Motivational Monday: Christmas Came Early

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Check out this week's Motivational Monday Amy Thomas

I’ve watched the seasons change from fall to winter here in Denver and feel fortunate that I enjoyed quite a bit of time outside even with a broken arm.

Last week I had my 6 week follow up with my surgeon. Initially, he had said it takes 6-8 weeks for the bones to heal. Until that time, my bones were mostly held together with the new plates and screws. This last set of x-rays showed that while the bones are healing nicely, they aren’t 100% ready to take weighted load. He feels more comfortable with another two weeks. Easy enough!

Testing some dirt near Dakota Ridge.

Testing some dirt near Dakota Ridge.

Luckily since I hadn’t entirely embraced being a runner, I am cleared to ride outside on the road. It’s been great weather to get out of the basement. It felt great to feel the wind against my face and be reminded of how great Colorado riding is. I am more limited by my decreased cycling fitness than anything and I can definitely tell my arm is still healing. I’ve been riding my Yeti ASR to keep me in a more upright position to have less pressure on my arm and the added benefit of front suspension. I spun around mostly on road with a little bit of smooth dirt just to see what I can tolerate. Climbing is fine but descending is too much for my arm. I can feel even the slightest cracks and rocks ripple through my arm. It’s not painful, more uncomfortable, but a good reminder to not push it.

Solstice Lookout ride. The antlers kept my speed in check.

Solstice Lookout ride. The antlers kept my speed in check.

I was lucky enough to celebrate the Winter Solstice with friends riding up Lookout Mountain in Golden. Earlier this season, this was a go-to for my longer hill efforts. The Solstice’s leisurely pace just about killed me, but I didn’t care. Just knowing I can ride is good for now. It will all come back soon enough.

The greatest gift this season is my health. I’m looking forward to skiing on Christmas Day, celebrating the evening with Bike Shop Girl’s family, and maybe a few more road miles to start off 2015. Happy Holidays and Cheers to Health in the New Year.

 

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