Slowly Recovering - Part 1

posted May 6, 2016, 1:57 PM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 3:37 PM ]
At nearly ten weeks from my left calf rupture, I continue to recover slowly. I can walk for about ten minutes, bike on the flat for maybe an hour (maybe longer) and kayak for about three hours (again, maybe longer). So I'll be able to stay amused as I rehabilitate and (perhaps) get in shape. The pain is mostly limited now to my foot. In particular, it is very painful to walk on that foot when I first awake, rather like plantar fasciitis. However, if I massage that foot and speak soothingly beforehand, the pain is significantly lessened. Then as the day goes on, it becomes even happier. I am visiting one of our local physical therapists.

I've only kayaked in Bianca this year. She's in decent shape - hull, deck, and rigging. The skeg leak seems gone at this point, succumbing to my haphazard repairs. I added a light line beneath the hull attached to the skeg blade, in case it becomes stuck. As my paddle, I've mostly used my GP which Eli gave me for Christmas, but also my wing for a short stint. I'll soon try Eli's kayak, Lucia. Then I'll be sure that both our kayaks are ready to go. Our first sea trip of the year will be in July, based from Emerald Cove Lodge on Cortes Island. Three couples from Nanaimo will join us.