March 15, 2017

Hello everyone!

Due to a set back this is my first athlete journal of the year! After an extensive summer gym training program, a couple on snow camps overseas, and some amazing pre-season skiing locally, my race season didn’t proceed as planned.  Unfortunately back in December at the Lake Louise NorAm I had a crash and broke my tibia and fibula. Thankfully, I was able to get into surgery within a few hours of the accident. It was very successful, a big thanks to Dr. Hiemstra! The first few weeks were uninteresting, mostly pain management and minimal movement. I was lucky to have an amazing group of friends, family, teammates, and puzzles to keep me entertained!

I got cleared to start physio a couple weeks after my injury. I struggled with getting my energy levels back up, I felt exhausted after only moving small distances. At that point my physio exercises seemed very insignificant, because they were all such subtle movements. To keep motivated I started working towards tiny goals. Anything from getting a couple degrees more range of motion in my ankle/knee, to starting to get more comfortable with a bit of weight bearing. I became completely obsessed with the time line of my recovery. Trying to push myself, but finding the line where I was still healing and not causing any further damage to my leg.

At 6 weeks I got medical clearance to start slowly walking and driving. It was freeing to be able to get myself to the gym and I started feeling like an athlete again.  I tried to spend a few hours at the gym rehabbing each day. My progression was very rapid over the next month. I even started wearing my ski boots around the house. Eleven weeks after breaking my leg I was able to click into my skis and slide over to watch the races at Norquay. It was exciting to cheer the team on, and it was amazing to see almost everyone got a result or a personal best.

 

On March 2nd, I had my final appointment with my surgeon. She gave me the go head start skiing! Since then I have gone to one of our local mountains almost everyday, I’ve been doing some on snow drills, but mostly working on getting the feeling back. I’m actually planning on joining the team at Nakiska this week before they head out east.

I still have a long way to go before I will be 100 percent, but I have been lucky to have a super fast and successful recovery so far! Even though I wish I had been with the team this year, it’s been cool to watch everyone’s season progress, and I wish the team the best of luck in the final few race series!

Thank you to everyone that has supported me the last few months! A special shout out to my mom for being crazy amazing, Rebecca for working your physio magic, Dr. Hiemstra, and everyone at Alberta Alpine!

Thanks for the read, and I hope to see everyone on the slopes soon!

-Zoe

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