One week from today, I’m going to get on a treadmill and walk a mile without limping. That was the goal I set for myself just before going into surgery, my “90 Day Trick.”

I’m going to need all 90 of those days. I’m not in any pain, but I’m still limping. My physical therapist likes to say that I’m walking with a weak calf, not limping in a traditional sense because of pain or joint issues. Pretty fine line if you ask me. Let’s just agree that I’m not walking normally.

Therapy is more focused on building strength these days. Toe raises, single- and double-leg, and balancing on one leg while standing on a rubber disk are the most challenging exercises. Just this week, I started light plyometric exercises. I’m “hopping” from leg to leg, but doing so on this machine that allows me to do so with a fraction of my full weight. It’s sort of an incline squat machine with a sliding seat; the steeper the incline, the more weight on your feet.

My wife talked me into a yoga class last weekend. It was a 90-minute, Bikram-style class called Power Yoga. For those who don’t know, the Bikram-style is also known as “hot yoga” where the room is heated to about 105 degrees. Having never done yoga before, let alone in a sauna, I found it incredibly challenging. Several of the exercises involved standing on one foot, so my injured leg got its most strenuous workout this year!

As sore as I am (still two days later, mostly my abs), I think it will help my ATR recovery. You need to stress the muscles to make them stronger and this is the time to push the limits a little. I’ll be ready, so I’m very much looking forward to next Tuesday!