Knee Replacement, too much snow and other thoughts of a 50+'r (Actually a 67 yr older)
On Monday, my wife will be undergoing a total left knee replacement. To say she is a bit uptight about this would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole in the backyard. Several days recently I have not been able to do one single thing right. I understand her nervousness, but WOW!! To top it off, my youngest son seems to be having some sort of esophagus problem, and is going to have to have a scope soon under anesthesia. And, today she had a 3 hour root canal - the infection had to be gone before her surgery. She is in some pain at the moment.
And the snow! They took most of the snow off of the street and used a front-end loader to pile it on the already deeply snow-covered lawns. We now have 7 foot piles of snow on all of our yards up and down the street. Temp tonight is supposed to be 8 below zero and it is snowing lightly. At least the side streets no longer have so many 8-10 inch deep icy ruts which bounce your car around, and cause you to slip and slide (the main roads are fine, however)! Our small town has spent almost a million dollars in excess snow removal costs. They are dumping the snow from areas where they have no place to put it onto a large open area right near here, and are using dump tucks . The other day, on my walk, there were 14 contracted dump trucks lined up ready to go on their daily runs.
It has been a long time since I have ridden - this is most unusual, as generally I can ride every week of the year around here. I have this desperate need to get out, so I can't stand the trainer. I have been taking long 1.5 hour walks in the snow in our local open space and trail areas, sometimes breaking tracks through a lot of snow. This is invigorating and also gets my heart rate up. It is beautiful, though, going through the trails with the snow covered fields.
Well, we will see what tomorrow brings.
Thanks for listening.