Road to Men’s Physique Part II
So 6 days ago (April 13/16) I ended up in emergency with what the doctors think is a torn MCL. There’s nothing they can do until the swelling goes down and I get an MRI done to assess if surgery is required. So for now I’m stuck on crutches with bleeding armpits, unsure what to do next.
At this point it’s looking like I will have to withdraw from competing in Men’s Physique in June unless my knee somehow heals in the next week. I’ve been in this situation far too many times before with several other serious lower body injuries and it’s always a tough pill to swallow.
If you’ve read Crohn’s related complications and how to deal with them-Part 2, or some of my other posts, you might have read that I fully ruptured my quadriceps tendon in my right knee and had reconstructive surgery in spring of 2014. The orthopedic surgeon had to reach up my quad stretching the tendon back down and reattaching it by drilling holes in my patella while holding everything together with sutures. Two years later my right leg is still 8 cm smaller in diameter than my left, just hoping I do not require surgery on my left knee as my right has never fully recovered. Thankfully, I have not been on prednisone since 2014 so this injury is likely not related to a medication side effect.
So what now? I’m just starting final exams, so I’m kicking back, studying a ton and doing what I can to train upper body until I get the tests to find out the severity of my knee. I’ve been in this position way too many times so I’m pretty proficient at training on crutches but there is only so much you can do. I will keep doing my best to stay on track with training and diet but it’s looking like I will have to withdraw from my Men’s Physique show in June.
Training on crutches isn’t the problem, it’s basically impossible to do any cardio without using your legs. Without walking or cardio it is extremely hard to get in stage ready shape in less than 8 weeks. Super disappointing as my diet and training was on-point getting closer to stage ready shape daily.
Nothing left to do but see what happens. More to come soon!