|The picture that caused all the confusion and concern!!! Let me explain…..|
So, I feel I must post this since my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram post and picture set off a wave of unnecessary concern!! I am fine. Great really. Here's what happened. I went skiing. Several times. You may call it making up for a lost season last year. Whatever. I call it finally being back to my first sporting love. Ahhhhh…….the mountains. Snow. Turns. Corduroy. Powder. Steeps. You name it, I'll ski it. (I only did Highline once. I swear.) After day 4, my left hip started hurting. Like, not being able to get out of bed hurting. Talk about feeling geriatric. I stretched. It kept waking me up at 4:30am. I kept skiing.
Finally, RE talked some sense into me and I went in to see my trusty (and a teeny tiny bit evil) PT Bryan. He's a no-nonsense kinda guy (which I like). And here's what has happened…..my left hip hurts (actually my TFL - don't ask me what that stands for) because I am unintentionally overcompensating for my repaired right knee. Even with wearing my brace. Plus, the right knee was hurting pretty good too! And, as "luck" would have it, I had lost some mobility and flexion with that knee. Ugh. So even though I had full mobility and flexion a mere 4 months after surgery, 11 months later I did not.
Not quite back to square one. I am once again on an "official" schedule!!! Woot!!!! And I don't have any limitations as to what I can do. I do have some pain after my sessions and certainly my knee is pissy/swollen after I ski. And sometimes after I run. And ride. BUT, here's what I am doing……Bryan hooked me up with Pam at my gym. And Pam isn't really nice either. But she is helping me getting my strength back in my under-used glutes and helping me gain lateral strength and motion. Yay Me!!!
These days, I spend 30 minutes in the morning (after Izzi gets off to school and before I take Charlotte) stretching and doing glute exercises. I spend an embarrassing amount of time thinking about my butt. Like all the time. I now ice my knee after every bike/run session. And now at 4:30am, I wake up with a slight ache in my hip. My knee pain is totally gone (the serious pain, the everyday I had surgery in that knee pain and I probablyshouldntbedoingallthatido pain is still there). But, I'm a triathlete right? My pain tolerance is not "normal".
All this being said/written, I am sooooo excited for the upcoming season!! My race schedule is about final and I'm adding in an Xterra (or 2). Crazy right? Because why not take up a new sport at my "advanced" age. And some shorter distances. I have sworn off Ironman this season. But is October/November considered this season????? Clearly, I have an Ironman problem. Only time and finances will tell if I sign up or not:)
Sooooo, there is the update. And thank you everyone for your concern!!!! I appreciate it! But all is well on this front and I will have full mobility and flexion before long. Honest. Oh…..it may be January 22nd but I already have 7 days skiing!!!! Woo Hoo!!!