At the time of my Achilles rupture on March 4, 2015, I was in the Best Shape of My Life TM. For the previous year, I had been focused on weightlifting and kung fu, and I was making great gains with my strength, flexibility, and forms. Then, after my beloved dog died in January of 2015, I ramped up the intensity and hours of training, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to spend hours a day, every day, doing something. It’s possible I pushed myself too hard. It’s possible that 20 years of squash and racquetball caused some damage. Maybe I’m just getting older or I’m just unlucky. It’s the first major injury of my life and a doozy.
I ruptured the right Achilles tendon trying to push start my car. It was brutal, not so much for the pain, but for the feeling that Something Very Bad had happened. About a month earlier, when I was push starting my car (note to self: get rid of car), I felt something snap in the same area, so perhaps it was already partially torn. After a consult with my doctor and a specialist, I chose to have surgery, which occurred two days later on March 6, 2015. So far, so good, but it’s early in the journey.
I know I will walk again, and odds are that I will return to full strength if I put in the work. Which I will. As I write this, it hasn’t yet been two weeks since my surgery, and I have found the community of blog sites with Achilles rupture stories to be the most helpful in understanding what was and is to come and in overcoming the initial despair. If you’re recently injured like me, I’m sure you’re doing the same. I’m part of the community now, so I want to add my experience to the mix. Hopefully, it’ll be a rousing success story at the end that’ll inspire you and make me happy, too.
Also, if you’re like me and you exercise for hours a day, are very independent, and don’t enjoy being home that much or at all, this sucks big time. Even if you’re not, I doubt you’re thrilled to be in this position. So I’m going to try to have some fun with this site. I’m a web guy in my work life, but I rarely do a site for myself. It’s a chance to experiment, do some writing, learn a few things about WordPress, and hopefully meet some fellow members of the club. Though it feels like it at first, life’s not over. Let’s go to work.