From Injury to Ironman: 2 Months Post-Op

I recently posted on my experience with hip arthroscopic surgery for labral tear repair and FAI here. The journey has been tough at times, and my goal has been to stay positive and motivated. Now 2 months has passed, and here is an update on my exercises, progress and tips for recovery. This time around surgery recovery feels like it is progressing quickly, because I was only bound to crutches for 2 weeks instead of 6. This helps you feel stronger and more mobile faster. Things have been going well for the most part. I have been slowly gaining more and…

Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

Hike the Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park: Cross-Training

Looking forward to spring trip planning? Look no further than Yosemite National Park. Sometimes as a cyclist it is important to change things up and try something new. Taking a break from using the same muscles over and over again can be a healthy and positive thing. Personally, I find hiking a great alternative exercise, and a great workout. It is a unique form of cross-training that can bring you places your bike can’t take you, and provide a different perspective on nature. If you are looking for a substantial day-hike of 4 to 6 hours, you would like to…

3 Critical Trainer Workouts for Winter

  The weather is a bit colder, and many are heading indoors to spend some quality time with their pal the trainer. Your relationship with your trainer may be a sort of “love/ hate,” like mine with Mr. CycleOps. It’s annoying to spend time indoors, when you know you could be out soaking in the sun and air. But, the trainer can be efficient and almost comforting. It will be there rain or shine, and it is our ticket to a great off-season. Often times, you are just looking to stay fit and maintain a base over the winter. Other…

From Injury to Ironman: The Road Ahead

Every journey has a beginning. I believe every challenging journey provides and opportunity for growth. This is my journey from labral repair surgery to the major lifetime goal of becoming an Ironwoman. Hopefully documenting my recovery and experience, will help other cyclists or athletes going through the same. What is a labral tear? It all started back in March. I was ramping up training for the no longer existent Wildflower triathlon located in California, when it screeched to an abrupt halt during a speed workout at the track. I took off for my first stride, prior to our main workout…