Time to Get Back, Slowly
In many of my past blog posts I’ve written about training and conditioning based on my personal experience. This blog post is no different.
Recently, I had fairly major surgery on my knee from an injury I incurred last winter. After two months of being unable to much of anything, I am ready to get moving again. Unlike earlier posts where I was writing from the vantage point of being healthy and strong, today I am starting at square one.
Something I’ve always known, but what never ceases to amaze me is how quickly we can lose our fitness. During my skiing career our sports scientists always said what muscle was built in two weeks could be lost in 24 hours. Now, if that’s not depressing!
Don’t lose heart. I am in my quest to get back to the “norm” here in our active town. Perhaps some of you are in a similar situation, or just looking for the initial motivation to take those first few steps…whatever it might be I challenge you to take this journey with me.
Start Easy! This isn’t a marathon. It’s a step by step process. Trust me, I started walking with a cane and now I’m limping along. My first hike of the season was today! I think I made it 1/8 of the way up Emerald before my body told me enough. Yes, it’s frustrating. A few months ago I was practically sprinting up to the quarry. But, today I’m taking my first step.
I encourage you. If you are in a place where you are wanting or needing to take the first step go easy on yourself! Rome wasn’t conquered in a day. The road to fitness is a step-by-step process.
For the next two weeks, increase your activity by 5-10 minutes each day. Whatever it might be, shoot for 4-5 days of increased activity.
I’ll check in again and we can tackle the next phase.
Until then, keep up the good work!
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Caroline Lalive Carmichael
Caroline Lalive Carmichael moved to Steamboat with her family in 1995 and joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. After one season, Caroline was named to the U.S. Ski Team and competed for 13 years, attending two Olympics. After retiring in 2009, she returned to Steamboat as a coach. She and fellow Olympian Nelson Carmichael were married in 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Freya, in 2015.