What’s been going on?
It’s been quite an eventful week.
With my wife’s assistance, I have found a way of doing aerobic exercise at a much higher intensity (not that) than I am able to riding or jogging. She took me running on a cliff track with some particularly steep sections, which we did repeat laps up and down. I will not be able to replicate the fatigue that built in both my legs and chest going up and down that hill until I am back to running at speed for prolonged distances.
Having served its purpose, the alcohol ban was allowed to quietly expire. I had a couple of glasses of wine over dinner and regretted it strongly the next day. I wasn’t hungover, but physically and cognitively, I was functioning worse than I had for some time. Is this how Peter Dutton feels every day, I wondered to myself, before immediately declaring an unscheduled rest day.
After a pleading email to the physio, I got permission to go along to touch footy and play a few short sessions on the condition that I didn’t push too hard. I was stoked to find that I was quite comfortable with the changes of direction and speed (although still held myself back quite a bit as a precaution). I have begun to get a bit of a routine for fitting my rehab into the working week so that I am now managing to pretty much fit in my full allocation of kilometres and leg workouts each week. The grinding I was experiencing in my knees during the squats has also stopped.
25km running and 140km of riding
Six leg workouts plus two upper body workouts
Playing a competitive game of any sport
Increased lateral movement
Squatting and lunging without patella soreness
Any lapse in recovery discipline comes with a price. I would be tempted to reinstate the alcohol ban, but as there are a lot of special events coming up, Malcolm Turnbull would have a better chance implementing a ban on coal. Instead I will just be sparing where possible.
So as mentioned elsewhere, having done myself a pretty significant injury recently, I feel I am making some really good progress towards being healthy and a number of people have said they enjoyed the previous article. While it seems that the word, 'inspiration,' now belongs to people who post nearly naked photos posing on instagram, I hope this page can continue to be helpful to others. I thought I would keep a bit of a weekly journal of my continued journey (I cringed a little bit as I typed that word, thinking of how often it is used by reality tv contestants), including the progress I am making week to week, the work I am doing towards said progress and my observations of how things are going.