Fortunately I've been able to return to my old workout routine of hitting the gym three times a week! It feels good after weeks and weeks of recovery. And although I'm continuing to nurse my hip flexor by not overtaxing it, I see light at the end of the tunnel! I am definitely feeling the increase in energy...thank goodness!!
This past week...Wednesday to be specific...I entered the gym, swiped my card through the reader and gave my cheery "Hey" to the gal behind the front desk. Entering the locker room, I immediately noticed that #64 was available and hung my rain coat inside on the left hook. Taking my black exercise gloves, iPod, ear phones and combination lock out of my backpack, I placed them on the bench directly behind me. The water bottle was next to come out before hanging my backpack on the right side, shutting the steel gray door. and placing the lock onto the locker.
I exercised...and exercised...and exercised.
Ahhh...done at last, I trotted into the locker room. Then stopping abruptly in front of good old #64, I began to enter my combination in. Since it's only three stinking numbers I was done in record time. But it didn't open. Hmmm. Again, I entered the three digit combo which I KNEW was right. Again...it didn't open. Hmmm. Now what? I pondered.
Kim happened to be nearby so I asked her to give it a whirl (or perhaps I should say twirl). Hesitantly, she grasped the lock and began spinning the dial. Nothing. It didn't work for her either. Then her friend tried it as well. Looking into my eyes, she said, "Stop feeling bad. This happens all the time. I'll go get Patrick."
Waiting for all the women using the locker room to finish was the most agonizing part aside from just the sheer embarrassment of the chaos I'd created. Some were showering, using the facilities while one attractive younger woman was in front of the mirror primping each little ringlet in her hair. However, finally, the locker room was empty! Patrick and I entered together with me apologizing along the way.
Moments later, this was the end result.
"A combination lock is a type of lock in which a sequence of numbers or symbols is used to open the lock. The sequence may be entered using a single rotating dial which interacts with several discs or cams, by using a set of several rotating discs with inscribed numerals which directly interact with the locking mechanism, or through an electronic or mechanical keypad. Types range from inexpensive three-digit luggage locks to high-security safes."