It’s now been 5months since that sharp little piece of porcelain speared my foot and sawed through everything in it’s path. I have been walking without my crutches now for about 4 weeks and it’s been just unreal. I have also been doing some cycling and swimming and that has been even better. I have never enjoyed going to slowly, but just to be outside and active again is really great. The ER doctor and the surgeon who I have been consulting with in Australia both told me initially that my chances of running again were ‘unlikely’, due to the complete severance of two of (arguably) the most important structures in the feet for running – plantar fascia and flexor hallicus longus (big toe tendon). I have been cycling without any problems now like I mentioned for about 3 weeks, but running has still been out of the question. Very luckily for me, the surgeons have done a great job and their sewing skills have managed to hold my foot together long enough for it to apparently heal correctly – so far. To say I’m stoked is an understatement. To have the possibility of no more running planted in my head was really hard to think about. Now, I’m certainly not trying to carry on about my hard luck story, because really it’s not a big deal. It wasn’t some crazy disease or injury that had me fighting for life, and when you look around in the world, there’s always someone worse off then you. I just have lots of enquiries to how I’ve been going, so I just thought I’d write about how I was feeling and my personal experience.
Anyway, after 5 months and many uncertainties, I was given the green light by the surgeon to go out and try a jog to see how I was progressing. I thought about running home from North Sydney (20kms) but the very small part of my brain that controls common sense over-ruled me. I was so nervous to even try running, so I left it a couple days and continued with my strengthening and functional exercises I have been doing. On Sunday though I decided to have a crack, and managed a 10min ‘jog’. Depending on how you define jogging, that could be debatable. I don’t really care though, the simple progression of my recovery has both surprised me and highly motivated me to keep at it. I am now into week 4 of uni and ever closer to finishing. I don’t like being in Sydney, but it’s great to be using my brain productively and I can see the light at the end of my degree which is keeping me going. So basically, life isn’t as bad as I thought while I was sitting on the couch everyday.
Lastly, I have been generously invited back up to Port Douglas for the annual Long Course Triathlon, thanks to Guy Besley and the Cairns Crocs Triathlon club. I obviously won’t be racing, but I’m taking my bike and I’ll try and complete the swim and cycle legs, and just see what happens. I will however, be going out deep sea fishing on one of the local charter boats – some of the best fishing in Australia up in far North QLD. This race has claimed many victims, myself included – it is seriously hot and windy, but very relaxed and a great weekend. I was speaking to Guy as I was writing this, and he informed me that there was a 30% DNF rate last year. I would seriously recommend heading up for a hit out at the Half Iron distance race if you’re preparing for Kona or Vegas World Champs. If you’re interested, check out the website here!
I hope everyone is beginning to come out of their winter hibernation and get training again, the weather of late has been amazing, so get amongst it.
Hope to see some of you in Port Douglas and out enjoying the sunshine sometime soon.