I am tempted to post some effusive thing about how much better I’ve felt the last few days, because I’ve had a pretty good string, considering the puddle of sleepiness I was last week. And I’ll effuse a little bit, as long as you all promise to knock on wood for me, because I don’t want to jinx this!
A quick recap: Friday I went to PT, got cleared for one-crutch-ness, and then went to the gym to lift weights and spin on the recumbent bike. I considered not going, as I was a little bit worn out, but I figured I’d feel better once I got going. I did. Then home for supper & a long sleep.
Saturday: To Bill Kaufman’s in Shortsville to get our sweet custom sandals fitted, then down to Geneva Bike Center, where Michael test-rode his patoot off. I socialized, spent a very nice hour on the phone with Grandma while parked in our parked car, and got a bit of walking in. Home for dinner and a movie, then a REALLY long sleep.
Sunday: Woke up at 9:30, rolled out sometime within the following hour. It had rained steadily all night, and the air was cool. Perfect for sleeping and lounging. Michael and I went up to the YMCA in the early afternoon for some weight room action, and I decided I’d try stretching on the floor mats. I hadn’t visited the floor with anything but feet and fingertips since July 4th, but it went fine! I can be on two knees as easily as two feet, and as long as I don’t put all of my weight on my right leg, I’m ok. Did my first Down Dog and Up Dog in 7 weeks! Felt DIVINE!!!!!
After lots of core & hip exercises – mostly my regular PT routine – I went for the a little bit of cardio work. I started on the Airdyne, which is one of those exercise bikes that has a big fan for a front wheel and uses air for resistance. It’s easily my least favorite piece of fitness equipment. The air generates so much resistance that I can’t get the thing to go more than 50 rpms, even while using my arms, and the blasted computer on this particular bike shut off every time I took my hands off the arm levers. Did get a pretty good upper body workout, and got the heart rate over 100, which ordinarily isn’t much but in this context is significant. So I went back to the recumbent bike for a nice little 10 minute spin, which was great. I got cadence up to 90 rpm – which is normal for me and felt great – and heart rate up to 120 bpm! Felt good to breathe deeply and not have hip pain in the midst of this.
And THEN, I still had energy! Holy crow! Upon arriving home, I did some dishes, cleaned the riffraff out of the fridge, and even made some progress on dinner! I sliced & roasted kohrabi, turnips, and onions – an all-white vegetable medley in honor of my Scandahoovian roots – and steamed a couple pounds of beets. I love beets. Also cut up a giant, very ripe muskmelon from our CSA and started planning a strategy to eat the whole thing before it goes bad. Michael braised some tofu, and we were good to go.
I was ready to sit down, but I was not dragged-out tired. Amazing. We watched a movie, looked at pics of our kittens & dogs, and called it a night. At least I tried to. Couldn’t sleep. I guess that’s what happens when you have an entire week’s worth of long sleeps, ending in one super-sleep until 9:30am. So at midnight I finally got sleepy enough to zonk.
Monday: I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to get up before the sun did, but I kind of wanted to shift myself back onto a normal time schedule. Plus I actually needed to be available during all regular work hours today, so I did the normal get up – shower – PT – breakfast – ready to go by 8am thing. Not bad. After a few conference calls and some editing, I’m still functioning. Tired, but just normal I-didn’t-get-a-full-night’s-sleep tired, not OMG-I-can’t-deal tired. We’ve still got either a visit to the pool or a little strength workout on tap tonight, to be followed by dinner and sleep. I don’t think I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight, and hopefully I’ll still have a couple wits about me tomorrow. As the Stones say: Can you hear me knocking?