Summer 2023 started with a bang in May – I was so excited to get back outside and do outside things!
In mid-May I raved about the great weather that had rolled in and all of the activities that were underway – including that new-fangled Pickleball! A month later, I noted that my Jeep was filled with tennis gear, my softball bag, a few golf discs, and some biking gear. Summer was in full swing!
Unfortunately, that didn’t continue. I finished the softball season with a (slightly) pulled hamstring, then pulled a muscle in my back, stepped on a nail (right through my shoe!), and banged my knee into a stone planter outside a bagel shop. At one point, my back, knee, and foot were all beat up at the same time.
In the words of Clint Eastwood’s, Dirty Harry character, it was a reminder that “sometimes a man’s got to know his limitations.” While I still think I am young at 56, my body is prone to issues that haven’t been issues before.
Summer wasn’t a total loss. I still played most of the softball games and a few tennis matches got switched out for disc golf or more biked rides (“Pub Pedaling“). We also took a few Midwestern road trips (Indy 500, Chicago, St. Louis, Mackinac Island) – which gave the back a rest with a few long days in the car.
Overall, no complaints from me as summer now fades to fall, but a season of good learning that I need to take it slower sometimes. I’m happy to head into autumn close to 100%.
How was your summer? Did your body carry you through your favorite activities?
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