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.