Watch your feet (And ankles)

Hydro Rider classes have been going well, with one caveat. While pushing myself during the “sprint” phases, I injured my ankles on the metal bars of the bike. One of the injuries turned into a swollen ankle that kept me out of the pool for a week while the swelling went down and it healed.

The more advanced techniques have become much easier. Outside of the gym, I’ve seen improvements in my strength and balance. There have been multiple days that start at the gym, go on to significant time on my feet, and at the end of the day I am still able to carry significant weight in from the car, or take the stairs. Not long ago, this would have been unthinkable.

The biggest thing, though, is not what it has done for my physical ability, though that is significant. The biggest thing has been how it has affected my mind, my outlook on life. My sedentary time in recovery left me despondent, overwhelmed, and unmotivated. Now that I am working out again, my outlook on life has improved, cramping has gone away, and what has seemed insurmountable quickly translates to “Done”.

Working out regularly has become a priority for me. Even if/when the hydro rider classes are not something I am doing, the lessons learned there will stay with me.

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