What’s been happening?
Back to work this week which showed that using holidays as an excuse for not achieving rehab goals was as disingenuous as using national security to justify prosecuting health workers that report human rights abuses on Manus Island. Did a fair bit less rehab than I had expected to, as I adjusted back to the routine of work.
The major highlight was going out and playing some soccer with the kids. Even though I went for the ball with less intensity than Jarrod Grant and the legs felt a bit awkward turning, it was still very satisfying to run around for half an hour and finish without any real pain in the knee (of course I did manage to tweak muscles in the groin and back to make up for it, but I was less worried about that).
The squatting and lunging exercises I am doing daily continue to grind a little at my patella, but I am sticking with them for a little longer in the hope that they are doing less harm than good (an attitude that Coalition MPs came to regret after taking a similar stance towards Tony Abbott for much of this year and being proved wrong) and they are certainly not getting worse. Overall, the knee feels and functions almost exactly the same as last week, which is a little disappointing, but I am using the successful attempt at low intensity sport to counter the lack of observable progress.
I had planned to ride to work every day, but I had forgotten that when I’m riding in the rain, my resilience level drops to somewhere between Taylor Swift and Alanis Morrisette. Between rainy days and late commitments after work, I only managed three rides for the week, which was about 50km short of my goal.
I also have found it difficult to get to reach my limit of 20km running for the week. I’m going to have to be more deliberate with when I schedule my runs next week. My alcohol ban is officially over, but I am still in no rush to resume consumption.
As promised, I’ve been much more diligent about my passive stretching exercises, but haven’t seen a noticeable effect. Nothing I can do about that but keep at them, I suppose.
Kicked a soccer ball with little discomfort (but little real conviction either)
Not much else to report really
Progress in any human endeavour is usually about as linear and constant as Julia Gillard’s support for Kevin Rudd and as anyone halfway up a steep mountain will tell you, plateaus aren’t always bad. I’m taking this week as a consolidation week and assuming I am going to start seeing more results again soon.
Hopefully I'll have more to report next week
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.