Sunday 24 November 2013

3 weeks after ouch

It's 3 weeks, since I dislocated my shoulder. Pain is gone, nerve is still irritated. The shoulder itself isn't really healed yet I think. I'm still wearing the sling, just to ensure no sudden movements. I've been to the gym and I've been running and cycling. So that's at least something.

This weekend I went to visit the Running Show in Sandown Park. As this is just down the road (5-6 km) from me it's easy to get to. A while back with Tim Holmstrom and Rory Coleman we were discussing participating to promote our ultra events and training. Due to all sorts of circumstances this didn't happen. I believe having been at the show twice this weekend, we missed much not participating.

It was very spacious, but also ver quiet. A number of the stalls were set up, more as car-booth sales than actually being appealing to public. I did buy a pair of Altra Zero Drop Lone Peak 1.5 as I am always interested in new. It also allowed me to fit the Puma's but they were too narrow.

On top of my shoulder since Thursday 21 November I've been suffering a cold, which in the main has gone now, by drinking pure lime and lemon juice, hammering Night Nurse and sleeping lots. And eating spicy Indonesian food with Karen, Pete, Helen, Steve and Mandy.

I understand from the calendar that Christmas is on its way. I can't wait, for it, to be over that is. However Ezra and Bette are with us just before that so that will be fun. Even have tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Winter has arrived in Zurich, last week we had proper snow. Well not loads but enough to make it interesting.

This was just a short essay, to show you I'm still alive. Need to pick up training a bit more.

So much for now.

Have fun.

Sunday 3 November 2013

Ouch - would be a good word - Dislocated Shoulder

Since I started all this fitness nonsense, I've not really been injured. There are some uncomfortable feelings sometimes, but in the main, I've been good.

Until Friday evening 01 November when I was doing domestic stuff. Picked up the the laundry to go from upstairs to downstairs. Well, I slipped and dislocated my shoulder (and some wall plates as well).

I've been in pain before, but never as much as with a dislocated shoulder. First to say thank you to my girlfriend Karen for driving me to Kingston Hospital and not laughing too much. Arrived their, registered, nearly fainted and threw up.

Brought into a waiting room, kept on being told I was getting painkillers. They never arrived. But make no mistake, all respect for the people working in Kingston Hospital A&E. Clearly too much work, not enough people, and chaos. But thanks to them. They are hardworking and genuinely care.

So breathed in some laughing gas, which makes your heart rush like a maniac. However my resting heart rate with dislocated shoulder is 94. Not sure if that's good or what, but with laughing gas it's 96 but it feels like 196.

Next step, somebody puts your shoulder back in. At least the endless pain stops, for pain with an end. Never believe Lethal Weapon. No chance that happens in real life. I think. If it does, there are much harder man then me out there then.

But shoulder is back in, seems that it's a 10-16 week recovery. Really? Hope not. But guess shoulder presses are out of the question for a while.
Probably stick with leg exercises. 

So need to work out, how to train for the Zurich 70.3 Ironman, and a 1.9k swim. Really? 

Ok, 3 events scheduled for next year.

1) Transvulcania in May
2) Zurich 70.3 in June
3) Transylvania in September

And maybe 111 or 222 in August in La Ultra.

So much for now. Just thought a little update on a dislocated shoulder would humour some people.