Where to start, it’s been a while since I’ve posted…Life sure can get busy. Running fairly regularly again. Work life is returning to normal. So thankful that the worst seems to of passed. What a traumatically awful thing for a body to go through. Thankful that my work was as patient with me as they where, I had to transition a little quicker than I would of liked from working in the walking boot to using just shoes & then to carrying golf bags…I am a caddie after all so that’s what I had to do, I’ve been carrying doubles (2 golf bags) now for the last few weeks, ever since I caddied in the 1st Tee Champions Tour event, we made the cut & finished 4th! My tendon still feels differently than the non-injured one but I can tell it’s strong & I feel as if I’m out of the woods for the most part, as long as I don’t do anything to over the top!
So now on to the vacation, which I sort of looked forward to & dreaded at the same time. Really needed a break after rehabbing & jumping right back into a busy work season, it was time to do something great and fun. We decided to take a family vacation to Montana"s Glacier National Park. Awesome right! We’ll yes & no, no because it involved about 19hrs of driving for me as I went up a few days after my wife & kids left so I could work the big golf tournament. I left late at night so traffic would be light & I could drive the most tiring part in the sun. I decided to double up on my compression wear, but my tendon was still kinda hot (used cruise control most of the way), And my feet swelled quite a bit…I iced up & elevated my feet when I arrived, I was pretty happy with the results as my tendon really didn’t give me any real trouble…Had a couple of nice runs while I was there…a 12 miler & a 2 miler on the trials with my daughter
After all the awesome time spent with the wife & kids in Montana it was time for me to hop in the car with my daughters while my son & wife stayed a few more days in Glacier…The Girls & I headed back down south this time to Death Valley for the Badwater Endurance Race the 135 mile Ultramarathon through the desert from Badwater 282 ft below sea level over 2 mountain ranges finishing at the Mt. Whitney Portals 8,300ft. The drive was an adventure in itself as a 20hr drive turned into a 25hr ordeal…Things were very smooth until I hit Western Nevada, driving toward some 6k ft summit I saw a huge lightning storm going off on the horizon & my route took my right into the heart of it & it was a huge light show with a lot of heavy rain…as I came down the other side I noticed at about 4am that the highway was getting increasingly wetter I was a little concerned & reduced my speed to about 40mph, when all of a sudden my headlights hit what appeared to be an end in the road…I pulled to stop & exited my car & saw that I had stopped about 30 ft. short of an impromptu river running across what should of been Highway 6!…So I hit the detour button on the gps & it lead me to a little dirt road about 2 miles back the way I had come from…Faced with either waiting out the flash flood or heading down that road I decided as the sun was coming up to take my little scion out into the great wild wild west! We drove down this rutted road until it took us to the Extraterrestrial Highway which we hoped would route us around the flood, well 10 miles and an hour later! It did! Only to find that although we circumnavigated the flood we were left squarely behind a mud slide! Ended up waiting there for 4 more hours in the desert! Until the road was cleared by a construction crew just enough for us to sort of off road a bit more and then, freedom a couple more hours of driving & we finally made it to Death Valley!
My tendon responded much better on this trip even tho it was a longer trip…We had a blast! I was able to basically have a front row seat to an epic race between The eventual winner Mike Morton(he of Western States legendary fame) & my friend Oswaldo Lopez, last year’s Champion! After driving around all night and witnessing this epic event it was time to return home…Through all the sleep deprivation, the time running, driving returning to normal work duties, I have to say I believe I’m very nearly fully healed! I’m very thankful & have even registered for my next race the Steven’s Creek 50k in September…The next step for me is to increase my endurance. It’s been a very difficult injury especially in the 1st half time wise…Very painful & stressful…A lot of uncertainty & what a sad sight when you first see your leg outside of the boot…My advice, have faith be diligent & don’t be afraid to keep moving forward to the next step of recovery! God bless you all! You will get through to the other side of this thing!