Day 4 – a little bit humbled

26 Aug

Since getting home from my road trip I have started working out again. Two months traveling through the states with the time in between stops spent driving, didn’t do wonders for my fitness level so I’ve been quite determined to get back into shape. And with a minimal social life in my new temporary home, I’ve been working out almost everyday.

Back in the day (yep, I’m playing that card), I used to be a bit of an athlete and working out everyday was just par for the course, although I was playing basketball, not golf. However, I seemed to have forgotten that I am no longer 21 and am not accustomed to working out everyday.

It was going relatively well, even though my right knee had been giving me warning signs for the past two weeks. But I politely ignored them until they went away. Thinking that I had made it over the proverbial fitness ‘hump’, I started to work out a bit more aggressively. This evening, after taking the dog for a walk, I decided to try a new workout regimen that I found in a fitness magazine in my aunt’s house. From the pictures, it looked quite do-able and effective. After the first two exercises I knew it was going to be more challenging than I thought, but my pride started to creep in and I pressed on. I used to be a well-trained athlete, so surely my muscles, tendons and joints also remember those times. Exercise three and four went a bit better, but exercise five did me in. Laying flat on my back, with my hands holding seven pound dumbbells stretched back behind my head, I lifted my arms with the weights up over my head to reach my left leg that was extended straight up in the air… it was the 12th rep and that was it. Something in my left shoulder made an unfortunate crunching sound and it was over. Dang seven pounders.

As I sit here, I have a bag of frozen peas on my shoulder hoping that it is just seized up for the time being and everything will be better tomorrow. But I also sit here quite humbled. My pride got the better of me and now I’m paying the price. What was I trying to prove? And to who? Lesson learned.

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7 Responses to “Day 4 – a little bit humbled”

  1. Mike August 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #

    Oh how I can relate to this post! Believe it or not, I turn 30 (WHUT?) in about 5-6 months, and my body does not play as nice with me as before. I had the first injury of my life that sidelined me, so I’ve been recently humbled as well. That being said, I’ve been recently triumphant as well as I’ve managed to come out of this injury reasonably well.

    I found it as a challenge though – I’m oldER, but definitely not old, so I started to figure out how I can get back into shape with my non-21-year-old body. Believe it or not, your training as an athlete will help you, only not through muscle memory, but through determination to see it through.

    Keep it up :)

    • Jamie Born August 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

      Mike! great to hear from you! thanks for the message. I think you’re right, I’m definitely humbled but even more determined to not let my gimpy shoulder get the best of me. I’m actually going to work out right now, just have to be creative how to not use my left arm :)

      I hope you are doing really well and that life at almost 30 is treating you great!

      • Mike @ TryForTri August 29, 2010 at 8:41 am #

        Getting creative in the gym is the best way to keep going :) Plus, it spices things up a bit. I had to try things I’d never done before, which ended up being awesome. I got my first massage ever thanks to this injury, and while it was painful (it was a deep-tissue massage) I felt great afterwards. It was nice to discover it thanks to my injury!

        Also, life at almost 30 is treating me well :) I just got back from a 2-week work trip through Germany and the UK and in a week’s time I will be doing my first triathlon, which I raised $1,000 for WWF Canada. I certainly can’t complain – I’ve got it pretty good right now!

        I hope your shoulder feels better and you are also doing great!

  2. grama August 27, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    .just hang in there. It does help to be persistent!!!!!re your sunset pics and the ocean, are you my granddaughter or what?…….

    • Jamie Born August 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

      thanks grama! yes, i think we share a few of the same interests. go figure :)

  3. Erin August 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    HAHA! It’s about time you realized you’re getting OLD!! hehe. It stinks…
    You gotta ease yourself into this thing called working out!!!!!!

    • Jamie Born August 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

      Um Erin, if you read this post again you will realize that I didn’t say I was old, just that I wasn’t 21 anymore. there’s a difference :) but yes, i now realize that my ‘not as young as i used to be’ body requires a bit more easing in than it used to. i actually thought of you today as i was holding my left arm across my tummy so not to let it hang and or move and send shooting pain through my shoulder. good times :)

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