One Week and a Day


4 days after Surgery

The first DR appointment post surgery was today.  All reports came back positive.  Stitches did not need to come out because they will eventually dissolve by themselves over the next couple days.

Therapy evaluation started Tuesday – just 5 days after surgery.  Anna went to see the Waukesha North athletic trainer for exercises on Wednesday and then was at the out patient Westwood facility on Thursday.  Those are scheduled for twice a week going forward from this point. Both are Orthopedic Associates employed so they are in sync in the recover process.

Anna’s range of motion was at 115 on Thursday.  We can only assume it will keep getting better.  She is able to walk around the house without her crutches. But it is recommended to use a crutch on the opposite side around school for stability and because of the volume of obstacles.

The next DR appointment for a check up will be in 5 weeks and therapy will continue through the summer.


2 Days Past Surgery


Repaired ACL

With the surgery two days ago, the adductor canal blocker has now worn off and the pain has started.  She takes a little hydro codon-acetaminophen and ibuprofen to help with the pain.

Anna has been gradually putting more weight on the left leg while still using the crutches. And ready for this, today she can take a shower today!!!

She has has a couple of friends stop by and visit.  And got an awesome care package from Grandma and Grandpa W. She is also catching up on watching Friends on Netflix.

She has exercises that she is doing and the first visit with physical therapy for her evaluation is already on Tuesday.

We have a graduation party today to attend so we are going to get her out of the house for a bit.  It is better to be moving and exercising the new ACL than continually sitting around.

Next Adventure

To say the past 2 months have been exciting would be an understatement to say the least.

Quit a job, give a speech at National Conference, Spring Break, Start a new Job, Anna starts the season as the Varsity soccer goalie, get asked to give not 1 or 2 more speeches because of the previous speech but rather 3, Anna becomes Prom Queen, Luke goes to his first HS sports meeting.


But the new adventure for Anna and for Team Bedalov starts tomorrow at 9:15AM.  That is when the surgery is going to start to repair her torn ACL.  The first couple therapy sessions and the post surgery follow up visit are also already scheduled.

She knows that the hard part is front of her and that she controls the future.  Team Bedalov along with other family and friends will be a great support mechanism to encourage and challenge her, but this will be her greatest challenge in her life up to this point.

I often hear people say that adversity builds character.  But in this case, I know she is strong and determined. It is evident on how she has approached this entire process thus far and telling me that she would play soccer again next year as a senior. I see it every day.

Although I am sure she does not know what she is in for, I know her character is well in tact.  In this case, I think that this adversity is going to reveal more parts of Anna’s character to come to the surface and help define who she is as a young woman.

This is where we will be posting updates on her knee.  I told her that she should start an Instagram or Twitter account for her knew and she just laughed at me.

One thing is for sure….we are all looking forward to when we can see this again.


25th Season in the Books

This past Saturday was the Boys State Championship. It marked the end of the 25th season coaching high school.  25 seasons for girls and 3 with the boys.

Time for a little reflection. 

None of this would have ever been possible with out a great support group around me all this time. 

Michelle has been terrific about this all the years. At first it was just 14 weeks but the past three years it has been 28 straight weeks. It has helped a little that both kids enjoy swimming and don’t mind me coaching them. Next year will be super fun because we will have Anna race for 14 weeks and then Luke will be actually compete as a freshman. 

The Athletic Directors have been awesome during this time also. Peggy at DSHA, the now retiring Mr. Domach hired me at North, and during some transition there is Bob, Mitch, and now Brian. And the two AD’s from the co-Ops have been strong supporters also in Mike at Kettle Moraine and John at Pewaukee. 

The assistant swim coaches over the years that have helped and made we see my flaws, keep me in check, and remind me that we are doin things right each day at practice. That goes back to Christine who got to coach her sister, Kris with the awesome laugh, Bridget who as a former swimmer, Laura who was tutorin MU hoops at the same time, Coach Lee who brought in beach gear for taper, Murph who made the jump from DS to North, Courtny who was a positive and energetic influence, Mollie who filled in for a pinch, Elle who needs to be a head coach somewhere, and my current two awesome assistants Jordon and Sara. 

On the deep end of the pool, where I have no reason to ever be, there have been some great divers who became coaches to fill their passion in the sport. And the wired part is the the swimming community is small but the diving community is smaller and I think this batch all knows each other. Emily took over in the early 2000’s them it was Erin before we got to Tina, Brian, Emily J and now to Alex. Finding a great diving coach is tough. My advice is to hang on dearly when you find one. 

The athletes and families that have made the years spectacular are next. 430 athletes to be exact.  There is a spreadsheet with all their names and he years they were on a team. 

Thanks to everyone for making the past 25 years awesome!  Not sure I will make another 25 years, but this first quarter of a century has been nothing short of terrific. 

Once Again – Movember is BACK!!

MG-SLS1012-Movember-Campaign-Support-Icon-Mo-YellowMost of you remember last year when I grew a Moustache for the third time in my entire life. It still ranks as one of the worst experiences in my life. But I was able to raise over $400 for the third straight year to support men’s health programs. And I had a great deal of fun with it the entire month. Those end of season swim team pictures look great!

Well, I am going to do it again. My only rule is that if you are going to make fun of me, you have to donate to the cause. This includes people that live in my house and those with the same last name living on my block.

I’d like you to support me as I fight the good fight. You can donate to my moustache by:

1. Donating online at
2. Writing a check to ‘Movember’, referencing my registration ID: 4877585 and mailing it to: Movember US, P.O. Box 1595, Culver City, CA 90232

Your donation will support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To find out more, visit the programs section of Movember’s website:

Thanks for supporting Movember and helping us change the face of men’s health.

I will post more updates during Movember.

Burned Out

Last Thursday I was talking to a friend of mine before our swim meet and she asked me if I ever get burned out from all the coaching? My quick reaction was No. Can never say you are burned out only 4 weeks into the season, and could never say that when your kid is on team.

But then I got home and I started thinking about it.

Burned Out. What does it really mean? Does it just mean tired? Because even when I am not coaching I am tired. Being a Husband and Dad and Friend and Co-Worker and Coach takes a great deal of energy and time.

I just finished reading The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. I would highly recommend it. It talks a great deal ask_garyvee_template_Podcast_copyabout positive energy and what you can do with it and how to use it to your advantage. You have to have a plan, have the right people supporting your plan, and then help those around you also reach their goals.

Wonder if anyone at my “fun job” has heard me say something like that before. Heck, I am sure there are people at my real job that hear me say that on a regular basis.

The other tie to being burned out is to Gary Vaynerchuk.  Once again, I highly recommend him. But I warn you, he is very energized. I can only equate it to the first time I saw Amy Schumer in Trainwreck.  Never knew her or anything about her. She is not for everyone, but her style can grow on you.  Same as Gary. He knows his stuff, some think he is arrogant. I think he is just confident.

Gary has a segment on his web site called #AskGaryVee  During a recent segment a person asked Gary how he has the time and energy to get things done.  And his short answer basically was that if you love what you are doing then you are All In and then you always have time and the energy to get it done.

So there it is in a nut shell. I do not get burned out, but I do know when to take a step back and decompress. Like I did this past weekend. A little rest once in a while helps as well.

Sometimes you just Know

IMG_5002It was probably January of 2007 when I told Peggy that I was leaving Dasher Nation and headed out to the ‘Shaw. I remember it like it was yesterday. Dashers had a home basketball game in what is now the old gym, and I was sitting in an old wood chair off in the corner with her talking about life.

Peggy took a chance on me and hired me back in summer of 1991 as the Head Coach for a program that had been around for one season. In the 16 years while in charge we made some great progress.  But, sometimes you just know when it is time to move on. Painful yes. But I had other goals. I wanted to coach a team that had its own pool. I wanted a Home Pool advantage or at least try to create one.

So the game is going on, and I finally get around to telling Peggy that I am taking the job at Waukesha North. And like Elaine Benes from Seinfeld saying “Get Out” and shoving someone, Peggy shoved me on the chair. The wooden chair broke. Three of the legs snapped off and I went to the ground. The ball in the game went out of bounds by where I was now sprawled on the ground, and everyone was looking.

I only have one t-shirt left from Dasher Nation. I wore it to practice yesterday. I think only a handful of the kids made the connection between the old team and the new team. I know that Anna did. She still remembers us practicing at the place with the vikings on wall. That would be Vincent High School.

Thursday marks the 8th time that the old team comes out to Waukesha to face the new team. Once in a while, some Alumni stop by. Most of the time Peggy does. Sometimes the younger sisters of kids I coached are still swimming there. Looking forward to the meet again this year. It brings back some great memories.

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