Retirement from IM

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Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
06/03/2012 at 19:47

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???

06/03/2012 at 19:56
You're going for titanium? Lots of people prefer carbon, which gives a more compliant ride, but titanium will last a long time.


Hope it goes well
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
06/03/2012 at 20:19

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.

Edited: 06/03/2012 at 20:24
06/03/2012 at 20:22

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. 

Edited: 06/03/2012 at 20:24
WildWill    pirate
06/03/2012 at 20:25
Hope all goes well IW .. And your recoverly is swift
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
06/03/2012 at 20:27
Thanks LN and Will. I'm generally upbeat but it's just the initial shock of the news that got me. I was expecting to be told they could do an arthroscopy to fix me.
Edited: 06/03/2012 at 20:28
06/03/2012 at 20:36
I'm sure it is a shock, especially when IM has been a big part of your life for so long. It was weird for me having to stop even before I got to my first start line. I didn't expect my body to give out on me. I hope you can find some other/more activities to fill that gap and maybe I'll see you on the sidelines at a race somewhere 
Edited: 06/03/2012 at 20:43
seren nos    pirate
06/03/2012 at 20:43
I think the shock must be the worse thing...........but the positives is you will still be able to take part at a shorter distance level.....good luck and as said above.i'm sure your fitness will help you in a speedy recover
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
06/03/2012 at 20:59
Ta seren - I'm just about to email the people in Cologne and ask them to swap me into the 12km swim instead of the 2km swim/14km run I'm entered in. It's the weekend prior to my op.
Crash Hamster    pirate
06/03/2012 at 21:30

Wubya

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!

06/03/2012 at 23:28

Good luck Wolfy.  Heal strong and l look forward to hearing  about you kicking ass at that oli distance. 

JD.    pirate
06/03/2012 at 23:35
Good luck IW - wishing you a swift recovery.
JD.
O.rangeCannon (kona-7)    pirate
07/03/2012 at 00:46
Hope you recover well and can keep on runningwiththose monster dogs
IM is just one event.......i amsure there are equally silly things / events / challenges that you can set yourself in the future.

07/03/2012 at 03:24
Retirement for now UIW but i am sure the return will be iminent take it east heal fast and come back stronger......and bionic!
PSC    pirate
07/03/2012 at 05:13

are these sort of bionics performance enhancing? 

Recover strong Wolfie...  you can then kick some serious age group arse at the middle distances.  

Trogs    pirate
07/03/2012 at 05:59
You're going to have to change your name Wolfy - Titanium Wolf sounds like a step up to me

All being well you'll come out the other side of rehab with the potential to race stronger than you've been able to for years
07/03/2012 at 11:32
good luck with the op and recovery IW - these things are pretty routine now so you should be fine. early in my career I had the pleasure to meet Prof John Charnley who pioneered total hip replacements - his work formed the basis of what is now a £multi-billion global business.

don't think of it as retirement, think of it as the 1st step into a new sporting direction. you might have to give up marathons and IM but there are still plenty of new things to try that don't impact on the hip.

07/03/2012 at 11:34
Good luck with it Ironwolf - sounds like you are in good hands anyway and you seem to have the character to take it in your stride.
07/03/2012 at 11:41
Fingers crossed everything goes well for you. 
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
07/03/2012 at 16:54

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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