not much to report exercise-wise, since i still can't run and didn't happen to tote my bike with me on my business trip to paris. i'm back home and back in the saddle now, though.
i had a bit of a wake-up call after walking around airports and in the neighborhood of my hotel for a total of a few hours, still wearing my backpack. my foot was feeling better enough to leave the stiff cycling shoes at home and just wear my nike free 3.0s for the casual parts of my travels (my limping subsided at 4-5 weeks). interestingly, the muscles in my feet felt very worked over -- not painful, but used. i guess that's what i get for not running and basically not walking for six weeks. my plan going forward is to add some hiking to my cycling starting one week from now (8-9 weeks post-metatarsal stress fracture) to warm my feet back up, and then to cautiously introduce running on a trial basis a week after that. if all goes well, i'll ramp it up from there, while keeping a substantial volume of riding in the mix through mid-september.
i've had long-term soft-tissue issues (notably hamstring insertion and medial shin), but they tend not to keep me off the trails for any length of time when they surface (thanks are due to my ART guy!). each time i get a stress fracture it puts me out 8-12 weeks, but i emotionally manage the situation by knowing that if i give it the time to heal, i'll be fine thereafter, and i physically manage by cycling like crazy (or whatever activity the season dictates). after five stress fractures, i figure they're just a part of my personal exercise environment, so i try to take them in stride. given the time off some of you report, i definitely consider myself fortunate.
L2B: glad your knee is coming around, and also glad that you've come to terms with the negotiations you've had with it.
nice mileage muddy girl, old guy II, and AK-53. and, rich, heal up quick.
although i haven't been following the goings-on in sacramento due to work obligations, it has been amazingly inspirational to at least read briefly about ed w and keith b; kudos to those of you who toed the line.