…that’s about the only exercise I’ve gotten for the last week and some odd days. No kettlebells for a while, alas. 😦
But I’m feeling about up to par. What happened? Well, I went with a couple co-workers to the local gym after work. I did some heavy dumbbell stuff, then was requested to join in on some Billy Blanks videos. I complied. A good little workout, but somewhere in there something in my right leg or hip “sproinged.” I felt it, but it didn’t hurt or anything. Just stretched a bit after, and figured it was a little pull or something.
But boy, the next day! My lower back locked up, and later I figured that that must’ve been to protect whatever I had pulled. I was in pain, and I never have lower back problems. I train too much goodness to have that, and it never seems to be my weak point.
The day after that, I went hiking at Sky Meadows State Park–beautiful place (where they had the Highland Games a couple months back). Nice time, good friend, gorgeous views. However, that may have been a mistake… But, I said I would be there. You know how it is. My back stiffened up so much that night I actually downed some aspirin and acetaminophen (and maybe a beer or two… 🙂 ).
The next day, the morning was awful, but then I loosened up enough to go train the fencers. But again maybe I should have laid off. So for the next week or so, I pretty much didn’t do anything but sit. And occasionally walk to where I had to go, then sit for as long as possible. It’s been… strange.
This last Sunday, several of the fencing students stopped by and we had a viewing of Conan The Barbarian, which is required watching for sword people. Then an episode of Samurai Jack, the one with the Conan homage (“Jack and the Three Blind Archers”). Good time, and we viewed the movies as much of a Mako tribute as anything else.
So, after all that, I decided to go ahead and go to practice. Went pretty good. I had intended on just hanging out, giving advice, but as usual, adrenalin prevailed and I jumped in and fenced pretty heartily with three different students in a row.
Monday, I felt pretty good; most of my back was unlocked, but by gummy, it was still hard getting out of bed and getting around ’til I got more warmed up, and my right hip and just above the iliac crest would get to aching pretty good.
Tuesday (yesterday), finally, I felt like I had dramatically improved and practically bounced out of bed. Felt really good, and relatively loose, but all day it was very uncomfortable to stand in place for very long, and a long walk still made it ache.
Today, I feel really good, and I could stand for much longer, and the results of a long walk (I sometimes have to go pretty far–way across our big building, etc.) were only mildly debilitating. I’m still thinking about grabbing bell, but I’m hesitant. I really want to, but I may put it off until tomorrow.
But at least I was able to get some blood going with the fencing. Which is a good thing. Can’t weight to hit the bells again, though!!!