During the time off I did no organized exercise. Up north I considered staying warm as exercise as the 5 degree temps freezer burned my exposed skin. I did do a lot of walking around on several days so I was somewhat active.
The cramped plane rides and cold weather did nothing to make my right knee/hip/IT band feel any better. I was doing a lot of limping around. A few days after getting back to Florida I developed a pretty nasty cold that I assume started incubating during the trip. That cold kept me out of work until yesterday and I still am very symptomatic.
Despite still feeling worn out and sniffling I had to get back to the gym today so I could start the long road back just to get back to where I was health/strength/endurance-wise six weeks ago. I did a very different type of workout where every set of exercise was different, doing movements that hit chest, back, shoulders, triceps, and biceps either two or three times. In total I think I did 15 different exercises and no, I’m not going to recant them all below.
It also felt good to resume my pre-workout stretching routine which is something I think my body was sorely missing.