A dear friend of mine described my first recovery as an emotional roller coaster of a journey, and this second recovery as pure grit. I couldn’t have found better words to describe it if I even tried.
Recovery requires a lot of internal strength, positive reinforcement, and loads of work.
As an athlete it’s easy to think back at what I used to be able to do. It’s easy to be frustrated with my body, questioning why it doesn’t feel like my own. Us athletes, we like challenges, we liked to be pushed beyond what we knew capable. Every BODY is capable, but it takes a special mindset to take it to the next level. It takes a mindset and drive to push forward when you’ve been set back.
I’m human, at times I want to scream at the top of my lungs. But don’t worry, I won’t give up. I’m a fighter, I’ll keep pushing forward, it’s in my nature.
When I was learning to read, I locked myself in my room and didn’t come out until I could read. True story. Perseverance runs in my blood.
The Methow Valley, the perfect place to reintroduce myself to single track, with loose buff trails and phenomenal views.
Cruising through the single track of Buck Mountain was the perfect place to realize how much work I need to put in to get myself race ready. Both my fitness and confidence are lacking, but like all good things, those will come with a little patience.
Did you know, today, June 3rd, is World Bicycle Day!
It was approved by the United Nations on April 12, 2018 to bring awareness about the multiple societal benefits of the bike (think transport, leisure, and health)!
What does biking mean to you? To me, it’s a way to connect with nature, breathe fresh air, and be alone with my thoughts. I encourage you to post a picture today, of you outside enjoying your bike, whether it’s on road or off road. Find your connection and your why.
In honor of World Bicycle Day Pivot is offering 5 personalized swag bags to give away. There are 3 rules.
1️⃣ follow @pivot_cyclesusa
2️⃣ post your picture today
3️⃣ Use the hashtags #worldbicyleday and #pivotworldbicycleday .
Tomorrow, June 4th, Pivot will choose the 5 lucky winners!
I made my surgeon take a picture with me, as this was our LAST visit (unless of course something terrible happens). He gave me the green light 🚦(after telling him that yes 16 weeks IS 4 months) to start pushing this little hip of mine, of course no pushing past pain, but I’ve been officially let off the leash.
This has been a really really really long, tough at times, journey that began in 2010 with my right hip and progressively got worse in 2015, which brought me into his doors in 2016.
You guys, it’s been 2 years and 2 months of me seeing him every couple of months. 2 hip surgeries later and I walked out of that office with my head held high, a HUGE smile on my face, and I sang at the top of my lungs for the entire 60 minute drive home💃🏼.
I’m no where near 💯% but I know I’m over the hump of the worse of this and I can finally see the home stretch.
Recovery is made easier when you have your hip sisters by your side. Hip surgery brought me these two. Their positivity, support, and focus puts a smile on my face💕
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I know I’m getting that much closer to testing this freshly operated hip.
My grandpa, the rocket scientist 🚀
He lived a long and incredible 91 years. Worked on secret projects for the government in aerospace, raised 7 kids, travelled the world with my grandma, and left me with plenty of memories (like his morning screwdrivers before he had his heart attack). Thanks for everything Grandpa, you were one of a kind. .
🌟FUN FACT: of his 21 grandkids, I’m the only one he saw get Married. Something I’ll treasure forever. 💕
PT is giggle time 😂
This new mob technique @sarahbpaxson showed me is drool worthy 🤤
I am one happy, lucky gal!
😘I’ve been kissed by the Hawaiian sunshine 🏝🌞🌺.
💪🏼My body works (slowly, but it works).
🌟The outdoors are my playground.
😁I’m happy, because life is the most precious gift we are all privileged to experience.