There was once a major league umpire named Ron Luciano, who after retirement collected a bunch of his remembrances of life in the big leagues in a couple of books. Describing his athletic background, he recall his football days, when he had some success because he was “agile, mobile and hostile”. But, as he put it, “Unfortunately, I was also fra-gile” (I think that quote was from Luciano’s book “The Umpire Strikes Back”, that and “Strike Two” and “The Fall of the Roman Umpire” are worth looking up if you’re a baseball fan).
While I have some days where I can claim some of the first three attributes (though not in the service of any specific sport), lately, I’m finding myself to show more of the fragility. It started last month with a pulled butt muscle. Earlier this week, I managed to tweak the heck out of a rib muscle, which made for 4 days of not knowing when my chest would be screaming pain. And yesterday, while tailgating before the Michigan football game (the less said about that contest the better), I threw out my shoulder, and the range of motion is a bit limited right now.
Not mentioning this as a plea for pity, or to come across as hypochondriac, but more as a way of pointing out a major flaw in my quest to be healthy: the fact that I really don’t go in for exercise when I’m not feeling good. Ok, the rib muscle issue really was a limiting factor, in that I really couldn’t predict what sorts of motions would set that off. But when I had the lower body issue, I could have done some sort of upper body stuff, right? Some strength training? And today, instead of sitting around watching football, maybe a spin on the exercise bike?
A few new pounds have crept back on, and all of a sudden, I feel like recrossing that 200 pound barrier in the wrong direction is a more likely short term outcome than exiting the 190s in a positive direction.
Need to make it a point of working around the injury crap that’s been striking me these last few weeks, so as to try and avoid that fate.
Fave song from the Yes album, “fragile”, “South Side of the Sky”