|Competing in Tough Guy|
Having been checked over, undertaken a number of co-ordination tests, X-Rays and MRI scans it would appear I had a condition called "Myelopathy". The cause of which is usually old age, but still being eligible to be a member of any boy band around today, this wouldn't be true for myself. The condition has been caused by a little bit of excessive wear and tear from silly sports pursuits over the years. The scans showed the spinal cord in my neck looking a bit like a string of sausages, with three vertebrae applying pressure due to scar tissue....potential over repair of previous damage.
I've always tried to push the physical limits (not sure why, I'm sure there is some deep rooted psychological reason from my childhood), from my time in the British Army, to other such pursuits like competing in Tough Guy competitions 5 years running. So when the specialist said, 18 months ago, that I should take it easy and consider surgery to "shave the bones" in my neck, I didn't really hear him properly. He also said that this condition could not improve without surgery.
|The Tiny Workmen|
Most importantly, I can once again overtake my children and whoop them all on the XBox Kinect...but I know this time window is limited, as they are growing up very quickly, so I'm making the most of it!
I'm not entirely sure why I've written this post, other than feeling the need to document it somewhere. I'm setting myself the challenge of entering Tough Guy 2013 and appreciate I will not retain my "Front Squad" status, but back as a "WobbleMucker". That's ok, completion in under 2 hours would be good. Who's with me?!