I am in a bit of a dilemma. I have some time off soon and I want to do something with the time.  Before you start to shake involuntary with rage because you do not have time off and are stuck in your office somewhere…or whatever your work situation, do not for a minute think that a) my dilemma has anything to do with time off  and b) I haven’t worked my ass off for most of the year to earn this vacation.  In fact, this is leftover vacation from years when I didn’t take any.

Back to my dilemma. I have time off and I originally had planned to go to either Chile or Cambodia on a bike trip similar to the one I took to Viet Nam.  The Chile trip fell to the wayside because the cost was much higher than the Cambodia trip.  Plus, I have a friend from my previous trip going on the Cambodia trip and it would be awesome to meet again.

The dilemma comes from my health condition. I have a blocked artery just above my knee and after walking for a few hundred metres, my calf starts to throb.  I did not cycle this past summer because of this.  The situation is not so dire because my body has built collateral arteries to improve my circulation.  I went in for angioplasty, but my collateral arteries were “so well developed” that they couldn’t get to the block and resolve it.

Now, I know that exercise would improve my situation, but I do not know how much. I wouldn’t want to go on the bike trip and be stuck riding the bus because I couldn’t keep up with the other people.  However, this is not something I can do last minute.  Preparations would need to be made this week.

I had hoped that I could get out on my bike this weekend, but family commitments and gale force winds and rain didn’t really help me out. I got on the exercise bike, but it really wasn’t helpful in any way.

I have a consultation with my doctor on Tuesday. Hopefully I can get a few pedals in Monday and hopefully he can advise me on the next step.  Hopefully, that will make it much clearer what I should do about this trip idea.

As for you, loyal readers, you could do something for me

  • Give me stories of overcoming arterial blockage
  • Suggest an alternative low cost vacation for early December
  • Tell me inspiring stories of overcoming limitations
  • Badger Exodus Tours to send me to Cambodia for free on an all-expense paid blogorama–because if it’s free, I won’t moan about riding the bus some days.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Hopefully….

  1. it sounds hectic although I’m glad your body is looking after itself.
    What about Cambodia or Thailand on your own, no bike, just legs and tuk tuks.
    Like, maybe don’t put pressure on yourself to cycle. Meet up with your friends, on and off, but do your own thing in-between.
    I don’t know! But have fun.

    • Anthony says:

      I appreciate your input. The legs on the bike or walking are still the biggest problem. However, you are right, there are solutions. I am going to consider some other option.

  2. I hope you can work out the injuries. I know its rough to not be able to do the things that you love. For a short, relatively inexpensive alternative, you can come down here and take an introductory blacksmithing class. Lol

    • Anthony says:

      I decided to go on the trip and exercise daily until then.
      However, I am interested in blacksmithing….well, swordmaking really. I will seriously consider taking you up on it. First, I will need to make the arms fitter.

      • Good on ya! Take it easy and work those kinks out slowly. I am going to teach the bladesmithing aspects down the road for those with the passion, but they’ve got to start at the back level with just moving iron, later that iron can be turned to blades of all sizes. I hope you have a fantastic time on your trip!

      • Anthony says:

        I think you’re right to lay a foundation for the students. They’ve got to build up the skills before they progress to harder projects.

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