Archive for the ‘LIFE’ Category
Fatigue that accumulated over the last 2 months (I was on the road every weekend) took me down. So decided to rest and recharge. But I have to keep moving. Instead of covering distances with car, I was training for Sunfeast 10k run. Running is helping me to drive longer.
Now since I’m back, this month ended with a travel down the timeline (minus 500 years!). Till time machines are available (like the phonebooths), this is one of the ways to travel to the past : HAMPI.
My reviews on tripadvisor.in – Place where we stayed. Mango Tree
928 KMs in 44 hours. ODO says 7878 and Johnny says ‘Semper Exploro!’
New diesel powered wheeled motor vehicle was added to the Fleet. Tagged KA 03 MM IXIIIVwith sunlight copper anti weather layer with Four rubber compounds of 165mm in width with mass of 1400 kgs. Propelled by a 1.3L turbo powered diesel engine with powerband range of 2200 to 3400 RPM.
Ranganthitu bird sancturay : With shutter bugs.
Nandhi Hills : Early morning sleepy drive.
Coorg – The controversial awesome trip.
Mysore – Gopalaswamy Betta : No plans and awed.
Pearl Valley : Catch up with old friends (friends from age 4 🙂 ).
Madurai (x 2) (Family trip – Dad / Bro)
Crossed 6000 KMs as of now.
Very happy with my recovery. I’m riding again. Hoping to do my first century ride in next couple of weeks. Decided to put my running goals on hold (Sad & frustrating). But I’m happy and grateful that I’m able to do more than what I thought four months back.
Went for ‘Pedal in Paradise’ organized by Tandem Trails (Jan 9, 10)
Day 1 : I was there for one reason. To test my legs. I was bit unsure in the beginning and was hopeful that if something happens I would be able to hop into the support car (Why?). I was hoping that I would be able to ride at least the first half. Rashmin passed me and he said “come on …. !” and I was mumbling “I’m on.. 1.. 1/4 .. legs and ..blah “. I have no clue what happened next. Felt like my engines finally started and I increased my pace. Joined the pack lead Samsheer. Then a downhill and I couldn’t resist it. Slipped into a higher gear and started to speed away. Few moments later a character showed up in my peripheral vision. Tommy joined me and we sped away. We rode hard. Tommy is a awesome climber. I compensated the lack of strong right leg (reason) with higher cadence during climbs. And I usually caught up with him on the downhills. I was crazy for downhills. At one descent I actually felt my bike flying over potholes. Rashmin later said that we were going 50km+ (probably more) on some downhills.
Day 2: A leisure ride. Enjoyed talking with the group. I guess Tommy had trouble riding slow 😉 . At times I acted as a the wise-one and gave ‘tips’ to Venky. He was politely listening :). The climax was simply brilliant. It got over with a very very steep climb. My heart was thumping very very hard (unhealthy rate). It was simply brilliant.
Thanks to TandemTrails team for a wonderful weekend. Would be joining you guys sometime later…
Tore my ACL while playing badminton. An awesome jump, delivered a smash at a impressive angle. On landing I slipped twisting my ankle and entire weight of my body fell on the right knee. After 15 minutes I was walking out of the club with the idea of a 10k ride (cycle) back home. Probably I was high on adrenaline/endorphins. But as soon as walked 20 meters, I couldn’t take another step.
Friends helped me out. Few days later a MRI confirmed the ACL tear. Sought opinions from 3 surgeons. A day later I was scheduled for ACL Reconstruction.
Day 0 : Wheeled into surgery. Got shots of anaesthesia in my spine. 5 minutes into the procedure I started feeling my knee again. Then some new shots to my neck and i’m out for next 4 hours. Woke up in recovery room. Crying with pain in my thigh and knee.
Day 1 : High fever. Unable to move my leg. Felt like a dead log.
Day 2 : Realised that morphine (a better refined form .. Fentanyl ?) is being pumped in to me 24 hours.
Day 3: Fever continues. Unable to therapy. But was on CPM.
Day 5 : First time moved around 10 meters (felt like 5 km) to physio rehab. Was able to walk holding support ramps. Did some weight excercises. Morale boost.
Day 6 : Fever started fading.
Day 7 : Discharged from hospital. Realized I lost so much muscle mass. Right leg is very lean.
Day 8 : Woke up at brother’s place. Good food. Ate like a hungry pig.
Day 11 : Regained some strength in the thighs. Able to move around confidently with support.
Day 16 : Moved back to my own place.
Day 17 : Afraid to bend my knee. Looks like I’m resisting to bend the knee.
Day 18 : Able to sit with around 90 degree bend in my knee. Noticed some muscle development.
Day 19 : 90 Degrees knee bending 😀
Day 21 : Mental battle is tougher than actually bending the knee.
Day 22 : Walking without support (crutches). Yay!
Able to handle stairs without support.
Day 25 : 95 – 100 Degrees. Moving to Squat exercises.
Started riding on a stationary bike. Able to walk small distance with little limp.
Day 31 : 115 Degrees. Knee feels stronger.
Day NN : Recovery still continuing. Yet to build muscles. And regain those remaining degrees. But I’m confident now that i would be back to 110% in few months (yeah .. months!).
I should confess that I’m not a very fit athlete. I’m just a ordinary clumsy guy who started playing a bit. So this is my recovery timeline. Rehab is the tough part. Painful and needs a good amount of will power to keep doing it. It is going to take a long time to get back to my running (hopefully a marathon!). Can’t wait to get back on my bike (cycle).
One thing I kept remembering was this “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever” (Lance Armstrong). In this case it is literally true.
- Do research. Learn about the injury and the procedure before you go in. Helps a lot. Realize that you have options on the graft being used.
- Ice is the best pain management you got. I personally don’t like pain killers.
- Most of the online materials on this subject give times lines for fit athletes. So don’t get discouraged if you are not. Keep at it.
- Mail from nice people at Bangalore Bikers Club
- Fun when you are on a stretcher and pushed around. Profound 🙂
- Scary part was not the surgery, but the catheter in my arm. Got over it after a day.
- Enjoyed the royal treatment. People always around you. don’t have to do anything. Everything is there as soon as you think about it!
- I was without a laptop for about 15 days.
- Long phone calls from stoned friends. 😉
(Would try to add more information and keep this post updated ..)
Woohoo ! After a long delays and issues (in the last few days) I’ve managed to install openSUSE 11.1 in my PS3. Running a full blown desktop is very sluggish. Reminds me of my first computer (amdk6 500mhz). Some screenies :
Now onto get the Cell SDK running … Synergetic Processing Elements (SPE) here i come !