Adapt, improvise and overcome

I go for a specialized MRI today on my right knee, the one that was surgically repaired last summer. My surgery last summer was successful, but there is an underlying problem that is causing pain. So what does all of this mean? I’ll know next week. Maybe a new injury, maybe a circulation problem in bone and cartiliage, maybe something else. If there is something loose floating around in there, like I think there is, then I get to do a redo. I also am going to consult a joint specialist to see if there is a root cause to my recurring right knee problems.

Jerks do not bother the knee, but with a heavy heart I am going to stop doing them until I get to the bottom of this. I have found swings, snatches, cleans, and presses to be quite knee friendly. Rack holds don’t bother the knee either. So, I am going to duct tape a program together consisting of snatches and swings with a pressing component of some sort. There are more than a few people in the community who do just that – heck, that is what Enter the Kettlebell is all about. I am particularly impressed by a gentleman I know who is in his early 60’s who has achieved incredible results from mainly snatching the 16kg. I figure if I practice rack holds and pressing that I will have a shorter curve with jerks when the time comes to resume jerks.

The lesson here is to adapt, improvise, and overcome. I plan to do just that.


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