Over three weeks have passed since the last update and some serious progress has been made and surgery is only three days away. Originally surgery was to be set six weeks after day of injury and due to the doctor being on vacation and hospital scheduling it is now about eight weeks. At first I was a bit peeved that I had to wait an extra two weeks, but in the past two weeks I have made some serious progress and have had series of events that definitely made it worth the wait.
The physical therapist pretty much kicked me out and told me not to come back till after surgery since I was doing everything on my own and probably more than the average person with and ACL injury. I take that back, probably more than an average person, period. I have been in contact with a physical therapist that I met at a race a week after the injury and got to pick her brain about what I should be doing and what to avoid. Most of you know I was not teaching any of my classes and I was off the bike if teaching cycle. She said the bike was good to go and building up to an hour minimum would be best. You better believe I was on that bike the next morning. FINALLY I got my fix. Sweating rate up, heart rate up and I was back on the bike. She said take advantage of the next few weeks because getting my body to sweat and move like that is going to be a while after surgery. So lets just say my alarm is going off at 4:30am every morning.
I also started teaching a free yoga class once a week at a local intermediate school and have been getting in to some yoga poses I thought to be impossible. But just easing into the poses and having the mind body connection I am able to do what feels right. With the combo of cycling and yoga I have been seeing serious improvements with range of motion, flexibility, strength and swelling.
Once frustrated with the prolonged surgery date I am now truly grateful that things worked out the way they did. I was able to start spinning the last few weeks and get my fix. I was also able to head out to Arizona with my man, watch him compete, be the HBIC for an awesome event and see two good friends, Brandon and Odette get married! If I had surgery before I probably would not have been able to experience that. Right now I am doing more than I would have ever imagined with and injury like this. I am amazed with the human body and have been able to experience first hand what it is capable of and I will never take it for granted.
The stronger I go into the surgery the stronger I will be when recovering. Then the faster I will be ready to get back out on the course. But for now I will be perfecting my single leg squats, working on flexibility and listening to the physical therapists. After surgery there is no room for bullshit. I am ready !