Recovering after a major knee surgery isn't easy. You wake up the next day and you can't move your knee at all. You go to physical therapy and they tell you to get on a bike a pedal like you have been doing since you were a kid-and you can't. The joint is too swollen to bend enough to even pedal a bike-and, it hurts. It is slow and frustrating and painful.
In Brian's case, he was non weight bearing for 6 weeks post surgery; That is plenty of time to lose a significant amount of muscle and strength. This atrophy was additionally compounded by two decades of favoring the other leg. To ease the pain, Brian decided to challenge himself by also preparing for a race.
Brian's surgery was in late September. He began physical therapy with Reger Physical Therapy in January. Through strengthening exercises, resistance therapy, and neuromuscular stimulation, Brian retrained his knee. Years of compensation compounded the process as Brian retaught his body to use both legs equally.
These days, Brian describes his schedule as "very boring." "I get up at 3:30, am at the gym by 3:45, at work by 6:30, and go home at 4." After work it is time for his family until bed at 8 or 9. His workouts are about 2 hours long and involve 30 minutes of weights and an hour and a half of cardio. Cardio can be the stair machine, running, or biking. Brian also incorporates squats, single leg presses, and step downs into his routine; exercises that cross over well with physical therapy. As the weather has improved, he has also incorporated outdoor runs into his workday, often taking a lap outside the office during lunch.
On weekends, Brian does an early workout on Saturday and then enjoys an hour to himself before dedicating the rest of his off time to his family and whatever needs to get done at home.
Balancing work, life, training, and keeping sanity can be a daunting task. Some weeks, life throws challenges at Brian. Sick kids, problems with the property, a tweaked knee during training, and other surprises can throw that delicate balance off. Brian takes these things in stride. He adjusts his schedule to meet the demands at the time and then just keeps on going. If he misses a workout, he realizes that it isn't the end of the world. He adjusts his schedule and just keeps at it.
A little over a month out from race day, Brian is still optimistic that his rigorous schedule will have him ready to meet his goals on race day. For anyone who has undergone a knee surgery, experienced the atrophy that comes after only a few days, and gone through the tedious process of regaining strength, going from non weight bearing to breaking personal records while working full time and raising a family is impressive.
Next Week: Learn why Brian chose to race the Lost Lake Run
What you need to know:
The Lost Lake Run is a fund raiser to benefit those with Cystic Fibrosis. Brian has set a lofty fundraising goal of $4000 (he has also set lofty personal goals for the race, but more on that later). If met, he will have exceeded last year's top fundraiser of $3925.
What you can do:
Donate directly to Brian.
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