25 March 2015

little walks around town

It's just two days after my surgery and I'm already going nuts.

ASIDE - if only one could harness this kind of pent-up energy during a regular training cycle, eh? That would be super productive.

I had an appointment with Neal Goldberg at FootWorks PT today. The premise being I wanted to talk about what I could do safely once my body was up for it. I have not done any core work in one month and am looking at another break from aerobic activity. I decided to walk downtown in part to see how I felt and also because my primary bus only runs during peak commute hours.

I walked in the door of FootWorks and the conversation went something like this.

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Surgery

That's what I got last Monday.

Here is some information about the procedure.


I saw Dr. Clayton Hackerman at the Polyclinic on Broadway. This was my first surgery ever (and only my second time under a general anesthetic) and I am extremely pleased with how it went.

ASIDE - when I first met Clayton I noticed he had a bit of cauliflower ear. Since you never know whether or not this is the result of an injury or a natural condition I shut my mouth. Plus I was thinking to myself, "How did this guy have time to do any MMA while going to medical school...?" Then just now I read his Polyclinic bio and see he's a fan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mystery solved. :) And kudos to you Dr. Hackerman.

Here is a rough timeline and redux.

23 March 2015


Just sneaking in a little cardio before my hernia surgery.

21 March 2015

Renton via West Seattle on a single speed

Gosh, I think this is the farthest and fastest (I hit 45 mph descending from West Seattle!) I have ever ridden my single speed commuter bike. It was fun!

I had a vague/general idea of where I wanted to ride but had to stop and check my phone once. So much for being non-reliant on technology! :) I rode the Duwamish Trail and the Green River Trail, I have not been on either in I don't even remember how long. The pavement on the Duwamish Trail was fresh! Could it have been that the last time I thought I was on the trail I was really just riding on surface streets? Looks that way in hindsight.

While in Renton I picked up my new Garmin Fenix 3 from The Balanced Athlete. Exciting! Can't wait to play with this new toy.

After a hasty shower I headed up to Capitol Hill to meet Shelley and some friends for a birthday party and walked past where Piecora's used to be. :( The gentrification of Seattle continues.

20 March 2015

cardio | walk

I met some friends after work for beers at the College Inn Pub so figured it was prudent to leave the bike at home and took the bus for a change.

You really see lots of beautiful and ugly on the UW campus. This is beautiful.

This not so much. Perhaps more funny than the opposite of beautiful. Note the angle of both sets of barends...

19 March 2015

bike commute

Took my new favorite route home again! Seeing all these neighborhoods is a blast. And Beacon Hill is cool, the bike paths up here are fun as is bombing down Cheasty Blvd.

Saw this near the UW campus today. Yikes.

18 March 2015

cardio | bike commute | hernia surgery update

Back to the gym in the morning for more elliptical and then off to the Polyclinic to talk with my surgeon to discuss options. After chatting he was able to fast track me so I'm getting my hernia fixed Monday.

Since my hernia is small and since I seem to have some other inflammation/issue on the right side of my hip there is no guarantee that this will relieve all the pain but it does need fixing so better now than later. I was told that this type of hernia will only get worse over time.

Gotta love those definitive diagnoses...

But in a way it's a relief. No more guessing. And thanks to my doctor and the person that bailed on their appointment so I could get in so quick. The summer is still long and I have lots of goals in the second half.

I rode home via my new favorite route again. This is such a cool way to go but you can't be super tired or the hills are too much on the single speed. These days I'm pretty fresh.

17 March 2015

cardio | bike commute

No running because of a hernia equals cross training - as long as it does not involve impact that is. Enter the elliptical trainer.

I have found that an elliptical is perfect for active recovery and warming up and now also for keeping your heart pumping when you are injured. Too bad it's so boring. It seems like someone always turns ALL the televisions in my gym to ESPN or some talk show first thing in the morning. Or at night, and then it just never gets changed in the AM. Oh well.

16 March 2015

cardio | bike commute | hernia update

The big news is that I got a call from my doctor and after he spoke with the Radiologist I do have a hernia. I guess my hearing was somewhat selective during the ultrasound and it's actually fairly clear.

"On the Symptomatic right side, there is a broad bulging of tissue with Valsalva maneuver, including bowel anterior and inferiorly at the level of the epigastric vessel origins, which is constant with a small hernia."

The next step is to consult with a surgeon to see if this warrants fixing. Oh yeah, my PT said if I have a hernia I can't run. I guess this seals that deal. Crap.

I cheered myself up by taking pictures of bicycles on the UW campus. This gem had a frame with track dropouts (and no eyelets), a touring fork (with double eyelets), was set up as a single speed, had carbon fiber Easton handlebars and desert camouflage paint. Awesome.

I also took a new route home. It was awesome! I took my current favorite which includes Discovery Park and added Georgetown and Beacon Hill to the mix. I love it!

14 March 2015

treadmill run

Went to the gym this morning and for the first time ever I played with the incline of the treadmill.

ASIDE - since I don't officially have a hernia I figured one more run would not hurt. Besides, I was going easy.