I have nothing terribly exciting to say today except that it has been 4 months to the day that I had my surgery. Being that I have had various people email me that they are actually following my recovery I decided to zip off a quick post.
My visit to the Cleveland Clinic was uneventful. Jack Andrish and I discussed what the plan will be for the next couple of months and we decided I don't have to come back until December. He said it was all systems go but to watch the swelling.
Last week was the last time I'll see the PT for one month. Apparently, Rob Acciavatti felt I was ready to go it alone for awhile with the rehab program he designed for me and I couldn't disagree. The program consists of 3 days a week of intensive strength training with weights and lots of plyometrics exercises.
My runs still consist of 3-mile runs (9 min./mile pace) on the rail-trail but next week I will kick it up to 4-miles.
Every swim practice yields a thimble full of progress; it is a tough sport. Beth Byron has been very patient and supportive every Monday night as she paces up and down the pool watching me try my best. I swim at least two times before practice to work on some aspect of my technique. Lately, I have been trying to concentrate on my stroke and breathing. For example, I'll do ten 50 m swims with 45 second rests concentrating on "pulling" myself through the water, carefully watching the position of my hands and elbows.
After I am done with any of these activities, my knee does feel a little sore but it is nothing major. Sometimes I get concerned because the articulation of the joint does not feel smooth. It's almost as if I feel some "roughness", or bumps, when I bend the knee. I have no idea if this is normal or not. Also, the initial area where the hamstring tendon was cut is still numb; it'll take a long time for those severed nerves to find each other again.
In closing, next weekend I have a couple friends running big races: Conrad Quesen will be doing the Tussey Mountainback 50M and Eric Ripper will be doing the Oil Creek 100M. Here's hoping this week is as relaxing as it can be for both of them.