I've often compared writing to mountain climbing. It's easy to become discouraged and quit and it's easy to fall off if you're not careful. That fall becomes ever more perilous the higher you climb and yet there's something that keeps driving you to climb ever higher. When you reach the top and look around, you'll discover there's another mountain over there and a taller one yet on the other side. No matter how far or how high you climb, you can always find a greater challenge.

Writing, like climbing, is more about the effort than the destination. You never really reach the top. The challenge is in the journey.

Come follow me up this mountain and over the top to the one beyond.
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May 23, 2007

Beating the Boss

Despite the bum knee problem, I won the 1.5 mile walk at work (health event) and after work, I spent 2.5 hours at the gym. Ellipital trainer, upper body weights, some time in the hot tub and sauna, and then a pilate class. I'm now icing the knee.

May 22, 2007

Living at the Gym

I did the core class after work, followed by 30 minutes on the ellipitical trainer and then the leg workout followed by ten minutes of icing the knee (doing crunches while icing the knee), then some time in the pool before relaxing in the hot tub for five minutes before using the dry sauna. I reached home about 8pm.

May 20, 2007

Circle City Open Aftermath

I was so disgusted with my poor performance at the Circle City Open that I am even more determined than ever to regain my former skill level. Admittedly, I wasn't very good but I was certainly better than this. Thus, I went to the Wellness Center today and put in a half hour on upper body weight training before doing my usual 30 minutes on the ellipitical trainer followed by the usual one-legged press and one-legged extension. I did 3 sets of 12 at 18 lbs. on the one-legged press and 2 sets of 12 at 20 lbs. For the one-leg extension, I did one set of 10 at 10 lbs., one set at 13 lbs, and one set at 15 lbs. It felt easier today, which I think is simply the result of a renewed determination and better mental attitude. It's had for me to keep the same level of effort going when I don't see any tangible results so I'm setting some artificial goals for myself. Goal one, of course, is to reach 5 sets of 12 at 20 before the end of the month and to reach 3 sets of 10 at 13 lbs. on the leg extension.

April 22, 2007

Southern Discomfort

We went to see the Naptown Roller Girls compete against the Knoxville team Saturday night. This bout was far more physical than any other I recall seeing, with frequent fouls and several penalties. It got down and dirty real fast with Knoxville leading by 10 points at the end of the first period. Naptown was clawing its way back slowly when a seemingly innocent block forcing two skaters onto the floor turned into a Knoxville skater using the Naptown skater as a punching bag. I don't know who threw the first punch, but from where I sat, I could see the Naptown skater with her arms protecting her face while the Knoxville skater hit her again and again. The referees did not immediately see it and when they did, they paused for a moment before starting forward. In that moment, Mr. Whip (the Naptown coach) attempted to pull the Knoxville skater off the Naptown skater. For this action, he was expelled. [It is forbidden that one coach touch any player on the other team.] and then was attacked by a referee not affiliated with either team] on his way off the court, spurring more angry confrontrations. It took about 15 minutes for things to calm down and the bout begin again. At this point, the Tornado Sirens blew away Knoxville in one jam after another until they had a 19 point lead by the end of the second period.

In the third period, the Knoxville team fought back, eroding the lead to a tie and then the Tornado Sirens pulled ahead by 8 points with only one jam remaining. Knoxville mounted a herculean effort and closed to within 3 points as the crowd counted down, the bout ended, and the crowd poured out of their seats to celebrate and congratulate the winners.

Knoxville protested, stating the final jam was called prematurely. By the time this was decided, most of the crowd had left and the floor was covered with debris that had to be removed for the sudden-death jam overtime.

Security cleared the floor and we watched one of the best jams of the night. Knoxville wanted their victory and the Tornado Sirens weren't about to hand it over to them. Blazin' Ace blew through the pack to become the lead jammer. The final jam ended with them scoring 9 points whereas Knoxville gained 4 or 5 points.

We celebrated -- again.

April 15, 2007

Life Goes On

It's been a long time since I've updated this journal. Thus far, I fenced one major competition and was told that if I didn't want to take up one-legged fencing, I'd stay off the strip until the knee is ready for that type of abuse. I still limp if I don't pay attention to how I'm walking but I have full range of motion again. The knee, unfortunately, is still weak and I'm still off balance.

Mother is still in a state of declining health and nothing is going to change this. My daughter, Toni, is now a member of the Tornado Sirens, a.k.a. Naptown Roller Girls. My son, David, is still working towards a PhD and he and his wife are expecting their second child this Spring.

Our basement flooded and while the water level was never higher than our feet, there was a lot of stuff in the basement and between our inability to move it out in time and the carpet holding that moisture in and spreading it across the floor and up the walls, we lost a lot of drywall. I'm still living in a house filled with stuff from the basement and trying to persuade my pack rat husband to give away some of this stuff.

Writing has not been going well. There are only 24 hours in every day between physical therapy exercises for the knee, the day job, fencing practices (bladework), and trying to shovel junk out of the house and/or back into the basement, I've just not had the luxury of sitting down at a keyboard for an extended length of time.

Which also explains the long lag time since the last update.