Monday, September 17, 2007

Getting Back to Lifting Weight

Well, I'm in Calgary and this morning was my first day getting back into lower body weights. Although still limited in some ranges of motion, I'm feeling good. It's nice to be back lifting (I was watching my right leg get smaller and smaller! Not fun.) Here I'm working with Kent Kobelka for physio and Matt Price for training.

Over the last few weeks I have been keeping busy with training on the bike and doing upper body/core and physio. I was also doing a lot of training in the water, going for runs with a flotation belt or in the lake with booties on. Unfortunately last week after one of my swims I came out with swimmer's itch! (Something I had never heard of until that point) I looked like I had the chicken pox and it was unbelievably itchy (hence the name). Oh well, it only took about 4 days to settle down and now all the dots are fading. In the end I had to laugh! It is extremely rare to get this from swimming in Cultas lake, but I did! If there's a way, I will find it...unfortunately.

David is in Brazil getting set to race in his World Championships this coming weekend. I am both nervous and excited for him. I love cheering him on, still it's a place of no control and all trust. But, no matter what happens in sport, I will be there to love him and give him a big hug and kiss whenever he needs it!

As for skiing, for now the plan is to get me back on snow early in October.

Till next time,


Monday, September 03, 2007

Minor Injury

Yes, injuries happen to the best of us, especially in this dangerous sport of downhill skiing.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm doing well now that I'm back here in Canada. I met with the surgeon Dr. McCormack and the prognosis was the same as what I heard from Chris Irving (Ski Team's Doctor) and the Chilean Surgeon. Depending on how the bone heals (it's different from case to case) I should expect a full recovery in anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. So, no matter what I'll be racing this season.

What I have is a moderate bone bruise. For now I can't weight bare as I try and let the bone heal so it doesn't escalate into a fracture or more cartilage damage.

So, my camp in Chile ended short. I fell in our afternoon session of Slalom on Monday August 27. That day I got X-rays on the hill and they came through unclear. Chris Irving, our team doctor, then took me down to Santiago for more X-Rays and finally an MRI. The final prognosis there was that I had a moderate bone bruise and that I would need crutches to prevent any weight bearing on the bone for a while.

In the end, I am very relieved that my ligaments are solid and strong, my bone is not cracked, and I'll be back before we know it! For now I'm set up with one of Canada's top Physios in Abbotsford and will be working to get back as soon as possible with as little muscle loss as possible during the recovery.

I will keep you up to date as things progress and if I get anymore information. For now I'll be doing physio and my plan is to go to Calgary on the 16th of September for a fitness camp with Matt Price (our physical trainer) and a few other athletes who are returning from injury. Our next ski camp is in October at Farnham glacier, for now the plan is for me to be there.

Upon my return to Canada David picked me up and has been taking great care of me. With a beautiful flower bouquet and all, he has been amazing! Unfortunately David is leaving for Brazil on Sunday for his World Championships but I have lots of support here and I'll be just fine.

Again, please don't worry about me. I am really happy that this injury was not more severe and I feel positive that my recovery will be shorter rather than longer. I'll keep you up to date as things move along. I'm just happy that my knee ligaments held together through a crash like that! Pretty amazing really.

Big Smiles,