Training report of a different nature....
When I went to see the surgeon 10 days ago, and we were talking about my incontinence, he asked if I could stop my stream if I tried, and I said yes, no problem. And he thought that was wonderful, that the right muscles were there and working, they just had to get more used to doing the work. I was less optimistic.
When I got home, next time I took a planned pee, I tested myself and discovered I could mostly stop my stream, but not as well or as completely as I had thought. And if I also coughed at the same time, even quite gently, then I had almost no control. And that was a bit surprising. And quite discouraging.
But there was also a good side to this. To stop peeing when you don't want to, you have to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, and also train yourself to contract them at the moments they are needed (sudden movements). Now there is no Nautilus machine for this, no system where you can see if you are getting stronger by how much weight you can handle or how many reps you can do. No way, in other words of measuring how you are doing.
And I've always thought measuring was an important part of training. You need to have a way of getting legitimate feedback of how you are doing. It's why I've often run regular running races over the years, no orienteering, just to see where my fitness was, either to get the satisfaction that hard work was paying off or the kick in the butt that some hard work was needed. If you just did orienteering, it was so easy to fool yourself.
And peeing in your pants, well, it's been hard to measure. But the realization that I couldn't stop my stream as well as I thought was the classic kick in the butt. And also the way of measuring if there is any improvement.
So it has gotten me much more rigorous in doing the exercises every day, especially when I am driving, especially the few miles up and down I-91 each day. Squeeze hard for a quarter mile, relax for a quarter mile, 10 to 20 reps each time. Then at the end, a session for the fast-twitch part of the muscle (seriously), short intervals, a second or two contract, a second to relax, do it 20 or 30 times.
And then every so often test at the toilet.
I think there is some progress, though still a good ways to go. And I very much like the process. Though I don't plan to log the training.