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.


  1. Loved the embedded video to really drive home the message.

  2. Glad to hear everything is healing and it wasn't a "lifelong" prognosis!