I ended up fencing very hard last night, with perhaps the two most athletic, challenging of the fencers. Indeed, one of the fencers was not technically a student, but had graduated a few years ago, and was back for the weekend. He’s dating one of the students there, the Lovely Rachel.
After the club finished, we did the normal routine of heading over to the Eagle’s Nest, the campus café, for some grubbage. I ended up not feeling like eating anything yet, so I stuck to liquids–which I sorely needed. We all conversed for a while, then split for different arenas, most opting to go to a particular hall for a showing of The Princess Bride. This time, I abstained, and went directly home.
I was starting to “feel it,” the occasional bit of soreness/stiffness I feel in my right shoulder, knee, and sometimes forearm or elbow I sometimes get after fencing hard. I decided to try prophylactically icing it down with a cold pack I keep in the freezer.
The pack says to use the thing not more than 25 minutes or so. It went lukewarm after five to ten minutes. I wanted to keep going, so pulled another cold pack out. Again, a max of five to ten useful minutes.
My body must’ve been in extreme recovery phase, after the pretty energetic PT earlier, then the hard fencing. This morning, I feel fine, though I can still “feel it” in the shoulder and knee. You know the feeling–not painful, or particularly stiff or sore. But you know it’s there, and you used it.
Now just to make sure I eat half-way decently today! My mom sent me home last week with chocolate/peanut butter oatmeal no-bake cookies (my favorites!) and Guinness chocolate cake (mmmm!), and I’ve been partaking over the weekend. Looks like my workmates are going to be happy again…!!! 😀