Yes I know I have been Missing in action for a while and here's an update on progress.
I've had one of those runs, the boat is built and 95% kitted out and everything else coming together.
Early last year I had a accident which I hurt my hand. After 7 months, 2 xrays, MRI and even second opinion doctors saying its fine, a Karen Smith specialist hand Surgeon said she thought I had ripped a major ligament off the bone and torn another major ligament in my wrist.
Three rounds of open hand surgery in November 2013, February and April 2014 to fix it. I virtually spend 12 months in above cast or brace (much of this above elbow). As a result I had lost significant muscle mass and flexibility and obviously strength. Not to mention the 4 major scars ranging from 50-100mm the photo above is the second biggest and just one of them. I started back at the gym in June with the focus being to rebuild flexibility and then strength followed by endurance.
I was hopeful at rowing this coming Summer, however this idea was crushed when the specialist told me in June will take longer than this summer to rebuild my endurance strength - her words were this summer would be a pipe dream.
At this stage there are a couple of Options for my Journey and the future of Ocean Row Boat "Miss Jay":
I have approached a number of our bigger sponsors about my concerns of putting it off again impacting on delaying return on investment for them. I was honoured to find of those I spoke to they were all fully supportive and dismissive of my idea of putting someone else in the boat. The general consensus of those spoken that this is my campaign for cancer and that it should be me in the boat if at all possible.
So what's the plan going forward. I'm working through the sponsors and key supporters to get their input as without this support I would not have even got this far.
I would like to hear from you all with feedback on these and other options as this is a team effort. - Perhaps check out the facebook page and the feedback there.
Once again thanks everyone and this twist certainly adds the the journey.