Last weekend (as in August 4-8) my family, my friend, and me headed to the lake for some birthday weekend R&R. We usually go to Lake Mead; however, the water levels are down so low that it's not safe right now. Instead we went to the lake that I grew up visiting - Lake Mohave. In recent years this lake has been overcrowded so we try to avoid it, but this time it wasn't too bad.
(my friend, me)
The weather was nice also. It was 110, instead of the usual 120. That didn't stop me from getting a pretty annoying sunburn the first day out on the water though. I hate how while you are in the sun you look like you have absolutely no color then as soon as you take a shower...BAM! That unwanted pain that tingles your scorched skin. Needless to say, day two I wore a shirt all day to try to shield myself from further burning.
While day one (my actual birthday) was spent tubing and lounging on the beach, the next day I was ready to wakeboard. I only get to go to the lake once a summer because I can't get much time off work. So whenever I get out on the lake I try to get in as much wakeboarding as possible.
(I make the weirdest faces when riding!)
I should have known better after last year's experience. When I do any rigorous activity the next day I get pretty bad muscle cramps. This year was no exception. In fact, it was a nightmare. Day three I woke up with a severe cramp in my back. Imagine those calf cramps you get...but in your back. At least you can try to stretch out leg cramps. Back cramps are debilitating. Then the shoulder and arm cramps followed. It was a nightmare. All I could do was cry. I couldn't even get in and out of a chair so I headed to urgent care.
There I was met with the meanest doctor ever! The dude asked if I was drunk. Um, no! If I were I probably wouldn't be in pain! He even had me do a blood test to check my "electrolytes". Whatever, he was checking my blood alcohol level. Of course I wasn't intoxicated and he saw that my potassium levels were low so he gave me some muscle relaxers, told me to pick up pain meds, and sent me on my way.
The cocktail of pills kept me under for the next few days - thank goodness because if I were awake I wouldn't have been able to handle the five hour drive home.
All in all, I had a blast. I am actually sad I only got to wakeboard for one day. Next time I will make sure to stretch before hitting the water sports!
In fact, I so wish I was playing in the water now as opposed to starting a new work week ;)