After 11 weeks of barely lifting a finger around the house, today I finally got some things done and scored a couple cool points with the wife. Some of you won't believe anything in that last sentence that happened after the comma. To that..........well, I've worked hard on this reputation and I'm not about to ruin it now. The way I run my house is that women should know their place........and just because I'm sitting in the corner in the fetal position doesn't necessarily mean that Angie's just put me in mine.....
Viewing on an iPad? Hold this up to your chest, look down and spell "attic." Heh!
I got back on the bike this week! The first ride was not at all how I remembered it being:
- Did my belly always scrape the top tube?
- I've never been out of breath before right after coming out of my neighborhood.
- Something is definitely wrong with the bike computer. For a while there I was flying!!! Yet the computer said 12 mph. I need to check that it's it's reading the satellites right.
- 11 miles at an average of 15 mph. Good thing my bike is really aerodynamic.
Back on the roads putting in some mileage!
Actually, I managed to get 108 miles in this week (The Strava screen capture above includes the 11 miler from last Sunday) and there's been great progress. Today's ride was 31 miles at 18 mph. I've got a lot of work to do, especially on this gut thing. If you knew nothing about me and I walked up to you completely naked, handed you a picture of me from a year ago, and said, "I had surgery. Guess what they did," you would probably guess, "Evidently they gave you a belly implant. But why did they go in through the knee?"
Physical Therapy continues, but now with New and Improved Methods of Finding Pain since I am weight bearing. Kevin and Lauren of Young's PT have been good about accompanying the pain with appropriate music too ("Where the Bullet Meets the Bone," "Bad to the Bone," "I Would Walk 500 Miles," and my favorite one during the ice cool down, "Ice Ice Baby").
Walking once again, I'm back to where it hurts to do so, just like after the Microfracture surgery I had last October. But they tell me this is normal and that I need to suck it up and tuck the string in, and I can live with that. But walking around the factory at work is a bit much for me so I try to wear comfortable shoes (Hey, Hoka One One people, how about make one of your goofy pairs of shoes that go with slacks and a polo shirt?) and rely on the crutch on the longer treks.
What a High Tibial Osteotomy does.....comparing the blue line of the new tibia to the red line of the old one you can see about a 5 degree difference in angle. So, I'm not as bowlegged as I used to be. The cartilage allograft (I call it "My Precious") from Mr. Peabody the Unknown Donor is just above the gap that the arrow is pointing to, but you can't see it. That's where the pain is, and all I have to do to feel it is take one measly step.
I'm happy where I am on this road to recovery. The road is long. Really long. But I can do stuff now. Cooking and biking will keep me sane for a while. I have no goals or races I have one eye on. I'm just focused on getting better, finding my fitness of old, and I'm really, really interested to see what running will be like when the time comes. It appears that will be on August 26, sixteen weeks post-op. And I'm fully aware it probably won't look like running either. But for now, baby steps cuz every day I'm shuffling........
I'm the one with the big butt.....
On a separate topic, Angie and I were delighted this morning to run into Jose and Anita that used to run the Taqueria just up the street from our house in Simpson. We've missed their authentic Mexican cuisine for several years, and were so excited to hear they opened up in a mobile unit on Greene St in Greenville. Please stop by their stand and give it a try. The food is amazing and they are the sweetest couple, always ecstatic when a gringo stops by for a bite. It's right on the Thursday night group ride route, just past the grain elevators, so call in before the ride starts, order a chalupa, and surprise your riding buddies when you get the hand-off while they're all ripping into their boring vanilla bean gel packs......