The Sidewalk Tango class this week was on Open and Closed Embrace.. I would really have liked to do that class to help me refine what I know already. At least this week, I felt strong enough to stand in the lounge and do some of the steps which don’t involve twisting.
I enjoyed the regular Wednesday night after-class Practica. My legs and feet felt quite strong and springy as they walked and I relished the changes of pace and direction that Nick led me into. I can now go into the cross and step out backwards and even follow the lead to step over my partner’s leg. This is very encouraging as it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to cross my right leg over towards the left side of my body. I even tried an ocho on my new right hip joint. I did take care to set myself up on my axis and engage every muscle I could think of before moving into the step. It worked and felt alright but at the same time, I was aware that it wouldn’t be a good idea to do many more of them. It was encouraging to be able to complete a whole Tanda.
Thigh muscles are still tight and complaining but less so.However, I can loosen them more quickly now with stretches. My upper thigh is still a little bit swollen.
Exercises: I’m increasing the the intensity of these now. It’s odd, but during the last few weeks most of my energy has been spent managing daily life and I didn’t seem to have the energy for doing a lot of exercises. Now I have and it’s good to do them and start feeling specifically stronger. My poor old left leg needs as much attention as the right.
Backache: still there and I’m a bit sick of it. But it is ‘just’ muscular for which I am grateful.
Walking: much better around the block now. I can walk quite steadily and at a sensible speed but still find it hard to maintain the enrgy for sustained walking.
Pain relief: down to Targin10 twice a day for a week. Time to step down further.