I made it through phase one of my physical therapy. My hips and hamstrings are now stronger and more flexible. The doctor was very pleased. They video taped me running on the treadmill and the movement no longer is as drastic. Next they'll start working on the atrophied muscles of my lower legs. I've always been a pretty pigeon toed runner, not getting the full benefit of my outer calf muscles. 7 years of cycling and not having to deal with various lateral movements have made them even weaker, and the turning in is creating a lot of torque on my knees.
I'm strong enough now to do some crazy exercises that strengthen my feet and lower legs. I can only now do 8 at a time perfectly. She showed me a video of Galen Rupp doing 400 in a session non-stop. OUCH!!!. I suck! Anyways, I do them religiously 2x a day 15 reps each time and see her again on Wednesday. It's progress....but slow.
Speaking of progress. Every time I talk to anyone about the potential (based on my historical knowledge) for Empires to decline and begin to talk about the things that happen when they do (things that have been happening in the last 15 years)....I almost always get the quick response that the Dow is a record highs. Then I get scoff and pity. When I bring up that our economy is based on perpetual growth....and shouldn't anything that continually grows always be at record highs????......their brains don't compute what I'm trying to say. The news just continually tells us that things are at RECORD LEVELS....Life is good, continue to believe in the religion of progress.....
Guess what.....Today I broke my personal record!!!! I'm 37yrs 10 months and 6 days. My age is at an all time high!!!!! I could never die...because I keep hitting all time highs.
You see, everyone would scoff at that notion, because we take into account history. We see clearly that everyone has a life expectancy. It's part of our belief system. Empires do too...and they all go through common stages. No need to worry about those things though.....because Rapa Nui, Rome, Ottoman, Byzantine, Incas, Aztecs, French, England, Soviet Union.....we're different from all of them. I too...am different from other humans....and I keep hitting these RECORD HIGHS!!! So I believe it's safe to say, that the US will continue forever to be a global leader, and I will live forever to enjoy it. No need, then, to plan for retirement, health care, to have environmental concerns....or pretty much worry about anything else. It's different this time. In this case history has nothing to say.