Feb 09 2012

10 months, who’s counting?

Published by elsurfer at 5:30 am under Uncategorized

(NOTE: this was supposed to be posted back in May 2011 - I forgot to publish back then and my how time flies…. I can’t believe it now Feb 2012. I’ll have a 1.5 year post surgery update shortly - lol ) For those that are new, you can watch my progress videos in my past posts.

Hi Team,

Been a while since my last update, I believe it was about 3 months ago. Let me start off with the (very few) negatives.

Right ATR’d Calf size is still about an inch in circumference smaller than the left.
Strength is about approx 80% than that of the left. (rough measurement by comparing the amount of raises each leg can do).
When I’m sore or stiff the day after a run, you can notice me favoring one side when walking.

But these are really minor, let’s talk about what I *can* do now at 10 months w/o hesitation. (I was doing a lot at 5-6 months, but it’s been no holds barred since then) -

* Played my first game of basketball as a sub in a couple weeks ago. (This was more of a mental hurdle as this is how I got hurt) scored a couple points and grabbed some rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

*4 to 7 mile trail runs, with up to about 1000′ elevations gain, 2 to 3 x a week. (getting ready for a 10k mud run in 2 weeks.

* Hard contact Karate and Jiu Jitsu Sparring once a week.

* 100 mile, motocross enduro rides across deserts and mountains.

*Sprinkle in 10-15 mile mountain bike rides when I get the chance.

*Cut out red meat and Soda since February and last 12 lbs - oh wait, that’s not related to my ATR!.

No video this time around, when I figure out this GoPro helmet cam, I’ll have some interesting 1 year perspective to show.

I still think and look at my ATR every day. I don’t think I’ll be 100% until I get through one day without thinking about it. I’ll let you know when it happens.

3 Responses to “10 months, who’s counting?”

  1. normofthenorthon 12 Feb 2012 at 3:03 pm

    About not thinking about the ATR: I think the most meaningful milestone in that regard is when you think about the ATR and realize you haven’t BEEN thinking about it for a while. No need to carry a stopwatch to keep track of the durations, IMHO.

  2. Januson 21 Feb 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I look forward to when the whole ATR business is just a scar on my leg I don’t notice until someone else points it out.

    Sounds to me like you’re back to a full array of activities. Outstanding news, and very encouraging. I’m just four weeks past surgery — so at this point, the light at the end of the tunnel is largely other people’s success stories.

    So I’m looking forward to joining yourself and others on the recovery side, and hoping I have the patience in the meantime not to rush things.

    Congrats again!

  3. nickokieon 08 May 2012 at 12:51 pm

    El Surfer your blog is very inspiring and encouraging as I can remember laying in bed last May with my leg propped up on pillows 2 days after surgery with my head down in the dumps. Your blog and videos motivated me and gave me hope at a time when I felt helpless. I am now almost to a year since surgery and doing great. Thanks for all the video footage man!

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