It has been about exactly 2.5 years since the by-pass surgery, so a little over 3.5 years since I started to notice that things were starting to deteriorate. I was warned that recovery from such surgery could be 2-3 years before getting back to 'normal' - whatever that might be, given I'm also that much older now and lost so much fitness during the lead up to, then the recuperation from, the surgery.
I have been trying my best to regain as much of what I 'lost' as possible, which was a bit of a struggle given the renovations which disrupted not just the outside, but the inside, including my studio. Which still isn't quite back to 'normal' with a few more small jobs needing doing. But those are inside so Doug has been concentrating on getting the outside as finished as any house ever gets.
The AVL sat, neglected, while I dealt with regaining my fitness, dealing with travel to teach, dealing with mom and the aftermath of that, then more teaching, also trying to write a book (currently on hold). But since coming home from ANWG in Victoria, I have managed to complete the conference cloth (aka the Neverending Warp) and put this warp for table runners onto the loom.
The conference warp was woven as tea towel 'blanks', each one taking about 30 minutes to weave. I tried to do three a day to build up my weaving chops on the AVL - which takes more effort, physically.
This warp however is continuous while I use up the Fox Fiber naturally coloured cotton, so I am doing 45 minutes, finishing on a repeat.
Weaving on the AVL for 45 minutes at a time is aerobic for me. Recently I did a rough and ready calculation, and I seem to be weaving about 36 picks per minute including bobbin changing, tail clipping, drink sipping (hydrate!), etc. So my weaving rhythm on this loom with this yarn appears to be in the 40-44 picks per minute range.
And yes, I work up a sweat doing it. The beater is heavy and pushing that thing back and forth on average about 40 times per minute? It's aerobic. I may not be jogging or on the elliptical or treadmill, but if your heart rate increases and you break a sweat? That qualifies for aerobic.
Most of all, it feels incredibly satisfying to see the cloth roll onto the storage roller, the yarn getting used up, and feeling like I'm pretty much as good as I'm going to get, given my age and overall health.