FIT CHALLENGE: Wessels hurts knee; doesn't let it stop him

Apr 17, 2012


Another week is in the books, and it was indeed filled with highs and lows ... back to work after a hectic week at home.  It was great to get back to work and help my students work toward the end of the school year.  It has been wonderful how supportive they have been. 

I have a couple of students who have consistently checked with me on Tuesday’s to let me know that my blog has been posted for the week.

I did get to the gym five days this week, including two days working with my personal trainer Patrick Carmean of NOMS.  Both of these days involved “working the circuit,” where I shift quickly from one set of exercises to the next.  Included in this was me back up on the upstairs track, attempting to “sprint” for short distances.  I had a modicum amount of success, but trust me when I tell you, “Usain Bolt needn’t lose any sleep worrying about me.” 

Patrick introduced a couple of new things for me this past week, including “weighted” stair climbing and side planks.  The side planks were not nearly as difficult as what I’ve been doing in the past, but nonetheless I think they’ll be very helpful.  I did the weighted stair climbing on my own on Friday, transporting just a couple pounds less (50) than I have actually lost.  I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I get to set those weights DOWN when I finish my work.
Somewhere during the course of the week, I “tweaked” my right knee.  I’ve still been able to do everything that I’ve set out to do, but it is a bit uncomfortable, especially any sort of lateral movement.  I’ve been continually icing it, and taking Advil, but it is still sore.  I wore a brace on it yesterday, and was able to knock out 14 miles on the bike.  Did it feel 100 percent?  Nope, but as long as I’m going in a straight up and down motion, it hasn’t been a problem.  I’m going to try to do a bit more running this afternoon.  We’ll see how it goes.
The week finished on a couple of high notes.  I’ve planted over 30 square feet of different varieties of lettuce in my garden, and the seeds have admirably battled against the few evenings of frost that we’ve had over the last couple of weeks, and now I’m just a few weeks away from being able to head out in the morning to my “backyard” salad bar.

The last high note of the week was my mom returning from her time in Florida.  I can now attest to the fact that I won’t be slacking off over the next 2 ½ months, as my mom also goes to NOMS Fitness Center, so if I am EVEN thinking about not doing what I need to be doing, I’m going to be have to stay on my toes.

Thanks again for the wonderful support.  To paraphrase Margaret Mead…..I’m learning the value of hard work by working hard.


VTX Rider

 Awesome job!!  Way to work through/around the knee.  Keep up the good work!  100 is becoming a reality for you!!