Ahh yes.... the resiliency of youth. sigh.
Well I just had my first bout of "over-doing" my practice and the following day my left wrist hurt terribly. You see, I felt compelled to play this new piece of music and played and played and played all July 4th weekend. Way too many hours. Instead of my usual 2 hours/day, I had two three hour practices for each of three days. I've got all of my notes now.
But obviously, my body was not pleased. At all.
I had felt fatigue but no real pain while I was playing. But the morning after this marathon, it was obvious to me that I overdid it. My wrist hurt without doing anything.
I now see that I am not the only one who has done this. But at 54, I don't recover quite as quickly as our friend, kehern.
I have been doing short careful practices this week after nearly two days of complete rest. At the slightest hint of fatigue, I stop. I really don't want to have an inflammatory response (inflammation; my middle name...) so I am proceeding with caution. This was a piece with a lot of barres and I was looking at the fretboard a fair amount. Probably, I was so intent on the notes that my posture slipped and I was playing with a bent left wrist. I will ask my teacher to watch me closely this week and hopefully he will detect any problems I might have.
My wrist is feeling better and I am enforcing the light practice rule until it is back to normal. 1 week has elapsed.
When the sun shines, bask.
Classical Guitar forever!