Saturday, January 7, 2017

What better way to spend time in a snow storm...than in the pool?!

Oh the weather outside is indeed frightful, but the pool was so delightful.

Well, I don't know about delightful but it's a whole lot warmer! I have to admit I'm really starting to dig that "rehab" pool. A total of 1600m of just pulling plus another 600m of aqua jogging and 600m of side straddle walks. Now that's a workout. The one good thing about only being able to pull means I have no choice but to focus on form, hand entry and  breathing. Too often the "complete" mechanics of swimming gets lost while I'm trying to integrate strong kicking, log distance...and trying not to drown.  Maybe I can get the mechanics down pat by the time the doc clears me to be able to start kicking.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A month since my surgery? Already?!

Because when you realize it's been a month since your just wanna crush it in the gym. 

An hour on the bike followed by an upper body lift session that already has me barely able to raise my arms. My hip is sore from the first day back at work (I stand most of the day) but no pain...first time that's been the case in a couple years. Finally starting to feel a bit like "me". I'm thinking I'm gonna love me some 2017. I can't wait to see what the doc thinks about my rehab and his thoughts on my recovery at my follow up appointment in a couple weeks!

Monday, January 2, 2017

I just realized it's been a month since my surgery!

It's hard to believe that it's already been a month since my surgery. I guess that's a great indicator that I'm doing well and recovering quickly.

Mon Dieu, je suis fatigue! Waiting to get into a lane because people were fiddlefarting in the water...means I had to get in a good swim on a compressed time schedule. 200m pull opener with alternating sets of 100m pull, 50m aquajog, 50m sidestraddle walk for 1200m total (the rehab meters don't count) with no rest between sets. Talk about bang for your buck. Wowza! I'm already sore but to be honest it's REALLY nice to be sore from workouts again. Although I can only "pull" it feels like I haven't missed a beat in the water. My form is still good and my fitness level is already coming back. I'll work in kicking when the doc clears me.  Oh ya 2017...I'm coming for you.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

That moment you realize you can have resistance on the bike

Post surgery, its all about the little wins. I realized now that I'm off crutches I can actually put resistance on the bike for a workout. Granted it won't be a lot yet, I'll have to work my way back up slowly over time and based on pain level, but ANYTHING is better than spinning on a "1" thus far.

Now I can actually focus on getting some strength back in my legs, work on developing turnover/speed AND building up my once award-winning legs again. Hahaha!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Baby steps...

At this point I'm just trying to slowly (no really, I am) work myself back into the gym and the training routine.

An solid hour on the bike followed by medicine ball throws and standing wall ball throws. Nice to have the place all to myself. Since I can't do anything that puts weight/stress on the hip joint I have to to seated/machine lifting or standing (no bend at the waist) medicaine ball work...but, but, BUT, no more crutches!!! I at least look like a normal fluffy cat waling around the gym.

Now to get back into beast mode...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

There's a "back in the saddle" reference here somwhere...

Late night bike ride for some cardio/hip rehab...check! I really don't have words for how much I truly working out late at night. It's always been kind of "my thing" and it feels great to be getting back into "my" groove.

Not gonna lie, my hip/leg was a lil gassed after that swim and aqua rehab session. Nice to sit and get some pedal time in. Bonus the gym is empty. And, and, and...I can ditch the crutches on Friday. YASSSSSSS

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Believe it or not, I was actually looking forward to getting back in the water

The last couple weeks of my recovery has had some ups and down. I knew it wasn't going to be smooth sailing but I was actually excited to be able to get back in the water. Why? Because I'm neutrally buoyant (helpful with my more fluffy than normal bod) and I can only "pull" which plays to my upper body strength.

So my steri-strips finally fell off after getting my stitches taken out...and that means I could break my long hiatus from the water. I'm no Aquaman nor am I a great swimmer but I'm decent in the water and I've been out of it for way too long. Hopping in today I couldn't have felt more comfortable. It felt GREAT to be back in the pool. Since I can't kick or engage my hips  needed to focus on pulling to get the laps in. 300m opener pull and then 9 sets of 100m pull, 50m aqua jog, 50m sidestep walking (both part of the rehab and dare I say, were comfortable to do in the water). I'm tired...but it's a great tired!