Things Move Fast
It all started Friday night. We were at this local gathering and ran into a friend of ours we hadn’t seen in a few years. he’s a doc at the hospital and had moved out west for a spell but moved back and we hadn’t seen him since. So we were talking to him and he was talking about this awesome cycling trip he took to Europe last summer and I mentioned I wasn’t riding because of my knee. The next thing he tells he’s not riding either because he just had open heart surgery three weeks ago to replace his aortic valve. That was a conversation stopper. made me feel kind of lame to be complaining about a sore knee.
That led me to the bright idea as follows: Since my knee’s already hooped (and I know what’s wrong with it), how much could it hurt it to go for a ride on Saturday? Answer: a lot, as it turns out. I had a nice 75 minute ride, felt totally out of shape but enjoyed it all the same. I then tried to ride the trainer on Sunday and lasted 5 minutes. Total agony. Walking even got harder as the day went on. Today it was even worse, walking was a painful chore. Not good for someone whose job demands a good amount of mobility. So after an e-mail to my doc I got a call, “Can you take surgery on Friday?”
Gulp. “Yeah, I guess.” It meant cancelling a job this weekend for VN, which really sucked, but I had no option, my knee is hosed and I can’t pretend it’s not. The sooner I get it taken care of the sooner I’ll be back in fighting form and the sooner I’ll stop boring people talking about it.
On the work side, had a decent meeting with the art director of a big regional outdoor company. He seemed up to his eyeballs in work, they usually are, so we’ll see how it plays out in the future as far as getting more work with them. Saw that Tom Danielson dropped out of the Giro today. Bummer. I met him two years ago at the top of Mt Washington when I coevring it for VN and he is a genuinely nice guy. I’d like to see him do well. Guess what’s wrong with him? You got it: sore knee.