Travis and I showed up at about 06:00 for the grand opening of the new Houston Highland Village Apple Store. When we arrived there were about 150 people in line in front of us. The time passed quickly until the exciting opening at 08:00. This is a beautiful store and it’s only a couple of blocks from my office!
Moonwalking With Einstein
Just finished reading a really interesting book called Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. It was written by Joshua Foer and published in March, 2011 by Penguin Press.
Joshua — a man with an average memory — went on to win the U.S. Memory Championship. This book chronicles his path in an entertaining and informative way. Highly recommended.
Cardio at Lifetime Fitness
Mikie and I got in 30 minutes of cardio at the Lifetime Fitness in Atascocita. We used the Octane Fitness elliptical machines. Good workout!
Mikie and I both got our eyes checked today at the Target optical dept in Humble. I had some minor tweaks in my prescription and ordered some new glasses. Mikie is getting some new glasses as well, but — and this is very cool — is trying on some contact lenses. Hopefully that will work out OK.
So you all behave. We’ll be keeping an eye on you!
OK, had an appointment for an evaluation at this Cole Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy place. Filled out a bunch of paperwork, paid a $40 deductible (ouch!) and then was measured and tested. I was given 4 basic exercises that I’m supposed to do daily and will be going back regularly over the next several weeks.
Here is a view of this place from the front:
This is part of the area where you do your rehab exercises.
A Harris County hazardous materials unit came screaming by on 59:
Do you like Shipleys Do-Nuts? I’m a huge fan of their spicy kolaches. I did not know there was a Shipleys vehicle tooling around in Houston, but here it is:
Did a 30-minute cardio session on a Life Fitness elliptical machine and followed that up with the exercises that the rehab place assigned.
Workout with Mikie
Mikie and I got in a good cardio workout today at Lifetime Fitness. We did 35 minutes on some weird combination elliptical/stair-stepping machine, then did about 10 minutes of stretching followed by some time in the Jacuzzi. Nice!
A Visit to the Orthopedic Guy
Basically I wanted to find out if I was doing some kind of serious and permanent damage to my left knee by continuing to run on it, in spite of having pretty much continuous pain.
I had figured that Dr. Mucat would be a good resource. He had given an injury-prevention seminar at one of our weekly Kingwood Fit meetings. I was not disappointed. After checking things out he told me that it would be OK to continue to run on it as long as I could stand the pain. At some point, when it gets bad enough, he will want to do an MRI and the go in and clean things up. There would be a 6-8 week period of time before I could resume training at normal levels.
That was all I needed to know to make a decision. If I had the procedure done now, then I miss another season. If I can put it off until the end of the season, that would be the way to go. Enough said!
Dr. M. did write me a script for some Voltaren (diclofenac), a topical anti-inflammatory cream that I can put on the left knee area a couple of times a day, so hopefully that will help out the situation a bit.
Update from Iraq!
Just got a call from Gordon Jr. He is currently at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. The time there is 10 hours ahead of US/Central time. Gordy will be in Kuwait for probably a couple of weeks for training. After that he is scheduled to be at FOB Delta. I do not have a mailing address for him yet. He will be able to check email occasionally.
They had flown from Camp Benning, GA. They made a stop in Frankfurt, Germany and then continued on to Kuwait.
I’ll keep everyone posted as I find out more. Gordy sounds like he is doing fine.
Triathlon Training – Day 12
Strength Training – AA, 3-4 sets
After warm up do 3-4 sets of AA. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm.
Warm up: 10 min on Elliptical
- squat: 115x20,20,20
- standing bent arm lat pulldown: (cybex) 45x20,20,20
- leg press: 140x20,20,20
- chest press: (hammer) 30x20,20,20
- seated row: 110x30,30,30
- seated calf raises: 35x20,20,20
- ab with twist: bwx16,9
Was scheduled to do a running workout as my second workout of the day. I wasn’t able to schedule it earlier so I started to run on the Treadmill, but quit after 10 minutes due to pain in lower-left leg.