The day after my run I wake up and decide to start early on doing the laundry. That means packing the clothes and laundry detergent into the elevator, descending about 400 feet then walking in to the laundry room. Today as I walk to the elevator there’s a nagging pain in my right foot. When I get off the elevator and walk to the laundry room it’s a bit worse. I put the laundry in the washer, start it up and go back upstairs.
The trip down to switch the laundry to the dryer is a bit more painful. An hour later it’s time to get the laundry and I realize I’m dreading it. One day before I am running 15 kilometres, today I am limping slowly down the hall leaning on the handle of the laundry cart.
I bring everything upstairs and I am done. Sage banishes me to a desk chair with wheels and tells me I’m not to walk until she says it’s OK. And so I zoom around the house, propelled by my left foot for two days.
I feel a little better after five days which is good. It’s been a week since I’ve done any grocery shopping. I walk downstairs and hook up the bike trailer. Riding is effortless but after walking around the supermarket I am not in pain but there’s definitely discomfort. When I get home I get back home and am back in my chair for a couple of days. Today I did the laundry and it was much easier but still a slight bit of discomfort – enough that I’m not going to be walking anywhere any time soon. I did ask Daegan to go get my bicycle though and bring it upstairs. It seems like riding is fine, just not walking so I’ll be doing Zwift tonight. This is incredibly important to me because, as you might have gathered, exercise has been one of the big things that has kept me in a good mental state throughout the pandemic. So tonight I’ll be cycling indoors – cross your fingers for me.
On the positive side, one other thing that’s kept up during the pandemic is Hindi learning and practice. I generally do about 5 hours of class per week and maybe an hour or two of conversation practice with other people online and another hour or so a week of practice watching videos. But as my teacher and I both had lots more free time for the holidays we had class nearly every day. In the end – about 20 hours in total. It was during this time I started noticing a couple of things.
The first thing is that somewhere along the line in the past month or two I started to understand more words. My vocabulary isn’t big by any stretch, but now I can watch a TV show or a TED talk without subtitles. I’m really glad because through an episode of Satyamev Jayate, I came across the amazing Kamla Bhasin. I really love her perspective and she’s a great speaker with a good sense of humour. From the bit she’s told in the Ted Talk she’s had quite an incredible life and accomplished so much.
If you’re curious you can watch her here:
Sorry, English speakers, I can’t find subtitles for that one. But this one has them:
This whole episode is excellent and I really recommend it though at times there are some pretty intense content so just be aware.
I also noticed that unbidden, thoughts have started coming in two languages. A year ago a word would come into my mind and stick there – but that happens with just about any language, even English. A word like ‘pamplemousse’ (French for grapefruit) could stick in my head for hours. It’s just fun to say.
I’m thinking of doing a bit more Hindi writing – perhaps the time has come to start a second blog.
The contrast between these two exercises is interesting. Hindi has been a long term training project. I’ve been at it for several years now and so a marathon 20 hour week of study was no problem. I didn’t feel tired at all. (After my very first Hindi class years ago my head was literally spinning) On the other hand, running has been something I’ve trained less regularly for and when I pushed myself beyond what I regularly trained for I paid for it.
In any case, whether studying Hindi or riding my bike indoors, this will be my life for a little while longer, I think.
Postscript: Started riding about 20 minutes after publishing this post. Ten minutes later the rear tube I had just replaced burst. No indoor riding for me for a while.