March 12, 2009: Back on Track

Beaver Creek, Colorado – I’ve been freeriding for about six days now and it’s feeling really good! On most of the runs I totally forget about my shoulder and the what-used-to-be-restricting brace, and just focus on technique and getting comfortable at higher speeds. There are times where I revert to my old ways of riding and put my hand down on my toesides, but as soon as I do a reflex goes off and I immediately pull my hand up into my body. So far so good! It’ll be a different story when training gates but hopefully a lot of my freeriding, and my comfort level with freeriding, will translate.

Today was an exceptionally fun day because I rode with a group of hardbooters (those riding alpine boards like mine – a rarity!) that I just happen to run into. For the past few days here I’ve been riding alone for a few hours and while there are things I need to work on and I have my music to keep me busy and entertained, it does get a little lonely.  So it was a treat to ride around with about eight people who were all super nice and shared my passion. Thanks guys for making it such an awesome day!

I’ve also been seeing a really great physical therapist out here, Neil Masters, who has seen some improvement both in position and strength in my shoulder. He seems very confident that I’ll be in good shape for my next races.

I’m also very happy to report that my weird congestion/cough is almost gone! After 6 weeks of not feeling 100% healthy (and at some times only 50%) I am finally feeling back to normal! I think the clean mountain air helped.

There’s only a few more weeks of the season left! But my last trip will be a big one, going to France for two races, then to Montreal for 2 races, and then back to Europe for the French National Championships. The more opportunities to get points the better.

Thanks for all your support and well wishes!


1 Response to “March 12, 2009: Back on Track”

  1. 1 Bonnie March 13, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    WooHoo!!! So glad you’re doing better, Eden. It actually sounds like this injury made you even more focused. Sometimes blessings come in strange disguises. Take care. Miss you a lot.


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