29 Aug 2013

post surgery

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After trying all different kind of therapies I finally made the step to go and test for compartment syndrome in my right hamstring muscle. Surgery is always the last thing you want to do, but sometimes it just is the only way. The test consists of running on a treadmill and making sure the pain occurs. they measure the pressure in a so called compartment. the fascia build the walls to this compartments. if this walls of fascia can’t expand, the compartment pressure rises and blood flow to tissues is impaired. it leads to loss of muscle function. in my case the hamstring muscle. I actually had the same on my left leg in 2007. it helped me a lot and 2008 I was pain free and able to finish 8th at the Ironman Hawaii World Champs.

It has been 3 weeks since the surgery now. and things are going good. i was back on the bike 8 days after surgery. 10 days later back in the pool. and i started running again today.  I will take this step by step . maybe I will be able to race in November or december. but I wont stress things. if not, then back in full strength in 2014. I know what I am capable of when I am pain free. If am able to get off the bike on 1st position with all this going on (like IM Texas this year) , then I cant wait to ride pain free again.

It will be hard to watch Kona this year. but it’s not the olympics, so I don’t have to wait 4 years to get back there. and I def still have a few years left in this sport. lots I still want to achieve.

Thanks to all my sponsors for the support. It’s worth a lot.

Mathias Hecht

Mathias Hecht


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