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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Workout Notes Week Ending Oct 28
The third full week post surgery. Days 16-22. I started the week with the knee still a bit tender in spots. I ended the week with a 55 mile bike ride and the knee just feeling great. I can now get my heal almost to my rear end - which is significantly more movement than I've had in over a year! Just amazing. And over 110 miles bike and 5000 meters swim is not bad for two weeks post surgery!

Monday Oct 22 - 45 minutes Lifecycle 14.1 miles.

Tuesday Oct 23 - 250WU, 250 Pull; 4x100 on 2; 100 pull; 300 on 1:37 pace; 200 pull; 500; 500 pull - 2500 Swim.

Wednesday Oct 24 - 60 minutes Lifecycle 22.1 miles

Thursday Oct 25 - 250WU, 250Pull, 3x(50kick, 50pull, 2x(100 pull, 100)) under 95 on 2), 250 pull, 250 - 2500 Swim.

Friday Oct 26 - 22.5 miles lifecycle 60 min

Saturday Oct 27 - A day of rest. Well, actually, one soccer game and then I attemped some plumbing repairs at the rent house.

Sunday Oct 28 - 55.1 mile ride. Started with Terry, then out to RBM, and then back to Wiley, Rowlett and then home. 16.2 Ave speed, 80 Ave Cad. 3:23 Ride time.

Total for the week:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 113.8 Miles
Swim - 5000 Meters

Total for Oct:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 262.0 Miles
Swim - 12700 Meters

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Workout Notes Week Ending Oct 21
This was my second full week post surgery day 9-16. I did PT on Monday and Tuesday, then on Tuesday afternoon, I checked in with Montgomery. He gave me the all clear signal for as much bike and swim as I could stand (no running until after Turkey Day.) And he took out the stitches. On Saturday, 15 days after the surgery I got on the road bike for the first time and knocked out a 30+ mile ride to Marissa's soccer game. Total for the week over 80 miles bike and 2500 meters swim - not bad for a week after knee surgery.

Monday Oct 15 - Lifecycle 20min - 6.1 Miles.

Tuesday Oct 16 - 20 min Lifecycle - Up to Level 10-11 - 6.4 miles

Wednesday Oct 17 - 45 min lifecycle 14.1 miles

Thursday Oct 18 - 3x(250, 250 pull); 10x75(4x1:40, 2x1:30, 2x1:20, 2x1:10) 250 pull - 2500 Swim.

Friday Oct 19 - Lifecycle 20 mi - 60 min

Saturday Oct 20 - Ride to McKinney, then our to Russell Creek - 34.6 Miles (16.6 ave speed, 81 ave CAD), 2:05 ride time.

Sunday Oct 21 - A day of rest. Well not entiredly true - watched three soccer games!


Total for the week:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 81.2 Miles
Swim - 2500 Meters

Total for Oct:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 148.2 Miles
Swim - 7700 Meters

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Carrollton Run Club
Julia was talking about how to build a long run from a race. And that reminded me of The Carrollton Running Club 5K.

Back in the day, when I lived in Carrollton, I would run from my house to the race, then I would race the race, and then run home (usually with a trophy).

Marissa was born in early June, and four weeks later, I went out to do my run. I had been doing really well running that summer. I was racing lots of 5K's and improving my times. My time at the two mile split was 25 seconds faster than I had ever run this course before. I was running really strong! Just after mile two, a Carrollton Police Cruiser began pacing me down Frankfort Road. I was in second place and closing on the high school kid in front of me. The cops window was down. I glanced in his direction and nearly stopped in my tracks when he said, "Are you Chris Hughes?" Uh yeah. WTF? I was being pulled over?

The cruiser pulled in the next cul-de-sac. I went to see what he wanted. After what seemed like forever, he told me that they had taken Fran to the hospital! The cop was not very happy when I instructed him to take me the hospital. That was not a surprising reaction given that I had no shirt and was dripping wet. Finally he let me crawl into the back of the squad car. I made him role down my window, so that as I drove by Mike I could let him know I was going to the hospital. The look on Mike's face was priceless!

Fran had hemorrhaged as a result of Marissa's birth. Just after I had run out the door she had started bleeding and called 911 and her Mom. The ambulance had hauled her to the hospital and Mom had come to get Marissa. After a couple of hours in the ER they got her bleeding under control and sent her home.

The next month, when I registered for the race, they were like - oh you're the guy that the cops pulled from the course last month. Eh - Yeah. And then they comp'ed my entry! Sweet! Sadly I never ran that fast on that race course again!


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Logan
Logan

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Reagan
Reagan

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Sunday, October 21, 2007
A bunch of dead guys...
The Dallas Morning News ran a story today about a guy that they found buried in his back yard. Even more surprising than this was the fact that the guys next door neighbor was shot to dealth in his house and a third guy down the steet was also found dead in his house. Three dead guys found in three houses on the same street. You'd think this was some kind of bad neighborhood. Nope. This street is a nice queit suburban street. I know this because I have run down this steet countless times; its on my old regular standby 12 mile loop, just a few miles down the road from the homestead.

Freaky!


Thursday, October 18, 2007
Back in the pool
I met the gang today for my first swim in two weeks. I did not know what to expect so I got the pool early so I could test out my knee. I am not able to kick very hard and I also have some discomfort pushing off the wall. And after 250 meters my arms hurt! But I knocked out 1000 meters before everyone else arrived. Then did 500 warmup with them. We did 10x75 with decreasing rest working our way from 1:40 to 1:10 intervals. By the time we did our second rep at 1:20 I was cooked. But I did the two at 1:10 and then 250 pull easy. That's 2500 meters. Amazing!

I expected that the knee might complain later today or tonight, but as I hammer this missive out, it seems quite happy!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
New computer
Yesterday I received a new Dell Latitude D630! Today I blew away the corporate "brick", ie standard desktop install, and loaded Vista64 on this sucker. It took me a few tries but I now also have a firefox x64 build running. I was pleased that the delicious tools installed just fine.

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All clear for training
Yesterday I went back to see Montgomery. He told me that everything should be good with the knee. He said he cleaned up the torn Meniscus, he clean up some rough stuff on patella - which he said was normal for someone my age, and he said there was some other "tissue" which he removed. On this last point he said that might cause a longer recovery.

Anyway, Montgomery told me that I am good for all the biking, and swimming that I can stand. But no running until Thanksgiving.

In celebration I did 45 min on the lifecycle at the gym today.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007
Physical Therapy Notes Week Ending Oct 14
For PT I have a bunch of easy knee exercises PLUS I get to do 20 min on the stationary bike at whatever resistance does not hurt. I am getting really good at this!

Monday Oct 8 - Lifecycle 20 Level 1 - Kinda funny this was not enough to even light up the display. Lets call it a mile.

Tuesday Oct 9 - 20 min Lifecycle - Up to Level 6 - 3 miles

Wednesday Oct 10 - 20 min Lifecycle 5.25 miles

Thursday Oct 11 - (L6-8) 20 min 5.1 miles

Friday Oct 12 - (L6-8) 20 min 5.1 miles

Saturday Oct 13 - Lifecycle 20 mine up to level 10 - 5.6 miles

Sunday Oct 14 - Lifecycle 20 mine up to level 10 - 6.4 miles

Total for the week:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 31.5 Miles
Swim - 0 Meters

Total for Oct:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 67.0 Miles
Swim - 5200 Meters

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Workout Notes Week Ending Oct 7
I have little to say about this week. I figured I should not run prior to surgery - why risk ripping the cartilage any more than it was already shredded? So I did the lifecycle and some swimming. Friday I got cut. Then Fran left me home with Marissa and Logan. I had to take Marissa to her game on Saturday - where I watched the game with my knee wrapped in an ice pack, while sitting under an umbrella in the rain. Then Sunday, I had took Logan to her game and then Marissa to practice. Amazingly I had no problem putting full weight on the knee on both Sat and Sun!

Monday Oct 1 - Lifecycle 45 min 14.5 mi

Tuesday Oct 2 - 250WU, 250pull, 100, 3x(5x100, 200; Set 1: Breath every fifth stroke; 2 - Pull in 90 on 1:45; 3 decend 1:35 to: 1:25 on 2:00) - 2700 Swim

Wednesday Oct 3 - 60 min Lifecycle 21 miles

Thursday Oct 4 - 2500 Swim (Not sure what Crazy Work out we actually did.)

Friday Oct 5 - Surgery

Saturday Oct 6 - Recovery.

Sunday Oct 7 - Recovery.

Total for the week:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 35.5 Miles
Swim - 5200 Meters

Total for Oct:
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 35.5 Miles
Swim - 5200 Meters

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Monday, October 08, 2007
Hugs Invitational
ReaganHandStandThis weekend Reagan competed in her first ever gymnastics meet. Competing at level four she racked up 36.3 points (10th overall of 75), which qualifies her to move to Level 5. She scored 9.4 on the Vault, 9.2 on the bars (8th overall), 9.1 on Floor and 8.6 on Beam. We continue to be amazed at this kids love of gymnastics; she spends 12 hours a week in training!


Goodbye old friend, you served me well.
Friday morning 4:00am, I awoke, showered (for what would have to serve me two days - sheesh), and threw on some running gear and sweats. I got Fran out of bed so that she could drop me off at the DART station where I grabbed the first train to Park Lane. A short hike later and I found myself at the front door of the Surgical Center at 5:45. The guard let me in and was a bit surprised when I found out I was a patient and not the paper boy!

A little after 6am I was prepped and readied for surgery. Montgomery signed my leg, and then Big Jim also came in a drew a big X on my left knee. The anesthesiologist gave me some Versed and then they wheeled me down the hall to the Operating Room.

The next thing that I remember is the nurse bringing me some ginger ale in recovery. Montgomery came and visited me and told me that he removed the offending tear in the meniscus and also cleaned up some material on the back of the knee cap. The PT gave me some exercises and then Fran turned up and dragged me home.

The knee has not hurt at all. Period. I have been taking Advil to control swelling, and asprin to prevent blood clots. And that's it for pain medicine, since there is no pain. Today I am walking around with no limping and no pain. The range of motion is not there yet, but I expect it will come quickly. Amazing!

I guess I should miss that cartilage, after all I have in excess of 30,000 miles of running with it. But the last year has been a problem. So it was time to part ways.

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