22 weeks

So, here in Colorado we tend to pay attention to altitude more than most other places do.  The signs that announce when you’ve entered a new city/town list elevation rather than population.  The highest place in my town is called Highlands Point.  It is about 3 miles from my house, nearly all uphill.  Plug 39.511645,-104.95629 into your favorite map program if you want to see where it is.  The path from the northwest is a rather steep climb, with two sections that are really tough on a bicycle.  As I restarted cycling last spring, making it to the top became one of my goals.  It took 5 tries before I made it:


The path to Highlands Point from the southeast is much more manageable, and is about 1 mile from a parking spot.  Last week, for the first time since my ATR, I walked the mile to Highlands Point.  Rather briskly, as there was a nasty wind coming from the northwest.  One of the great things about this spot is that there is a railing upon which are mounted metal tubes.  The tubes are aimed at the three main 14ers (mountain peaks that are over 14,ooo ft) of the mountains near Denver.  Next to the tubes are plaques listing the distance and elevation of the peaks.  The photos below were taken next to the tubes, not through them:

At PT this week, I brought up Norm’s 8 calf raises benchmark.  My PT asked how many I was able to do.  “Uh, haven’t done any since I tried to do one several weeks ago and wasn’t able to move at all.”  “Then let’s see what you can do.”  I was able to do 2 and after the second, I didn’t want to try a 3rd.  He was pleased that I was able to do 2, but said that it looks like I’m still a ways away from getting back to any real running around (which I already knew).  Guess I’ll still be playing “walking” Ultimate for a while.

7 Responses to “22 weeks”

  1. When I lived in Denver and cycled a lot, my goal was to cycle to the top of Flagstaff Mountain. I did it but I could barely walk by the time I got to the top. It was really brutal.

  2. I’m almost at 15 weeks, and I know what you mean about not wanting to try after failing miserably. At my first PT appointment my therapist asked me to trying doing a single calf raise (she wanted to see if I could get any lift off the ground). The sheer frustration of not even being able to catch the smallest amount of air has made me cringe every time I even think about trying again.

    Deanne (aka DREAMS)

  3. I am just over 20 weeks and last week I was able to do about 5 calf raises before the pain got too much. I was really pleased and I would like to think it has something to do with all the vists to the gym, walking, swimming and generally being active. I don’t do much cycling though apart from the bike in the gym every now and then. Seeing my PT again on Wednesday so looking forward to seeing what she says. All the best.

  4. I’m where you are timewise almost but still not FWB although can short periods. Can I ask you, and others, when you go to the gym or pool first, how do you get in the pool, or onto the equipment? My PT suggested rower which I’d love, but how do I get on it? Really need to build up some muscle strength.Thanks

  5. Well, it sounds crazy, but my PT had me riding an exercise bike with my boot on for the first two weeks. I just clambered on.

  6. rosamundi-
    what a bummer that you are still not FWB. Since I had been able to FWB before even getting to PT, I can’t tell you anything from experience, but I would think that maybe something that isn’t so low to the ground as a rower would be the best to start with. I would hope that your PT would be giving you some advice as to how to manage w/crutches.

  7. This must have been a really good workout for the calves, uphill. Congrats! I am jealous of the view: I am living in a desparately flat place.

    I guess Dennis was onto something when he set the marathon (recovery) at one year…
    7 months post op I still find that my whole injured side (core, quads, knees also) is weaker than the other one as a result of NWB for months. (good test: how long can you hold a side plank on either side?)
    But I also find small improvements as days go by, getting more at ease on my injured foot, the heel raises getting more natural and higher, and having more bounce, and balance. But I still have a long way to go if I compare to the good side.

    I, too started my exercises in the boot on the bike. I would not dare to go to the pool with crutches. I started swimming after 4 months - because I dreaded slipping.

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