Listening to your body, this morning’s angling session and a sign from the natural world that spring isn’t far away

I was due to play football last night but I had to withdraw due to a trapped nerve that’s still stubbornly doing its best to hold me back.

In fact, I didn’t go fishing either as it was still uncomfortable, plus I had a sore throat, cough and what felt like the beginning of a cold.

If it sounds like I’m feeling sorry for myself though, that’s about as far removed from reality as is possible.

There is a balance, however, and you do have to listen to your body and respond sensibly.