Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Tomorrow marks 12 weeks since fracturing my spine in 7 places.
I’ve been going to physical therapy once or twice per week for the last few weeks. So far it seems to be really helping a lot. The bones have healed well, but left me with some pretty nasty knots and tightness, especially along the right side of my spine. This means, among many other things, I was only able to turn about half way to the left compared to the right. With massage, stretching, strength work and some other funky PT magic to physically move the vertebrae that are limiting my rotation, I’m much closer to even now. I’ve still got a ways to go before things move more normally though.
The only time I’m really in pain is when I cough, sneeze or hiccup. But even that is getting better.
And that means that I’m actually able to swim and feel more “normal” in the water. I swam for the first time this week and was surprised at how well I was able to move. My pace was right where I left off pre-crash, which I still am in complete awe of. My cardiovascular fitness is garbage, but that isn’t any surprise. I couldn’t care less about that. The fact that I can swim 900 yards, without pain, decent form and at a strong pace is more than I could have hoped for at this point in my recovery.
I also hopped on the bike for a quick 10 minute spin this week too. Good news there too! No pain. Yes, I got kitted up in my new PowerBar gear and full bib shorts for a 10 minute spin, but I don’t care.
I’m still a long way out from legitimate triathlon training. I want to make sure that tending to my back muscle and spine flexibility issues get priority over anything else. My “training” now just involves a foam roller, jamming a lacrosse ball into my right lat muscle and stretching 2-3 times per day. That leave me sore enough for now.
But I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t daydreamed about a comeback race. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.