I feel pretty darn good these days. It is rare that I have a flash of pain anymore from a certain movement or twist. My hip flexor is finally cooperating with getting in/out of the car as well. No more hanging onto the car to get in. Sleeping is completely normal; I find I don't need the pillow between my legs anymore either. I have still been hiking and have gone as far as 7 miles. Walking feels fine with no difficulty. Honestly, I have nothing to complain about at this point post-op. I continue to move forward without any set backs and that makes me very happy. I hope others who are earlier in the post-op game can find solace in that. Now if I am well enough to enjoy fall trail running this year, I will consider everything a complete success.
|It's finally green here again; one of my favorite trails.|
My big news lately is that I've started bike commuting to work again. It is a 33 mile round trip, so it's a bit of a beast of a commute, but I love doing it. I'm aiming for two days a week until my hip is a little stronger. Last summer I tried to ride 3-4 days a week and would love to be doing that again in a month or two. Biking in general has been great and I think it's a great tool to build muscle without the pounding your body takes from running. My legs and cardio are slowly coming back to me.
Speaking of bikes, I bought my post-surgery present to myself! I had to take a 4.5 hour road trip up to Minneapolis to make her mine, but here she is. My new 2013 Salsa Colossal 2. I've been dreaming about this bike since I first saw it last year, and I promised myself that if I made it through surgery and I could still find it in my size, I would buy it. It's a steel frame with a carbon fork, which makes the ride incredibly smooth. I absolutely love it.