I got back to working, eventually, but I had to wear a removable plastic cast on my leg for a month, and then intermittently for another month. I am still not running, but have been cycling more, and riding Minnesota's NiceRide bicycles as much as wearing comfortable cork and leather sandals will allow, (they're good for the gout).
Did I mention the fishing? Since working at Target Field in the early part of this year, I had the initiative to steer away from fly fishing a little bit, in order to more simply cast on lakes the Rapalas, Mepps and poppers fly casting does not accommodate without snagging tree limbs or pedestrians on the back cast. So while it has not been particularly pleasurable or devoid of pain, I have managed to catch a nice walleye, a couple northerns, a bass or two and made it back into some Wisconsin trout streams for the more refined "single barbless hook" fly fishing I used to enjoy more readily.
If it all sounds too good to be true, consider how stadiums are cleaned.
As per Breads, Bikes and Books, I did finally get out and ride my sixth or seventh century on labor day. It started as a nice day to get out and ride, so a simple ride out to Stillwater seemed feasible. As I started I added a short loop onto the front of the ride, and after sitting with friends and relaxing in Stillwater, completing a century didn't seem impractical or even all that noteworthy.
It was however a beautiful day with a surprising lack of confrontational episodes.
Here is the link to the MapMyRide route I created.
|Lake Nokomis Largemouth Bass, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Mississippi River Smallmouth Bass, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Minnesota NiceRide Selfie, Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Storm Clouds, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Saint Paul Sunset; photo by Michael McKinney|
|Removable Cast and NiceRide, Saint Paul; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Goose Biot Stone Fly; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Willow River Rainbow trout, Wisconsin; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Stearns County, MN, Blue Moon; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Minnehaha Creek walleye, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Pierce County, WI, Brown Trout; Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis; Photo by Michael McKinney|