You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
For reference, I included the route distances listed in that upper corner. If you add those up, you’ll find that I traveled 25.6 km, just a hair under 16 miles. I prefer to travel long distances on two wheels. As such, I don’t generally think of 16 miles as a very long way: After all, that’s about an hour of bicycling. Yesterday, though, I traveled every inch of that distance on foot, having been stymied in my plan to complete the Bonney Lake bicycle audits on bike by the copious amounts of ice still on the ground. I guess Bonney Lake’s proximity to Mt. Rainier may have something to do with that. Anyway, all this to say that I walked farther than I’ve ever walked before (not by much; Ian and I did 12-ish miles of a hike in Seaside nary a month ago) and today I’m feeling a tad achy.
Which made my 7:00 am physical therapy appointment interesting, to say the least. Fortunately, by the time I’d ridden there, my muscles warmed up enough to not howl in protest when he asked me to do things like, oh, walk down the hallway or lift my knee up while standing on one foot. My doctor recommended I do some PT sessions to help my ongoing back pain, which she thinks is due to muscles and not bones. This is my first time going to a PT, and I didn’t really know what to expect. What I got was a guy who’d just ridden to work himself — he did a Superman-style change into professional clothes while I waited — and who clearly knows a huge amount about muscles and bones and the way they work. He told me lots of things about my back and its muscles; he also told me to reduce the amount of sitting I do. Huh. I left feeling hopeful, for the first time, that I might not have to just keep living with my back being stiff and sore all the time. I didn’t realize how much it’s been a low-level bother, always feeling a little bit uncomfortable with occasional stabs of real pain, for a long, long time. But now maybe that will change. Hope! Never guessed it’d come in the form of a couple rolled-up towels, monkey bars, and a strangely relaxing laying position.