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8/22/17 2:18 P

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Where I'm at today:

So, to start off this journal, here's where I'm at. Right now, I'm able to fully use the leg, but atrophy after 15 weeks off of it is a slow recovery process. Best case scenario, muscle recovery will take until the end of January 2018.

In the meantime, I'm attempting to get through the race season and get used to the new bike. Losing the winter and spring riding time has definitely hurt my season, and I've been rather frustrated by how long it's taken me to adjust to the bike. But, my goals haven't changed (even if the timeline shifted a bit), so I've plugged away at it.

I'm finally to a point where I can do regular workouts with a few limitations. The biggest struggle is simply getting back into the routine, but I'm getting the eating back under control and that is going well, and I'm getting more active again with workouts and regularly doing little things to work the weaker leg.

Unfortunately the leg still causes some issues on the bike, but that's something I just have to accept and move forward with. Hopefully there won't be any more major set backs, but I'm not out of the weeds yet, so I'm not holding my breath, either. In the meantime, I'm going to keep working it, and focus on improving it, knowing and realizing it's going to take some time.

Learning to develop some patience with myself, but also learning to keep pushing through those down times. Sometimes days breeze by and life feels great, other days it's a matter of putting my head down, pulling on the big girl panties, and pushing through.

My goal is still to race MotoAmerica by 2019. I'm hoping to maybe make it happen in 2018 as a wild card round or two, but have my work cut out for me to make that happen, more realistically I'd be looking at 2019. Either way, I'll be at the next round working to learn this bike, learn how to go fast on it, and keep chipping away at my set back and crawling my way forward.

AJ
Daly City, CA

Four wheels move the body, Two wheels move the soul.

Try not, do or do not. There is no try.


Never argue with an idiot - they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.


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COONSY's Photo COONSY Posts: 1,159
8/22/17 2:10 P

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A bit of background Part 2:

As I got bit by the racing bug, I knew my weight was going to be an issue. I started back to counting calories, measuring my food, and tracking things, and the weight slowly started to creep off. It was about that time, however, that my lack of fitness was starting to cause some major issues during races - not only would I get winded, but I was also lacking sheer strength to turn the bike at higher speeds. I knew if I wanted to get faster, I'd have to focus on my fitness. This was 2015.

I made the changes, and worked with a personal trainer and fellow rider to set up a fitness plan. Regaining what I had lost over the previous 6 years was slow going, but I was making good progress and it showed in my races as I was completing a lot of races in a weekend and finishing them strong. By the end of the 2016 race season I was performing well, I was competing well, and I was ready for the next steps.

I decided to invest in a new bike, and move up to racing the big bikes, and purchased a 2017 Kawasaki ZX10R from Roseville Motorsports. I also decided to move up to the Expert ranks with the AFM. I had a winter of training and riding planned - but those plans were crushed the day after I picked up the bike when, during a dirt bike training course, another rider hit me, causing both me and him to crash. My leg ended up being the rotating point for everything, and it lost.

I ended up with a tib/fib pilon fracture. The ER sent me home to talk to a local ortho on Monday, but by then I had developed a fracture blister. That ended up leading to an infection of the tibia plate. Thus far, there have been a total of 3 surgeries (2 corrective to install hardware, 1 to clean and debribe the infection) with a 4th scheduled in September 2017 to remove the infected hardware. Of course, treatment for the infection with the infectious diseases doctor during that time as well.

Which leads us to today.

AJ
Daly City, CA

Four wheels move the body, Two wheels move the soul.

Try not, do or do not. There is no try.


Never argue with an idiot - they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.


 current weight: 151.6 
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COONSY's Photo COONSY Posts: 1,159
8/22/17 2:02 P

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Figured I'd start a journal here to jot down thoughts and feelings, ups and downs as they happen.

To give some background, Part 1:
Most of my younger adult life (up until my very early 30's) was fit, trim, and generally pretty healthy without a lot of "extra" effort. Not that I never counted calories or had to focus on working out, but I was never too overweight - usually within 10 pounds of my "ideal" weight.

Landing a more professional job meant sitting behind a desk 40+hours a week, and my health started a slow spiral. A bit past my mid 30's and I was getting rather overweight for me, hitting an all time high of 34 pounds over my "ideal." I couldn't fit into my largest work pants no matter how much I squeezed. Something needed to change.

About that time, I got into racing motorcycles, and that was what really kicked off my current journey.

AJ
Daly City, CA

Four wheels move the body, Two wheels move the soul.

Try not, do or do not. There is no try.


Never argue with an idiot - they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.


 current weight: 151.6 
162
153.5
145
136.5
128
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