Additionally, I will get in two-to-three sessions a week on a hand cycle so that I can pretend I am getting in some cardio. I don't know what other people's impressions have been of hand cycles, but this runner can go about 30 minutes before he's bored senseless.
After the routine, it was off to the physical therapist, Rob Acciavatti of Dynamic Physical Therapy in Westover, WV. I couldn't think of a physical therapist better suited to the task at hand than Rob. In addition to being a super nice guy, he is a triathlete who understands my specific needs and how important running is in my life. Rob put me through the wringer this morning for over an hour of stretching and strengthening exercises. At the end of our session, he put my knee in a machine-operated cold compression wrap for 20 minutes. Rob claims I am ahead of the curve in terms of my recovery. I left him in good spirits after booking two more appointments for next week.
Later this afternoon, it's back to the gym to repeat the stretching and strengthening exercises. I'll give the knee one last bag of ice before I hit the sack tonight and maybe pop an ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. My mental outlook remains focused, determined, and positive. At least I am walking, and have full extension of my left leg.
It has now been 6 weeks since I last ran (The Capon Valley 50K). Today I found myself gazing at the web site for the Leadville Trail 100-mile Run. Hmmm... Hey, it never hurts to dream big and have a recovery goal!