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The Middle Ground

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 09:49

I'm looking forward to Curly's report.  I heard she was aiming to come first in this one, so I hope she's not over exerted herself.

SE, homeopathy has been proven to prevent credulous hypochondriacs becoming dehydrated.

DrD and prf simply getting better with the wrinkling....

The Middle Ground

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 11:16

Hi, alehouse!  I've been getting fat and using my knees as an excuse.   I bought a new pair of trainers nearly a year ago and they still look new!  I got nervous about road cycling following a few run-ins with cardiots.  Mountain biking just never caught my interest,  Swimming always has bored me stupid.  Walking takes too long when you've only got a few spare hours in a day.  I joined a gym a few months ago and I'm trying to learn how to lift weights properly and not feel embarrassed walking into a yoga class on a Saturday morning.

How are you now that running seems to be consistent?

I hope everyone else is well!  Ofc I've noticed Duck flying.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 21:55


Looking for inspirational quotes

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:17

The better you train, the more talented you become.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:57

Dr D, just keep it up!  (Makes it easier to see when the waistline expands )

Hi TR, CB.  Disappearing again.  Running makes me envious...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 09:43

The amazing thing about irregular thread stalking and lurking is that all your tiny, unnoticeable increments in training and performance become dramatically evident to me.  It's like a niece or nephew that you only see on birthdays and each time they are so much taller!

You all know who you are.  Very well done!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:13

Thanks for the well wishes all, but I think I have to congratulate myself on pulling CB out of lurkerdom!

BBB, Ultimate was a mad, mad sport that I loved to death - or at least to injury.  I retired at 25 when my Anterior Cruciate Ligament broke.  But for the cross of fitness and pace it was the ultimate and something a fitness coach could really get his teeth into.

Sorry to hear about all the injuries, but 'tis the season to have a gentle comeback.  Time spent in the gym or stretching at home will reap dividends across the summer.  Nobody wants to be doing that x-country stuff, do they??

Not sure about trail, Duck.  It seems that surfaces around me weren't soft enough when I started getting the discomfort, and I have plenty of fields and mud.  However, I will be trying on those surfaces if I do try running again, but will be making sure my weight is down and strength is up before even considering seeing if I can manage it.  As with Alehouse, I think I'm going to take up walking until I'm sure it's not a problem.  Swim/bike?  Does it exist?  At least one thing is determined for me; although it's been there in the back of my mind for years, and I always protested I never wanted to do one, now it's settled that I never have to do an Ironman.

Good training all, get well, get better, get best.  I'll lurk on occasion...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 15:32

Hi, Simon, how's the MD off-season going?

Passion for those things... well, if running is a steady girlfriend, cycling is her mother, and swimming is her grandmother.  And please, just assume that I am a normal bloke, and you get the gist.

Dr D!!, I just looked back!  You mentioned me!  I will miss beating that 3 hour mark, but it may never be.  I'll always remember loving the event and the effort, and having done the best I could.  We'll see how things work out...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:28

BBB, I used to play a sport called Ultimate (Frisbee).  I blame my knees on turning and jumping (or rather, landing) on excessively tired legs further fatigued by inordinate amounts of alcohol.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 12:17


Long time no see!


Now that I know, I can tell you...

My last post was back in March '13, saying that I was not doing the VLM as timings were wrong, training was a bit off, slight colds, wind blowing in the wrong direction, and the crows were cawing in the copse at 4:17 on a Friday afternoon.  Well, it may be that my growing unease had an underlying cause.  I went back to way shorter distances, then working travel threw all plans into disarray, but eventually I was settled back at sprint training.  Max weekly run distances of 3 miles, usually every other day but sometimes consecutive.

My knees began to hurt.  Really hurt.  It was a progressive thing, so progressive that I can't even remember when it started.  But I can remember when I decided to call it quits!  I was running up and down a sand dune, soft, loose sand, and the aching became too painful.  That was September.  My knees swelled up, both of them, and it was time to see a specialist.

Pretty tough to organise things when you're overseas all the time, but managed to eventually get to see an orthopaedic consultant who specialises in knees.  This was after about six weeks off them, walking only (but still eating like I was training!).  They were still swelled up.  And four weeks later when I got in for two MRIs one was still swelled.  Finally, following the hols, I got to see the results yesterday.

There are little, or not so little, white cloudy areas inside the bone of each knee showing in the (negative) MRI images.  Apparently these are areas of fracturing of the bone underneath areas of weak or cracked cartilage.  Everything else about my knees is fine, but both have these areas.  The result is pain when the affected areas hit, rub, move in the knee.  They won't heal completely - though they can recover - because the weakness or cracks will always be present.  There are surgical options, but they won't cure completely, or not for ever, as ultimately the cartilage can not (presently) be replaced.

So for the moment it's about management.  I've been effectively in recovery for months now, and the consultant reckons I should simply test the limits of what I can do.  Swimming, yeah, no problem...  Cycling, possibly good as long as there's no issue with rotation, but the impacts are much lower...  Running, well, that may just be a step too far!  It might be time to hang up the spikes for good!

So, kids, don't take up sports when you're young that send you for numerous knee operations - it won't help when you're older!

As you were.

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