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The Lockdown Diary - DAY 71

Posted 3rd June 2020 at 08:51 by Cormack
I am comfortable with the title. I know I am now more 'loosely bolted down' but nothing just ended, it's a slight evolution.

Woke up to an unusual sensation of aching muscles in my calves. Quite simply, I have atrophied. I don't have the mentality to do pointless (to me) repetitive exercise, it needs to have a goal, figuratively and to a degree literally. I couldn't walk on a treadmill for even a couple of minutes but I could walk all day in changing scenery where all your senses are at play.

I haven't walked anywhere outdoors in ten weeks and I'm 52. You get to ache pretty quickly, there's even a thread in the Whippet in its honour. My calves burn and I am ever so grateful for it. The shoulder pain that has progressed has eased off for the slight pendulum action of walking (that is an 'L") and mentally, I've got a route of declutter and of a general lift. One out a day. The dog has taken to my side again all but exclusively in rest, we are colegas in exercise once more.

I make no apology therefore...

Recommended listening - Blur, Parklife

It's no Quadrophenia, of course, but very much apt.

A good day in other matters as well. Broke the back of a tedious piece of work, couple of pleasant dial-ins, sea bass curry for tea and the end of the Miracle. True to form, there was one last turn in the road for the book and a colleague of mine who retires imminently has taken a copy on the strength of a second hand discussion with me - it seems it's the sports book that either everyone has read or has meant to read but not got around to it, and he and I were in the second such group. He'll love it. A truly amazing story.

Now reading Ben Ryan's Sevens Heaven about his time in charge of the Fijian rugby sevens. An excellent start.

Stay well
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Knew you'd like Miracle, over the years I've recommended it to every sporting bookworm I know, though that's not an enormous group of people, to be honest.

I'm currently re-reading Stramash by Daniel Gray, which is about the teams and places of lower-league Scottish rubbish. The cover picture tells you all you need to know..

Posted 3rd June 2020 at 14:41 by Mister Logic Mister Logic is offline
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I've nearly picked that up a couple of times, ML, but have managed to not convince myself. Next round, I reckon, then...
Posted 4th June 2020 at 23:18 by Cormack Cormack is offline
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