Legoland: My first challenge since my Achilles surgery is about to happen. We love to take short trips and being in Los Angeles, there is no shortage of wonderful places to visit. My kids have been wanting to go Legoland for a while but I dreaded the walking, standing, and waiting in line pretty much the whole day. This would also be the first true test of the strength and endurance of my Achilles. I already had a game plan and set the expectation for my kids. I told them that daddy will do his best to go through everything and participate on all the rides but daddy may not be able to line up with you and go on all rides. They understood. This made things easier and less pressure on me to perform. They were actually more behaved than previous trips too 🙂
I stayed at the nearby hotel which had a shuttle so I didn’t have to drive to Legoland. The hotel also had its own entrance which was a quick walk away so I can go back after or even take a break back at the hotel if I wanted to. I knew that wouldn’t be necessary. First, I went to the customer service and inquired about the wheelchair. It cost money to rent it so I passed. It wasn’t like I couldn’t walk but I was just curious. One mistake I made is that I should’ve brought my handicap placard. Had I brought my handicap placard, I would’ve been entitled to a ‘fastpass’ which would’ve allowed me to skip the lines. I actually did think about this but didn’t feel comfortable skipping the lines when I didn’t appear handicap. That’s why I went to inquire about the wheelchair 🙂
The day went smooth. I did feel tight with all the waiting and walking around the hills. I pick and chose my rides and also spent a good time sitting where I could find a nice and shaded bench. My wife was superior. Anytime they wanted to stop to get a drink, she would take the kids. Same with the restroom. Overall, I think we spent the same amount of time at Legoland as we would have when I was fully capable. I was quite exhausted that evening and put some ice on my foot. I had no pain the following day which is a GREAT sign! Can’t wait for my next challenge!
On Oct 13, 2014, I ruptured my left Achilles. At the time of the rupture, I was a healthy 35 year old male, 6′ 2″ and about 210lbs. My physical fitness was semi-active. I work from home but try to manage cycling 1-2 times a week and play full court basketball at least once a week. So I wasn’t completely out of shape but I wasn’t in super great shape either.
In hindsight, I don’t think you can pinpoint the cause of the rupture. I played competitive sports throughout high school and lettered in volleyball, basketball, and soccer all 4 years. I put my body during those years very hard. I was young so I thought. Much of my problems came from my knees but never any foot or ankle problems.
About a year before the rupture, I did see the doctor to have my left Achilles checked out. I often would wake up in the morning with a very stiff left foot. The doctor indicated it there was some swelling on my Achilles and was diagnosed with tendonosis. I was given a few leg strengthening exercises and off I went. One more checkup and the pain went away. Laziness got the better of me and I stopped doing the exercises. At no point did the doctor say there was going to be a risk of a rupture. Thinking back, it was likely precursor to the full rupture.
Here is a timeline view of my blog posts of my recovery.