Adieu, winter!

ace bandage & clips
“225/365 – bruised but not broken” – by Jen R

Getting to age 43 before you finally succumb to the bite of an ACE™ bandage fastener is somewhat gratifying. What was a little disappointing about the event: learning that there isn’t a sniglet for that nasty little object. “Fastener” doesn’t do it justice. The photo above (thank you, Jen R. for allowing me to copy it via a Creative Commons license) does a great job of illustrating just how sneaky and nasty these little buggers can be. I nominate “caerbannog,” in homage to the Killer Rabbit from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Deceptively small and well-designed. Has a nasty bite!

green and red post-ski outfit
Post-Kortelopet Couture

And so the tip of my left middle finger –with its Band-Aid– lifts in salute to the winter of 2013’s brutish attitude my outdoor endeavors. I am on the mend, showing some progress in recovering from the heel injury – now diagnosed and treated as plantar fasciitis. My January fall on the driveway ice, however, has dealt a blow to my right shoulder, which didn’t really bother me a whole lot until I first tried to swim, earlier this week. Backstroke usually feels so darn good! Not on Monday. I likely need to resurface and use the exercises given to me a few years back for my last shoulder separation injury.

Add to these the upper body soreness from an hour or so of shoveling, yesterday morning: we got 9+ inches, by nightfall. The weather provided a rare opportunity to ski to work, as it took awhile for the city to address the snow volume with plows and salt. I skied through heavy, sometimes dirty snow for 50 minutes with Steve, downhill, then alone for an hour, uphill, stopping partway along the return trip at a Rivergarden Yoga for some much-needed asana, courtesy of Ted.

Tip: Garudasana, especially the arm component, feels GREAT on those shoveling muscles. So did Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, but that almost always feels good.

I got in bed feeling even more tired than I did, 10 days ago, after skiing the Kortelopet! And so, I slept really, really hard. Boom. Spring is just around the corner. Tonight’s plan: knitting class.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Well you sure did make me laugh at my own situation of getting older too! You still look fantastic…even if the ole body isn’t working like it should☺

    1. Arah says:

      Aww, thanks – for the compliment as well as for enjoying a laugh. I was hoping this post would give more to the world than a list of corporeal woes. :)

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