Knee Update, Big Climb, and Duathlon Nationals

First things first… The knee is progressing quite nicely. I had an outstanding physical therapy session yesterday and while I am only 11 days post op, I am responding as though I am four weeks out. I did great on the bike and elliptical then also did the leg press, box jumps, single leg bounding, and some lateral stepping with a resistance band. I need to report back to PT once next week and once the following week but am free to do everything but run. Running may take about 1-2 weeks, which I’m fine with.

That also means that I have the green light to do Big Climb Philly tomorrow. This is a charity stair climb that I registered for a while ago. Participants will “race” up 41 flights of stairs in Philly. The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’m psyched I can keep this one on the calendar.

And lastly, how is this for the ultimate FU to cancer? Last year I raced an event of some kind at the conclusion of each of my four rounds of chemo. These events included a couple of 5Ks, a duathlon, and two half marathons.  Today I found out that my 3rd place age group finish in the duathlon qualified me for a spot at the Duathlon National Championship this summer in Oregon. I’m not making the trip, but simply qualifying under those conditions is all I need. So… FU cancer.

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