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Follow my journey as I train for my first Ironman and recover from surgery

Surgery... the second is a charm

December 2, 2016 12:28
Surgery... the second is a charm

After a few months of waiting, mostly due to some other commitments I had, on the 22nd of November I went to the Hospital close to where I live to have my belly cut open and a mesh inserted below my abdominals to prevent other hernia happening in the future (at least in the same area).

It didn't end well... I got all prepared for the surgery, but before entering the anesthetist asks: "Did you have breakfast?"... I said yes... and he started freaking out. Apparently doing a general anesthesia without empty stomach is very dangerous. Unfortunately none, doctor, anesthetist, nurses, told me anything about not eating or drinking the 12 hrs before. They told million other things, even minor, but none told me such an important point. And being my first general anesthesia I didn't know that I didn't have to eat. So, everything got postponed of another week.

On the 28th I went back to the hospital, this time without having eaten or drank since the previous evening. Got prepared, and I was brought to the operation room. They make me breath some oxygen via a mask, and that's the last thing I remember. Next thing I remember was being taken to my room, about 3h30 later, after surgery and 2hrs in the waking up room.

I stayed one night in hospital and the next afternoon, after waiting the doctor to finish his other round of surgeries, I got released.

I've to say, that after 5 days, pain is all totally gone; I still have some problem when I've to flex my abs to sit or stand, or lift some occasional heavier thing, but nothing serious.

Now I've a control visit with doctor next Wednesday to see how things evolve and to assess when I can start some light training again.

About Simone Chiaretta

December 1, 2016 17:27
About Simone Chiaretta

You might be wondering who is behind Triathlon Geek.

My real name is Simone Chiaretta, and I'm a beginner triathlete who is training to compete in its first full distance Ironman in 2018.

I did my first triathlon in 2008, a sprint distance and then I've been doing some races and training, on and off, till September 2014, when I finally joined a triathlon club in Brussels, the Brussels Triathlon Club.

In 2015 I participated in Supercoupe league organised by the Belgian Francophone Triathlon League, finishing 12th in my category (Men 40-50). I also competed in my first half-marathon, in Riga, finishing in 1h51.

In 2016, I stepped up my game and focused more on half-ironman distances, competing in two of them. I did my first in Elsinore, Denmark, in June, finishing in 5h51min, and later another in August, in Otepaa, Estonia, finishing around 6hrs. I also did my PB in the half-marathon, 1h42, still in Riga, and in the 20km of Brussels, in 1h38.

Unfortunately after the HM in August I discovered I had an abdominal hernia, which was not a serious condition but had to be treated. So from then till late November when I had the surgery I didn't train much, so my condition felt drastically. After the surgery I had a month of complete stop before starting again, from almost zero, at the beginning of 2017.

This blog is an attempt to document my return to training after the surgery and my preparation for my first full distance Ironman in 2018.

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