Last Saturday some guys and I put a team together and played in the Keystone Games over mens 30’s tournament. Unfortunately we have really never all played together before. So, it was very difficult to play teams that have been playing together for years. We didn’t do that great, but we did end up with another bronze medal.
It wasn’t really the best day for me personally. I lost the ring I have been wearing for something like the last 12 years. I have been thinking about getting a new one, though. So, I guess it just made up my mind for me.
That’s not so bad compared to what else happened. I injured my knee. It actually started the previous Sunday in the Lititz league. It’s over 30 as well. It’s not very competitive, but ever since I started playing over 30 I have been worried I would get hurt… This league especially, and not because of hard play. The problem is: I’m on the younger end still, and there are a lot of guys that are older than they think, 20% slower than they used to be and over weight. They are often not in total control. Now, how did I get injured. I was playing sweeper when I cleared the ball and a guy came lunging in to block it… you guessed it he wasn’t as quick as he thought. He first knocked me off balance, which was a good thing because I was already falling over when his foot connected with the inside of my right calf. Let me tell you it hurt. Fortunately, I thought it was going to be worse than it was. Since I was already falling my foot wasn’t totally planted. He could have broken my leg or blown out my knee or ankle right there. Turns out it was sore down the outside of my leg from the ankle to the knee. I stayed off it for a few days to try and let it heal. Then I had the tournament. It was still a bit tender, but I thought ok. Then in the 3rd game (BTW 15 min halves), I had a really hard tackle. I stoned the guy of course. 🙂 But he really wailed on the ball. I took the ball and then a few steps, my knee felt pretty weird. I’ve never had knee trouble before though. So, later I went to the doctors that were there for the tournament and the guy said it might be a light tear in the ACL or MCL. Not sure which is which. He guessed that my patella jumped out of track when I had the hard tackle and then back in. Probably because it was week from the first injury. So, now I am taking some time off to let it heal. I really don’t want to have knee trouble or an operation or something like that.
Something else that has been bothering my knees recently is my stupid desk. I have this cheap thing from IKEA that has a shelve right about my shines. So, I have to sit with my feet under the chair, hunched over or my feet on the shelf. Not very comfortable at all. But, my sis Gen has designed me a desk to go in my office. woohoo! Now I just have to build it. 🙁 Maybe this weekend. I still need to finish my Biergarten too. Hmm… Priorities.