Recovery seems to be going pretty well. I'm finished with 2 weeks of my prescribed 6 weeks of non-weight bearing on my right leg. I can do lots of things on crutches, for example I can carry a full hot mug of tea from my kitchen to my room without spilling, I can go up and down stairs, and I can balance with my feet suspended for over 5 seconds in a totally safe manner. I can also use them to vault myself onto my bike without breaking rules of how much I can bend my hip, which is not much! (I get to bike 5 minutes a day ...
I went in for surgery on Wednesday. My mom arrived here in Colorado that evening, just in time for my discharge from the hospital, after dealing with Hurricane Sandy back home in Maryland. I got her to take a couple of photos of me at the hospital, which, now I understand why she hesitated. I looked a wreck! But after being under general anesthesia for 4 hours and having cartilage and bone in my right hip pummeled into place, of course I looked a wreck. I also talked non-stop from when I woke up until when I went to bed, close to 5 hours. Heaven! Then my mom went home yesterday morning, she was just here for a couple days but it ...
Here's the latest on my back problems, which might be of interest to any of you out there experiencing back pain or riding with shims under your cleats. Today I went to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to determine definitively whether I have a leg length discrepancy. Without an X-ray it's not possible to tell if crookedness is structural, or if it's just a functional result of various muscle weaknesses. Most people in the peoples'-bodies industry will say that a structural leg length discrepancy is rare. Usually it's functional, they say, you don't really need that lift/shim/etc. But after saying that to me, most of these expert people have followed up by saying it really looks like I might have a ...
This was my second year racing the Rev3 Knoxville Olympic distance triathlon. Next year will be my third year, it's one of my favorite race courses and race locations! I was really happy with how the race weekend went. I got to spend great time with other athletes and teammates, thanks to the fact that many of us stayed in the host hotel (which had spacious rooms and great amenities, including free internet, thanks Holiday Inn Worlds Fair Park!). And I enjoyed checking out the new Lazer Helmet colors at the expo. [caption id="attachment_3622" align="alignnone" width="149" caption="Two of my favorites... Lazer + Rev3!"]...
I raced my first triathlon of 2012 on April 14 outside Las Vegas. After racing one super fun small Xterra last year, and after spending more and more time on my mountain bike to the point of justifying a gorgeous upgrade, I decided to race the Xterra USA championship series this year! Las Vegas was the first stop. The swim was pretty normal, there isn't a whole lot you can do to make an off-road triathlon's swim more "rugged" than an on-road triathlon's. It was a little bit cold though. My swim was OK, I started out on a girl's feet and after a couple hundred meters I realized hey wait a minute, this girl is SLOWER than me! ...
Today Google Alert informed me that I was named USA Triathlon's runner up female elite (that means "pro" everyone) duathlete of the year! So that's kind of exciting. To recap 2011, I was the bronze medalist at the 2011 Duathlon National Championship and then the second American/12th overall at the ITU Duathlon World Championship in Spain. In my mind it doesn't quite make up for the fact that USA Triathlon changed the date & location for duathlon nationals after indicating that they'd be the same as last year, and changed the funding structure for worlds such that I will not be a duathlete this year... but I'm still happy about the honor!...
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