AdieWilko

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  • in reply to: When is the right time for THR? #19269
    AdieWilko
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    Hi Brent

    I’m 55 now and had a THR in January 2019. Like you I knew that it was only a matter of time before I would need a replacement, but it took me well over a year to make a decision to get it done. The decision was quite an easy one in the end and I made it when I realised that without having an operation my running was only going to get less enjoyable, more painful and my times were only going to get slower The words of Morgan Freeman then came into my head, “you either get busy living or get busy dying”. Once I had made the decision I became very excited about having the operation and got busy planning my road back to running.

    Prior to the operation I had regularly competed on the World Age Group stage in Triathlon. I enjoy racing triathlon and wished to carry on after the operation.I had qualified for the Triathlon Sprint World Championships in July 2019 by competing in a race, on my bad hip, in 2018. I went under the knife at the end of January 2019 and raced in the World Championships in July. I didn’t set any records with my 5k run time, but what was pleasing was that I was faster than my qualifying race in 2018.

    2 years on and, COVID permitting, I am still competing in triathlons, but have also taking up Aquabiking. I compete in aquabike not directly because of my hip replacment, but because I was never a great runner anyway 😉

    You will know when the time is right for you, but like many on this site, I saw my THR as a beginning and not an end to my running.

    Good luck!

    in reply to: Triathlon World Championship #15500
    AdieWilko
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    Thanks Tom

    in reply to: Triathlon World Championship #15499
    AdieWilko
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    Stephen, I started running (ish) again after about 8 weeks. The approach I took was that I would take the dog for a walk to a park and once at the park I would shuffle/run 10 steps and then walk for a minute or so and then repeat until I had shuffled/ran about 10 times. The following day I would shuffle/run 11 steps, 10 times and so on until I got to 25 steps and then I discounted the number of steps and would shuffle/run for a minute and then walk recover. After a while I was running a few minutes non stop and then decided that in May I would run 1k non stop, June 2k, July 3k etc, however by the time July came around I could actually run 5k, so I did. Everyone is different but be careful of changing your running style to pose/forefoot, as usually recommended for hip replacements, as it often results in calf injury, as it did for me and will set you back. However I do recommend a midfoot landing on cushioned shoes such as Hoka’s. Good luck and I hope it all goes well for you.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by AdieWilko.
    in reply to: Triathlon World Championship #15498
    AdieWilko
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    Pete, thank you for your comments and yes I have come across Alan and have raced against him in quite a few events. Good to hear that you are running well, although I don’t think you would have relished the course in Lausanne, it was a non wetsuit swim, hilly bike and a run with a 20% radiant hill that even the top triathletes walked up! I haven’t come across the surfacehippy website but I will check it out. Keep trying with the swimming as it would be great to see you in the age group triathlon circuit.

    in reply to: One Day More #14751
    AdieWilko
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    Thank you for your advice Willy. I’m still in hospital, although I may be released today depending if I pass the step test. The pain actually hasn’t been too bad and I have been up and moving around. I’m very stiff and swollen and the bruising looks pretty bad, but so far so good. Good luck with your recovery, I was lucky enough to visits Chicago a few years ago, a great city, and you are right my biggest challenge is trying not to do too much too soon.

    in reply to: One Day More #14750
    AdieWilko
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    Thanks Dave, I am actually looking forward to the recovery

    in reply to: One Day More #14692
    AdieWilko
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    Thanks Dascott, good luck with your op if you want any info please do not hesitate to ask, although every hour is a new experience at the moment

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by AdieWilko.
    in reply to: One Day More #14691
    AdieWilko
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    That’s an amazing recovery Rusty, well done. I’m targeting running “properly” again next year with this year refining my technique and enjoying the freedom of movement. Well done you, just keep running!

    in reply to: One Day More #14690
    AdieWilko
    Participant

    Hi Felicity, thank you for your words of support, I’m actually looking forward to the next steps and getting back out there.

    in reply to: One Day More #14688
    AdieWilko
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    I’m in my hospital bed now, operation successful and they even managed to replace the correct hip – which was a irrational worry, along with my leg being back to front.

    So far so good. No pain yet, although I’m still on painkillers and I haven’t tried standing, so we’ll see how that goes.

    Thank you for your words of support – let the journey begin!

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by AdieWilko.
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