A Normal Delivery Driving Day and Bodyweight Push Ups

Arrived at the depot for 6.45am. 108 deliveries and collections, with 175 parcels handled.

Left the depot at 5:45pm, 11hr day, bosh.

Finally the snow backlogged parcels are no more, a normal delivery day at last this week.

Got home, food prepped and decided not to do any weight lifting again, will do some Barbell Squats at the weekend, but today just did some push ups.

25 x bodyweight push ups x 4 sets.

Chest was nice and pumped after these haha.

Shit, what to do with these extra few hours this evening, not used to this.

Think a bit of reading of one of the new books I’ve just got on the history of my club Manchester United, followed by some more footy on TV me thinks.

Until next time…

WeeMike

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Busiest Delivery Day of the Year and Bodyweight Chin Ups

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 118 deliveries and collections, with 232 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6:45pm, 12hr day, meh.

I must’ve jinxed myself yesterday saying that it was the end of the snow backlog, because upon arrival at the depot this morning, we were faced with another load of parcels from the weekend.

By far my busiest day parcelwise of the year so far, nearly matched my Christmas deliveries.

Anyway, home food prepped and didn’t feel up to weight lifting so literally did one set of 15 x bodyweight chin ups.

I think my max from a few years ago is 17, so getting 15 is pretty good and I felt I probably could’ve squeezed a couple more out, but I like to get my chin well over the bar, so 15 is good enough for today.

Fingers crossed tomorrow doesn’t bring any more backlogged parcels, I could do with a normal day this week, only worked 37 hours in 3 days pmsl.

Until next time…

WeeMike

All Work and Snow Play

Wowzers, the last few days have been so bloody busy due to the snow last week.

Friday was a whiteout. My route was cancelled, which I thought meant I got a day at home, alas, that was not the case. I went out for a few hours and did a local route, so at least I earned something for the day.

But due to the snow, Saturday was also cancelled so I worked Sunday to try and catch up a little, but that didn’t really go to plan as a few of the trailers had got stuck in snow and couldn’t even get to the depot.

So yesterday was manic, as was today.

Yesterday I arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 105 deliveries and collections, with 235 parcels handled. Left the depot at 7:45pm. 13hr day, feck me.

The route was spread out everywhere and lots of parcels that weren’t delivered on Friday.

No weightlifting as I was well knackered when I got home last night.

Today I arrived at the depot for 6:45am again. 108 deliveries and collections today, with 205 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6:45pm, 12hr day, meh.

After thinking I’d cleared the backlog yesterday when I arrived today I was informed that another half a trailer load from last week had arrived and so it was manic again today.

Hey ho, my route should definitely be caught up by now, I hope anyway pmsl.

Again no weightlifting when I got home, just feeling mentally exhausted from today and yesterday. But I’m already getting itchy feet and want to do something, so the plan is to definitely do some tomorrow evening.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Delivery Driving in the Snow: Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 93 deliveries and collections, with 163 parcels handled.

Left the depot at 7pm. 12.25hr day, shite.

Today was going to so well. I’d managed to not get the van stuck in any snow or on an ice until about 5pm when I went to do my last delivery.

I decided to go down a steep hill. Slowly. Thinking that I’d gain some momentum to get back up the other side once I got to the bottom. But I didn’t bank on another vehicle being stuck in the lane!

I had to stop and then offered my help in pushing them out, but it didn’t work. So I had to wait for their friend to arrive with a tow rope and watch them pull the vehicle out.

Great I thought, I’ll be up the hill in no time now. Hell no! 45 minutes of trying and only getting about halfway up the hill due to the compacted snow and ice and I was ready to give up and park up in the middle of this hill and walk to the nearest bus stop and go home (only about 5 miles away!).

Alas, I gave it one more go and the van finally got up the hill and gradually climbed the rest of the way with me crossing every finger and toe as it did so.

Anyway, lesson learned, don’t go down steep hills in the snow when you can’t see the other side!

No weightlifting again for me tonight, I’m well knackered and think I’ll drown my sorrows in some new rum I got today…..only 54.5% proof haha

Until next time…

WeeMike

Delivery Driving whilst Freezing my Nuts Off

Arrived at the depot today for 6:45am. 104 deliveries and collections, with 180 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6pm, 11.25hr day.

Man today was freezing. The weather forecast was -6 with a wind chill of -11 and it felt every bloody degree of it. I had my thermals and hat on, but I still felt cold all day.

Even with the van heating on full, I couldn’t get warm very often as I was constantly in and out of the van. A few times during the day I had to drive a few miles to the next delivery, so I made the most of it and drove slower than normal so I could warm up.

Oh well, it is what it is. The snow didn’t settle again today, but the forecast is for worse tomorrow, we’ll see. Either way, I’m wearing an extra layer for sure tomorrow.

No weightlifting tonight. I feel tired and achy in my joints again today. Probably a combination of the chin-ups and overhead presses over the last few days and also being out in the cold all day.

Early to bed methinks.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Delivery Driving in Snow Showers and Barbell Overhead Presses

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 104 deliveries and collections, with 182 parcels handled.

Left the depot at 6pm. 11.25hr day, in the snow, feeling freezing cold all day, bosh.

I should have had another 20 or so drops, but my route was so busy today that the depot took them off me to make sure I finished at a decent time. Well, decent maybe not, but normal time lol.

Today was interesting delivering during the snow showers I had in my area. They were light for most of the day, but a few times it got pretty heavy and made it difficult to see to drive in and also get out of the van and take a parcel to a customer.

None of it really settled, as soon as it hit the ground it melted pretty much. Not that you’d have realised the way some people were complaining about it. But that’s what the stereotypical British person is like, a little snow and the world is coming to an end pmsl.

We are due some heavier snow as the week goes on apparently, so I’ll look forward to that. I don’t mind it myself. If it’s like last time, I’ll still be able to get around my route, albeit slower and having to get the van unstuck a few times most likely, but then I enjoy it, a bit of manual labour in the cold to keep me warm, sweet.

Home, food prepped and weighted lifting tonight consisted of the following:

5 x 52.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

5 x 47.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

10 x 42.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

Whoop, got the 5th and final rep of the 1st set this week. It went up a lot easier than last week, so that’s good. 3rd and final set I was feeling strong so I pushed out 10 reps. Really felt my shoulders burning on the last few reps, nice.

Mmmmm sausages for dinner tonight mmmm.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Weighted Chin Ups

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am today. 96 deliveries and collections, with 162 parcels handled.

Lef the depot at 6:45pm, 12hr day, poop.

Did the depot a favour by doing a 13 mile round trip to pick up a collection which another driver couldn’t fit on his van, during peak traffic too, so it added an hour and a bit to my day.

Hey ho, home now, food prepped for tomorrow and then some weight lifting.

5 x 20kg Weighted Chin Ups

5 x 15kg Weighted Chin Ups

5 x 10kg Weighted Chin Ups

5 x 5kg Weighted Chin Ups

1st set felt well heavy again and again only just managed to get the last rep.

2nd set didn’t feel as heavy as last week, got the 5th rep with something left.

Rest were good. I’ll keep the weight the same until I can do the 5th rep with another rep in the tank, so hopefully another few weeks.

Time to shove some meat down my neck and get some things ready for work tomorrow, the big freeze is on the way and possibly more snow which will make delivering interesting.

I want to make sure I’ve got shovels and a few winter things in the van incase the snow and ice get bad enough I need to dig myself out and the day is prolonged so that at least I’m prepared for it this time, unlike last time.

Until next time…

WeeMike