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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by elise526
    Fort - It seems like you are pushing your body awfully hard after having had major surgery and the flu. Why not consider backing off until the 2017 -2018 SCY season? You are such an awesome athlete and have accomplished so much. I kind of wish you would consider backing down for a few months and let your body heal. Why not consider doing 4 miles on the treadmill and doing just technique work in the pool?
    Hey Elise. Idk ... I am not swimming, not running, not lifting, not going to yoga, not doing anything that involves my arm or neck. And I did nothing for almost two months after surgery. I can't see that a lot of walking will impede the healing. I honestly don't have any plans to compete any time soon, even after I get the all clear for swimming. I anticipate that it will take a long time to ramp back up.
  2. elise526's Avatar
    Fort - It seems like you are pushing your body awfully hard after having had major surgery and the flu. Why not consider backing off until the 2017 -2018 SCY season? You are such an awesome athlete and have accomplished so much. I kind of wish you would consider backing down for a few months and let your body heal. Why not consider doing 4 miles on the treadmill and doing just technique work in the pool?
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Practice and meet times pretty much on par, thanks. Probably neither Riverside nor Budapest. Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
    Wise indeed.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    ...Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
    Wise. Saves a lot of frustration & anguish. If a backstroker, avoid Omega pads as well.
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  6. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Practice and meet times pretty much on par, thanks. Probably neither Riverside nor Budapest. Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Hey Fort, glad you are getting wet! Question: treadmill...3, 4, 7, 11 miles...consistent pace running or do you walk or sprint any?
    I can't run -- too high impact right now. I've sort of alternated between vigorous consistent pace walking and slow with HIT bursts of walking. I probably should do more fast-slow work. But, really, I've just enjoyed doing any exercise after months of a forced sedentary lifestyle. How is your swimming going? Are you planning on Riverside/Budapest?
  8. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Hey Fort, glad you are getting wet! Question: treadmill...3, 4, 7, 11 miles...consistent pace running or do you walk or sprint any?
  9. elise526's Avatar
    Thanks so much for the encouragement, Sojerz! I hope I can stick to it!
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Ah, the world is returning to is's proper state...
    Ah, thanks Karl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Leslie texted me that she made it back to the pool for 2000 yards of kicking! Congratulations! Come to the Y on Tuesday or Thursday!
    Ah, the world is returning to is's proper state...
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Leslie texted me that she made it back to the pool for 2000 yards of kicking! Congratulations! Come to the Y on Tuesday or Thursday!
    I couldnt come on Sunday bc I was watching the Lebo masters meet. I'm going to Pitt on Wed. I was thinking maybe Sewy on Friday. You might tempt me come another day to swim with you, but I am very limited.
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    It seems like its just been a brutal season of colds/flu with very longish recovery. Didn't think my immune system would ever calm the allergic response back down so I could stop coughing. Glad to hear the VTOS may be headed in the right direction. I had to self admin the lovenox shots for about 10 days after leg surgery and was glad I had a little belly fat to pinch and inject into - finally it was good for something.

    Keep up the exercise and take care of yourself, Leslie.
    yes, I've heard of many people suffering for prolong periods. Winter crud and super bugs.

    i dont mind the Lovenox really. Kinda used to it. Sometimes it's hard to remember to take it 2x a day every day.

    I will try to be vigilant about no swimming until after my next appt.
    Updated February 13th, 2017 at 12:11 AM by The Fortress
  14. jim thornton's Avatar
    Leslie texted me that she made it back to the pool for 2000 yards of kicking! Congratulations! Come to the Y on Tuesday or Thursday!
  15. Sojerz's Avatar
    HI,

    I tried to comment on your last post, but for some reason the blog system won't let me do it.
    Lots of people around here have been sick with what seems like an unusually high amount of colds and flu. Its been hard to get consistency into my workouts too.

    Starting out at anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 yards seems to me to be a good distance if you were are a reasonably good swimmer. I agree that getting in some yards as often as possible, even if it just 30 min. is better than not getting in at all. I think swimming some yards 2-3+ times per week will help you stick with the sport at a level where you could then train harder when life gives you more time. So keep it up and enjoy getting back into the water and in shape.
  16. Sojerz's Avatar
    It seems like its just been a brutal season of colds/flu with very longish recovery. Didn't think my immune system would ever calm the allergic response back down so I could stop coughing. Glad to hear the VTOS may be headed in the right direction. I had to self admin the lovenox shots for about 10 days after leg surgery and was glad I had a little belly fat to pinch and inject into - finally it was good for something.

    Keep up the exercise and take care of yourself, Leslie.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    That's a lot of walking. I am certainly realizing my mortality (and athletic uncertainty) lately and have had a renewed urgency in getting some bucket list items done for me this year before my shoulders and back give up for good (fingers crossed). Certainly as we all get older, taking good health for granted is long gone. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and the mental fortitude to get through all of this.
    Thanks Kurt. Yeah nothing for granted. One minute great health, the next serious medical crisis. Take care of those shoulders.
  18. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    That's a lot of walking. I am certainly realizing my mortality (and athletic uncertainty) lately and have had a renewed urgency in getting some bucket list items done for me this year before my shoulders and back give up for good (fingers crossed). Certainly as we all get older, taking good health for granted is long gone. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and the mental fortitude to get through all of this.
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    How often were you taking xarelto?

    My cardiologist also has me on that. I had to do a special meeting with someone before they'd give it to me, and have to do bloodwork a few times a year. Someone also seems to call me every few weeks to make sure everything is going well.

    With all of that, I haven't had any issues. But I usually have a small snack mornings before I take it. Then I take it before bed, probably an hour or 2 after dinner.
    Initially after the first operation, I took it 2x day for 21 days, then 1x day thereafter. I tried take it without food, but would have bouts of nausea throughout the day. Lovenox is kind of a hassle, but I can deal with it. You do need to have your blood monitored while taking this stuff. I'm glad that you are side effect free!
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhenderson
    So good to hear from you - I had wondered how you were recovering. I'm sad to hear that the outcome has not been as good as hoped. Praying for complete restoration without more surgery. Hang in there - hopefully this episode will be a short blip in the long run. Sure miss your posts!
    Thanks Kristin. My age and the fact that it was not detected quickly enough worked against me. I will hang in there!
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