Took a few curve balls over the last 2 weeks which had me unable to keep up with my blog. I thought about it every day though as it keeps me 'honest' about my goals and objectives for IM FL next year.
On relatively short notice, I had to go to NY on business for 8 days, including the weekend. No problem, I thought, I'll bring 5 sets of workout clothes and not miss a beat. I guess I caught 'workout arrhythmia' because not only did I miss A beat, I missed 4. I got the chance to run ONCE.
I was sent on a work assignment to NY a couple years ago, for a year, and we lived a little further north and one of the things I HATED about living in the region was the lack of shoulders along the roads and the high volume of traffic. The region was established a billion years ago so the roads are winding, narrow, unlit, and really not safe. I don't know how triathletes and cyclists in the region do it. I rode only a handful of times in the year we were here and took my life into my own hands each time. I never found it safe.
My days started at 7:30 in the office and lasted until 7 in the evening so any chance of running or a workout eluded me. I refused to run in the area after dark, only because the roads are so bad and unlit. I didn't have much reflective clothing or any running lights.
The other piece of bad news was that I had the most ridiculous accident at home on Friday. I was heading to a small engine repair place and offered to take my IM buddy's snowblower in for a tune up given I was going anyway. Long story short, I was walking backwards in my utility trailer while cleaning out the leaves and didn't realize how close I was to the edge. I walked backwards, right over the front edge of the trailer and landed with my back on the vertical aluminum post before hitting the ground. Had this thing have been pointy, I would have been 'skewered' right there. Obviously, it hurt like hell.
I took some anti-inflammatories right away, which did nothing, and sucked it up for half an hour assessing my 'condition'. We decided it would be best to get it checked out by a doctor so I got a ride to the hospital's emergency department. There was a 2 hour wait but they saw me in 15 minutes. After 3 sets of x-rays, urine test for the kidneys, and a shot for pain / swelling, the doc gave me the all clear. The first thing she said was "Do you know how lucky you are? You landed on the post on your muscle. An inch to your left and you it would have been your spine. An inch to the right and it would have been your kidney, where there is little protection. While the muscle will hurt for awhile, it will recover. The other two options wouldn't have been as easy".
I'm taking things day by day, trying to stretch out and relax, and trying not to eat my way through this. It's too easy to grab snack food and veg out. I'm bored already.