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Showing posts from April, 2016

April Showers Bring California Smiles

We've lived in Park City for thirteen winters and whether it's El Niño o La Niña, April at 7000ft is so indecisive it drives us crazy. By mid-April, the ski resorts are closed and it's time to transition to full-on road cycling. The weather cooperates just enough for a few rides outside, but there is always a rogue snow storm that sends us back to the trainers in the basement. In order to keep sane, we typically head south for a long weekend of early season mountain biking.

After spending the last two months nursing my shoulder and with still three more weeks in the sling, a long weekend wasn't going to cut it. Fortunately we can both work remotely, so we packed up the truck for a California road trip.

We had limited wifi the first few days, but now we are operating at full speed (just in time for today's Flèche Wallonne bike race). We may not have our standing desks, but we can take our breaks outside instead of heading to the basement or the gym. We have been soa…

Healing and Flowers

The most important news of the week is our friend Lauren is making progress! She was in a horrible crash last weekend at the San Dimas bike race. She's a member of the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling Team and we've all been anxiously awaiting good news. As of Friday, she was talking and her teammates were #Riding4Roren at the Redlands Classic. It's been a tough week, but the team is strong and Lauren is the "strongest pony". There is a blog with medical updates and a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.
Compared to Lauren's injuries and recovery, my shoulder is a mute point. I'm improving as expected and had a week at home to get back into the groove. Sadly, it took surgery to reduce my work travel, but I'll take it and have at least 2 more weeks without airports. My stitches are out and I'll be in the sling for another 5 weeks. I take it off a few times a day to…

Let the Recovery Begin

This week's blog is going to be light on words since I'm down 5 fingers and lacking concentration. I shoved 40hrs of work into the first part of the week, including a trip to Minneapolis. I landed in SLC early Thursday morning already on a fluid/food ban. By 9:30a, we were headed to the hospital for my long awaited shoulder surgery. I don't remember all of the details, but the surgery was a success. My torn labrum is now anchored back down and my bone and rotator cuff weren't in need of repair.

The last four days have been slow going, but Terry has been an awesome nurse and I'm improving by the hour. I'm on a strict schedule of food, meds, ice, sleep, and pillow positioning. I have a couple minor exercises to keep me busy and a follow-up appointment next week to determine when I'll start PT. I plan on taking at least another day off work and at least a week off from airports. Thanks to everyone that checked in on us, it definitely helps the recovery process…