Kettlebell snatch, back squat…

Today I got up at 5:00 AM and taught four classes finishing at 1:00 PM. I worked out with my 7:30 class (of two people). We did:

8 kettlebell snatch (I used 12 kg)
8 weighted lunge steps with the kettlebell racked
8 ring push-ups (my rings were 8″ above the floor)
AMRAP 8 minutes. I got 5 rounds + 22 reps.
Immediately after the 8 minutes was up, we ran 400m just for fun.

Between 8:30 and 9:30, I back squatted up to 3 sets of 5 at 155. It was hard; but it felt better and more stable than the 135 last week. On the other hand, my right knee is achy and my hips are achy.

I felt fine health-wise during all this. I had also run 400m as part of my 6:30 AM class’s warm-up. My lungs seem back to normal. I have almost no cough; when I do cough, it’s more of a throat-clearing. So I was diagnosed with pneumonia on Jan. 21 and feel all-clear on Feb. 12: a four-week recovery after diagnosis. I was diagnosed on the sixth day that I was sick, so if you count that, it’s almost five weeks. I’m slightly less strong lift-wise and slightly more easily winded.

I lost two pounds in January on the Whole30 and was sick for about half the month. I ate a bit less than normal and a bit more carbs than normal. Nothing dramatic. I believe losing two pounds was mostly fat around the waist, because my waistline changed. If I’m less strong, I think it’s from being out of shape from not working out rather than from any dramatic damage to my system or major loss of muscle mass/wasting. I lost whatever muscle mass one would lose when sedentary for three weeks even if not sick, I think.

I got sick because of an acute stress related to the gym. I’m slightly more optimistic now, but I have a lot of anxiety. I feel like the wasted energy of anxiety is part of what has made me lift less and work less hard on WODs. I have anxiety when I have to wake up early, anxiety while planning my classes, anxiety about whether I am running my classes professionally enough… there’s really nothing one can’t be anxious about once you get the ball rolling. I need to get it to stop.