TE I know what you mean about costs, I had an appointment with the eye doctor today, 77 Euros for reading a chart and a glaucoma test!
Took the dogs training tonight, Nemo seems to have already grasped the concept of rounding 3 hides instead of only 1 before finding the bad guy. It doesn't cause me any problem with my knee because it's the dogs who have to run, not me, I just shout the commands at them!
Rest? yes, that's always a difficult concept for me, but I know I do have to take it easy because my knee constantly reminds me it isn't happy. I've plenty of experience at "resting" - with my hip replacement I had 6 days in the sports clinic, 3 weeks in the rehab hozzie, 6 more weeks on crutches, and a 6-month complete ban from running! The ortho said nothing is broken nor torn, but not sure I believe that completely because of the bruise and swelling behind the knee, it must have been caused by something.
Anyway, my problem now is deciding whether to enter Remagen tri or not - it's 13th of September and the State championship. As far as the dogs are concerned, I have almost 2 months until the next trials on 27th September and a further two after that until the one on 22 November. I won't enter either unless I'm totally sure they are completely ready, but it's never a given - a friend just had a disaster at the area championships where his very good, very well trained dog acted as though he had never in his life heard the command to stay!
Afraid I have to report that I didn't manage to finish the triathlon yesterday and have visited the orthopaedist this morning, now sitting with my leg all bandaged up. After x-rays the doc said it's the outer band that I've strained causing the pain. Am under orders to rest it, avoid going up and down stairs too fast etc. - how boring. Guess I didn't do it any good by racing yesterday, particularly as there were several large uphill sections on the bike course. Still, I enjoyed zooming past others on the downhills - my little tri bike is very fast, it's only a 27cm frame. John rides a 56. The local bike shop lost my custom as soon as it opened by asking if the spare inner tubes I wanted were for a child's bike!