I had my 8 week visit with my orthopedic last week. The good news is that the foot is healing and is exactly where it should be. I can add some elliptical to my workout routine and see how it goes. I asked the doc about riding my bike out on the roads. He was a bit hesitant, but said that I could ride...if there as little to no traffic. And. There were no hills. And. It wasn't windy. Basically, he didn't want me to have to worry about putting my foot down hard unexpectedly or have to peddle with a lot of resistance. My response? Nevermind, I'll keep spinning. For now.
The bad news, other than the fact that the foot is still broken, is that I still can't run. And, I get to continue wearing my sexy shoe and running shoes only. At this rate, I won't be back in my hills until 2015...so much for sexy strappy shoes at those holiday parties! But, when I go back in mid-October, he will re-evaluate and maybe, just maybe I can start some run/walk workouts.
All in all, this hasn't been horrible. Unlike the hip, I know that my bone will heal and I will be running within the next month or two. And, I am able to do sooo much more that I could with the hip issues.
So what have I been doing? Hmmmm....let's see:
- Brazil Butt Lift from Beach Body - I can't do the lunges in the 1st segment of the Tone workout, but I can do the last two which consist of lots and lots of leg lifts.
- P90X - Obviously, I'm not doing Plyo or the other cardio workouts. But, I have been alternating between the Chest and Back, Shoulders and Arms and Chest, Shoulders and Triceps DVDs. Oh, and of course I've added some Ab Ripper X in there for good measure.
- Swimming - This has been my go-to workout since about 1 month post injury. I've gradually worked up the distance and can comfortably swim 2,500 for the first time since Oilman training last year. I'll keep building up the distance and will hopefully be ready for IMTX training in January. I was swimming only with the pull buoy (no kicking) until last week. I feel pretty comfortable with a little kicking now, but need to keep adding more as the foot continues to heal.
- Spin Bike - I've been a little lazy here, only because I am finding it hard to get to the gym for more than an hour at a time. I did spin for about 1 hour 15 minutes last week, but I could (and should) be doing more. I guess the best solution would be to dust of the trainer and bike at home, but I really, really hate my trainer!
- Elliptical - I've only had one opportunity to get on the elliptical since my appointment. I rode the spin bike for an hour and then used the elliptical for 20 minutes. I probably should have only done 10 minutes, you know, to ease myself into it. Unfortunately, the foot was a bit sore afterwards. But only a little. I'm going back to the gym tonight for more!
|My new friend - the elliptical|
My doctor explained that it would be much easier to just tell me to do nothing until the foot was completely healed. He also said that he could tell me to go run, but that my foot would not heal and I would end up being in a great deal of pain, However, he knows want to stay active and he's trying to work with me and give me some things I can do, which I really appreciate! So, I'll follow doctor's orders and take one day at a time.
Some days, my foot feels great and I am tempted to do a little more than I should. But, I have to remember the ultimate goal - IMTX 2015. I want the foot to be ready to go in January, so I'll do what I have to do...even though it sucks!
On the upside, I can spend more time with these silly guys....
|Enjoying having lunch with my silly kids!|