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Archive for June, 2009


Back to Mt. biking-Week 21

I’m happy to report I am back out on my mountain bike and ripping up the singletrack.  Well, okay, not really ripping it up just yet, but definitely back to riding intermediate trails and climbing hills again.  I can handle most rocks, roots, turns, climbs etc. as before but have not even attempted any of the most difficult technical trails and no jumps or log piles just yet.  Mostly it’s great to be back riding and having fun on my bike.  I took my 9 year old son camping this weekend and we rode a 10 mile trail called Rock Lake Trail in northern Wisconsin.  We both were challenged by the terrain but finished well.  Then today we rode Lebanon Hills 6 mile intermediate loop and it felt great.  So if you are just starting out or a few weeks in, please be encouraged and know you CAN return to your favorite sports.  Lot’s of patience and lots of work will help you get there.  Keep going ATR friends!!

Week 19-Life is getting better!

Seems a while since I gave an update.  Life is getting better as the healing continues.  The worst is soon forgotten as walking becomes a normal everyday activity instead of a desired future state.  Of course there are still days when my AT is sore but only because I am working it more all the time.  I have managed two bike to work days, 12 miles each way which is great.  Also started a bit of jogging/running.  Still doing therapy every other week–helps me stay focused on doing the exercises needed to regain full strength.  Still not able to do one legged calf raises.  Hopefully soon.  It’s easy to get lazy now that I am getting back to normal life so my PT gave me a good pep talk about now is the time to “double down” and work hard to get your leg back in shape or I may never fully recover so I will keep at this long journey and stay focused.  Mostly I’m greatful that God created our bodies to heal themselves, sometimes with a bit of help from a surgeon.  Even so, once their work is done the body still has to heal all the cutting and sewing and what seems a miracle to me-the body just goes on and heals itself–how cool is that!  A great mystery indeed!  For that I am most thankful!!