Back to Running
"I ran my last big race, a half marathon, in November, 2017. I specifically chose to run this Disney race, with a group of my closest training partners, because I thought it would be my last one, since I was having so much pain while training, I transitioned from trail running, to running on paved surfaces, to, as the race approached, walking at what I considered to be a “brisk” pace. On race day I was able to finish the course, knowing I was going to pay for it later. I had an x-ray film showing the lack of cartilage in my right hip, so I knew very well about my bone on bone hip joint, before the event. That night, my training partners pushed me around in a wheelchair. It was bittersweet, watching fireworks, getting allowed to advance onto a ride through the handicapped line, but not really relishing the joy of finishing and receiving my medal.
April 23 of 2018, I got a do-over! Resurfacing surgery, recovery done under Dr. Gross’s rapid recovery plan, and bit by bit moving from crutches, to a cane, to hiking with trekking poles, to walking slowly, then beginning to run on a track! And in November, 2018, just a little over a year after I thought I’d never run again, oh, sweet victory, I’m back out there, enjoying my favorite sport! I placed about halfway down my age group in a Thanksgiving Day 5k race. I’m going to take it slow, and enjoy the gift I’ve been blessed with, always grateful to Dr. Gross and his wonderful team. Thank you for giving my life back and if I place in my age group again, that’ll be great. But if not, thanks for helping me continue to be active and healthy. "
Judo National Championship
"I just returned from competing in the USA Judo National Championships out in Round Rock, Texas. I ended up winning both divisions. I threw all of my opponents, with the exception of 1, for the maximum score in judo (ippon) and was never scored on throughout the day. I wanted to send along a note to say “Thank You” to Dr. Gross and (Dr. Lee Webb) for performing the hip resurfacing. Without it, I definitely would not have done so well. Judo is an extremely rough sport, so... my competition success in judo is a testament to the types of activities one can... participate in after having hip resurfacing."
Bilateral and competitive moto-biking
"Call me crazy but I am in the best shape of my life and even more active than I was at my peak before the hip osteoarthritis pain took hold. I cannot stop bragging about what Dr. Gross and team have done for me and all of (his) patients.
Since my bilateral surgeries in Dec 2012:
- 6 Months started easy mountain biking on flat trails. This was rehab for return to motorcycle dirt biking, my real passion.
- 13 Months returned to motorcycle recreational dirt biking.
- 13 Months entered first Arizona MBAA MTB race as a first timer.
- 36 Months won 50B Class on the Dirt Bike.
- 48 Months won my first MTB race. Placed 3rd in the Cat 3 MBAA Series. Moving to Cat 2 for 2018.
- 48 Months won 50A Class on the Dirt Bike.
I will be contending both the MTB and Dirt Bike series for 2018, same as 2016 and 2017. My total mileage on the MTB is now at 6857.3 miles in 486 rides. Dr. Gross was right when he said the resurfaced hip was as strong as the one I was born with!"
Long-distance competitive cycling with hip resurfacing
"My hip has been going strong for the past 6 years. I have been riding my bicycle for the past several years for exercise; I have recently been more aggressive in going further and training to enter into long-distance competitive cycling events. In the cycling world, the equivalent of a marathon is called a “Century” – it is a 100 mile bike ride often including large hills and other challenging terrain.
This past weekend I tried one for the first time and successfully completed it! I rode 102 miles, with total elevation gains of 7000’. The event was in San Diego, CA, it was called the San Diego Gran Fondo.