Well here I am, one year on from my total ATR and I can honestly say that I never dreamt I would be back to doing all what I am plus more!!!

To celebrate my husband and I went for a three day cycle tour of the Scottish North West coast, covering over 180miles in three days 3rd - 6th May and the good and most amazing news is that I both never thought of my Achilles or ever felt it, even going up the steep hills - WOW. I then had one day off on our return and went to my class again today (yes the very class where I originally got my injury) and manage it full on, so one can safely say I AM TOTALLY BACK and am appreciating every step and movement I take.

I do work hard at my fitness and I do religiously do my stretches, but the strength has returned to my calf through the mixture of cross fit training, running and cycling. It is still ever so slightly smaller and the join is still thick but to be honest I don’t think it is noticeable.

I do occasionally read some blogs and can still remember the pain, frustration and terror some of you are experiencing, but please take it from me that it does get better and there really does come a day when your Achilles is no longer a part your daily life. I know it is hard to imagine or believe but I honestly now find myself in a place where I am stronger, fitter and more determined than I was pre ATR so that can only be a good thing.

I wish you all good healing and stay strong.

2 Responses to “One year on since Achilles Gate!”

  1. Herewegoagain Says:

    The title of your post makes me laugh!

    So glad you are doing well- it is hard to believe in the early stages that normal life will return so sharing your progress is fantastic for newbies.

    I know I was stronger after my first ATR- as much mentally as physically. The experiences both times around have broadened my appreciation for all I have’thats for sure.

    All the best!

  2. cardiojunkie Says:

    Hi Pegleg,

    Congrats on your recovery and glad to hear from you! You blog was one of the ones I followed in my early months since you were 3 months ahead of me.

    Like you, I also love fitness classes. I looked forward to your updates since they gave me an idea of progress to look forward to and helped me to get past the days when I was not feeling so great.

    Looks like you made it to the Achilles finish line (and maybe even a little ahead of schedule if I remember your 8 month update).

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us in your posts.

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