I needed to see how my back responded, so i had to start exercising. I didn’t want to overdo things, as further injury now would be very hard on me. So, final week of July i started to work.
Day 1 – 3 mile walk/jog. Urgh! This was so hard. I was sick after half mile, and i ended up walking more than jogging. And only did 2 miles, taking 30 minutes. My lungs felt like they were filled with custard.
Day 2 – 1.2 mile jog/walk. 13 minutes. No puking. Already an improvement!
Day 3 – 2.6 mile jog/walk. I purposely structured an interval session, 3 minutes jog/1 minute walk. 28 minutes. My third attempt at moving and now i could see the improvement. Lungs felt clearer.
Day 4 – Resistance bands workout, upper body, 30 minutes.
Day 5 – Swimming. A family swim, but nonetheless, i got some lengths in and kept working in the water.
Not insanely intense, but a big step up from zero exercise, and certainly enough to see wether my spine was going to scream at me. And as it happens, the spine coped well. Better than i thought it would as it goes. I was happy with how week 1 worked out for me.
What will week 2 bring??
I started 2014, very much unable to walk unaided. It was quite a shitty time. Come March, the physio’s had given up on me and left me to the surgeons.
The cause of this was down to a messy L4/L5 disk. It had been a problem in 2012, and it decided it wanted to ruin 2014 for me to. But, I am a fighter.
I walked out of the surgery consultants 3 weeks later – Surgery N0t Required At This Time. I wasn’t really sure how i felt about his. I mean, sure, its good to avoid surgery where possible, but i was also hoping surgery might be the be all end all. My secret? There was no real secret. I just continued to exercise and stretch. Gently. But progressively. Slowly pushing slightly further each time.
I still get the odd twinge of sciatic pain down my left side, but i can live with that, compared to the terrible pain i had been suffering before. I’d lost a bit of weight during this, so now was going to be a good time to put some weight back on, so when i could get into training again, i could trim the fat. I increased to 81kg’s and around 18% bodyfat.
Roll forward to July, and i did some light exercise, swimming, a couple of cycle rides… it was hard. Having been an active person all my life, to then being immobile for nigh on 2 years, my fitness levels crashed horribly!
Then… a little seed in my head seemed to get the exact right combination of moisture and warmth. White Collar Boxing! What if, having started the year unable to walk, i could end the year with my head held high and fighting?! Well, little seeds do grow…