It's been a frustrating week since returning from my weekend away. I picked up an eye infection and injured my right thumb. Both of these inconveniences directly influence goals I'm working towards. I've had to drastically cut down on time spent in front of my laptop this week due to the infection. The monitor glare really seems to irritate my right eye. The sore thumb has resulted in a hand which is currently unfit for certain tasks (pretty much any form of exercise involving my hand).
The injured thumb could have been very easily prevented. It was the result of a lack of concentration while firing a fairly high-calibre rifle. I was far too concerned with my target and relaxed my grip just enough to pick up the injury on the recoil (commonly referred to as instrument rush). Decent eye protection would have prevented the infection too. A good pair of sunglasses would have kept the dust whipped up by the windy conditions out of my eyes.
Moral of the story? When it comes to your body, you only get one. Take proper care for it.
I should have made sure that I was properly handling the gun before firing it. I should realise that it's okay to drop money on decent gear if it serves its purpose. I have lost a lot of productive hours this week, more than enough to cover the expense on a pair of mid-range sunglasses. The time lost was also far more than the few seconds it would have taken to check on my grip.
If I want to improve next week I need to follow my own advice on this one. I need to take the time now to rest and heal up.