Before I begin Curt and I would like to give a big shout out to my Valor Triathlon Project athlete and friend Ericka Hachmeister, who won 1st overall female amateur (and her age group) at Raleigh 70.3 yesterday! Her 4:40 was not only a PR, but earned her pro card should she choose to take it. We are so so so proud of what she has accomplished. I must share that what sets Mrs. Hachmeister apart, is her mind. She knows how to turn absolutely everything into a grateful opportunity, and she races with more heart than I can articulate. Curt and I feel honored to work with athletes like Ericka…. who seize opportunities and embrace dreams so fully and openly. They all enrich our lives so much!!!!!
Today…. is post op day 10.
Things are going really well! I am walking 4 x 1 mile sessions a day, I rode my bike and this week I will see how swimming feels.
“Don’t overdo it.” Is the most common thing people say to me. I laugh. Oh trust me…. it’s not possible for me to overdo it. I have a mid abdominal incision and SWELLING (normal) and this thing called…. PAIN…… that prevents me. Back when I was pregnant I was given the same advice. “Don’t go too hard”. Trust me when I say this…. no pregnant woman has gone too hard. You simply get too big.
The pain of surgery…. and I am healthy and fit…. I am not sick…. is a very different pain than the pain of a hard workout. You’d have to be completely out of touch with your body to push through this kind of pain. And I mean completely.
If you come into a surgery like this… I think you should do as my doctor instructed. Do what you can when you feel ready. Listen to your body, not to anyone else.
I walked every day, including post op day one… for the first week. Why? Because we all know that the quickest path to health is to move your body. Rest is important, absolutely. That’s what the other 23 hours and 45 minutes are for. A 15 -20 minute walk is going to help. Trust me, I was going so slow that on a good day you would say “Why even bother?”
Bother because you can. Bother because you are healthy and you don’t allow weakness to come about. When Luc had open heart surgery you’d better believe he was up and walking every day. If you are active going into this, then be active coming out of it.
Post op day 9 I hopped…. well… I did not hop….. but I rode for 30 glorious minutes. My heart rate was two bazillion and my watts were about 10% of FTP. But I rode for 30 minutes. I did some swimming dryland, arm circles, leg lifts, shoulder stability exercises. That… is still not overdoing it. I listened. I didn’t do what tugged and hurt. I stopped if and when that came about.
I have a very genuine and sincere appreciation for my health and for my athleticism. That’s not something the rest of the world gets to enjoy. I realize that while my life is filled with athletes, this is really a privilege given to a select few. I will not trash it, I will not waste it and I will not ever take it for granted.
So….. I am back in action. Slowly, but it will come. It’s doubtful that I will be able to race this weekend but if I wake up on Sunday and my body says GO……. I am.