In truth I’ve been giving it the beans for a while now but as of last week I am officially discharged and flying solo.
It’s been a long haul for sure but equally it’s all done and dusted in well under the 12 months originally prescribed.
I’ve experienced bits that work for me and things that don’t.
Some advice has been good, other advice excellent, and some just conservative ass covering advice.
For me, I have had to live with this body like forever so I’m getting good at reading the signals it gives out. All I needed was proactive regime to follow to speed up and strengthen the recovery.
The physios were exactly what I needed and I cannot praise their efforts enough.
I am now pretty much back up to speed with the windsurfing, just need to work on the endurance side a bit so I can give 100% for longer.
I gave myself a bit of a test at a local British Slalom Association event last Saturday using freeride kit to check my pace against the fast guys and was pretty pleased with myself. I wasn’t expecting to be so close to their speeds considering the kit differences let alone my rehab status (think road car going against touring car equivalent)
What has truly been a revelation for me with regards to helping my recovery has been stand up paddleboarding …. Wobble board exercise but on the water and also working the core and also other body parts … Truly been superb for me.
If any of you want to give it a go as part of your recovery then let me know …. Be happy to help you on your recovery path too
Good luck everyone …. And listen to your body, it knows more than you or the docs know … Just never easy to translate
Surfs up Aloha
Ive been following my physio’s return to running program for a couple of weeks now, and today had an assessment with her to check progress.
In the ‘program’ I’ve got set ‘walk then run’ times, and it says that when I have done each of these three times then I can move on a level.
I read that as meaning three on the bounce, not three separate sessions, and instead of a nice steady 4mins walk and 2mins jog, I immediately kicked off with an 18min mixed treadmill session, after a 5min warm up on bike, and followed with a 500m concept2 row & another 5min on bike to cool down …. Then stretches.
We had a chuckle as I seem to have moved on about 8 weeks in two on the return to running program. That said, I eased off the heel raises and that showed when the tape measure came out. Good foot rises 4″, recovering one just 3″ ….. And I need to show 20 at 4″ before we can load it up for increased strength.
I didn’t exactly get a telling off, but I could sense that she was a little disappointed by this, and I guess I was a bit surprised having got stuck into the running, which is something I don’t really do ….
Guess I’ll be working on the heel raises a bit more before my next assessment, as well as carrying on with the gym work.
I’ve also just found out that with work I’m due to entertain a visitor by way of a round of golf …. I’m assuming that I’ll be okay playing golf given that I seem to cope pretty well with watersports etc
Happy heeling folks
Things must be improving as I’m checking in here less and less.
I’ve managed some time on the water, some bike rides, plenty of general going about my day kind of activities and generally speaking I’m up and about relatively normally.
From a physio’s viewpoint, I have full range of motion and it’s all about building up the strength.
I’m doing heel raise and lower reps on steps and once I can do 20 without loss of height on my recovering Achilles then it’s time to load me up with a backpack and some weights to really build up strength.
Also that’s my official return to action ‘marker’ so I’m playing gentle until then
Next step on the rehab program is treadmill work, with a ‘return to running’ program which should also help me with some cardio fitness and in turn trim the weight a touch.
Over the last 5 months I have actually put a little weight on, perhaps half a stone, but I guess this time of year I always put a little weight on through reduced time on the water and the Xmas excesses.
Perhaps my Achilles rehab program will see me start the 2012 season fitter than perhaps I started the 2011 one …. How about that for irony?
Hope everyone else is recovering well, they say 12 months, but I’ve been leading a relatively normal existence after 3-4 months. Everyone is different, but don’t look at the 12m as a fixed term repair and signifying the end of your life as you know it. Thinking that way messed with my mojo and it’s easy to believe that it could take that long as this injury really hits you like a juggernaut !!!!!!
Stay positive, be patient ……
Its seemed like an absolute age to me, but getting to a stage to even consider windsurfing is only half the battle. Once you are nearly fit enough, then forecasts reappear on the radar, then once you feel ready the right forecasts are hard to find, coupled with the UK winter, dark before and after work, so only 2 days a week are possible if the forecast suits …..
I’ve been doing lots of physio as had impressed my physio at the recent assessment. How nice is it to hear a lady armed with a tape measure praising girth and length? She was really impressed as length matched that of my good tendon, as did girth of my calf, but she noted that my good calf had actually gained half an inch girth too so was extra impressed with my progress.
Anyway, this morning offered the chance to dip the proverbial toe … So I headed to the beach to catch up with the guys and to see how it feels …. below is copied from a session log
28th December 2011
Wind Direction: W
Wind Stength: 15-25mph
Surf / Sea State: Big waves
Air Temperature: Ok
Sea Temperature: Ok
Weather: Overcast but bright
Quick tester session.
Not exactly ideal for first sail since the Achilles op with big waves and ripping tide and brides nighty breeze, but for a December sail it wasn’t cold.
Opted for the 10′5 so I could ride slow and steady and control speed etc while getting a feel for windsurfing again. Went for 5.7m same as Big Mark, and Julian was on a 5.51235m too so didn’t think I’d be overpowered
Set up seemed ideal, although I hadn’t rigged it quite right with harness lines far too far forward ….
Sailed out through the waves fine even trying a couple of cheeky wave hops and all felt fine. I had pretty much forgotten how to sail, fell at gybe, adjusted lines while in the drink, held on as a rogue wave hit me, got organised and water started fine. Riding in was FUN picking up some chunky waves, dropping down as steep as I dared and bottom turning to go back up the face for another go. Ankle seemed to cope fine with backside riding on the 10′5 which is great news as its a pretty big board to turn tight, but it is also a really manouvreable big wave board
Adding to the joy that a successful rehab session gives, it was great to catch up with the regulars down the beach for a sail
I’m not quite there yet, but I’m back
I should score it as a 5 for that alone, but being honest it was a short session and the rip was punishing everyone!!!
That to me is a real Xmas present …. Hopefully you guys all got some neat treats too
Been keeping up the physio and also doing my exercises at home, but it is the Xmas party season so it’s not the healthiest time of year in that respect !!!
Trying to minimise the negative impact of over indulgence and also to protect the ankle while feeling more ‘relaxed’ so that when I pick up the fitness pace in the new year there isn’t too much extra work required to just break even!!!!
With an enforced week off work between Xmas and new year, hopefully I will be on the SUP and bike a few times, plus sneak in a couple of gym sessions.
2012 already looks to be shaping up as a busy year with lots to do, and plenty to achieve.
I hope everyone has a good Xmas and new year
I’ve been doing my physio, working hard but also holding back …
Frustrating being good, but it’s seemingly the right thing to do.
Timely arrival of a cool new Stand Up PaddleBoard is rehab friendly as I’m working hard with wobble boards and heel raise exercises, and I’ve found swimming to be good rehab.
Unseasonable mild temps and stronger winds are thwarting SUP action and also tempting testing of other new toys …. I know I should resist ….. But ….
Nothing to strenuous but a nice family trip to the local pool to see how it felt.
Pretty good as it happened, could swim ok, could even dive in off the side with a major bias to left foot pushing off.
Most nervous bit really was walking on side of the pool worried about slipping.
Good news is pool is open early so I could start going before work and see how it helps, and it did seem to as my ankle was not anywhere near as stiff afterwards when I walked back to the car.
Not only was it good for my rehab, it was nice to be having fun with the family
Well pleased to be getting some proper physio at last.
First appointment was a touchy feely get to know each other session, gauging state of repair and planning a recovery program. Good news is the light stretching I did in the boot throughout has helped, and since removing boot evenings to do ROM and non weight bearing stretches I’ve done pretty well.
Balancing on the injured leg seemed to impress, as did toes to wall flex to touch knee on wall. Managed half inch away from wall but about 3-4 inches short of good legs range. Calf rebuilding required, although measured difference only half inch circumference (14″v14.5″) it’s obvious that calf is weaker.
I’ve got a range of stretches etc to do, and I’m back in next week to press on