Most adult humans are familiar with the idea of retail therapy: the
idea that sadness, anxiety and anger can be relieved through the purchase of a fun item at some retail store.
Yesterday, I got a little retail therapy of my own when I went to the Bonzai store in Falls Church to rent a wetsuit for the Bay Bridge Swim on June 14. I’d been feeling pretty awful about my sore hip. While rest, ice and anti-inflammatories have been helping it feel a little better, nothing soothes the pain of time off from running … like a new wetsuit of my very own!
It’s a long john by a company called 19, and it is beautiful. I promise to post details and photos this weekend. It’s a $275 suit that was marked down to $190. This lucky gimp was able to get it for a cool hundred bucks. Amazing, right?
The really cool thing: It provided instant swimming motivation. I kicked my own butt this morning in one of my last hard workouts before tapering next week. This was all done with a pull buoy, on account of the hip:
Timed 1,650 (screwed up the timing by losing count twice, but I got the same physical effect)
4X400 free, six hard strokes every 50
2X25 no breath