“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Albert Einstein
Hi folks, welcome to my thoughts!
I do love to think, and I especially like it when I’m proven wrong with respect to some set idea in my head. Of course, I’ll kick and scream before I change – hell, I’m a misoneist, like the rest of us. I don’t do so well with feelings, however!
If you follow my training diary, you’ll notice that I recently decided to drop the hilly Lake Placid Ironman race in July, in exchange for the new, and very flat, Maryland Race in September. This decision to follow my son’s advice was based largely my struggles to return my bike wattage output to pre-surgery levels, and the tough time I’m having bringing my running back. Both are slowly returning to par, but slowly is the key word. My endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft repair occurred in December, 2013. Five months later, I still feel the after effects of this physical invasion into my body, including the anesthetics – bodies don’t like being invaded.
The key to successful surgery recovery, athlete or not, is patience, a plan, and the study of body awareness.
For instance: yesterday, I was pushing hard in a 4,000 yard swim set, when I had an ominous feeling. I thought, “I wonder what all this body torque and increased blood flow are doing those hooks that hold my Cook Zenith stent in my aorta. They could trigger a dissection, or the whole thing could dislodge, if I push it too hard?” – I backed off, just a tad, and the ominous feeling (warning?) receded.
In my opinion, this wasn’t paranoia, it was a warning, with appropriate evasive action.
So, what about Luis M. Torres, a 61-year old athlete who broke the neck of his femur as a result of falling off of his bike.
Luis wrote to me a while ago for my thoughts on his recovery, as an older athlete (61) seeking input from an even older athlete (70). My advice, was once again, “Take your time, think about the stresses involved, and try to avoid applying too much load, too soon, to the neck of that femur.”
I recommend, (1) fully understand the issue, which is no problem for Luis, an anesthesiologist, (2) ride a trainer for the first few months (don’t want to fall off that bike again, yet), (3) a controlled program of weight training, with input from a sports physiotherapist, (4) water running once the hip is solid (months), (5) bone growth stimulation, as in the case of my friend, Stacey, (6) consider a few Feldenkrais sessions, and finally, (7) if in doubt go slower, not faster.
If you want more detail, Luis provided his timeline as a comment at this link.
Latest update from Luis, after having one of the screws removed (or backed off?), via Twitter on May 18th, The surgery was very good and now I have some pain in the wound but better sensation in the hip.”
As I get older, I notice that there are fewer and fewer athletes in my age group. The magic of the Internet is bringing us together, which is quite a gift. Thanks for contacting me, Luis – makes me feel less alone on this lovely planet.
I hope to meet you at a race one day.
Kevin aka FitOldDog