Sunday, 18 May 2014

Elbow Update

Last week, after a long wait I finally had the operation I needed on my elbow. It had been causing a lot of problems for me over the past couple of years so it was nice to know that it was all going to be fixed.

Unfortunately it was through in Glasgow at 7 o'clock in the morning. It meant I had to leave at 6am to get through in time. I got checked in and went up to my room. I was waiting for about an hour before getting taken down for my op.

Everything went well. It was just a clean up operation. The surgeon was taking some cartilage out the back of the joint and some release in the front. I was moving it straight away. I was walking around and almost back to normal after an hour. I had a few visitors during the day which was nice. Thankfully it wasn't too boring. I could watch tv and sit on my laptop so time went quickly. I was out by 5pm the same day.

It looks a lot worse than actually is. Once I had taken all the bandages off it and cleaned it, I only had 3 small cuts and 4 stitches. One week out after the operation everything is pretty much back to normal. I have more movement already than I had before. And I am also back in gym trying to get it back to full strength.

Hopefully I will be completely back to normal by next week.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Season Ender

Breckenridge was my last trip of the winter and thankfully it was a really good one. I went out to have fun, relax and unwind a bit after the Olympics and that is exactly what I did. I skied a lot and still worked as hard as ever but with no pressure meant I had a blast!

Unfortunately the weather didn't hold out too much. It was typical Breck. Windy, Snowy and cloudy. Thankfully Jamie and I still managed to get a few snaps in between skiing hard!

After spending so much time in the halfpipe over the last 18 months I tried to get on the jumps and rails as often as possible(weather depending). It was such a fresh breath of air. A different side to skiing which I didn't get often so I had an amazing time. I wanted to keep away from the halfpipe so when summer camps rolled round I had a lot of drive to get back in the pipe and learn/progress.

This summer I plan to go back to Whistler for three weeks to train on the airbag and after that head to Saas Fee for a month to train on the glacier. It will be a lot more chilled out than previous summers. But I am really looking forward to spending time at home and relaxing and completely taking my mind off from skiing.

After such an brilliant season and life changing experiences I plan to go to the next Olympic Games in 4 years. So I hope to start the hard work now so I get the result I am after next time!

Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to where I am. I wouldn't be here without you!