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Almost 3 Years Later - Stronger Than Before

I’ll be at 3 years on July 11, 2014…

All’s well and back to normal though I still have my Achilles–healthy one mostly–on my mind when I do anything strenuous.  On December 17, 2013 I hit my goal of squatting 6 plates which equates to about 310 pounds.  At 51 that was an amazing accomplishment in itself.  I’ve since reduced the weight to a maintenance weight at 250 pounds.  I’ve not experienced any pain, tenderness, or discomfort in my calf, foot or Achilles.  I learned how to use proper form using the Stronglifts 5×5 program (  It worked really well for me.  My weight is down to about 5-10 above college and I feel stronger.

I still will not play basketball but I did play beach volleyball a year after tearing my Achilles.  That was very strenuous on my Achilles but didn’t hurt or feel threatened.  I iced it good and kept an eye on tightening but all went well.  I’ve probably played beach volleyball a half dozen times now but for whatever reason I will not play basketball.

Measuring my calf I still notice that it is about 1/4″ smaller in diameter from the healthy one but I can live with that.  The Achilles is still thicker than the other but not as noticeable to most unless they look carefully.

Hope this gives some inspiration to those recovering from this devastating injury.