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On the good news side, I have now completed a full week, including karate training and teaching, without wearing my foot brace--and had only a mild ache after last night's class.  This morning, no ache at all.  After a year and a half, it feels like a normal foot again.

On the blah news side, the do-nothing required to let it finally heal well and proper has left me frustratingly deconditioned.  The right ankle is weak and wobbly, which throws off every form.  My push-ups suck because I've had to do them on my knees.  My sparring is laughable.  The only thing that feels marginally all right is the self-defense because success there is less about step-by-step technique and more about adaptation and improv.

I shall not be training hard for awhile yet.  Three times in the last year, I thought the stress fracture had healed.  Three times, I was wrong.  Taking it easy is what I intend to do.  Little by little, I will get it all back.

Thank goodness I'm under no pressure to test any time soon.  Since I learned so little new material last year, and Shihan knows it, I really won't be expected to step up for Sandan until early 2013.  Suits me just fine. 

In other news, I accidentally washed my little bottle of peppermint oil while it was in the pocket of my jeans, and unknowingly dumped it all in the dryer.  I'm airing out the dryer now.  My entire home smells like candy canes.

And snowballs are now falling.  I knew Indiana would turn on me, sooner or later!



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Jan. 12th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Slow does it!
Jan. 12th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, ma'am. I so do not want to injure it again. I've even been taught different ways to hold my foot while kicking so as not to strain that muscle and bone.
Jan. 12th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I once accidentally spilled an entire bottle of peppermint extract into the passenger seat of my car. It was very exciting for about three days, and then dispersed pretty much entirely. Hope your dryer is on a similar schedule!
Jan. 12th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping so. It isn't a necessarily bad smell now, though when I first opened the dryer, my eyes starting burning. Peppermint steam facial!
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