Friday am: a week passes so quickly…. on vacation

It’s now Friday, one week is about the length of time it takes me to decompress down to holiday mode and start to truly appreciate that I am here to rest and indulge. Despite the very hot evenings I sleep well. No central air, naked, cotton sheets and a small fan….. it probably wouldn’t work if weren’t for the sound of the waves crashing on the sand. Quality of sleep is right up there on the list of critical elements in my never ending training cycle[life].
Tom, Clo & K were complaining of earache, which we put down to a combination of the flight and snorkeling …. You know, hold your nose, blow… it’ll go away. . But it didn’t in fact it got worse. So we spoke with a couple of the residence down here… basically you can walk into any Dr’s office and for $20 they’ll see you and you leave with a prescription. Juan the condo dude knew an E, N & T specialist who gave us an appointment for that afternoon….. why doesn’t the Canadian system work like this? The Dr. was a super nice guy with 15 words of English
Tom & Clo had an infection and K had the bunged up ears without the infection although she is still suffering more than the kids. The prescriptions included…… and here’s the running angle…… 2 syringes and a couple of viles of Cortesone to reduce the inflammation….Holy crap Batman are we supposed to start giving eachother shots…. The Doc said in the butt! When in doubt get a second opinion. It just so happens M-A’s (M-A is Clo’s pal who’s down here with us) is a doctor too… she strongly advised against doing the shots in the butt thing… so they’re getting drops and antibiotics and getting better. The source of the infection ws probably the pool which is having it’s PH corrected and shock of chlorine.
Yesterday’s training was a doozey…. The sand on the long beach where I run gives me the option of running close to where the ocean hits the beach, on a fairly firm surface but sloping heavily towards the water….. very hard to run on. Or, higher up the beach in very soft fine sand that your foot sinks into and requires a real hard “launch” to get you on to the next footfall… both options are killers and yesterday when the sun came up[again not a cloud in sight] the temp was in the low thirties….I was doing a run walk thing of 30/4 but I abandoned the beach for a dirt road after about 40 mins… the dirt road becomes cobbles and then becomes pavement…. The last half mile is uphill at about 12%. A fairly good workout, I’d say.
By the time I got back, Kayaking had been decided on as the activity for the morning, argh!. The boats are very heavy stable things so the good folk don’t fall in too often, but man do the take some paddling to get any forward mtion. I gat a double with Matt in the front to handicap me just a little more. I paddled for half an hour like this and then dumped him back on the beach to go get an popsicle while I took the single boat and went for a spin round the bay on my own… cross training?
By this time the sun is really belting down….. which was the boy’s cue to hold me to my promise of a game of football (it’s stange not having a south American team in the World Cup Final)…. Nearly an hour of this and I was ready to drop… I wouldn’t like to guess how much fluids I lost/drank yesterday


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