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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Icebaths and Insanity!!

This week has been quite the interesting one for me...

Last Friday I was dumped...for the first time ever...I know, I know...I am a grown up, how is that possible? Well, I will just say that it is.

Last Saturday I won my age group at the race I was in, The Hometown Waterboy! I took almost 9 minutes off of last year's time, which for such a small race, is great!! I owe it all to SpeeDee and her pink pompoms!! (and most certainly not to my poor pre-race preparations, ie: sleepless night thinking about Friday's fun!)

Then to add insult to injury then to victory then another insult...my phone crapped out while I was deleting some texts...ummm, see above description of Friday night...and I lost all of my data...phone numbers, pictures and even the video of my co-worker sleeping at his desk, SNORING! There are some things in this world that can't be replaced.

I also officially started horseback riding AGAIN (for the first time in about 10 years!) and I thought I was in shape. There are clearly muscles that do not get used in at least 3 of the sports I do because I have recently found them. And I found them because they were in pain. A lot of pain. Last weeks horse assignment, Gabe, dragged me around the ring and I could hardly stop him. This week's assignment was Sadie, and I could hardly make her move! I have a GIANT bruise on my calf and took my very first icebath as a result...which leads me to the next subject...icebaths...

Could there be another form of torture so complete as the icebath? It is so wrong in so many ways...and we do it to ourselves!! Yuck! There is actually a procedure to this madness. Here are the necessary steps to doing it right.
1. Get a 10 lb bag of ice and disrobe (already things are all wrong)
2. Start running a bath, cold water now...
3. Get in and let it fill up to your waist or until desired body part is covered.
4. Turn off water.
5. Open 10 lb bag of ice.
6. Look at it with dread.
7. Yes, you will need to dump it eventually.
8. Look at it again.
9. Close your eyes and dump.
10. Stick your fairly warm dry hands into ice cold water and swish ice all around.
11. Set clock for 10 minutes.
12. umm...relax?
13. Look at clock...2 minutes down...
14. You get the drift.
15. 10 Minutes passes...biggest rule...MOVE SLOWLY...not that you have any choice, your limbs and appendages are frozen. Literally.
16. Drift off into a peaceful dream...you are warm, you are cozy, no wait, you have fallen alseep in the ice cold bath and are dying of hypothermia.
17. Rinse and repeat...kidding.

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