It's hard to believe I haven't updated this in over a year. Very little training and even less racing to report. The past year has been work, physical therapy, work, travel for work, sit too much, exercise not enough, and go to some hockey games. And now, tomorrow, I face surgery to get this bum knee fixed once and for all.
Last fall involved quite a bit of travel for work, all condensed into a short time frame. I also decided to become a 13-game season ticket holder to the Nashville Predators NHL team. I found my new love! They do a really nice job for customer experience and the team was good too! In fact, I found I loved it so much, I became a full season ticket holder for this upcoming season.
The winter again was rough - too cold for me, even a snowstorm that shut down the city, then a month later, an ice storm which again shut down the city. Still too much work, continued physical therapy, more work travel, not enough training, but I did get to spend half a week with the gals in the high desert of Los Angeles County. I was unable to go last year and really missed it. My knee was hurting a lot so I mostly did some walking and swimming. No biking, which was a major bummer.
After that trip, Jonathan, my PY, said he had some pretty much all he could do. My strength was better, we'd gone from 15 degrees to about 5 degrees shy of full extension, but to make it any better, I really needed surgery and a new knee since I was bone-on-bone. He suggested seeing a non-surgical orthopedic doctor to see what he said, so I did. He suggestion injections (no thank you), a topical creme (that gave minor relief), get fitter/thinner, and last resort - knee replacement surgery. Not what I wanted to hear, but the same thing my ortho in SF had told me in September 2009. ("You will eventually need a knee replacement.")
May - June - first part of July - more work travel, work, some riding, a couple "races" (more of me just paying the entry and riding around), then when I saw my GP in mid-July, I told him that maybe I'd go see the ortho he suggested. I "raced" on my birthday and could barely walk for two days. So that's how I ended up at Dr. Andrew Shinar's office on August 17th.
X-rays, exam, history, and admitting that I couldn't really ride my bike and that sitting or walking or standing too long really made my knee hurt, made me realize that my quality of life had gone down. So surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, August 26th. TKR - total knee replacement.
Not thrilled about it, but it needs to be done. On Friday I had a major freakout session when I think everything finally hit me (and I realized that he wants to do a spinal), and I came this close to canceling the entire thing. But I didn't. So tomorrow I head to the hospital and in the future, back to riding the bike, walking, weights - getting back in shape. Time to rehab and then start training for the 2016 racing schedule.
Wish me luck.