Take the sledding incident. I rammed my shin and knee full-on into a thick wooden stake, yet I managed to get up and keep going. (Then, of course from the ankle to rigtht above my knee, my leg ballooned into a blueish/purple puff, making my leg look like it had poor circulation. But I was still able to walk on it and continue as normal)
Not too long after that I fell on some ice and landed in the mud in front of the house. I got right back up (swearing every obscenity in the book, mind you) and continued on.
This morning was a doozy. I was thrilled to see that the weather for today called for sunny skies, 55 to 60, starting out with lows in the high 30's. So yesterday afternoon I cleaned up my full-suspension commuter bike, pumped up the tires and set out cool-weather bike riding clothes. My first outdoor ride in 2003!
I left the house at 5:35 and was doing just fine until I got to parts of the bike path that were close to the river. Apparently Mother Nature neglected to heat those areas over the weekend!! I came around a turn full-speed and whooooooooosh!!! My bike slid sideways and down I went, landing on my hip and right knee. Thankfully I was fully padded because of my clothes, so I didn't get any "rub burns" from sliding on the the ice, nor did I cut anything.
But DAMN, my knee looks like it's hiding a golf ball inside. Gross.
I ended up walking the parts of the path that were close to the river, since they had patches of that "slimy" kind of ice. After I arrived at the gym I then managed to run and mildly lift weights.
"Knock on wood," I've been really lucky I didn't wreck my knee any of those times. My left knee had patella tendonitis several years ago and is still achy at times, but nothing too bad.
On the positive, I got to ride my bike!! That always lifts my spirits, especially when I've been feeling the "cold weather slump." I'm so done with winter. Blah.