It’s been a while..
Health and Training
Since the last time, a lot has changed so let me bring you up to speed. First and foremost, health-wise I feel great. Had an x-ray (probably the last one I’ll have) on my right leg yesterday and the bones are 95-98% healed I’d say. Nature has taken it’s course and it feels good to know everything is almost back to normal there.
I’ve been training hard this week. Twice on Sunday, twice on Monday, once on Tuesday, once on Wednesday (hard to do after the historic win on Tuesday night), once today and I’ll go twice tomorrow. The reason I just said that is because there have been days when I couldn’t leave my couch or the hospital bed to walk to the bathroom. So now, to have my body in a place where I can work up a sweat and do some of the drills that my team mates are doing is a great feeling to have. I’ve worked closely with fitness coach Dave Tenney this week, for me he’s the best at what he does and since 2009 when I came here, he’s really helped to get my game up to the level it was at before the injury. Now he just has to do it all over again.. no pressure Dave!
At the end of September, I took a two week break away from everything here in Seattle because mentally I needed it. I owe the club a huge thank you for understanding and initially suggesting the idea for me to get away. The reason I took the break was because I plan to be in Seattle from now on thru January training everyday – that break was basically my offseason. I was in London mostly to see friends and family. Those trips are always fun and I definitely miss home. My mum and sisters were pleased to see me walking and moving so well. My brothers said, “it’s about time!” boys will be boys! In London, lies my favourite restaurant on the whole planet. I’ve been to so many countries in my life and eaten so many different foods but nothing compares to Brown Eagle. It’s located in North London, in a city called Tottenham (where the London riots began), it’s where I grew up. When I landed at heathrow and my friend picked me up, he asked me “should I take you to see your mum, your brother, or your friends?” I gave him a look that said, “I thought you knew me better than that.” And with that we drove from the airport to Brown Eagle! The next two hours are a blur now but I can still taste the Rice and Peas, Oxtail, Plantain, and Fruit Punch when I close my eyes!!!
On Tuesday, like most of you, I was in the stadium to witness history. Massive congrats to the team for such a great win.. I watched with a large group of friends in one of the suites at Qwe… I mean Century Link field! If it had been up to me I would have watched the celebrations from my seat but Sigi wanted me on the field to experience it firsthand with my team mates which was nice of him. I even lifted the trophy in front of the fans and to hear them sing my name gave me goosebumps. You fans are truly special.
Someone said to me the other day, “every time I am around you, you are happy! And you seem to be an even happier person since the injury.” That really got me thinking, because even though I know it to be true, I couldn’t tell you exactly why. I’ve always been a happy person, but since the injury, I’ve been able to appreciate that life happens to all of us, and the best thing you can do with your limited time on this planet is to be happy, joyous, and always positive no matter what happens to you. It took me two months after the injury to learn that and I have not looked back since. I believe that worrying is completely useless because it changes nothing! So I never worry about anything anymore, I just enjoy and make the most of my 24 hours everyday! I think Steve Jobs death is a reminder to all of us of what a positive attitude can help you do. Born out of wedlock, adopted, college dropout… To a world changer! All in just 56 years! That’s the kind of person I admire!
Thanks for reading, that’s it from me for now! I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments! Until next time… Peace!