Monthly Archives: September 2012

Knee and REV3 Update

Ok So Rev 3 Cedar Point is done and Sybil that took my spot did completely AWESOME in her first Half Ironman. She had a strong swim and a solid bike ride, in fact those last few weeks on the bike training with her must have have worked. I seen a solid improvement in her cycling ability over a few weeks. Sybil was already a solid swimmer and I knew she had the run under control but the biking was an area for improvement. She totally put her head down took on the cycling and even did some hard rides into the wind on her own.  Regardless I watched online most of the day as REV3 took place. Part of me wanted to be there to cheer her on the other part of me couldn’t go and watch. Sybil you did awesome and I am so proud to have been part of your journey to get there and glad you took my spot in REV3.

So the MRI is finally done on my knee and I finally have some answers. I have both Meniscus in my right knee torn. The Posterior Meniscus is severely torn with a piece of bone fragment floating around in that area. Mostly likely from when I was hit by the car in the spring. That also explains the clicking noise in my knee and explains the extreme pain I can be in from time to time. I have done some runs when I needed them mentally but I seriously paid for each of them after. My knee would swell up and I would even run with a limp while running. The Anterior meniscus is also torn and requires repair. So Canadian Health care system is what I have to rely on now. My family Doctor has changed my Orth Surgeon to a new one in town in hopes I could get in faster and because he felt Dr. Turnbull would do a better job on this type of a surgery. My previous Orth wouldn’t even review my MRI until Feb 6th.

Long and short of it is I will need to have surgery on both sides and we are going to work on seeing if he will do both surgeries at the exact same time. I want to be back Up & Running (yes pun intended) for the spring time. 2013 goals are to rehab, get back to running safely and socially with people. Maybe go to a few races but def not working on any personal best times. I am not sure if 2013 will bring on the challenge to complete a Half Ironman. That may even have to wait until 2014. But I assure you I will do a Half Ironman and I will run another Half Marathon, when I can do it safely. For now I miss the social side of running. I had to go back to one of my own Blogs from earlier where I said GOALS are adjustable. They really are, you just have to put things in perspective.

Being injured and running has brought some new things into my life this summer. Some amazing things actually. Along with not being able to run I have taken up Yoga this summer. Yes yes I made fun of yoga before. But I am allowed to retract all my previous comments on how yoga is for tree hugging granola eating vegans. ya ya ya… SORRY I take it all back I am a jerk.

Yoga has proven to be a hard work out and it is building core strength like I would have never believed. I leave yoga feeling so much better mentally and physically it is unbelievable. I have honestly woke up the day after yoga feeling as sore as I have from P90X yet a little more refreshed then P90X. The upside is even without running I not only broke through that 200 lb mark I am actually down to 188lbs a number I never thought I would see in my life. Mind you winter is around the corner so I am sure I better stare at that number right now and love it. I don’t think I will see it for too long.

Here is the other thing. Ok look this part is going to get a little graphic if you need the PG-13 version stop reading. Ok so early on in yoga I was there with my friend and near the end of the class everyone was able to get in this shoulder stand position and then flow through that to a reverse plough. Now I seen this position and laughed a little and couldn’t even come close to considering doing it. Either you know what it is and you are laughing at me already or you need to look it up in google and then you can laugh at while I didn’t even try this. Well several months later believe it or not, I can do the shoulder stand and I can get into reverse plough. The upside I am bendy now. The down side is I am totally staring at my own CROTCH when I am in this position and it kind of horrifies me that it is right there in my own face. The other down side of this is the 4 times I have done this now. I also end up giggling every time I get into this position. Maybe one day I will feel at ease with it. I am happy I have the strength and the flexibility to do this now. It is proof that Yoga is a good workout and it can improve your core strength. I hope that when I am back to running this added strength will help prevent injury.

Anyone considering Yoga should break though that door of a yoga studio, avoid your fear of going and try it out. It is amazing.

That is all for now. I will update when I know more about my surgery.




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So REV3 Cedar Point Half Ironman

One week from today I was going to do my first Half Ironman of my life. It was going to be a challenge and a goal to help me celebrate all the physical changes I have made in my life. It was for me to prove a point to myself that I could get though this physical and mental challenge. I wanted to prove to myself an no one else that I truly have accomplished something over the last few years. Because here is the thing with making a lifestyle change. People around you tell you how great you have done and how good you are and how it is awesome to see you the way you are now.

But I think as someone that spent 36 years overweight and struggling and 2 years being fit. You still look in the mirror and see a fat guy you never want to return to. You fear that return and think that one extra bag of chips will take you back there in a blink of an eye. You have spent a brief time in this athletic world so many others have spent a life in. And you question yourself and if you should be there. This one goal I secretly set over a year ago was going to be the thing for me to quantify it to myself. Sadly as you have read in previous blog updates, I can not do this race.

I was able to transfer my spot to a girl in town that wanted to do her firs HIM as well. I have invested some time with her on bike rides and transitions and going over flat tires and how to use my Garmin for her run etc etc. Last weekend we managed to get in a nice 80ish km ride for her last long ride before taper week. I think I have done all I can do to prepare her for her race and I want to see her succeed in her race. Part of me wishes I was going to cheer her on, but the other part of me can spend no time at that race and watch it all go down.

So the upside of today was that our learn to run clinic from the summer all did their first 5km run today and watching them was completely awesome. That picked my spirits up today for sure seeing them all accomplish that. Down side is it was the first Learn to run clinic I didn’t have any personal connection to anyone in the group in 2 years. Makes me realize how much running and helping people is part of my life and who I am. I need that in my life and I love that part of who I have become. I think I have always helped people in careers, scuba diving, running, triathlon. Watching other people succeed is important to me because I know how tough it was for me and several others around me I have seen do it.  I know how alone the journey feels at times. I have had many times where I feel alone. Triathlon and Half Ironman distance is about being alone and racing yourself physically and mentally and proving yourself to yourself. It Touches you in ways nothing else can. To all my friends racing Cedar point in the coming weekend that I know. Jeff, Sybil, Helen have a great race, remember to enjoy the day and think of me at times when you are digging deep and need something to help push you though. When you question yourself “Why am I doing this” It is time to push through. I know I wish I could be right there with you racing. But I will have to wait my turn. For this is not my turn for some reason or another that I can not control right now.

I am sure that min you cross the line to get your finisher medal you will feel touched in ways only a few things in life can do when they touch you. Good luck to all of you. I hope to hold a medal high next year and earn it the way I deserve to. I am not sure which race I will pick next season. Maybe REV3 again but it will depend on my knee and if I need surgery and how long to rehab.

But I won’t give up on my dream and I won’t let something small get in my way of completing it. I will get to feel that touched feeling when I wear my medal next year. I will get back to running so I can get back to clinics and get back to racing.

To all of the people I know that ran today. It still amazes me how much Chatham Kent has grown in becoming a much more active healthy community to live in. I am glad myself and a bunch of friends have been a part of that and that I can help foster that.


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