an hour? My knee was bothering, as usual, and I easily ran out of breath.
Me: While I’m cooking, can you clean the mats? You know what a germaphobe I am.
Him: No problem.
We then devoured two large bowls (each) of pasta. Afterward, I lent him a bike to head back down so he didn’t have to rent another Citibike.
Me: We’ll do this again when the weather’s good?
Him: For sure.
It’s not our normal routine but, it’s something.
I suppose right now, “it’s something,” is a far better than a whole lotta nuthin.
Me: Man, I’m glad we did this; I was gonna be a chubster for sure. Not that anyone would see it.
Him: Yeah, but still, this is great.
Chad Andrew Vaźquez and I have gotten some feedback about our training – from people concerned about our safety and those around us, which we appreciate – and I wanted to address it.
Yes, we understand that my having the antibodies is not dispositive that I’m immune, but it’s a calculated risk and one that the country is currently relying on since a vaccine isn’t ready for at least a year. Yet all states – including NY and CA – are slowly opening again.
In for a penny, in for a pound, I say: Either having the antibodies confers *some* safety, so we open things up carefully, or they don’t, and we stay in lockdown.
Chad and I are picking what the (reasonable) leaders are picking.
Note that he’s *only* actually rolling with me, as I’ve documented antibodies, and offering virtual privates (via video) to others. Neither he nor I are around any high-risk groups and we continue with the standard social distancing protocols out there.
Podcast Version: It’s Something
Location: my empty apartment, which had company for just a bit
Music: Busy doing damage, instead of repairing you and I (Spotify)
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