Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 3 Post OP Report

Morning! Just a quick update. Today is day 3 after collarbone repair surgery and things seem to be going well. I have minimal pain, managed with just ibuprofen during the day and a prescription pain med. before bed.

Yesterday (day 2 post-op) I got out in the hot Tucson sun and walked for an hour and then spun easy on the lifecycle at the club for 20 minutes. It felt good to break a sweat and to get the motor running again. The crappy thing is that I can feel my hard earned fitness from training in 100+ deg. heat, tempo runs, hill repeats, hard interval swim workouts, etc., slipping away. Ugh. I know it'll eventually all come back however... with the right amount of hard work once I'm 100%.

The worse part for me right now, in terms of discomfort, is my rib! My left side was so traumatized by the impact, it still hurts to breath deeply, sit up and do anything else that engages my core.

I feel so badly for my friend and colleague from Life Time Fitness, Gary Werning. Gary crashed hard descending Power Line at Leadville and was Life-flighted to a shock trauma unit. He's recovering due to his personal strength and support from his family and friends, but it won't be easy as his head injury could have long term implications. My prayers go out to Gary and his family.

Injuries are part of sports participation. When we challenge ourselves and push our bodies to our limits, we sometimes go a little too far. Everyday that we are healthy and can use our bodies the way we want to without restrictions or limitations, is a good day... and a blessing! Go take advantage of your health and have a good swim, bike or run.

Train smart,
- Coach Troy


  1. So glad to hear you are feeling better.

  2. Once we have an injury we understand and appreciate our bodies and how complex and functional they are when they are whole.

    Glad you are on the mend.