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Saturday, December 31, 2005

I am nothing if not predictable

Had a fantastic time on vacation (a couple days with Kathleen's family, a day with my family, then 2-1/2 days of snowboarding and recreation in La Crosse with Josh and Justyna). First day of snowboarding was a little slow, but tons of fun - lesson at 10:00, followed by most of the rest of the day on the bunny slope (made it to one of the beginner level real slopes, ended up walking it most of the way down). Soaked the pain away in the hotel hot tub, ate leftover tortiere. Woke up pretty sore the second day, hit the bunny slope again at about 12:30. The first hour or so I was dragging - felt like I'd forgotten everything I learned on day one, felt really exhausted, but pushed through it. At that point, I started having fun again, and things started falling into place. Stayed out on the bunny slope until 9:00 closing, except for a quick break in the lodge around dinner time. At about 8:30, I was flying down the bunny slope, working on heel edge turns (toe edge turns were not a problem, but I still haven't completely mastered heel edge turns). Near the bottom of the bunny slope, I was going a little two fast, and overcompensated on a turn. Snowboard flew out from under me, and I landed hard, first on my pelvis/back, then on my head. Head's fine, didn't get knocked out or anything, most of the impact was on my pelvis. Rode back to Champaign the next day in a lot of pain, did not pass go, did not collect $200, went directly to convenient care. Most likely have twisted my sacrum, am on plentiful prescription drugs until Monday (Tylenol3+Flexeril+800mg Ibuprofen). The annual blowout NYE party is tonight, which I will unfortunately miss most of. Am registered for a 7.6 mile trail run next Saturday, which I'm not sure if I'll be able to make or not. Not an auspicious start to the new year, but at least I only went to the ER once in 2005...

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3 Comments:

Arthur said...

Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a good time right up until the gravity storm, anyway.

I might just trade you posterior pains... I took pity upon an older woman downtown last week and relieved her of the duty of pushing a younger woman's car away from the ice upon which she'd parked. It wasn't a big car, but powerlifting the darn thing left me with the powerlifter's misery. Sometimes being a nice guy is literally a pain in the butt!

May the best of 2005 be the worst of 2006!

7:05 PM  
Brandy said...

Shea, hon, I think you seriously need to consider living in a bubble.

4:01 PM  
Wild Tanuki said...

That's fine Shea...you and I can ward off the demons of 2006 together since I too rang in the New Year flat on my back and drugged up...Niquil COMA

9:31 PM  

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