But dead lifts, here I come!
Actually I have been gradually improving and now the ankle mostly hurts only when I walk on it for a prolonged period of time (like when I go grocery shopping), or when I first get out of bed in the morning, and at various and sundry other times based on the whims of the tendon and ligament gods.
I felt a little self-conscious in filling out the physical therapy paperwork where it asked what my treatment goals were… what I wanted to be able to do once I recovered. I wrote that I wanted to be able to go hiking and to do CrossFit training. In a way, it reminded me of the joke about the patient who asks the doctor if he will be able to play violin once his hand heals from an injury. The doctor assures the patient that he will have a full recovery and will, indeed, be able to play violin. “That’s great!” the patient replies, “because I could never play violin before.”
The truth is I haven’t done any substantial hiking in a long time, and I was only scratching the surface of CrossFit before the injury occurred. But what I don’t want is to be told that I am recovering “well enough” and then have to scale down my aspirations according to some revised notion of what my physical capabilities should be post injury.
The physical therapist gave me the green light on participating in CrossFit, with the exception of jumping exercises and with the caution to guard against sudden movements of my ankle. He wants to work with me some more before I set out on uneven terrain, but I don’t want to go hiking in the January/February soggy rains of the Pacific Northwest, anyway.
So now I have to put my muscle where my mouth is and actually restart my CrossFit training. I’m looking forward to it. I couldn’t ask for a better coach (my daughter), and it will help me with my New Year’s resolution to get into better shape (by which I mean any shape other than the one depicted in this year’s holiday photos).
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and should my violin playing improve, I’ll pass along the name of my physical therapist. He would at that point officially qualify as a miracle worker.