It's been two and a half years since I ruptured my quadriceps tendon (for the second time in three months). I was making excellent progress before re-rupturing and now I feel Im on a slower road to recovery. First of all, to give you some idea of how far I've come in the gym:
I have been going to the Gym for six months. The results so far are:
Leg Press: Increased from 140 to 315 Pounds
Quads Curl: Increased from 6 to 30 Kilograms
Ham Curl: Increased from 80 to 160 Pounds
Sounds pretty impressive right? Problem is, I achieved these within three months. If I take a week, or two weeks off (eg, illness, holiday), Im rapidly back down to say 20 Kilograms on the Quads curl and really struggling, then it takes a few more weeks to build back up. But once I hit 30, that's it. I havent been able to get beyond these figures.
I presume there's just some kind of limit in all of us?
My knee is still clicking and popping. It's not so troublesome anymore, but I still struggle with walking down stairs, running. Even basic things such as kicking the sheets in bed is a chore unless my leg is straight. Im sitting here right now, 90 degree bend in my knee, and the weight is just pulling and feeling tense within my knee cap. I've got a high threshold of pain I like to think, so I always say it doesn't really cause me any problems. But it is noticable. It's frustrating and depressing.
I don't know what else I can do? I've been cutting down the weight on the quads curl and trying for a bit more control through the range.
My docs have said I have a softening of the cartilage or something causing the clicking and popping, but they don't know what it's caused by. Im convinced it's from my accident since I didn't have it before! They've blamed it on a lack of strength, as if there's something Im not doing.
But three months on, Im still no further forward than I was three months ago. The doctor has insinuated that not only is there muscle bulk that will be lost during the accident, but I may have lost some muscle fibre. In other words, by the sounds of it, I'll always have this weakness. The theory is that I'll always have to go to the gym.
I can't afford it. Im knackered. Im not a gym person. I don't enjoy it. But I go and try and push myself. But I can't push myself any further.
Any thoughts from anyone in similar situations/have been in similar situations?
PS I have seen the trainer at the gym to ask what I should be doing differently, if there was anything more I can do, he lowered my weights, gave me more reps but fewer sets then told me that what I was pushing was incredible because he couldn't do that. Good for him. And me? How can I stop my bad leg still feeling so spongy in the thigh?