I finally realized what a “relaxing Sunday” actually meant today. And a relaxing Saturday for that matter. Since Friday, I’ve found myself sidelined with an injury-a sprained ankle. Ya, I know, kinda wimpy. But, regardless it is on my foot that I broke and still has a titanium screw in. Better safe than sorry.
We headed out on our bikes Thursday afternoon to catch the last sun and great weather before wind chills and snow made their way in for the weekend. We rode from our house, choosing to chase the last of the sunlight out on the natural areas east of town. Minus the headwind on the way out, I rocked out to my music and followed Josh at a pretty good clip. We decided about half way to cut it a bit short because of the light and the fact that I had class at 6:30-talk about a post ride buzz kill.
This is also the point when another buzz kill happened. We came across an area of construction where a trench had been dug to install pipeline. JWail got off his bike and, jumped into the ditch, and hoisted it to the other side. I got off, and he took my bike helping me to transport it, as the ditch was about 5 feet deep and he’s such a gentleman. I looked at the ditch and realized that the embankment was too steep, so I jumped. Just as I landed the ankle rolled and “POP.”
I knew that sound and new immediately that I was done. Although it never seems to set in right away. I pedaled home, went to class and woke up in the morning to the roadkill on my ankle. Swollen, bruised, painful.
Three days later the swelling went down considerably. I spent the last three days wearing compression socks and an Active Ankle brace. I’ve RICED, read books, napped, and most of all forced myself to rest. Speaking of books, we went to the library yesterday and I scored big time. The new John Irving book, the new Barbara Kingsolver, and “Running with the Kenyans.” I was so excited that I didn’t know which one to start first. I chose the John Irving, but I really want to read the Kenyans book. Oh, decisions decisions.
I am hoping to hit up the gym in the morning for upper body strength and if I feel ok in the ankle department some elliptical. Needless to say, running will not be in my near future.
A bummer, since I have a big announcement this week!
Are you cautious about injuries? I wasn’t always. I like to think that I am getting
cuter wiser in my old age.
Prone to ankle sprains? Not until about three years ago and since then the whole outfit from foot to calf on the right side has been delicate.
Best book you have read lately? I just finished the new Ann Patchett book “State of Wonder.” A fabulous read that I could not put down.