Monday was my first day playing basketball since the infamous tennis ball incident.
What’s that? Tennis ball incident? You didn’t hear the story of how I broke two bones playing basketball?
Well, it’s a long story.
June 20th, 2018, the last day of Spring. My normal routine is to stretch, pull ups, and some form of weightlifting. Chest and back one day. Biceps and back another day. Shoulders and triceps another day.
To add in some cardio, I head to the basketball court for a workout. On this particular day the court was littered with tennis balls. I didn’t think twice and went about my business.
On the basketball court I play a game of “around the world.” Having fun, shooting baskets at game speed. I run from station to station and put up shots. Occasionally I slide side to side in the athletic position across the court. Then I take the ball and dribble to the foul line, reach down and touch the line, and dribble back. Then back to shooting around the world. Game speed. Good, fun, cardio.
On this fateful day I took my last shot from the three point line and the rebound came off long. I chased it down on the other end of the court, at game speed, grabbed the ball and went up for a layup. Well, I tried to take a layup. Instead, I stepped on a tennis ball, and rolled my ankle so bad I broke a leg bone and a another one in my foot.
Monday was the first time back, only I wasn’t quite sure of how my leg would respond.
To my chagrin, the recovery has been much slower than I anticipated. The bones have healed but there is still tenderness around my lower leg that is not normal. If I had to put a number on it, I’d say I’m 98% healed. As I write, my leg is propped up and I feel throbbing in my lower leg that was not there before the incident. Maybe it’s throbbing because of Monday’s workout.
Still, it was good to be back. Those workouts were more important to me than I realized.
My inability to get back to a regular gym time impacted the rest of my daily habits.
No early rise. No gym. No reading. No bible study. Late with my writing. Inconsistent with everything.
Seems like mentally and physically Monday was the pivot. I tested the broken bones and although I think I tweaked it a bit, the leg is good enough to get back to normal. I’m still a bit sore, but mentally I think a shift happened by finishing that workout.
Physical fitness is a foundational component to a well rounded life.
Physical fitness is fundamental.
All of the other fundamentals are impacted by it. Once we are healthy we can go about serving others in our sphere, all the while using the gifts and talents that make us unique.
Good to be back on the court.