I had another visit with my sports med doctor this morning in regards to the ongoing saga of my heel injury. It's been a good month, in regards to pain...or lack thereof. So, we're on to the next phase of his program, which is STRENGTHENING. I'll be doing various heel raises, daily, for the next several weeks in order to recondition and strengthen my calves and Achilles tendons. I've also been given the go-ahead to notch up the intensity of my rides (and can actually ride outdoors now on a flat course, weather permitting). No running yet. I meet with him again in 6 weeks where, hopefully, he'll okay some very short & easy running.
Numbers-wise, here's how January panned out:
Running Miles: 0
Outdoor cycling: 0
Cardio (on Schwinn Airdyne): 243 min.
Weight workouts: 10 / 312 min.
Body weight since Jan 1: -7.2 lbs.
Waist, since Jan 1: -1.1"
I'm in the stretch drive with my Chris K induced Ab quest, with both positive and challenging results.
So that's where things stand. Rehab has been a long, slow process, and my patience is certainly being tested, but I've committed to buying into my doctor's program, since I've seen no reason not to. But that means s-l-o-w-l-y getting back into the running game. Currently, the only race on my schedule this year is the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay, in late July. While I won't be in top shape by then, I hope to have enough training behind me to at least help out the team, and not kill myself in the process.