A Year in China, III

9/15: That was eerily rational. Chinese folks, at least 4 at once, stood fast as several of us exited the train at South Shaanxi. Wow. 9/16: Tired but less humidity, breezy, good air. I’m heading to InterSport. 4 classes today but felt like 2. 3 were 80 minute periods. But these sixth graders are great….

What if I Fall?

I could fall straight down Through to oblivion Crumpled, broken at the bottom Fuck that! I’m moving up! This thing is bigger than each of us Trashed, abandoned, hopeless (?) Never Catch yourself Allow yourself to be caught Never lose sight of the One… There is a passage ahead Get back into it Hold each…

I’ve (almost) Made It

XXXXVII days in the gym post-injury, pre-run. That first run did not go quite as I’d hoped. Naively, perhaps, I believed with all my might that I’d fly directly from air cast into running. “I’ll average about 5 miles a day by the time I come back into new year,” I told several folks. Hahahaha…

Healed, but…

Left—October 29th, nearly 4 days after fracturing left foot, fifth metatarsal: Right—December 11th, 6 weeks 5 days post-injury. New, thicker bone filling in the fracture line. I AM HEALED! Shouting from the rooftops!!!!! Alas, keeping boot on till next Thursday to help new bone transition through infancy. Then… Christmas run forthcoming!! My new life will…

Hanging On

5 more days in the gym since Monday. XXXVII days now in the gym with air cast. 6 weeks, 3 days since fracture. I hiked around yesterday for about 23,000 steps. It was a cool winter’s day. And it felt great. Eagerly, I await my final x Ray on Tuesday. I hope it shows complete…

Counting Down, I Hope

Thursday, 11/29-Monday, 12/04: 4 of 5 days in the gym. Basically, same routines–alternating arm-back days with legs days. 2 days with more abbreviated workouts. That’s now XXXII days in the gym since my air cast was put on 5 weeks ago. Lifetime record number of days in a gym within such a time frame. It…

Gym XXVI-XXVIII

Wednesday, 11/28: Arms & Back (minus shoulder press, bicep curl) Tuesday, 11/27: Legs Monday, 11/26: Arms & Back (minus lats)

Grinding it Out: Gym XX-XXV

I’m still grinding it out. Faith in the process compels me to push onward in the face of doubts. Tens of thousands of children are starving to death in Yemen. Enough of my bullshit. GYM with fractured foot…1 month & 3 days since injury Synopsis: Sunday, 11/25–Abbreviated Core 4 x ab cycling…:90 seconds each 4…

Why Me?

I still can’t help but wonder: why me? Fractured foot———is this real, or a nightmare?! Just when I’ve been getting back into racing shape. No PRs on the immediate horizon, but I’ve been chipping away. And lately my racing instinct has been on the rise as I effectively put away two competitors in the final…

Gym Days XIV-XVII

Monday, 11/12: Arms-Back [similar to workouts stated in earlier posts] Tuesday, 11/13: BREAK New X Ray…. New calcium filling in fractured places (blurriness within two cracks on 5th metatarsal is calcium)! Wednesday, 11/14: Legs [similar to workouts in earlier posts] Thursday, 11/15: Abbreviated Circuit Only about 18 minutes before Chinese lesson… Ab machine: 150 lbs…

Gym Days XII-XIII

Rehab workouts… Sunday, 11/11: Legs Ab Machine: x 2 sets, 40 reps, 140 lbs (:45 recovery between each) Heart racing Air Crunches: x 2 sets, 20 forward, 20 right side, 20 left side, several more frontside Heart racing Ab Machine: x 2 sets…same Air Crunches: x 2 sets…same Resistance Band: x 3, 1 minute each…

Fractured Foot/Gym Days IX-XI

Friday, 11/09: Legs Air cycling: x 8 (with duration of time) 1:20, 1:30, 1:40, 2:00 1 minute x 4 (faster) Resistance Band: 1 minute x 3 times per hip Hammy weights: x 4 sets (at 27 kilos, except first at 23) 15 reps per set Adductor: x4–15 reps at 60lbs Abductor: x 4 –15 reps…