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A mid-summer Sunday's Dream (comes to a close) [Aug. 14th, 2011|08:08 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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I know, I know, I promised photos and regular reports, but they have not arrived.

In truth, my soccer/football season died a premature death and this afternoon's game was it's capstone — and one I missed. The fourth in a row, in fact.

My sixth match saw me play what I thought was my best. I was running fast and hard, blocking shots and stealing the ball more than once from players (somewhat) strong and (much) younger than I.

When I came home, I was sweaty and tired and very, very happy.

A couple of hours after that return, however, I was also very nearly crippled. I could barely bend my right knee, spent literally a couple of minutes just getting into bed. I limped badly for a couple of days, then the healing began, and has continued, but not fast enough.

I've missed four games, have had to stop the tennis and the badminton and even the jogging. Very frustrating, as my body had finally begun to respond, to grow noticeably stronger, in response to a regimen the likes of which I had not put it through in probably a quarter of a century (dear god! That's a long time!).

And so, no photos. There was always "next week" — until there wasn't.

I think I'm ready to try a run again, tomorrow or Tuesday, but only making the effort will actually tell.

But still, the same league has a fall season, and there's hockey to look forward to, if I can find a game to meet my (limited) skills.

And the cycling, of course — oh wait. After waiting out a downpour beneath the Bronson Street overpass by the canal this afternoon, Raven and I rounded Dow's Lake until I felt something ... no right with my 25 year-old machine.

I dismounted and realized my centre bar is no longer connected to the frame! Where it metal (should) meet metal, just over the crankshaft, is now a shifting gap, which is rather disconcerting (though also, I think, it's rather impressive the machine will still go at all).

I'll be taking it into a shop tomorrow to inquire whether some welding will be of any use, but I reather suspect it's time to strip the beast for parts, discard the noble frame and see about resureccting the nearly 50-year old beast I have in the basement.

Or maybe, I should take Raven's advice and look for some on Kijiji.

Despite the travails, I'm busy and pretty happy. How's your summer been?

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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2011-08-15 08:52 am (UTC)
Man, you should distribute your force throughout the whole season, not play an awesome game and then die ;(
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-08-15 02:16 pm (UTC)

Comin' back with cleets!

Actually, the improvement was a gradual, game-by-game thing. The injury was just bad luck - and probably because I'd forgotten about the importance of traction. I'm fairly certain some kind of slide must have caused the injury.

Just wait 'till next year!
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2011-08-15 02:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Comin' back with cleets!

Isn't there some chance to recover earlier?
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-08-15 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Comin' back with cleets!

Oh yes, I was just quoting Charlie Brown. In truth, I'm going to try going for a run tomorrow (it's the lateral motion that's most problematic) and I hope to sign up for a fall league. Not to mention that I want to find a regular ice-hockey game to play this fall and winter as well.
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2011-08-15 02:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Comin' back with cleets!

Crossing fingers for ya! I have a regular rugby encounter with the next neighbourhood on Friday...
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