Today is the day...finally, after almost two full years of having some sort of hip pain! This will be surgery number 7 for me, and while I am a little bit anxious, it's sort of like riding a bike. Today, they try to put Humpty Dumpty back together, tomorrow, the comeback begins! If you read my last post, you'll know that this is not my first comeback from a season ending injury. Hopefully it will be my last! Rehab starts almost immediately and I plan on keeping the blog updated frequently with progress reports, PT notes, and just my general thoughts on this injury. In case you're new to the blog, I have an "obliterated" labrum in my right hip that now has a whole lot of cysts in it, plus I have hip impingement that has ground down most of my cartilage. My understanding is that they are going to reconstruct my labrum using some cadaver tissue.
Now I am no stranger to rehab, and it is quite painful and exhausting. Luckily for me, I thrive in this sort of situation, and it actually really motivates me. Plus, I was really starting to see some major improvement in my training, and I'm anxious to get back to it after not being able to do much for the last 6 months. That is also why I'm thrilled to announce that I am now an ambassador for Love The Pain. Again, if you've read my last post (read it here), you'd know that I truly do love the pain. Ask some of my former wrestling drill partners and they will back up my claim for sure! The simple fact is that my personal philosophy for training, fitness, and competition perfectly aligns with theirs, and I am really, really pumped about being able to represent a great company.
"Love The Pain is not just a brand, its a lifestyle. For those who like to give it their all in exchange for a few seconds of extreme satisfaction. A feeling that cannot be explained in words. A feeling one must experience for oneself in order to fully grasp the power that comes with it. The concept is as simple as don't quit. Embrace the down as much as the up. Whether you are an amateur or pro we invite you to join the movement and Love The Pain."
There's a lot of pain to come for me in the immediate future, and I'm embracing it and the challenge of returning to triathlon. I welcome you to join my on my adventure and the come-back!
Thanks for reading, I'm off to the hospital and hoping for the surgeon to #beawesometoday!