Welcome To My Delusion

Chapter 3, Blog 1

By Chuck Wells As Told To Ray Hochgesang

chuckwells2008@gmail.com

 

Olympic-sized dreams die hard. Mine clung to life support. After my gut-wrenching jaunt of about a hundred yards, I was ready to yank the plug.

Melinda was right. I was delusional.

Never could I remember feeling so sore, beaten and old – not even after that masochistic ritual known as cross country. During high school, I suffered that torture every autumn in order to run track in the spring.

Just 30 short years ago. Boy oh boy, was I young and naive. Now I was just plain …

CRAZY.

Yes, crazy to think it would take no time to sand off years of rust. Instead, I could see this would take months or even years. What was the so-called rule of thumb? A month of training for each year of inactivity.

Forget 2008 in Beijing and aim for 2012 London. And I would be 50 what?

Even an idiot like me could sense the window slamming shut. It was now or …

Never.

My muscles had voted to join the union and were out on strike. Forget negotiating. They were dead set against training of any kind. For them, it was a matter of principle and lactic acid. So the next day I didn’t run. I couldn’t. It didn’t matter how I moved, when I moved or why I moved. It hurt. I had no choice. I called off work.

Actually, I liked my job at Hoffman Engineering, but I stayed in bed, crawling out only when I had to. By 3 o’clock, I was still sore but also bored. So bored, I started a load of laundry. At half past 3, Ralphie called. When Ralphie was sober, well, you wouldn’t know him. He was nice, considerate, almost human.

He wanted a training session report.

“How the hell did you know?”

“Saw Lindy at Walmart. Claimed yar little run almost killed ya.”

“Yeah, I’m damned lucky to still be alive,” I said.

“Wuz it dat bad?”

“They shoot horses in better shape than I am.”

That made Ralphie laugh, which made me laugh.

And that made me hurt.

Then I discovered why he called. Ralphie had found one of his old shot puts. “Jist for kicks,” he wanted to see how far he could throw it. Could I shag for him?

“Sure.”

Copyright © 2012 by Chuck H. Wells/Ray Hochgesang

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