Well, I've been almost by my lonesome for almost two weeks now, just under a week to go.
I sometimes want to strangle the IT group at work, and I feel like I'm always fighting fires, but I'm keeping my head above water. I've certainly enjoyed Summer weather, although it looks like we're going to have a bit of rain come through for the next couple days before we get back to the sunshine. It certainly didn't take long for people to start complaining about the heat after complaining about the rain for so long!
Paying attention and eating right for the last couple weeks has paid off; I'm down about four pounds; for sure a chunk of that is excess water (three pounds in three days!) but since then it's been slow and steady, which is just what I wanted. I said in my last post that I wanted to get out for some a long rides, and I did indeed get out last Sunday for almost two hours in the evening.
I went through Port Coquitlam, across the Pitt River, through Pitt Meadows and into Maple Ridge along Old Dewdney, then back along Dewdney (NB: not "Old" Dewdney!) then through the farmland on the South side of Pitt Meadows, then back across the Pitt River then onto the Poco Trail on the South Side of Port Coquitlam. It's reasonably flat (with a couple notable exceptions) and fit my needs quite well. If I ever want to extend the ride longer, it would also be relatively easy to do - just keep on going further into Maple Ridge.
Tuesday, I got dragged out to a soccer game. One department (Broadband Wireless) challenged mine (Mixed Signal) to a series of soccer games in the early spring, but then promptly the department head injured himself playing tennis. So the games got dragged out. And then got postponed. And then got postponed again. So finally, they were scheduled, starting last Tuesday and going for three weeks. The wireless guys have been talking trash for the last several weeks, and had about 25 people signed up to play and got jerseys made (they were actually the commemorative shirts for the end of project - I actually got one two but was told not to wear it!), while we've been pretty laid back until the very last minute when we realized we had 8 people signed up. There are 11 on the field at any one time. So we started scrambling, arm twisting and pulled in a couple people from other groups that we work with, and in the end had 15 players show up. It was actually quite fun - I played soccer for several years as an early teenager, but haven't played for about 25 years. It was quite surprising to me how much I remembered, and I was holding my own and playing my favorite position from my teenage years (Left Half), but after 25 minutes the play reversed, and I had to run back. I stopped short, but somehow I managed to plant my foot wrong, and I felt a pop in my left Calf, right at the point where the Soleus and Gastrocnemius muscles meet.
(from floota.com - no, I've never heard of it either, but I like the pic! The pain is right where the line labeling the Soleus ends)
OUCH! I hopped off the field (couldn't put weight on it immediately) but poking, prodding, massage, and eventually stretching I was able to confirm that it I could still move the foot, the Achilles tendon was in the right position, and I had full range of motion of the foot and ankle. No more soccer for me that night, however! In the end, it was the strangest soccer game that I've ever been in - the score was four-nil (for us!) but both teams scored two goals. Yes, the other department had two Own Goals! Guess all that trash talk was for naught. I was able to limp to my vehicle and get home, where I immediately took some NSAID's, and put a cold compress on the calf.
Wednesday I was limping and was in a lot of pain - I took my cold compress with me and alternately put it on for an hour and put it in the freezer for an hour, together with some self-massage. The trash talking continued, only now it was our turn to rub it in, and we all agreed it was surprising that there was only one injury (mine) and one head-to-head contact going for a ball (also mine!) Thursday there was relatively little pain but I was still limping, and at the end of the day I could feel the rest of my leg and my hip being stiff from compensating. Friday (yesterday) there was a little bit of discomfort and no limping (people were giving me a hard time, asking if I had been playing it up for the ref), and today (Saturday) I feel fine.
I got out for another long ride today (a repeat of last Sunday's ride - it's a good route) to test out the leg. I was prepared to stop and come back if there were any pain, but there wasn't even any discomfort, so I think I'll bike to work this week. I've promised my wife that I won't play soccer this Tuesday (she doesn't want me injured for Scotland), but I think I'll be fine with my noon-hour walks.
And for something completely different, a Youtube link:
This is what happens when you combine a Tropical Storm, a crazy kite surfer, and pier. Check out what happens at 0:57. Crazy.