Tuesday, February 27, 2007

the road back

35 days left... 35 more days of Elliptical machine.... So almost 35,000 more calories to burn and 210 miles to travel on that machine.
My back feels great ......and sleeping is just rad. I really don't like getting up and putting the brace back on, but how rad that I can get up at all. I have to say that I feel very lucky how great this whole process has been. My wife has been incredible and my friends are been so supportive. I can't believe how fortunate I am that this injury will end on such a good note.
105 shots of espresso will fuel my return over the next 35 days. Look for me at the gym, walking my dogs, or maybe at the first Time Trial just 6 days after I take off my TLSO brace.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

6 weeks down 6 weeks to go

Is the cup half full or half empty????
Ok 42 days on the couch sleeping.....on my back....... and now I get to sleep in my bed with no brace! I thought it was going to rock......Well it sucked. The couch with the brace was way better. I don't have an ounce of core left to even lay flat on a bed. It was a long first night. The last few nights have gotten way better so don't sweat I am getting my beauty sleep for the first time in 42 days!!!!

6 weeks my doctor has removed the leash and let me go to the gym for some cardio. I was the guy on the elliptical wearing the plastic cooler for a shirt. When you are at a college working out you spend half the workout trying to look cool and messing with your new 1000gig ipod. Well I don't have an i-pod(yet) and I certainly did not look cool. I am a skinny guy, and after 6 weeks off I am really skinny. The kind-of skinny that makes me look like I might have problems.... I was the guy in the back just rocking the elliptical machine trying to see how many watts I could push while trying to stay in control. I have gotten in 1 hr each day so far at about 145(heart rate) The goal is to get to 2 hours each day by Week 10. This might be a bit ambitious but we will see. CHECK OUT THE SWEAT AFTER 60 minutes!!

NEW Jura e8 espresso machine. If you don't have one you are missing out. Not sure why Iran is spending so much time enriching uranium. The Stuff that comes out of this machine is way more powerful.