I’m back with a renewed heart. Surgery went well and recovery was very quick.
I could never be accused of being an Orange man on this annual 12th July celebration, but I walked today. The first walks of my new regime in an effort to get back in shape. Two Saturdays ago today, I rode 40 miles in awful weather. Today, I did two 20 minute walks. It’s an amazing thing.
My new valve is all of 25mm in diameter, and has reduced the workload on my heart. But the effort required to walk 20 mins today was extraordinary. 2 weeks ago 40 miles on the bike was easy and comfortable. Today, returning home and climbing the wee rise at the end of the street felt like ascending the Alpe! Something so small has such an amazing affect.
But this is the day I wanted to get to. The day when I could take step one on the road back to Alpe d’Huez next July, to mark the 1 year anniversary of the surgery. So it was doubly appropriate, to walk on 12th July, and to climb a hill.