Today: slept ok..but felt not my best this morning…did PT before the swim and some after. The walk: same course as yesterday: 14 seconds slower but the Garmin recorded it as .01 miles shorter (1.68) so over 15 minute miles.
Weight: under 203..like that.
The PT: split; some before leaving to swim, some after. replaced leg swings with bosu ball stands, and did the dreaded one leg standing and tapping with the other foot.
So, why would she say something so outrageously false? (no, it is nowhere near 365 a year)
If you are unfamiliar with academia: people are divided up into demographic groups (black women, white men, etc.) and are said to have a different degree of “privilege.” So, when it comes to “conversation” (or what passes for conversation) it is considered bad form for a “privileged” person to fact check, question or attempt to rebut the point made by a non-privileged person. Such acts are deemed “microagressions” or worse; you get accused of “tone policing”, “mansplaining”, “whitesplaining” or whatever.
But outside of the Academy…people “don’t play that.”
And, well, let’s face it: we learn and we grow when we correct our mistakes and become more careful in our speech.
Now, before you go “what about how they enabled Trump, etc.” Yes: there is a reason I won’t consider becoming a Republican in this era.
I want liberals and Democrats to do well…but I am afraid that the “don’t challenge anything that a member of a protected class says” is hurting us politically.
Back saga: see the surgeon on June 7. Basically: mild nerve root impingement at L5-S1; injections might work. Still..bummer. Hope more PT (on my own) and modification of my activities will do the trick, but we’ll see.
Baseball: I saw Bradley play Illinois. BU took a 3-1 lead but fell apart in the middle innings (lots of walks) and lost 9-6. It was fun being with Lynn though.
Wednesday: swim, PT in the park, 1.28 walk.
Swim: 400 of 25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free
200 swim/kick drills
8 x 50 on the 1:10 51-53 each
100 dolphin kick with fins
Then the PT, then the walk. The walk was “oh so close” to being pain free. Not quite.
Then today: indoor PT, outdoor PT with pull ups and push ups:
pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 2 sets of 5 wide, 6 and 5 chins
I am trying not to be a drama queen, and trying not to live in the wreckage of the future, but it looks as if my sports era will come to an end very soon.
No, I am not going to sell my equipment; I plan on using it as long as it benefits my health and doesn’t harm it. And I will probably have to order a new set of bands as I broke my second one today. And I’ll be looking for new goggles and swim suits as swimming seems to be doing ok.
BUT: so much of my life, I wanted to either run faster, run longer, lift heavier, do more reps, etc. But now I need to focus on what is good for my health, and that means being risk adverse in my training and *always* leaving something in the tank.
I get my MRI tomorrow AND see my primary care doctor for my prostate and hopefully, finally some answers. What lies in store I do not know.
My guess: a benign enlarged prostate (which might contribute to the “swollen” feeling I sometimes get in my left pelvic/glute area) and some sort of bulging disk impinging on a nerve affecting my left side. (L-5?)
But it could be anything from piriformis/gluteus medius strain/tear, to broken pieces of disk, to prostate cancer, spinal tumor, etc.
The physical therapist says it isn’t spinal stenosis as my McKenzie press ups are way too high.
My symptoms: left leg, tingles down the side, full feeling when I do something like banded walks, some discomfort upon standing still for too long and walking: onset of glute pain after 15-20 minutes if I am stretched and warmed up, 5-10 minutes if I am not. Tingles in the left lower leg/foot at night if I don’t stretch first..knees bent is more comfortable.
Ok…MRI Monday. We’ll see. Then another doctor’s appointment.
Workout notes: some early AM stretching, drive to the Riverplex. 1200 yard swim: (zip out of the shoulder): 400 of 25 free, 25 back, 50 side 100 of kick with fins (arm extended) 100 drill swim (fins) 4 x 50 on the 1:10 (52-54) 100 breast 200 drill swim 100 in 1:48
Then walk (after stretching); almost no pain at all until the Gateway..then slight to the end. I had about 1 pain free mile; that is a 25 percent from before and 1.25 “almost” pain free. Then home and PT.