Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Paying The Price

I've spent the last three days recovering from a monster hangover by training down the Ice Factor. The reason for my drinking binge was getting the news from the foot specialist that they have to fuse my ankle which will have a fairly major impact on all aspects of my life. I always knew there would be a cost for the things I've gotten from climbing and gotten away with. I just figured the price I had paid in giving up financial security and walking away from those I cared for was enough.
The Doctors told me a while back that life wouldn't be the same for me again, the pain would get extremely bad with arthritis and I wouldn't climb at the same level again. I reckon they are wrong though, I may have to accept that I'll be limited in volume of climbing, hill days etc but if can work it right there's no reason I cant climb harder than I did before, I just need to train harder and get out on good quality days , simple...............

This picture typifies what it is like inside my head most days at the moment

I simply need to get through the next year or two between operations, recovery etc and squeeze as much life as I can out of the time that I have on my feet. It's almost a good thing to feel on such limited time as I'm really pushing my training and hoping to reap the benefits soon.............


  1. Hi Kev, thats bad news mate. Have you had the opinion form other doctors - seems rather extreme considering the technology these days.

  2. Arite Dave, Aye this guy is the specialist in the UK for this injury so thats that which sucks but hey-ho!! Unless the Wolverine technology is real that'd make E8 a bit easier :)

  3. Good luck with it all and I hope that you can still get out and climb even after all the surgery. If you can climb as hard as you can with 1.5 hands, I'm sure you can do it with a crappy ankle. You're an inspiration to us all. All the best, cheers, Matt

  4. Cheers Matt, thats appreciated...........


  5. Aye thats kinda what I said Di :)

  6. Good luck Kev ... I have a broken Talus myself and a cast.

    All the best and a quick recovery !!