Say hello to the bionic woman! On 20th June I will receive a titanium hip implant - I'll spare the gory details but the op should take about an hour. 1 week in the clinic, plus 3 in rehab. 6 weeks before I can swim, 6 months before run training can start - 5km and 10km, no more marathons. Guess I'm now officially forcibly retired from IM.
The day after my release from rehab, I'll be on a plane to England to support OH's Channel relay swim - wonder if my implant will set off the alarm at the airport security gate???
Thanks. I wasn't given a choice actually. Bit down this evening and OH is away for work until Friday so I bought a large bar of chili chocolate and a bottle of red wine to cheer myself up a bit! Still, OH has a titanium Litespeed which he really loves so that's encouraging.
I was offered the choice of having the Chief of orthopaedic surgery and Chief anaesthetist, so I said yes. It will cost me 2800 Euro to have them in charge of my surgery but I figured what the hell, I can afford it at the mo so why not take the best.
I'm sure it's gutting to have the retirement choice taken out of your hands Wolf but I bet with your fitness and overall good health, you'll recover well.
IW, I hope it all goes smoothly, you recover quickly and come back stronger than ever before! It's a shame about the IM, I know it's horrible to have something that's such a big part of your life taken away from you...
so you're just going to have to come back to kick some Olympic Distance ass!
Good luck Wolfy. Heal strong and l look forward to hearing about you kicking ass at that oli distance.
are these sort of bionics performance enhancing?
Recover strong Wolfie... you can then kick some serious age group arse at the middle distances.
Thanks for all the good wishes everyone, you're a great bunch. I'll have to learn to love the 10km, it's always been a good reason for me to do an IM instead of an Oly! Emailed the Cologne folks today and had no prob changing my entry over to the 12km swim - new challenge eh?
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