Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Hubs and I spent last weekend at a lodge near 49 Degrees North ski area near Chewelah, WA, with one of his sisters. I love 49 North - lots of terrain, laid back atmosphere, rarely a wait to get on a chair lift. They don't charge for lift tickets the last week of the season. Usually, the skiing is still pretty good. The slopes face north, so the spring sunshine doesn't melt them.
This year, the rain melted them. It was the worst end-of-the-season week I've seen. Our host said it was the worst she's seen in 15 years. The snow was really wet & heavy (not something we're used to in the Selkirk Mountains!) On one particularly bad run, I found myself fearing I was going to blow out my knee and by doing so ruin my cycling season. No injuries, though. We quit while we were ahead.
On the way home, we stopped at a store in Spokane that sells Costco returns & overstocks. We found a discontinued Teeter HangUps inversion table at a really good price. I used it few times yesterday, and I'm really looking forward to using it a lot! My back was so stiff when I first got out of bed this morning that I could barely walk. I went for a leisurely walk this morning, then hung for a bit. Although there is still some pain in my back, I have complete range of motion. (I'm using at about a little less than a 60 degree angle. I plan to work up to full inversion over the next several weeks. My back feels better just thinking about it!)
No ride home tonight (I have to pick up our CSA box - first asparagus of the season!). Tomorrow should have me back on track with the bike. I still don't feel ready to run again. Not sure why, but I figure it's best to listen to my body. If I'm getting exercise on the bike and by walking, the running can wait.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I've been a lot more active this week. My allergies are ramping up a little, but the cold is gone. I've encountered a few other people who had the same symptoms: the cold hit like a freight train, no fever, but extreme tiredness. Dunno what it was, glad it's over, hope it never comes back!
Last weekend I planted sunflowers, some pumpkins, and romaine lettuce. Started celery & watermelon inside. Cleaned up the patio & front porch furniture. Even got a blackberry pie (with a lattice crust) and some sourdough bread baked.
More importantly, I have energy again. I rode home from work on Monday and into work Tuesday morning. I'm riding home tonight, and I'll be riding to work tomorrow. If I have the legs for it, I'll ride home tomorrow night and into work Friday morning. I walked twice on monday and today, and once on Tuesday. I won't be able to do that tomorrow. We'll see about Friday.
It feels great!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It's a beautiful day here. High 60's (so far), sunny, light variable wind. My throat is still a little scratchy from the Martian Death Cold I've had for over a week, but I needed to get out and ride. And I was richly rewarded. Over the first 64 minutes, I averaged 15 mph - that's a couple mph higher than usual. (I averaged 14.8 over the 70 minute ride - still pretty good for me.) My lungs and legs felt the workout, but I'm ecstatic that I finally got to ride.
And after burning 900 calories on that ride, it's time for lunch.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I walked yesterday morning. It was my first exercise in over a week. It was a slow walk, too (about 3 mph). Yesterday, I toyed with the idea of bringing my bike to work today and riding it home tonight. My motivation was probably to miss out on our local NPR affiliate's pledge drive tomorrow (it's only one day, but it's still a pledge drive). I miss the bike, but there's no way I'm up for a ride.
I skipped the walk this morning. I'm still needing extra sleep. And drugs. It's been awhile since I've been too tired to exercise for this long. I'm hopeful I can ride this weekend. Anything to get back on the bike!
On the plus side, I forgot what an incredible appetite suppressant nasal decongestants can be. Despite my sloth, and still eating too much, I haven't gained any weight. At least I'm back to a regular eating schedule (as opposed to suddenly craving something hot & gooey and finding anything in the fridge that would suffice), and back to logging what I'm eating. And although I want to get out & exercise, I still think it's best if I don't. This type of chronic tiredness is unusual for me, and I associate it with fighting an infection. If I'm smart, I'll get to bed early tonight and get an extra hour or so of sleep.
And given my beloved Bulldogs' early exit from the NCAA Tournament, I won't need to stay up late watching college basketball.
Monday, March 25, 2013
My last bit of exercise was last Monday morning. I was scheduled for a walk/run, but I knew I didn't have it in me. I went for a short walk instead. I left work early that afternoon & went home sick.
I've spent most of the last seven days on the futon. Last Friday, I didn't get out of bed until noon. I went to work for a few hours on Wednesday and did my court docket on Thursday. Yesterday I managed to make it church (but skipped the coffee hour - and coffee hour is almost a sacrament in the Episcopal church), but I went right back home and spent the rest of the day on the futon. I'm beginning to get really tired of my living room.
My hope is to make it through an entire day at work today. Maybe I'll be back to full speed by this weekend. I hate being off the bike this long. (Although it was really windy for several days last week, yesterday was a picture-perfect day for a bike ride.) And I'm sure I'm going to have to start all over on the 5K Your Way program.
I haven't been sick this long in a few years. I hate it, but it makes me grateful. It's only a cold, and I will recover. I have sick leave at work. I haven't gone to the doctor (no fever, so this isn't the flu), but if I need to, my insurance will cover most of the bill. The Hub's been sick, too, but his better days have coincided with my really bad days, and vice versa, so someone's been able to keep the household running. (And he brought me popsicles. I love him!) Over all, I'm pretty healthy and injury-free. That's a lot to be grateful for.
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