Feeling Old in the New Year

I’ve had a pretty good winter break.

This is my last day off before returning to work tomorrow, and I’m actually putting off doing some work for tomorrow while I type this.  But that’s ok.

So I had a good break, Christmas, visit with the family, playing with nephews and nieces, and relaxing with Sam.  We sort of planned our trip to my parents around her available vacation.  It’s the first time we spent Christmas together (we always celebrated early or later since I went home and she went to her parents).

All good.  So what do I do when we get back to Cleveland?  I decide that since I’m on break, relaxing and don’t have to work, I’m gonna stay up late and play some video games.  Not just video games, but a button smashing fighting video game.  Which is great, I loved it, but the next morning I wake up and my wrist is killing me.

Its to the point that when I rotate my wrist I can hear the muscle move. At this point its not the pain that bugs me, I can handle that.  Its the noise.  Hearing my muscle move it bizarre.  Reminds me of when I broke my collar bone.  I was laying on the ground in pain after diving to catch a frisbee, but the way I knew I broke my collar bone was that I could hear the bones grinding against each other.

So I’ll be wearing this for a while.

It is Sam’s for her tendonitis.  Which is what I’m sure is going on in my wrist.  It helps keep my wrist straight, but when I pick things up I can still occasionally hear my muscles move, which is still just weird – but its ok… I’m a Charpentier, I heal fast. But from a video game.  Awww.

Man it makes me feel old.


It’s January.  That means I’m going to exercise regularly for two months then get lazy/busy/bored and stop exercising for a while before picking it up again around the start of summer.

So in the mornings I do a ten minute workout through Xbox Fitness on the Xbox One, and then in the afternoon I either ride my trainer, do some P90x workout or something similar. In the Xbox Fitness App they have rankings of how you did compared to the average in your age group to motivate you.

Somehow beating the average in my age group this January just doesn’t feel nearly as motivating as beating it did last year.  Currently the 36 – 45 year old age group just makes me feel old, as opposed to last January’s 26-35 year old age, which I also beat the average pretty handily and felt better about.

The Closed Fist

I think I slept last night with a tight 08222010AJCclosed fist.

Not that I’m positive it was all night long, but I woke up with the fingers on my left hand hurting and needing to be cracked.  Just stiff.  I know I woke up once during the night and straightened my hand out.  I don’t know how long it was in a fist, but half asleep I felt how stiff my fingers were and straightened them.  Even now they are still sore.  Just my left hand though.

Strangely though on my bike rides I have the same thing happen.  My fingers feeling stiff after being wrapped around the handle bars for 30 – 40 mile rides.  Lately I try to keep my fingers open more that closed and that seems to be helping.  The handle bars on the new bike are slightly thicker than the handle bars on my old bike and I think that leaves my fingers in an awkward spot, slightly more open than they normally would be closed around something.

Maybe I’m just getting old…. older that is.

On Wednesday…

On Wednesday I was walking down the hall at work and shin cracked and I almost fell over in pain. It went away after half an hour but man did it kill.

Later in the day while driving I sneezed so hard that my titanium hurt. It’s said that when you sneeze all your muscles tense up. That might have something to do with it. It wasn’t a nice feeling that’s for sure.