Friday, December 4, 2009

Ironwoman I am Not

I was a busy lady last weekend, jetting south (ok, there was no jet, just a funky old VW convertible) to Playa del Carmen for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival then over to Cozumel for the Ironman. Part work, part pleasure, though I guess calling it "work" would be a bit of a stretch. My dear friend LisaLoveLoca joined me in the adventure, picking me up in Carmen (yes, the car has a name) on Saturday morning for a kid-free weekend.

La Rana Cansada

We arrived in Playa in the early afternoon and checked into our hotelito "La Rana Cansada". Heather had recommended the place and it was perfect for us. Cute little garden with birds singing, a resident doggie named Jazz, a swan towel on the bed, and at 500 pesos, not a bad deal. We dumped our bags, got in our swimsuits and set out into the wilds of 5th Avenue. My online friend Janie was staying in Playa and we made our way towards her hotel to see if we could find her. Behold, Janie and her husband were on the beach with another local friend! We spent the afternoon chatting and getting to know each other in person and enjoying the company. As the sun went down, we started to shiver (when your body is used to high temps, anything under 80 F is shiver time) and went back to the hotel for sweaters and jeans. We grabbed some tortas on a back street and made our way towards Mamitas beach for the start of the jazz fest.

Al Jarreau!

The show was just awesome. Huge stage on the sand, great sound and light system and a few thousand people enjoying the performances. A few thousand people sharing one bathroom was not a highlight of the night I must admit. Al Jarreau was a great showman and Herbie Hancock rocked it. We left before the end of the show to try to avoid the mad crush, waltzed back to the hotel and crashed out for the night.

LisaLove and the best tortas in town

The next morning we agreed that coffee was necessary and that cochinita tortas from the street vendors near the bus station were essential. Caffeinated and full of greasy pig, we hopped on the Cozumel ferry and went to sea. Some of you may know that my first home in Mexico was in Cozumel, but it had been about four years since I had been over there. I was completely disoriented when we got off the boat, they've gone and built a whole new ferry dock that left us bewildered. Exiting the ferry dock and seeing the town square, all was familiar again so we set off in search of some Ironman triathlon action.

Rutger Beke Ironman Cozumel Champion

Cozumel was ALIVE for Ironman, it was so fantastic to see so many locals out cheering on the athletes and people from all over the world waving flags in support of their country's participants. I just can't believe what the human body is capable of, the winner finished the race in about 8 hours and 19 minutes. 8 hours and 20 minutes of full out exercise? Zoiks Scoob! I enjoyed my day immensely, though I knew I was going to be sore from trekking all over Playa and Cozumel carrying a heavy pack, purse, cameras, water, blah blah blah.

In "my" crow's nest at Viva Mexico!

What I didn't realize was that I was going to be more than sore. By Monday afternoon I was immobile, screaming in pain and crying pitifully. Hubby took me to see an osteopath and he gave me a massage, some sort of hot suction thingy, a good crackety crack and the TENS. I walked in with a pain level of about 11 (on a scale of 1-10) and left at about a 9. The doc ordered up some x-rays and some pain meds and told me to chill. No salsa dancing, no heavy lifting. Tuesday morning I could not even get out of bed, I was literally stuck, not just painful to move but not capable of moving. I was trapped in bed all day until Hubby got home to help me get out, help me get dressed and to get me the heating pad and liniment. I'm slowly gaining mobility and the pain is lessening, but I am still achy and can only move my neck a wee bit. Will go to the lab for x-rays tomorrow to see if this is disc damage or just a result of gettin' old and being out of balance.

I am soooo not an Ironwoman. Apparently I get injured just watching triathlons.


KfromMichigan said...

Oh poor baby! You need a backpack with rollers. So get over to Wal-mart or Chedraui and buy one. They are cheap. Hope you are feeling better real soon amiga.

paul nj said...

it sucks getting old but you gotta keep moving or it will only get worse so move out no pane no gain lol !!

Amanda said...

:( :( :( Hope it's nothing serious! Feel better soon. <3

Islagringo said...

It's not old age. I know from old age stuff! There is someting else going on with you. You should not have been that laid up. I hope your doc gets to the bottom of it. No pain, no gain, is bullshit. Don't exert yourself if it hurts. You could do more damage. Keep us informed!

Fned said...

Oh dear, I so hope you're feeling much better by now... I hope the docs find what it is and fix it pronto!!!

In the meantime, take it easy and enjoy being pampering by the hubs!!

Muchos abrazos amiga,

1st Mate said...

Sounds like you need a better backpack, maybe a smaller camera and some yoga classes. But you've got what you need most: a loving spouse to ease the pain and take up the slack while you mend. Anyway, I'm glad you had such a good time; you'll remember that long after you forget the pain.

CancunCanuck said...

KfromMichigan- Something on rollers is a good idea actually, thanks. I think building some strength and balance with yoga will help too. I spend so much time in front of the computer than I need to get the spine moving in a different direction!

paul nj- Moving is a good idea....when the inflammation goes down, haha. I have to get the go ahead from doc before I start anything though, don't want to do more damage!

Amanda- Thanks hon, I hope to get this sorted ASAP!

Gringo- I know that mathematically speaking I am not old, but my body sure feels ancient! I'm not doing anything physical til the doc says ok. I thought I was getting better but the pain is strong again today, must get to the lab! Take care sweetie.

Fned- Pampering from the hubs is pushing it, lol, he's helping but it's not with any great bedside manner. Abrazos a ti amiga!

1st Mate- I do need to evaluate my pack and tools, there's got to be a better way. I now always carry two cameras, I need to rethink that as well. You are correct though, the memories of a fun weekend will outlast the pain!

ElleCancun said...

Awww... that does suck, hope you get better soon!!!

If it makes you feel better you look great !!! LOL!!! Always makes me feel a bit better!! Jajaja

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I hope things get better soon. Take care.

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

Woah! Sounds like a great weekend, but just thinking about those crowds is enough to make me ache.

I was in Progreso and Coz the week of November 10. It was a cruise, so I didn't get to spend much time in either place. I loved Progreso - people complained that it is "ugly" because it's on the gulf...I think people expect Caribbean waters all over Mexico. I thought it was a great little town with a nice, wide beach. I'd love to go back. We didn't make it to Merida, which was a little disappointing.

Take care of yourself!

Heather said...

Remember 8 is what the fastest guy did it in. There are people doing the race up to 15 or 20 hours before they kick you off the course. Amazing!

Denise said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your pain. I suffer from neck and back issues. It is no fun. I remember days sitting at my desk crying when no one was around. Anti imflamitories always worked the best for me. I'm sure it just needs to run it's course. I hope you feel better soon!!!

Anonymous said...

I clicked on your blog because of the name... I''m Canadian too! :)

And I love Cancun. The beaches are GORGEOUS!!!!

Get better soon :)


Cameo said...

How are you feeling? Was it a disc herniation? I'm quite well versed in the area. I had a 2 level cervical fusion almost 8 years ago and one of the screws broke, one level didn't fuse, etc.... I'll be on meds forever and just trying to get as much use out of my remaining discs before more surgery. Yes, it does suck and it is debilitating. An MRI is needed instead of xray to determine if the discs are wonky. Let us know how things are going.

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