So I have been pretty down lately. And by down, I mean almost in tears curled up like a little ball on my bed.
The fires have completely forbidden me to run, bike or swim near where I live.
I threw out my back about when the fires started, so I haven’t even been able to work out (even if I wanted to).
But there is a glimmer of light! My back is feeling better today, I actually don’t feel pain at all points in the day. Now it is just when I do something stupid… It is also Labor Day weekend and George and I are going to do a ride over at Zuma on Monday before we become beach bums and hang out at the beach for the rest of the day. Then I might actually get to go to Curves on Saturday to do a little workout, but I won’t push it. Especially with the machines that I have to use my lower back on.
So it is getting a little better…
Now, I have to explain to you a little bit about how these fires are affecting us triathletes here in the San Gabriel Valley. We are all going INSANE! We are so used to working out outside and the thought of entering a gym is somewhat daunting… like…I am supposed to run on this thing and not going anywhere? Not to mention, the AQMD (Air Quality Management District) is telling us not to even workout indoors because the particulate matter makes its way inside too. So our only option is to go to the beach, most of have jobs…so that doesn’t work out well. Have I thought about calling in “sick”, yes…”mentally sick” just so that I can get in a ride over in Malibu. But alas…bad back and lots of work prevents that. Anyway, someone sent out an interesting e-mail in the club yesterday, who I think knows what we are all thinking at this point….”I can’t see the fires…I can smell it…but I am SICK and TIRED of not doing anything…I will work out!” The e-mail sent out was a story of a man, who continued to ride during the fires, and then developed a cough and now has screwed up his lungs because of all the particulate matter that he inhaled. And now…we are back to “ok, so maybe I won’t work out”. But you have to understand that it is quite stressful the situation we are all in.
But not nearly as stressful as this:
So BFD, I can’t work out! I think I will live.
And my thoughts and prayers are with the people that have to fight these fires and the people affected by these fires. I cannot begin to imagine the grief and stress that is induced by such an event.
But hopefully, they can find that glimmer of light amidst the darkness.