Injuries are speed bumps, not road blocks.
I was asked by the American made apparel company Oscar Mike to take some pictures in their gear and provide them with an example workout that they could post for their recurring, "On the Move Wednesday" posts. It meant a lot to me, in large part because just nine months ago I had all but decided that my days in the gym were numbered. My left knee, which had been surgically repaired a bit over a year prior, was once again a mess. I needed a bone graft in my tibia, a new ACL and the cartilage in the knee was torn too badly to continue to be of any use. I was told, once again, that I would never run, lift, or conduct myself in a generally badass manner ever again.
Lucky for me, doctor's can be wrong (and they seem to underestimate my ability to self medicate with vodka)
An important part of becoming an Archetype is pushing yourself to do the very things most people don't think you can. This afternoon, I'll be popping a few motrin and heading to the gym. You can too... so what's your excuse again?
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I've been the lucky recipient of six surgeries to date, and lord knows I'll probably be lucky enough to snag a few more before the cold hand of Death smacks the beer from my grip and sends me packing. Being aware that your manner of lifestyle choice lends itself to a short lifespan grants you the freedom to make some bad choices; choices like hiking a mountain only about four weeks after a bone graft and knee reconstruction. The way I saw it at the time, if my knee exploded during a pleasant jaunt up Wachusett Mountain, it wouldn't have made it through my usual bar escapades anyway.
Besides, we brought plenty of pain medication.
It was slow going, in part because of my knee, and in part because the terrain itself tried to kill us a few times, but the three of us made it to the top and back down before night fell and we were forced to become Mountain People (which would have certainly landed us a show on the Discovery Channel... we probably should have moved slower). Here's a video of our ascent!