Saturday, October 8, 2011

The tales of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Well once again I haven't written much.  Once again I have many excuses, but the primary one is that I don't have access at work and am just not on the computer much when I get home.

In any case, there is much to update people on.

First and foremost, as I sit here watching the coverage of the Ironman World Championships in Kona I realize I haven't updated folks on my injury.

Last I posted I was told I had a bulging disc in my back.  An injury sure to cause me lifelong problems.  Well that wasn't quite accurate. 

Long story short I never really believed that diagnosis.  The pain I felt was always in my butt.  So I went to the spine center to get everything confirmed from a diagnosis standpoint.  I told them my story and how I thought the diagnosis was crap.  They listened and had me do a few PT workouts for a couple weeks.  When I came back and told them there was no impact and that the cortisone has no impact they started to believe me.  They ordered an MRI of my hip and found a grade 2 hamstring tear where it connects to the bone in my hip, and a grade 2 tear of my gluteus medius.

How does that feel you may ask...

So, the question quickly became, where do I go from there.  I went to the Froedert Sports Medicine Center to see a PT, Mark Lydecker.  He felt I'd be able to run again after 3 weeks, and he was correct to the day.  Having said that, I was running 5 minutes on, 2 minutes on, 5 minutes on and then calling it a day.  I was given TONS of exercises to do every other day.  That was about 6-8 weeks ago.

These days I am able to run 30 mintues or so.  I do get sore afterward, but its not so bad.  I am able to ride, not at full power, but I can do it without much pain at all.  I am hoping I'll start to approach full strength in 4 weeks or so.

With that, I hope to be in fantastic shape for next season and may travel for an early season half IM. 

Time will tell.