#ttwrelaunch – Year One after THR

Hi Hiprunners,

now, that my first Triathlon Saison after THR in May 2016 is over, I am proud to say, that I am back on track. A lot of your stories helped me to overcome doubts to do so. Thanks for that.

I hoped for 2 Sprint Distances. But I was able to start in 3 Sprint Competitions, 2 Olympic Races and a Bike Time Trail. Finally I made it to the German Championship, which I finished at place 8 in my AG.

Now I read that Bryant registered for Ironman Boulder which is even more inspiring.

Keep on going !

Tom W.

In a fit of insanity I registered for Ironman Boulder – 2018.  My first since dual THRs.  In the “tell us your story” page I made sure to mention the HipRunners.  Stay tuned.

Another improvement.


Same old post, just cut out a lot of the text:

Weight was 167 is now 143 – so 24 pounds lighter (at 5’9″).

Surgery: Dec. 2, 2016

56:56 – Monday, September 26
57:55 – Thursday, September 20…
58:38 – Tuesday, September 12…finally sub-60, 21 minutes to go!
60:43 – Saturday, September 9 – haha cruel and unusual treatment.
1:01 – Friday, August 25 – Ugh…almost there.
1:04 – Thurs, June 15 – 1 hour faster than Feb 26th, first time out.
1:06 – Tues, May 30.
1:07 – Thurs, May 25*
1:08 – Thurs, May 18. (note to self: lose 30 pounds).
1:09 – Thurs, May 4. May the 4th was with me.
1:13 – Sat, April 29 – Need to do more physio. These are the only effort outings I have done….
1:15 – Thurs, April 13 – Taking a week or two off this route as I am just chasing time…
1:16 – Sun, April 9 – ran about 11-12 minutes – 48:00 improvement in 42 days – 10 laps.
1:18 – Thurs, April 6 – ran about 10 minutes
1:22 – Fri, March 31 – ran about 6-7 minutes total – 33 days since first trip around lakes.
1:25 – Sun, March 27 – ran about 6-7 minutes total
1:29 – Wed, March 23 – ran about 5-6 minutes total
1:35 – Sun, March 19 – ran about 1 minute total
1:38 – Thurs, March 16 – no running
1:47 – Sun, March 12 – no running
1:57 – Sun, March 5 – no running
2:04- Sun, Feb. 26 – no running

*The asterisk is there because I had a massive brain fart and clicked “stop” on Garminder and then start 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 minutes later – who knows. So doing the math I started faster at 65:00 pace, for the first three K, then ended slower for the final 3K, based on my usual slow-down I suspect I would have come in at 67:00….

Some surgery site soreness, nearly 100% recovered next day…not quite.

Old note:

Okay, don’t laugh at the over analysis – just for entertainment purposes only. Not to be used for the purposes of betting or sarcasm.

The off-road 10K that I have been doing (see efforts below) is actually about 6.06 miles, so 9.82 kms. In racing, it is typically one minute slower for runners around from 30:00 to 45:00 +/- a little on either end of the spectrum, because of the surface in comparison to their road 10K.

Now here is an equation that I find anecdotally to be quite good: “For every pound that you are over optimum weight, you lose two seconds per-mile per-pound.” So if you are for example 10 pounds over optimum race weight and race a 10K, you should be two minutes slower, all else being equal. Well I am 25-30 pounds heavier…..165 vs 135-137.

So let’s take six minutes off for being morbidly obese and one minute off plus a little (because I am slow – other end of the spectrum) and that is at least seven minutes of fasterness, than I currently am: 1:07:00 – 7:00 = 60:00 or 59:59’99 because as any runner knows, you see the clock-a-ticking towards a benchmark, you go a little faster…..

I used to run the route in 37:00-48:00 depending on the purpose of the run.

Feels So Good!

Aw, man! Been just over a year since surgery. Forgot how great it feels to run. Been 6 years since I ran. Last two weeks I started with a couple minutes of easy running with a minute off, adding minutes to it. Totaling 20  minutes or so. Today, 13 minutes no stop. Could have gone much longer but I am being so cautious. CANNOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD I FEEL. Surfing sites for trail races in the spring. Have to say the existence of this site is what gave me the courage to get the thing done, and I am so glad I did.

Recommended exercises/activities prior to surgery?

Hi, friends!

Are there any suggestions for helpful exercises or activities to do before surgery to keep in best-running-possible-post-surgery shape?

Everything I have read so far has indicated that if you were a runner before surgery, then it is more likely that you can be a runner after surgery.  I have not run for the past two years, mostly because it is difficult for me to kick my legs out far enough to find a comfortable stride.  I didn’t even realize this was due to arthritic hips until recently.  (I’m only 40 years old, not much pain.)  MRIs revealed that I will need both hips replaced, but the doc wants to start with just one.  Left THR scheduled for 12/19/17.

ALSO, does anyone have any information about how/why doctors decide to do one hip at a time vs. both at once?  I’m disappointed that I can’t have both replaced at once and just get it over with.

Any suggestions appreciated!


6 months post THR

I am still having shooting pain down my leg to the top of my knee. My leg is also still numb and tingly. I started training again – that is, if you call running 4-6 miles a week training. I am also biking and swimming. For those of you that had a THR did you still fell these symptoms 6 months out? I am getting frustrated and want to train for a 1/2 ironman soon

10 Month Post Op Update – NO FEAR


I was inspired to post when I read someone sharing about being afraid.

My THR was 10/2/16 and I was TERRIFIED. Totally stuck and consumed with fear of the unknown and what felt like a death sentence of a doctor prescribed sedentary lifestyle and the end of my youth.

I was thrilled to find this site before my surgery and get a glimpse of hope.

The reality is 10 months in i’m probably in the best shape of my life.

I got focused on health and started to regain the things I thought were lost.

I was in constant pain, consumed with fear and basically hopeless about the future.

In the last few months I swam a 4.2 mile open water race, ran a 6:05 mile, and jumped tall buildings in a single bound… maybe not buildings but some tall boxes.

The black cloud of fear is gone.

Its hard to tell anyone not to be afraid, but speaking from experience….  Don’t be afraid.

You can do anything you set your mind to.

You’ve got this !

From Clive Bradburn

3 and half weeks post op for Left THR. Going well. Just a trekking pole when out walking to ensure no slips or falls. Swimming I km every couple of days. Arms only using pull buoy to keep legs still at the moment. 10 mins each day on static bike. Reluctant to go beyond walking, jogging seems a bit ambitious at the moment. Any thoughts or advice? I am a 70 yr old triathlete.