The task of getting my arm to bend proved long and frustrating. It seemed that I could bend it in water quite easily but out of the water gravity was proving a great challenge. The main tool I used to help was a long timber rod that I held in both hands to do arm curls. I had one at home, one in my regular office and one that traveled in the car with me for when I was not in the regular office.
In early November 2012 nearly one year after the accident I entered as the run leg in a team at the Noosa Triathlon. Noosa is the biggest triathlon in the southern hemisphere. I had completed the last two as an individual, so it was nice to be able to be part of a team and compete again. It was to be my first competition since the crash. I had a great run although it was very warm.
The highlight of the day was yet to come. Back in the hotel room in doing my exercises we finally got the arm to do a curl of sorts. And I emphasis “of sorts”. Have a look at the video attached to see my first arm curl in a year.
The progress with my arm continued as the year progressed. It was hard and slow work.