Thursday, December 08, 2011

basterd anatomy

Well that was pathetic. There I was, on the elliptical for the first time in six weeks, trying to channel my inner Bridget von Hammersmark, and I lasted for five minutes. But it's a start.

Ever since I injured my knee shortly before Hallowe'en, I've been hobbling about, grunting and groaning going up and down stairs, and spending half the night tossing around in bed trying to find comfortable position for my knee. I had already attempted the bike, but there was just too much knee action involved, so I had been concentrating my (admittedly infrequent) workouts on upper body strength training. I could feel my tentative grasp on fitness slipping through my pudgy fingers. It's anybody's guess how flabby my heart is getting.

I was actually quite thrilled to discover that, if I turned the resistance to the lowest level and moved slowly and carefully, hanging onto the hand rails, I could manage an elliptical workout. Okay, five minutes isn't a workout, but you know what I mean. The knee bone is connected to the heart bone.

Today, the day after my Olympic performance, I can feel the muscles surrounding my knee instead of the knee itself. This is progress. I am going to keep at this, adding three minutes every time and giving myself a day to heal in between. At that rate, I will be back to my normal workout by 2014, according to my calculations. Bathing suit shopping may have to wait another few years.

18 comments:

leaz said...

Pick something specific to work on and try not to be seduced by the other stuff until you’re in good shape all around.

Well done Zombie girl!

The McIlrath Family said...

What about swimming?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think I am finally on the right track, Leazwell. Slow and steady.

I was considering swimming, Toccata, but when you have equipment in the basement already, you feel sort of obligated to use it.

Toccata said...

I can see that but I really do think swimming would be good for you and your knee. I think swimming is the best and although I love to swim I do find it a challenge to force myself to get to the pool so believe me I can understand your reluctance!

Allison said...

Have you ever thought about a knee brace while on the machines? I have a soft one I picked up at Shoppers that keeps my knee from shifting, which helps. You do the treadmill over the elliptical right? Because the elliptical is the worse for knees (I'm told).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wish I had a pool in my basement, Toccata! (Don't we all?) I do think swimming would be good therapy. Maybe I'll make a couple of trips to the pool.

I do wear a knee brace while on the elliptical, Al, and I agree that it helps. I don't have a treadmill, but I was wondering about how good an elliptical is for the knees. Maybe I need to take up mall walking with the octogenarians...

LesleyG said...

I'm sorry you're injured. I know how frustrating that is. Have you thought about trying yoga? It can help injuries so much. Or swimming, if that's a possibility as in either your heart rate can still be elevated without the impact. Hope the healing is fast.

kelly said...

knee replacement?

My other half injured her knee in January just before we went to Hawaii. Needless to say she spent a bunch of time on the beach reading, which is not bad but no hiking, kayaking, snorkling etc. It was strange, just gave out while she was walking, still having some grief although she is able to go to the gym, wlak dog, etc. Finally getting referral to orhtropod and waiting on MRI. I might half to trade her in for a replacement

John Mutford said...

Have you considered baby juggling?

Nah, it sounds like you're on the right track. Good for you.

Allison said...

Yeah, having tore my MCL so many times I was advised by doctors not to do the elliptical because it causes so much shifting, same with the bike. That may be why yours isn't healing so well. Physio might help. Hope it starts to mend soon though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Does yoga elevate your heart rate, Lesley? I didn't realize that, I always thought it was just standing there with your leg up or something. I'll have to reconsider.

My sympathies to your better half, Kelly. I thought this was going to heal itself in a couple of weeks, but it appears I am wrong. I may need to go to the doctor after all.

Is baby juggling what all the elite athletes are doing for rehabilitation these days, John? If it's good enough for Clara Hughes, it's good enough for me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't realize that, Al, but it makes sense. Dang, I may need to go to the doctor after all.

kelly said...

what do you mean "better" half

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oops, that was a typo, Kelly. It was supposed to be spelled "other". Yeah, that's it.

Vol-E said...

Glad it's getting better and that you haven't given it up altogether. And since time seems to speed up the o_ _ er you get, 2014 will be here before you know it. ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good point, Vol-E! It'll be here next week!

umbrellalady said...

Knees are a bitch to heal - even though it was a short workout - your knees obviously felt it was sufficient for the day. lol Good luck with it!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks, Kathy. I keep waffling between deciding to finally go to the doctor and figuring it will eventually get better on its own.