My wife, Chardri, and I travelled to the beautiful town of Swellendam last week to present a CPD (continuing professional development) meeting about the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
The Puffer is a hectic 80km annual trail run event that starts in the Cape Point Nature Reserve and runs along the spine of the Cape Peninsula Mountains and ends at Hamilton Rugby Club in Green Point. It is a gruelling challenge and not the faint hearted.
I had a very busy week with some long consulting days! Patients often ask me if I get tired after operating all day or after one long individual surgery. I always reply that I can operate all day long without getting tired because we as orthopaedic surgeons love operating!
I recently purchased a new road bike and started doing some rides around the beautiful roads in the Cape Winelands again. During my latest ride this past weekend my mind wondered back to the last Argus Cycle Tour I completed in 2013 and the brilliant e-mail I received from a patient of mine shortly thereafter.
I attended a congress of the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) held in Barcelona from 4 to 7 May. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to listen to presentations by world leaders in my field.
Congratulations to all my patients who completed the Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday 6th March. Having taking part in the race a number of times I know the training and effort that it costs to have a good race. This is such a beautiful ride. Every year that I give it a skip (for some reason or another) I end up with deep regrets!
Over the past long weekend I finished reading a brilliant book: The Sports Gene by David Epstein. It was recommended to me (and in fact leant to me!) by a good friend, colleague and mentor: Dr Dave Pollock.
It is a thoroughly gripping read for anyone who is interested in sports performance.
Here are but a few extracts from the book that I found enlightening (Mr. Epstein's word are quoted in italic):