Sunday, January 27, 2013


Woke up surprisingly able to walk. It never ceases to amaze me when I discover my body has managed to adapt or (God forbid) improve due to all my training. I remember back in 2011 when I did my first triathlon, I could barely walk for three days. And that was just a 5k, that I barely ran. Fast forward to 2013. After a half marathon I'm not cripple? Now THAT is awesome.

Started to bike today. But figured it would be too aggressive. My luck: I'd tear a major muscle while half way into a 35 mile loop. Settled for some lifting at the gym. Back & Biceps. Had JUST finished a set of kettlebell swings when I nearly pinched a nerve along my spine. A fraction of a degree more on a twist, and I would have ended up on the floor with uncontrollable spasms. (Wouldn't be the first time.) Even without a fatal move all the muscles on the right side of my back turned into a giant fist. Couldn't move right for nearly fifteen minutes. Ended up rubbing against a steel I-beam. Massaging the kinks out. A seriously close call with long lasting pain. Thankfully I realized I was about to hurt something, and stopped in time. Moral of the story: getting old sucks.

Ended up alternating between the cold pool and hot tub for a half hour. 5min cold. 5min hot. Rinse and repeat. Afterwards, my legs and back felt muuuuch better. Overall, great day, and rapidly recovering. Won't be long until Ol' Jon is on to the next adventure.

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