Gary at 7 months post op
7 month update…
December 12, 2007
..on a cold and windy december morning, i was thinking the following on the way home from my first race back on the bike:
1) BHR Dr Bose: 4/12/07
2) Return home from resurfacing in india, walked 3 blocks: 5/02/07
3) First Win: western states time trial: 12/02/07:
…bless you pat, the website, and all the others who have inspired me-came before me…
…my life, AND my athletic life are back ! …no, i’m not just jogging, i’m dropping some sub 6 minute mile running repeats on the track, and winning again on the bike, my first race back in the saddle ! (picture attached)
…to all of those who need to know, who wonder, who are putting it off, who are in pain, who need hope… the birmingham hip and dr bose in chennai india are awesome !
…i couldn’t have done this without faith, without athlete cory foulk before me, pat and the website, and dr bose’s staff…
…now: ..you can do it too !
…i’ll keep you posted about me earning my team usa spot back.
I really want to add a couple of notes to what inspired me other than my burning desire to embrace and allow the normal kind of athletic, intimate relationship, inspiring business, family activities, and smiling energy back into my life… was the story of tour de france winner floyd landis choosing the birmingham hip resurfacing part system and suregry technique for himself to get back into the game and a few personal friends who told me i was on the right path… which then allowed me to find your website in the area called resurfacing, which allowed me to find cory’s story, which allowed me to feel hope, which allowed me to be here in india with dr vijay bose…or in birmingham with dr ronan treacy…or in belgium with dr desmet, your surgeon…or choose an assortment of parts and that’s where we’ll pick up when i get on the other side of this in a few days… see, it’s time to say goodbye to the old hip, it’s been an amazing ride… 51 marathons, 75,000 running miles, 500,000 cycling miles, races too numerous to mention.. so i sit here, about to retire a body part and embrace a new one… yes,
“..it’s hip to have a new hip” ..no matter what age, no matter what fitness level, no matter how active… stay tuned… gary kobat.
…dear ms walter:
…my name is gary kobat.. i live in los angeles california, am now in chennai india ready to have my bad hip resurfaced thursday…
…the reason i’m writing is that it was your website and your hard work and information that gave me hope thru the story of cory faulk, triathlete…
…you see, i’m on team usa, compete each year in the world championships, train and coach other olympians, as well as alot of celebrities in hollywood: jim carrey, will ferrell, etc…
…it was your website i turned to when frustrated with the usa doctors and their timidness with resurfacing and an athlete’s needs… ..a unique quality of life to return to vs recreational activity… ..the story of cory inspired me to call dr vijay bose, and i find myself here and ready to for resurfacing…
…how can i help you, fellow hippies, the website, etc… i’m soon to be one of “us”… and want to help…
…let me know you got this, attached please find a pic or two with me training with lance armstrong, racing with will ferrel, jim carrey and a shot of me at the world’s…
…hope this finds you well..
thank you so much:
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