Western Lyskamm 4482 m/14705 ft July 9, 2012
Western Lyskamm 4482 m /14705 ft
Castore 4421 m /13848 ft
Gran Paradiso 4061 m/ 13323 ft
It's such sweet success because I have been diligently recovering and rebuilding my leg since surgery. It's absolutely devastating what happens after not being able to weight-bear on a leg for three months, which was doctor's orders in my case. All the muscle tissue disappears and doesn't want to grow back once you are supposedly "healthy". The muscles are actually stubborn once you try to restimulate the area again. Then there are issues of balance. Therapists explained to me that the brain-nerve message system was damaged from lack of use. I had to work on that too. Then the other secondary tendons and various fibers and ligaments in my foot, ankle and leg needed help. The problems were many. But after faithfully doing my exercises and slowly going back to the gym for "baby" workouts, such as just 2 minutes of running at a time 9 months after surgery that eventually became 3 minutes and so on, I began to get results.
My calf is still only about three-quarters of what it should be but it was enough to get me on top of Monte Rosa!
On top of a mountain on a spectacular day is like nothing else.
For link to post about frustrations after surgery and physical therapy, click here.