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Baby Steps.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008


After 33 days without swimming I got to feel the water a few times this past week.

I got humbled by the local Pilipino squad here on my first session but those days are numbered, believe it.

Some pain free moving around in the water and I enjoy every moment of it. At present I can kick faster than I swim, and I really like just “playing” in the water!

I believe that I am a good swimming because I love swimming, the refreshing feel of floating and slicing through one of earths elements, powering off the walls and my ever favorite, lapping other athletes!

I have vivid nostalgia of my childhood summer days when me and my buddies would race our bikes to the local lake, sprint into the water and swim a far as possible, in our “CHICKEN” competition, which was basically last one to turn back, gets free ice cream!

The lifeguards add a particular loathe for this game of ours because we displayed a bad example to the other kids by swimming outside the designated perimeter!

My friend Marc-Andre was my biggest rival, some of our battles would go on for over an hour at times, with the clear knowledge that every stroke out will be another stroke back in….

AKA 99% man and 1% Titanium

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

It’s been 23 days since my surgery and I am very satisfied how my recovery has been going. I now have 99% mobility and flexibility back! Actually the only motion that hurts the titanium plate and 5 screws on my collar bone is when I try to kiss my elbow. Yes, I do have a lot of free time on my hands!

I have read 3 books, watched 17 movies, watched season 11 of the Simpsons twice, watch the 2nd season of Grays Anatomy once and I am now half way through the first season of Dark Angel! Jessica Alba I LOVE YOU!

I also gained some “healthy weigth” because I decided to eat lots of food to assist with my recovery, versus popping pills and supplements.

So now I have to wait some more…..……………….

Cracked but NOT broken.

Thursday, September 4th, 2008


Its been 9 days now since my surgery and I feel much better than my realisim would have let me believe. I have about 60% pain free mobility back and I have to resist the urge to start training again.

Often, since my crash, I was preached the same clichee quote that “what doesnt break you only makes you stronger” I have to wait for a while to see if this is true, but I assure you all, that my desires to move forward quickly, in water, on wheels or on foot, have been widding up slowly and surely.

For now, I wait patiently and calmly until some new and old alies trickle back into Subic Bay over the following month to prepare for the 2009.

I’m also the proud owner of an intimitating scar!