Watt Matters is a blog about training and racing with power and other related musings.

Aside from writing items here on occasions, I also provide cycling performance improvement services via coaching, aerodynamics testing and host a cycling tour.

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So, what's new in the world of Alex?

After all the fun and games of my bad back, trips to the hospital and a false start at work, I was finally upright again and able to do a few things. While I gradually gained confidence in walking around again, it was very clear that my ill fitting prosthetic, otherwise known as "Schooner", was causing some difficulty, discomfort and frequent pain. Anything more than a short walk was too much.

This frustrating period when I am able to do less than I could several months ago, is actually a sign of progress. While my stump has shrunk and it no longer fits my existing prosthetic, it simply means that I need a new and more permanent leg.

I visited my prosthetics specialist George last week, and we've decided on what equipment we will use for my new leg. It was quite interesting actually to listen to George explain all the various components, types of fittings and which would be best suited for the application that I'm interested in, especially something suitable for cycling.

George then took that away to prepare a quote which I received the other day. It will cost me nearly $5,000. Ouch! Still, it's a necessity and its value is far beyond its price. I visit the clinic again next week, where a cast will be taken of my stump and other key measurements made.

I really can't wait as it will be so much more comfortable and functional, and I will be able to make forward progress instead of being in limbo as I am now.

My Dad visited this weekend. He had a good time, and we took the opportunity to have a good catch up.

I went out to Dunc Gray Velodrome last week to watch the Masters national track championships and provide some support for my buddies that were racing in the individual pursuit. There were some great performances, and it was good to see my buddies do well. Congratulations to all on a successful championships. My leg was very sore after that.

See you next time!
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