Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Holding Pattern

I haven't written anything in the last week because I've been trying to get my right knee to calm down. It's been screwed up since I went on that cruise. It's still swollen and my second pull is shot. Even my first pull was starting to get screwed up: As soon as I'd push the heel into the floor I'd experience pateller tendon pain. Squats are out too. Been down that road before. Dr. Cobb and I came to the conclusion that it's my 10-year-old weightlifting shoes: They have my old patterns worn into them so my feet and susequently my body were picking up those patterns, especially as the load increased. So, time for some new shoes. In the mean time, I'm going to be pulling barefoot. Load makes the biggest difference in changing my body, so I'll load again barefoot. I'll put a board or some matting under my heals and squat barefoot too.

All this means that the meet on the 25th is out. Can't pull or squat when my right knee is twice the size of my left. I'm getting too old to pull the "tough guy" act. I want to be able to move if and when we have kids. Training has once again become truly a daily issue where I have to ask myself what I can do on this particular day. Just as well, I guess. Lots of other more important irons in the fire.

There would've been a time not too long ago where this type of news would devastate me: All this hard work getting back on the platform, etc, etc. Not anymore--I can't emotionally afford to get all worked up over the knee. I'm sure I'll learn something from this even if it's as simple as remembering to get new shoes. So now I'm just in the holding pattern trying to pull and squat again pain free. I was completely there right before the cruise. I'm sure I can get back. Between the Z and the enzymes, I should be feeling pretty good by the end of the week.

All I got done last night was the following:

Power Snatch above knee: 50%/2 x 9 sets.
Knee started bothering me and wife called (staying in a hotel while I'm having the plumbing in my home replaced). So I stopped.

Today will probably be slow heavy stuff. It's all about getting past the knee...


Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Hope that knee of yours heals quickly! I can relate to you on wanting to train but not being able to due to orthopedic limitations. However, your tone of writing sounds like you are being very level headed about the pain and are keeping things in their proper perspective. Sounds like you are taking a more balanced approach to training and more importantly to the other essentials of life.

Heal soon Geoff!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

Sorry your knee isn't cooperating. I agree with the shoe theory. I've seen guys who've worn theirs down to the wood and wonder why their ankles, knees and hips are bothering them: get thee to a cobbler or get some new ones. Will miss seeing you at the meet. Get better quick.
Randy Hauer

1:30 PM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

sorry to hear that dude; was wondering what was up and I hoped for the best and suspected the worst. I also like the idea of changing the shoes, certainly can't hurt.
heavy ballistic loading is a bear, even on young,uninjured low mileage bodies.
heal fast and I will give you a call.

4:45 PM  

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