Summer Vacations and Blog Posts

Well, I’ve pretty much taken a long summer vacation from posting anything on this blog. And that’s if you figure that summer somehow starts here in NE Ohio in February or March. Sigh.

Anyway, I last opined about LeBron James and how he was managing the news. You know — the decision. Ah, gee. That turned out well. Not. Hard to believe that LeBron could have handled that more unprofessionally. And hey.  I didn’t really care whether he stayed or left — save for the angst that it caused many here and elsewhere who did care.

So what have I been doing? Well, truth be told, not much. I like that expression: truth be told. Wonder how often it actually surfaces in the real world of politics, business and so on these days. I digress.

Mostly I’ve managed to embellish my months-old funk driven primarily by my inability to hit the concrete daily at 5 a.m. for my five-mile running tour of the neighborhood. The nerve problem in my foot just isn’t getting any better — and chasing the belt on the treadmill might elevate the heart rate but it sure doesn’t do much to raise the level of endorphins. Go figure.

So why not just do something else: walk, bike, swim, circle the earth on the elliptical? No good, or even remotely rational, answer to that other than I want to run. And apparently I’m not the only one that faces this kind of a dilemma — although some have greater success in resolving the issue.

Gina Kolata, writing in The New York Times — “When Repeat Injuries Can’t Dim an Athlete’s Passion” — looks at why it is often difficult for someone to give up a sport they enjoy, even in the face of injury or common sense. Here’s from the article:

At least one expert, recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine for this column, would say we stubborn athletes have a psychological problem.

Our behavior, said the expert, Dr. Jon L. Schriner, an osteopath at the Michigan Center for Athletic Medicine, is “compulsive”: we let our egos get in the way, persisting beyond all reason.

But another expert recommended by the college, David B. Coppel, a clinical and sports psychologist at the University of Washington, has another perspective. There are several reasons some people find it hard to switch sports, he told me. Often, their friends do that sport, too; it is how these people identify themselves, part of their social life. And then there is another, more elusive factor.

“There is something about the experience — be it figure skating or running or cycling — that really produces a pleasurable experience,” Dr. Coppel said. “That connection is probably not only at a psychological level but probably also something physiological that potentially makes it harder for these people to transition to other sports.”

A psychological problem? Compulsive? Say what?

Oh well. There is most likely some truth being told there, and like many, I’m going to have to take a hard look at sports alternatives as one way to get back to my normal routines, which includes posting more regularly here.

I’ll consider that tonight during Happy Hour — as the first double Jameson splashes over the ice.

Oops. What’s this article — also in The New York Times — “Why Getting Old Means Drinking Less“? Here’s from the article:

If you feel like you can’t drink the way you used to, you’re not alone. An aging body is more sensitive to alcohol than a younger one.

The National Institutes of Health’s Senior Health Web site today issued new warnings about alcohol and aging, reminding people 65 and older that even a few drinks can hit them harder than in their youth.

The reason is that older people metabolize alcohol more slowly, and they also have less water in their bodies. The result is that an adult who consumes just a few glasses of wine will have a higher percentage of alcohol in his or her blood than a younger person drinking the same thing. That’s why you may start feeling tipsy sooner after consuming alcohol, even if your drinking habits are the same as always.



6 responses to “Summer Vacations and Blog Posts

  1. Hey Rob,
    Don’t know if this will make you feel better, but in the last two years, I broke two bones in my foot, sprained both ankles, tore a ligament and a tendon, and am currently benched (again!) for tendonitis – apparently from being too aggressive with my physical therapy exercises! So I feel for you! It’s a little depressing not to be able to do the things you’re used to doing, but I’ve decided it’s the universe trying to tell me something. Be more flexible? Enjoy the things you can do while you can do them? Not sure exactly what the message is…but wanted to pass along my sympathies – I’ve been there for two years!

  2. Jeannine,

    Thanks for the comment and kind words. You’re absolutely right: enjoy the things you can do while you can do them. That’s true with everything in life.

    The tough thing about the running injuries — mentally and physically — is that they really do limit your ability to do what you want to do in terms of exercise and that influences other parts of your life as well. At least that has been true — rightly or wrongly — in my case.

    Saying all that, I hope you get over your injuries and get back on the road. There really isn’t anything better.

  3. I think that the only thing that even comes close to the peacefulness of an early morning run is an early morning swim. I know that it could never be like running for you, but you might want to give it a try. Not only is it strenuous in a cardiovascular sense, it is really so quiet in the water (great for thinking up new blog posts!). Maybe when you are here in Budapest, a nation of great swimmers (and drinkers!), you might give it a try. There’s almost nothing better than spending some time at a local pool and then heading right over to the former communist propaganda office that has been converted into a beer garden. 🙂

    • Well, I certainly like the idea of heading to the beer garden. I’m not much of a swimmer — but seriously, I do agree with you about the benefits of swimming, both physically and mentally. My friend Walter swims now most days and it works very well for him as a replacement for running. The key, I guess, is to maintain the motivation to do something. When we visit Budapest I’ll commit to the beer garden — but we’ll have to see about the swimming part.

  4. If only we could get our own communist propoganda offices to convert to beer gardens-i.e CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC!!! Just Kidding.
    I will have you know that I have been lifting weights, 12 oz. at a time for most of the summer in preperation of football season ( both my son’s and the Steelers/Penn State). There is something about Fall that rejuvenates the body…maybe its in preperation for winter hibernation….like a tipsy Bear!!

  5. I think it could be refreshing to see Keith Olbermann pouring the perfect pint! But only if Glenn Beck would serve in lederhosen 🙂 And I think that Fall is the finest of all the seasons. Nothing better than a crisp Sunday, followed by watching football on ESPN America (even if I have to wait up until 2 a.m for the start of an Ohio State Game)!

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