Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lovely weather - for ducks.

Rain, rain and more rain is all I can see from every point of the horizon. Thick, dark clouds filled with loads of water and the promise of more to come, and no getting out for a run or ride in the open air. Nevermind, first things first - PHYSIO Day 3 and then to think about what I should do. What can I say, physio still hurts but on a good note, Lisa can feel some movement (Good movement) on the outer part of my knee. This means the knot I have is weakening and the muscles are finally giving way. Thats not to say it has come easily, God only knows I have the bruises to show as my badge of bravery, but there is light at the end of the tunnel now, albeit its the size of a grain of rice, but it's light.

Lisa my physio is really cool. She is always asking me if I am okay while she is massaging my leg - I wonder if all my sweating, grimacing and weird giggles of pain are a sign of my distress....mmmm I wonder. Maybe it's the beads of sweat on my upper lip and my cold clammy hands - either way Lisa keeps rubbing and when it gets too much to bear she stops. After all the rubbing I get a heat pack to place on the area she has worked on the most, today it was my lower leg. Ahhhhh bliss.
So while I was sitting there contemplating about what I should do today, I decided to reactivate my gym membership. With all this rain about I need to still get a run in. It's not that I mind riding my indoor trainer but I could see myself getting a bit bored and wanting something else. And after reading one of my fellow bloggers posts about weight training "To gym or not to gym" and saying that I stay clear due to having had some bad experiences, I decided today was as good a day as any to just get back in there and take the bull by the horns. Thankyou Patrick.

So I went home and got dressed : What do you think? Do I look the part?
Anyway, when I got to the gym I must admit I was very nervous. I made a B line straight for the treadmill that was set up in the darkest corner of the gym and I hopped on. I caught the eye of a trainer and asked if they could assist me in getting the thing up and running. She gladly obliged and we got to talking about things. Anyway, she took an interest in my goals and said that when I finished on the treadmill (3km later), to go get her and she would show me some exercises to strengthen my legs using the Bosu Ball. Oh my lord, that semi-circular rubber thing is hard going.

Talk about looking unco-ordinated, a newborn giraffe has more co-ordination. She had me doing squats, and squat jumps and this exercise which I have no idea what its called but you are swapping feet from side to side keeping your centre of gravity low. She then moved me to a bench and I had to jump onto the bench with both feet leaving the floor at the same time. Sounds easy but its amazing how easily you lose co-ordination and faith in yourself. Took me about 4 jumps before I mastered it and then she had me doing 360 degree lunges with a 7kg dumb bell in each hand. What a day I have had today - I am stuffed. I LOVE IT.

I will definately be back next week, the next two days are booked with swimming and training a friend. Bring on winter strength training - I am ready.


  1. I'm amazed that you managed squats with a dodgy knee...I always avoid them when my knee goes out.

    Yes, you looked the part :)

  2. Hey there JudyMac. Thankyou so much for popping in and reading my blog and sharing in my journey. It's funny, my knee does not bother me at all when I do squats and before today it only bothered me when I ran. My knee did not hurt today at all - YAY. I am feeling the improvement daily.

  3. good to hear that you are progressing at physio! way to go on the gym, it hurts but it is fun when you get it done isn't it?

  4. Way to go on overcoming your fear of the gym! You definitely look the part.

  5. I am glad to hear the knee and the treatments are getting better.

    I have very mixed opionions on the trainer though, I think it is great she came over and helped out, taught you some exercises, worked with you a little bit, gave you some structure, BUT, you have an injuried knee!! She had you doing lunges, squats, JUMPING sqauts, and JUMP UPS!! That is alot of stress on the knees, even for a healthy one. I am sorry, I hope I didnt upset you, but i felt this trainer could have injuried you with out getting a proper assessment of what your body is going through now.

  6. Skierz: It sure was fun, a little scary initially but fun.

    Kovas: Thankyou very much.

    BDD: No I am not upset. You are so right. I wasn't even thinking yesterday, I just did it.I should have thought more. This morning all feels ok but I won't be doing that again until physio gives the all clear. Thankyou.

  7. First, you definitely looked the part in the pic!

    I was thinking the same thing as BDD about the trainer. Make sure you are careful doing those moves they could set back your progress!

  8. You definitely look the part for the gym. And your phone coordinates quite well with your tank top too.

    The others are right be careful!! Not that it needs to be said again I'm sure you get it.

  9. Jeff: I wont be attempting anything new unless okay'd first by the physio - believe me.

    Patrick: I didn't realise that detail about my phone and top, thankyou :)


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