Archive for February, 2009

Ahh, finally back the serious business of getting a fun workout. I’m feeling worlds better today, so it was time for getting sweaty. I didn’t bring up the energy for a full-on CFT session, but I did get my sweat on.

I did a very basic, no-frills, simple, brutal, can’t muck it up drill: the ascending pyramid. One exercise, the very practical (and perhaps my favorite) kettlebell long cycle clean and jerk (LCCJ).

3 minutes, each arm, LCCJ (16 kg)
2 minutes, each arm, LCCJ (24 kg)
1 minute, each arm, LCCJ (32 kg)

There. Simple. No rest sets. Only one exercise, no tricks or fancy stuff. 12 straight minutes of time under bell. And it was good.

I wore socks, but no shoes. My last blister there is almost completely skinned over and healed, but I didn’t want to rub it against anything. The roommate and some friends went hiking and invited me along, and I wanted to go. But I thought I’d hold off this last time, as I didn’t want to be wandering around in the slight bit of cold left (today’s a fairly warm day) and hitting the blister at odd angles. My ears are both open, and hardly any sinus drainage, but–the better part of valor and all that.



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Yes, I know that technically it’s pronounced like “rogue” vice “moon.” But anyway:

And he plays a nice piano version of it, much more recently:

Still good.

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Although I’m still not up-to-snuff, I went ahead and chugged out a nice little workout. My foot seems mostly healed; I only have a bandage on the little toe. The top of it has a raw blister left on it. Most of the other skin has closed up along the bottom and sides of the foot. Much better in the sinus department, too, though my right ear is still plugged up. But not as bad as the last couple of days. Coughing up stuff is down quite a bit, too. Yay.

So, I threw on some socks, getting ready for a nice CFT workout again. Naturally, just as soon as I got them on, I somehow managed to smash my toe–the little toe with the bandage on it, against something hard. I almost never hit my toes on anything, and when I do, it’s usually pretty controlled. Sure enough, however, it was *right on* the raw skin area. I looked down a few minutes later and there was a blood spot going through the sock. Nice. (Later, getting ready for my shower, I saw that I managed to bleed all the way through my bandaid.)

I worked out on it anyway. Sometimes, ya just gots ta.

Turned out a good little session–I did my CFT Variation 1. Minus the extended Post-Fatigue portion. I was running hot by that point, breathing pretty heaving and still burbling what was left of the fluid in my lungs. So I took the better part of valor and just cooled down a little after the Core portion. Got cleaned up. This was a fasting day, and I didn’t feeling going anywhere so I just ordered up some chow from a place up the street.

Pretty basic weekend. I didn’t really go anywhere or do anything, alas. I can’t wait ’til I’m done with all this physical ailment stuff.

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Finally. It’s been a heck of a about a four-week time period (not quite a month). I haven’t had health issues like this in… well, ever, it seems. But I finally got a decent light kettlebell workout in yesterday.

First I twisted my knee whilst vigorously fencing (and kicking butt, I’ll have you know! 🙂 ). Then, somehow, I’ve been plagued by severe blisters on my right foot that had been growing and taking for-ever to heal. That was week two. And I’m still wearing a bandaid on my little toe and along the knife-edge of that foot. But it’s mostly okay. Not weeping or anything. And last week about this time I finally succumbed to my roommates continual attempts to get me sick. Probably didn’t help that I was fighting infection of the raw skin areas on my foot.

But this last week has been pretty bad for my head/nose/throat/chest cold. I did throw the little bell around a few days ago, which did seem to help jump start my recovery. Now I still have a little bit of a sinus issue, my throat seems just a little swollen, and one ear (probably eustachian tube) is plugged up to where I can’t hear very well on that side. Really quite annoying.

But nose is hardly running, and I don’t have a sinus headache, and I’ve been able to sleep a lot better in the last couple of days. I’ve started taking some sudafed, which may have helped on that front.

To top it all off, this has been the busiest last four weeks at work that I can remember. Naturally. With a twisted knee, then a horrible set of blisters, I ended up having to run back and forth between sets of engineers and developers all over my building, instead of sitting in a chair with my foot up and my shoe off. And this week I ended up giving endless briefs and being at meeting after meeting setting up stuff for my projects. Hacking and coughing through most of it…

Nonetheless, as I said before, I got to throw my little bell around the other day, when I felt I could stand and not rip my skin, and not hack out a lung. Then yesterday I got annoyed at my plugged up ear and went down and did a decent collection of LCCJs and snatches, hoping to amp up the adrenalin and blow out my lungs and open up my ear. It used to work for me as a kid. I had a lot of ear problems as a kid, but I head out on my bike and really pump it; with the heavy breathing and work rush I could feel my ears open up like when they pop going up mountains or diving under water.

I’ve found that a good workout (not necessarily a killer one, though) can be a great stimulator for kicking your body back into healing gear, whether it’s from sickness or from injury. I’ve come back from several injuries that way. I seem to have a pretty good intuitive grasp on when, what, and how hard to go at it.

Last night I did a simple set of 2 minutes LCCJ for each hand at 24 kgs, followed by 2 minutes snatch each hand with the 16 kg. Simple and easy. With the snatches I really tried to get the breathing going and feel the adrenalin.

Alas, I didn’t get my ear to pop, but I did breathe heavy enough to really feel the fluid burbling in my lungs. I was able to cough some of it out, but not all. Oh, well. I felt 10 times better today, for most of the day, anyway. With way less sinus drainage and perkier, ta boot.

So, take that! Hah! I was thinking about hitting them again, today, but I’m wavering on that. We’ll see. But I really miss my fencing (and my fencers), both sport and Medieval. The Mary Wash crew had a scrimmage with the other local club, Dark Horse, which I missed 😦 . I just couldn’t think about running around any more of the day with shoes on, and hacking all over the place. And, well–I didn’t leave from work ’til around 1900 anyway.

But hopefully I’ll be back soon!

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Best Foot Forward

Just a simple health update, since I mentioned the unpleasantness I was dealing with in my last post. I’m down to just dressing my little toe and padding the outside edge of that toe and a little down the blade of the foot. I wrap the toe with gauze, then leave some to trail. I double that up as the padding. I then use some gaffer’s or duct tape to secure the wrapping and protect the outer edge of the foot from the rubbing of the shoe.

I was gonna take a picture and then thought, nah! I’ll let you all off easy this time…

Lots of skin has grown back between and under the affected toes. Today I applied some bacitracin again on those areas for safekeeping. Seems to be working. Still some pain, sensitivity and limping, but I hope to be back to working out and fencing soon. Maybe still not tomorrow, but soon. Yay!

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This time last week, I was illin’. And I don’t mean in a cool, hip-hop kinda way. I mean, I felt like somebody had beaten me with a baseball bat. I went to bed early, woke up early, felt blech, took some more aspirin, and went back to bed. Called in to work to let ’em know I wasn’t coming in.

This week I’m feeling much better (and not just because of the Pittsburgh win, woo hooo!). I can walk a bit now. You see, somehow, and I’m still not sure how it happened, but I flayed the skin from the bottom and sides of the last toes of my right side. Badly.

One of the problems with having a good healing factor and a high pain tolerance is that you risk letting injuries go longer than perhaps you should, and every now and again it catches up with you. 99% of the time, a little sunlight and fresh air and not worrying about it will let your body heal. At least in my case, that’s been true over and over again. I’d get a cut, for instance, and just keep going, not worrying about a bandage. Just let it bleed for a few to clean it out and the clotting/healing factor takes care of the rest.

However, in this case, I noticed a little discomfort down under my toes, but didn’t think anything about it. I think I rug burned them doing a pretty vigorous barefoot workout a couple of weeks before. As is my wont, I hit the jacuzzi several times, the last time last Saturday when I visited my bro up in D.C.

I think that’s what did me in. I ended up walking about with somewhat moist and tenderized skin, and had exposed the already ripped open areas to harsh chemicals, ending up in something like a chemical burn. I mean, I ended up losing several layers of skin, and they were really raw, and healed like burns.

I’m not absolutely sure about that, but it’s the best I’ve come up with. I was worried about spider bites, but it didn’t seem to fit the bill. When I came back from my bro’s, I started feeling sick, and I thought maybe I caught a head/throat cold he was getting. But I had no head/throat symptoms. And when I took off my shoes and socks, I had the old red, swollen toe. Fortunately, I had just picked up some bacitracin and liquid bandage, and quickly applied them to the raw areas. At that point, I suspected that it was an infection of the foot, not of the sinus that was making me feel bad.

I still felt like every joint hurt and weak, though. But in the morning after I finally got up, I felt much better. The redness and everything had gone down, but the skin was peeled way back. Seemingly almost to the muscle fascia. Probably not really, but that’s what it was starting to look like.

So I stayed home and rested and slept most of the day away, and kept my weeping toes mostly wrapped up. As the week progressed, the toes seemed to marginally get better, but I ended up having to almost literally run back and forth between meetings and visitors I had to attend to at work, spending many late nights there. By Thursday, the toes felt pretty okay, but I was getting a blister somewhere else, as a result of the toe wrappings causing the outer edge of the foot to friction my shoe so much. So again, had a red a swollen toe, this time the pinkie toe. Looked like an infected blister or hair follicle. This time I applied a sterilized needle to the protruding blister, and liberally slathered the area with the bacitracin (which apparently rocks! ‘Course, I think the last time I had anything but a topically applied antibiotic was literally over 20 years ago.).

Next day I didn’t go to work (had already filled up my hours) and spent the day without shoes or socks on. The red, swollen-ness was gone, and at the end of the day I noticed that a lot of the skin had filled in on two of the toes, though the pinkie toe still had a ways to go, and I couldn’t tell if it was still shedding, or filling in.

Saturday found me wrapping only two toes, but I had agreed to go to dinner with friends, so it was most of the day with no shoes or socks, then hobble-hobble to dinner.

Today, a week after feeling so bad, I felt good enough to go on a motorcycle ride with my neighbor this morning (and get some breakfast, and unusual move for me), though it was a bit painful still to shuffle around. I took a shower afterward and just left any dressing off, to let the toes get exposed to light and air. And after dealing with that sensitive raw skin under the pinkie toe all day, I think it’s finally firmed up a bit. Or maybe I’m just numb to it… 😀

Today's ride (01 Feb 2008).

Today's ride (01 Feb 2008).

It’s still uncomfortable, but livable. I don’t relish the idea of tramping about in shoes tomorrow, I’ll tell you that for nothing. But I’ve got miles to go before I sleep, so I’ll end up going in. Even though staying shoe/sock free has been the ticket so far. Maybe all I needed of that was a couple days worth. But I’m aggravated with it, ‘coz that’s two weeks I’ve missed of some good, hard, fun training. Grrrr!

Well, I guess that’s one way to get random, unpredictable workouts, eh?

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