Sunday, May 30, 2010

Something Amiss

I did something to my shoulder while rowing and, while the pain is not intense, there is something amiss. I took Aleve for about three days which didn't alleviate the tenderness. Actions that cause me to move gingerly include:

  • Belaying (taking out slack with left hand/arm)

  • Lifting my bike out of the basement (duh)

  • Parallel parking

  • Putting on an article of clothing

  • Towel Tug of War (left hand at lower back, soap in the middle and right hand at upper back)

  • You really don't miss your water until the well runs dry.

    When I went swimming on Tuesday, I didn't stay for very long since any stroke that involved back (crawl, elementary backstroke...) was out of the question. If I were more confident with the front crawl, I would have stayed longer.

    I'm assuming that I tweaked my shoulder because I was port side while rowing and my left arm is unaccustomed to handling a heavy load.

    I went rock climbing last Sunday and I went again today. It's a very weird situation in that I can climb without feeling discomfort unless I'm over gripping.

    I guess this is just another reminder to fully appreciate when the body is working in concert.

    If you look closely, you can see that Patti has her right ankle wrapped. She sprained it during an encounter with a brick while gardening about two weeks ago. I joked with her that gardening is far more dangerous than rock climbing. Patti, if you're wondering, got her doctor's permission to climb. I also know that Diane's Training... has been exercising while not completely up to par. So, I'm going to keep on keeping on and if something doesn't feel right, I'll just stop.

    A newbie, fresh out of class, walked over and introduced herself and climbed with us for awhile. Patti provided back-up belaying while Susan (the newbie) got some practice. I love rock climbers; they are such a welcoming bunch or am I biased? :)

    Route Tally:

    Beware of Bats, 5.9
    Bright Idea, 5.8
    Chag, 5.8/5.9 (hunh?)
    Face Plant, 5.8
    Hallelujah, 5.8
    Rainbow Bright, 5.8
    The Seven, 5.7

    Hope you all are having an active and enjoyable weekend...


    1. sorry to hear about your shoulder. could it be rotator cuff do you think? my rotator cuff is weak and I tweaked it in Pilates last week. everyone is gung ho to do tons of shoulder work and my rotator cuff went crazy! so I took 3 days off from training. feeling good now.

      hope you heal quickly. so glad you can still climb and i noticed 2 routes of 5.9 difficulty. look how you continue to improve!!

    2. Wonderful climbs. :D

      I feel your pain. My hamstring is still giving me fits, though not as bad as it could be.

    3. @Diane,

      Yeah, I think it's the rotator cuff too. Right now, I'm rock climbing about once a week and I hope that it's not aggravating the situation.

      I'm going to also take a page out of your book and I'll lay off swimming and weight lifting. I think that it will be okay. It's certainly better than it was about a week ago.

      Re: the rock climbing, it's so cool when a route that I've struggled with becomes easier to ascend. When my shoulder feels better, I'm going to try more 5.9's. :)

      @Fattie Fatterton,

      I'm hoping that both of us will be near or at full strength within a matter of days. :)