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I may not have got to goal 1 yet but I have got the first brick session in my legs. It was not pretty. Not even close.

It was not fast.  Not even close.

I was not ready for it physically.  Not even close.

I was not not ready for it mentally.  Not even close.

Are you starting to see a trend here?

About the only good thing that happened was that I went out and did it! I completely tanked afterwards but it was nowhere near to the low I would have experienced if I had not gone out there.

So not pretty but it is one in the legs.

My arm is still up to scratch but getting stronger everyday. It was a little tired and sore after the above workout but that was mainly due to the aggressive setup of my road bike.

One down Many to go.

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It has been a fairly long and tough 13 weeks since a log changed the direction of my bike and my life in a matter of seconds. I have witnessed amazing acts of kindness and will never take my left foe granted ever again.

The strengthening of my elbow, and in particular my triceps muscle, has begun.  Isotonic strengthening to be exact. This is strength exercises without moving in the joint. It feels very random but it takes as much effort.
My range of movement is pretty much full currently and the focus is to get the strength up to normal once more. Functional range of motion is 30 to 130 degrees and I have 11 to 142 degrees. The occupational therapist is very happy with that and is now focusing on the strengthening of the triceps and elbow.

 

When asked, i say to people that my elbow is about 90% healed. I believe that but also believe that the last 10% is probably going to take quite some time to attain. Strengthening is key for that 10% to be achieved. I am pretty much functional day-to-day with only the odd activity that I cannot do because of the lack of strength or range of motion.

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Following my hospital stay, I was instructed to see an occupational therapist to rehabilitate by arm back to full strength. I did not think it would be as hard as it is though. The first appointment involved making a cast that limited my range of motion. In simple terms – so I did not move my arm to I ripped the tendon off!

Then the OT gave me the process and the plan to recovery. 5 months! That is 5 months until complete recovery i.e. back to normal. That is a long time. I was (and am) determined to do this properly. The warning from the surgeon was simple: Be very patient through the rehab otherwise you will not gain full power and strength back EVER!

Eish! So patient I have tried to be.

Weekly visits to the OT have been encouraging because I can see the improvement. This weekend will make 10 weeks since that fateful day and i am halfway through the rehab of 5 months. I have not driven in 10 weeks.

So 10 weeks in and I am halfway to my first goal of getting my arm back to full strength. this is possibly the most important step. Without my arm injury free, I am not going anywhere especially to a half iron man! At 10 weeks, strengthening started and although very limited, it is absolutely necessary to start small and build on those little steps.

This is going to be the theme through this experience, start with little steps and build on those.

 

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There is very little point of dwelling in the past. Yes, we all make mistakes in our lives. That is part of living and part of life. They are there not to break us but rather to make us stronger.

Recently, I have been around people that are sitting around looking backwards. Looking at the previous month or two and sometimes longer and blaming everybody and anything for them not succeeding. This is actually depressing for myself because of 2 reasons:

1. I am moving forward with my life and being an influence to those around me by doing this and

2. I can see the potential that they are missing out on – the opportunities that are bashing on their doors. They are ignoring these and I find that frustrating.

Unfortunately, I cannot jump up and grab those opportunities because its not in my sphere. (otherwise, I would have already)

Move On

People try to go forward by walking backwards. Unless you have eyes on the back of your head, you cannot do this successfully. You will always doing either 50% because you are trying to do both.

At some point you, you HAVE TO move on.

You have to accept that bad things happened.

You have to learn from these bad things.

You have to MOVE ON.

Build that bridge

One of my favourite saying for this type of situations is this: Cry a river, build a bridge and get over it. Every step has to be taken to be ‘get over’ whatever it is that has happened.

There is no point trying to cross a river without a bridge because you will get caught up in the rapids.

There is no point in building a bridge before you cried the river.

There is no point in trying to get over that bridge if you have half built the bridge. You will fall into the river and get carried away by the rapids.

Lost potential

There is nothing more upsetting than watching potential being wasted. When you walk backwards, dwell in the past and not looking forward, you are wasting potential. You can never get that potential back.

All it takes is to turn around by learning from your mistakes and start running with the motivation and energy that drives you to go forward. Nothing can stop you achieving whatever you want.

So what is holding your granny panties down?

Cry the river, build the bridge, Pull up your granny panties and get over it!

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