Currently: September 2014

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TGIF! Man, September has been a whirlwind of a month! Greg was traveling during the first two weeks and the day after he got back I set off for Maryland for a week and a half. I had to fly to Baltimore for work (for Expo East) but went a few days early to visit family. It was really nice to spend some quiet time with my family and see a few friends (including my dear Ashley- the day before she gave birth to her beautiful daughter!).

It’s very strange to me that fall is already here and October is around the corner- but I’m going to try and embrace it! Because of surgery, I was kind of robbed of summer (at least the first half), but it definitely ended on a positive note. I’ve pretty much been able to get back into all of my favorite activities and am so thankful for that! There’s still a way to go until I’m “normal,” but I’m extremely pleased with my recovery.

I just got back from enjoying an incredible weekend in Steamboat Springs. It was my first time visiting there and I can’t wait to go back! Paige and Shane had planned on going for their anniversary, and since Greg and I were planning on going somewhere that weekend, we all decided to go. The four of us had dinner one night and went on an amazing, beautiful hike another morning. The aspens are changing color and everything is just beautiful.

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Greg and I brought our bikes and took a nice ride along the river before we left. It’s hard to think that the next time we visit Steamboat it will be covered in snow!

Alright. Without further ado, here’s what’s going on in my life lately:

Currently: September

Current books: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I’ll admit it- I’m not much of a reader. My friend Natalie told me (raved about, actually) about this book a year ago and I put reading it on my to-do list. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer for it earlier this month that I actually took action.

The movie comes out later this year, and I was determined to read it first. I started reading it on the plane to Maryland was immediately sucked in. I tried reading before bed each night, but usually only got through a few pages before I dozed off. I read more on the plane back to Denver, and still have about 1/3 of the book to go. I think it’s pretty safe to say- this will end up being my favorite book of all time (and I can’t wait for the movie!). GO READ IT!!

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Tipsy Peach Smoothie

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Prior to living in Colorado, I didn’t realize that peaches were something that the state was known for. Like many people, I automatically associate peaches with Georgia (although Maryland has some delicious ones as well!). I’ve come to find out that the town of Palisade, Colorado has some of the most delicious, juicy peaches I’ve ever tasted!

The first crop of peach trees in Palisade were said to have been planted around 1882, and other fruit crops like apples, cherries and apricots were soon to follow. However, Palisade quickly became known for its peaches and they have since remained the pride of Colorado. There’s a huge peach festival each August in Palisade along with other towns around the state (including Lafeyette- where I live!).

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ACL Reconstruction: 15 Weeks Post-Op

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Happy (belated) Labor Day!

I am so not ready to see the summer end! On one hand, I’m glad that it went by quickly because I was not in the best of shape for most of it. But, I also feel totally ripped off! Now that I’m a lot more mobile, I want a re-do of summer! At least there’s still fall (which is the best for hiking, cycling, running and a lot of other outdoor activities!).

This Thursday will mark 5 months since I had my skiing accident. Time flies! Today is the 15 week anniversary of my ACL reconstruction surgery, and so much has changed over that period of time. In many ways, I’m pretty close to “normal” and can do just about anything that I could do before tearing my ACL. I’m also constantly reminded that I am still pretty far from normal and have a long way yet to go. I do everything a little bit slower, with less intensity. I’ve back been to teaching my group exercises classes for over a month now, but still can’t lift quite as heavy, crank as much tension on the flywheel or pedal as fast (I know that this will improve with time!).

Here’s the formal update on my progress…

Pain Level:

No pain (and very little swelling)! There is still quite a bit of tightness in my left knee, but it’s improved a great deal. I have just a tiny bit of pain and sensitivity in the area around my large incision, but nowhere near where it was even a few weeks ago. I can kneel down on the ground now, do a standing quad stretch and kind of get into child’s pose. All three of those were a very big deal and I celebrated each accomplishment! I often have numbness around my knee (mostly below the knee cap), which I’ve heard is very normal. It’s still very weird.

I’ve actually been having more pain in my right (non-operative) leg than my left, because I tend to bear more weight on it- especially when I’m running. All in all, the level of pain in pretty much non-existent and a million times better than it was during the first few weeks after surgery.

Here’s a photo of my knees today (directly after a run!):

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I wish my scars would start to fade a bit more (some people’s scars fade right away!), but it will take some time. My left quad muscle is definitely growing back and my calves are pretty much the same size now. My left leg is definitely still weaker than my right, but at least it’s starting to look similar in size.

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