Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Recovery Part 2 Squak West Squak Main 4.27.11

Well the rceovery from a torn tendon has been painfully slow. My saving grace has been both the poor weather and unsafe conditions in the mountains. I have been able to keep my spirits up by telling myself that my hobbled foot was saving me from getting myself into some unsafe situation. I also have been able to ride the stationery bike without pain saving to some extent my fitness. I tried 2 weeks ago to put the boots on and was quickly rebuked by my balky foot. The progress has been slow but steady, in fact most times some other portion of my foot was giving me issues. I was able to put my boots on yesterday while working a full day in the yard. At the end of the night my foot was very sore and I was really crestfallen. I did some streching and the pain went away completely. I decided that I would make a try again at a short hike today. The plan was to do some dumpster diving in the Blewett area.

I had to spend some time getting the Subaru up to snuff. Sitting for 6 weeks was enough time to warrant some attention. I also needed to get the car to the shop to get the annoying rock removed from my brake caliper. I hadn't been able to see what the issue without getting underneath the car.  After way too much time trying to get the car started after blowing a fuse, I was off. The annoying screeching was gone so I skipped going to the shop. Too bad for me the car started emitting a burning smell. I pulled off in Issaquah and found that my brake was smoking hot. After waiting for it to cool I made my back to the shop. Thankfully the wheel didn't get too hot as I made my way back. After the tech looked at my car he explained that the front caliper was locked. I corrected him, it was the rear that was the issue.  Finally he showed me the front caliper was indeed locked up. The rear was spinning freely. I am perplexed on why I have a wheel issue going from one wheel to another.

Well at any rate I shelved the idea of getting it fixed and saved that project for another day. I decided that I should just stay close to home and do SQuaK Mt..  The parking lot was mostly empty and I didn't see anyone on the entire trip. I made my way up The South Access Road and then took the trail that leads to the Bullitt Firepit Trail. As I passed by the West Peak I decided to tag that on my way by. Not too long after that I was on the Main Summit. I didn't try for any speed records trying not to push too hard. Overall the foot handled the ups with little issue. I still felt I was walking awkwardly but I am much closer than I have been for some time. I chose to use the South Access Road for the descent which did give my foot some issues but it was very manageable. Hopefully tomorrow I will be without pain.

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