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By gzt (Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 12:39:32 PM EST) gzt, elbow, bmi, fish oil (all tags)
We'll surf like they do in the USA.

I just failed at phone tag. I was supposed to be on a 9:00 call, but I wasn't at my desk at the precise moment they called me - like 9:04. So I called back, but the line was busy (duh), left a message, sat around waiting. Then I got a call from the director of somesuch and nonsense about some report I made, and as we were hashing it out I saw I had a call on my other line, but I couldn't get to it in time. Called back, again, the line was busy.

A friend of mine had a going-away party last night. We played Mare Nostrum. I was too self-absorbed as Babylon to pay attention - I had just constructed, essentially, an impermeable wall and all I would do from then on is purchase a wonder/hero every turn. Greece, however, plundered Egypt and got 19 (!) tax in one turn to win handily. He had 13 before the trading phase and just went for more tax for kicks. I should've been putting checks on Greece. Rome was, as is proper, focussed on Carthage. We also played Ticket to Ride - I got screwed because I got blocked out of a couple of my routes and I was just barely unable to finish another. Three unfinished routes == doom.

I ate a lot yesterday.

My left elbow is not in good shape. I will have to switch to front squats and light presses for a while. Cleans are out (I checked last night), snatches and jerks are definitely out, I'll have to see what deadlifts and their variants do - keeping the elbow locked out under load doesn't seem to hurt, but I'll have to double-check. I'll have to eat less since I won't be working as hard. Maybe I should get this diagnosed. This is not tendonitis. Fortunately, it's not painful until I begin putting in heavy loads, so it doesn't matter in my daily activities. I'm pretty sure the no-dropping-weights policy is the cause of the injury.

Speaking of which, apparently my BMI now marks me as "obese" instead of merely "overweight". Frankly, I think I should have about 10 more pounds on me, though I have maybe 10-20 pounds I can get rid of elsewhere. I suppose my elbow will give me an excuse to work on that, since I'm not going to be able to work on pushing up my totals until the elbow heals. I probably won't even be able to think about snatches until after I'm married.

So anyway, at church yesterday some homeless guy was asking after me by name. He had a note with my name on it asking for a CTA transit pass. That was odd. I didn't have any, nor did the church, unfortunately, so that was that. Somebody gave him some food from the food pantry. But, odd. How would anybody ask for me by name?

Excellent: just got that phone call from the intro taken care of. Awesome project of awesomeness: looking more feasible every day. This could bring me fame and fortune. Well, not really fame. And not really fortune. I've just got to say, this new Director of Stuff and Things is pretty good.

Friggin' mail nonsense. That package bounced because it didn't have the unit number on it or something. I can't pick it up because the mail service didn't leave the form thing for it in my mailbox (probably with somebody else or something?). So... I guess I'll call the post office and see what I can do?

Fish oil: x-ray vision abating. Will increase dosage. Hopefully not a transient effect.

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I'm tellin ya man by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 01:50:42 PM EST
be careful with that elbow.. PT didn't do much, you'll probably need the cortisone shot, and you may get semi-crippled for life.. pushing big weights around ain't worth it. (Though I look back at some beach pics and say "damn was I a beefcake.." I realize never again.. )

This is, it seems, a different injury than before. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 02:22:35 PM EST
It's presenting on the lateral side, as opposed to the medial side, for one. Etc etc. Doesn't feel like epicondylitis at all. Still, right, I agree: moving around heavy things isn't worth permanent injury. This is, of course, kept in balance with the antithesis that you will get weak and die if you do not move around heavy things.

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IAWTP by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 02:26:35 PM EST
That might be why you're pushing bigger weights than people larger than you.

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I'm not pushing bigger weights... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 02:39:40 PM EST
...than people larger than me. The people lifting less than me look anemic (though they can do a lot of pullups) and the people who are bigger than me seem to be student athletes and lift more than me. I mean, hey, I'm just squatting in the 300's, I'm not exactly huge here.

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Snatches by barooo (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 03:38:24 PM EST
I probably won't even be able to think about snatches until after I'm married.

Isn't that proper?

man, i need a beefy taco now.
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