I swam at Manly on Tuesday and Wednesday and Balmoral on Thursday. Nothing too serious, just a couple of km’s with my snorkel and flippers. On Friday backed up at Manly, swimming to Shelly Beach and back, head down looking at the fish on a scorchingly hot day. I may be overdoing it as the pain in my neck and spasm in my hand, is coming back. In the first few days after the spinal block, the pain abated and I felt really good, but now it’s as bad as ever. A sure sign is how difficult it is to get out of bed in the morning. It’s suddenly hard again. Even though I’m using a snorkel it seems to be irritating the nerves in my arm. I was really weary on Friday night after a busy week at work, but struggled down to Balmoral for the extraordinary general meeting to elect the new life members at the club. Terrific evening although I was really sore.
I surprised myself on Saturday morning, once more getting up and returning to Balmoral for a few loops of the bay. I do enjoy the coffee and conversation afterwards.
Saturday afternoon found me as ever in the Virgin gym at French Forest. I was feeling very lethargic and my arm and hand hurt. Still I have broken leg and the rehab must go on.
Bike……………………………5 mins on resistance 9, on 10, on 11, on 12 and 5 minutes on resistance 13 for the first time. I was able to get to 100rpms, five times on levels 10, 11, 12 and the new level 13. Increase in resistance. This was a real surprise to me. I upped the resistance to 13 but could still crank out 100 rpm five times. I seem to be getting stronger and stronger on the bike despite the increasing resistance. Maybe this is a sign that my leg really has healed.
Leg Extension……………….10 reps x 30kg x 2 sets both legs
Adductor……………………10 x 40kgs x 2 I did 45kgs last time but it hurt this time so stopped
Leg Curl …………………..10 reps x 35kg x 2 both legs
Leg Press………………….10 reps x 70kg x 2 both legs Didn’t warm up with lighter weights
Leg Press………………….10 reps x 80kg x 2 both legs
It was not a long session. I didn’t have much energy. I felt melancholy driving home and afterwards sitting quietly in my apartment. With a broken leg and neck injury, I was feeling battered. Pain changes everything. To cheer myself up, and because I’m going on a road trip in the USA next year, I started pulling out some of my books on Las Vegas. I particularly like Hunter S Thompson. I think if Mark Twain represents the Mississippi, Herman Melville the north-east and John Steinbeck, California, then Hunter S Thompson represents the old southwest. I found this quote:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
This just cracked me up. For a guy in his 60’s, this is the only way you can live. This is the only way you can reconcile the pain and the injuries and the failing athletic capability. Unlike Thomson, I don’t do bucket loads of drugs and have always tried to look after myself, but on this Saturday afternoon I feel like a wreck. The quote makes me laugh. He was a mad, wicked guy but gee he could write.
“Skidding in broadside.” How could he have thought of that? Amy Winehouse and Hunter S Thompson may just get me through this difficult, post-surgical, period of my life. That’s a strange triumvirate. I wonder what we each have in common?