"I like you. I'll gladly sit down and have dinner with you after the race. But when the gun goes off, I pretty much hate you, and I want to stomp your guts out. That's racing." -J Rapp
"Have faith- trust in the plan - the breakthrough will come. I promise. " Woo
“The only time you can be brave is when you’re afraid.”
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
So at this point, traveling to SF only 14 days post-surgery is a go for sure. The day before we leave I have my post op appointment, and hopefully we'll be talking about starting rehab, to include bike trainer workouts and possibly even some time in the pool doing creative swim workouts...but I'll hold my breathe until it's a go from Doc, and not get ahead of myself.
Luckily, I'm "keeping the fire alive" by "coaching" (sounds so official) our Team's track workouts on wednesdays. We have some really great guys that are very much like me, with at least 4 of them set to do Ironman Arizona in November. At least getting to hang out while they run is motivating me to keep me focused on the goal I set in November 2009. With the race a little over 200 days away, I have made a decision that I have to look at the race one of two ways: either I am competing for time, or I consider it to be a very long workout session not focused on my time at all---"all or none", except calling it a training day is not "none" by any means.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I just added a new blog to my following listFast at Forty by Joanna Zeiger...she's a veteran pro triathlete who had a nasty crash last year which was followed by surgery to repair her broken clavicle...she crashed while taking a handoff at a bike aid station (I'm taking notes on how people get injured!)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
This is a link that describes more or less what Dr Amit did for me yesterday:Fiberwire Fixation for Distal Clavicle Fracture.
Aside from healing concerns, I'm hoping my recovery is faster than what I heard coming out of surgery: 3 months! I feel like I can jump on the trainer today! Let's hope a) I heal fast , and b) 3 months meant I can get back into training sooner, but at 3 months my shoulder should be back to 100%.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Surgery is in 36 hours, and oddly enough, I am looking forward to moving on with this...it seems to not get any better pain wise (maybe even a little worse), and looking at the skin "tenting," I doubt this break would form a union on it's own anyways. My plans are to be back training full steam by June 1...let's hope for that, but I understand that setbacks are possible. We'll take it as it comes!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Jenny, thank you for everything...I hope someday we can celebrate my goal together, and perhaps set new goals along the way whether they are personal or together.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Yesterday I did a PT session with Brandon at Endurance Rehab...sounds like my body is holding together well based on the level of exercises I was able to complete---a good sign at least! We focused on core and legs, well, because, we can't do anything else!
So the big news is my business partner is having some very serious eye issues that started a couple weeks ago. They attempted laser surgery to reattach a detached retina, but at his follow up today, things did not look good at all because the laser surgery failed to re-attach his retina (and he is losing vision in his right eye). So he is out for surgery tomorrow (the same surgery Amar'e Stoudamire had last year) and has to lie face down 24 hours a day for 7 days as it heals. So I am back to work tomorrow, but also have a over filled schedule for monday, tuesday, wednesday for next week before I go in for surgery thursday morning...with the pain I'm starting to experience--I need all the luck I can get!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
- Ortho Doc Appt: New Surgery Date on Tax Day April 15...17 days post accident...I can't wait to be anatomically correct again!
- First day back to work: saw 3 patients...this one-handed thing is gonna be tough for my assistant...I will owe them big time! As long as I kept my arm in the SlingShot 2, all was good! The bone "edge" causing the skin to tent lets me know its there whenever I move just wrong.
- Drove all over town today no problem...it may seem little, but baby steps!
- I rode the bike on the trainer for 25 minutes (no touching the handlebar of course)...big step, as I still have an unfixed broken bone and less than 10 days out from the crash---3 days ago I wondered if it would be months, and it was just days to getting back on the bike...awesome. I do feel some loss of fitness, but that was an obvious side effect of the last 8 days. Right now I'm thinking that all I need is clearance from Dr Amit post surgery to be out in the hot summer heat training for AZ IM! Don't worry, I won't rush it.
I also talked with a new friend of mine Marc Rubin, a local traithlete and co-founder of Tri Scottsdale. He's battling some major knee issues, more specifically, a full thickness articular cartilage injury to the medial femoral condyle. The condition is as bad as it reads, and i wish him the best in his battle with this condition that has taken him from elite triathlete/Kona Qualifier/spokesman for the sport to literally searching the world for a solution to his condition...his website/blog is www.10-hours.com...he's just an all around great guy!So, next up for me is surgery on April 15...stay tuned!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Accident: 2 p.m. on Monday March 30, 2010
Drugs: Vicodin for 3 days, stopped April 2
Pain: Gone April 2 except for twinges when I move just wrong. Felt like the bone was going through my skin for 3 days, but that subsided 3 days out as well.
Sore/Tight: Still Sore/Tight, but getting better every day
Surgery: was scheduled 3 days from the accident...seemed ideal but didn't work out...now the motivator isn't to fight off the pain
Arm condition: Could not move anything until Saturday, April 3. April 4 I could put on a shirt by my self. April 5 I drove for the first time.
Work: I was in the office today, April 5, and will visit with some patients tomorrow who need evaluations.
I couldn't wait any longer, so I called Dr Amit's office and made an appointment for Tuesday April 6--I couldn't wait until April 14th to re-eval. Let's hope he says we can schedule surgery as soon as available. I also want to jump on the trainer and ride the bike...lets see what is said tomorrow. Finally, we're going to start some rehab at Endurance Rehab ASAP to keep the rest of me from wilting away.
Next post: report from my visit with Dr Amit tomorrow about new surgery date.
Consult was wednesday, March 31, and went great, and he gave me confidence that we can get this behind us with very close to a full recovery and an anatomically correct shoulder. Surgery scheduled for the next morning...1o a.m...lets get it behind us asap so I can start healing!
Jenny and Sophia were both sick (March 31st was her 2nd birthday and she was vomiting everywhere--our bed, her bed, in the car, in the garage--poor thing) and our house was not the place to be rolling me into that equation! Regardless, at home the night before surgery I actually felt okay---Vicodin aided.