It’s getting better all the time…

First snow of winter

It’s that time again

After an incredibly beautiful and extended fall season here in Colorado, winter returned yesterday with the temperature dropping 40 degrees in a matter of hours along with several inches of snow. They’re calling for a high of 10 degrees tomorrow with snow through the weekend so this is definitely not just another one of those snowboarding dreams that regularly course through my subconscious mind while I sleep. Of course, the snow triggers all sorts of conscious feelings – the most prominent being when the blank am I going to be able to snowboard again!

Just add snow

It’s now been almost seven months since my knee surgery and while I’ve made tremendous progress by committing (or submitting, depending on how you look at it) myself to an intensive rehabilitation program it appears I am not quite ready for primetime just yet. The physical therapist’s office has become my second home and I am now much more familiar with the different types and levels of pain one can endure without actually passing out. When I wasn’t gathering that excruciating knowledge, I did my best to get back out in the mountains even if only by car and then later foot (no mountain biking season for me this year). Luckily for me Colorado is just as beautiful in the summer as it is on a pristine powder day.

It's a family affair...

Road tripping with the family

Fortunately, I have a new partner in crime, a young blond I met just last year. She’s passionate, athletic and generally up for anything – just what I needed to help get through these challenging times.

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Her name is Lola – short for Lolita

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Me and my girl

Together we’ve been whipping me back into shape by hiking the local trails in Boulder. If there has been one upside to this injury it’s that I’ve been motivated to get back into hiking and Boulder certainly has plenty to offer on that front.

Our typical morning stroll

So between all the hiking and physical therapy my leg has gotten much stronger. I still however lack the full range of strength, motion and flexibility I need to get back out on the mountain. While my surgeon is very pleased with my progress and no longer suggesting the need for a second surgery, he is not at all interested in seeing me back on the slopes anytime soon. Granted, this is not surprising news given the severity of my injury but just the thought of maybe getting a few powder days in the spring has been the carrot that has kept me going through a very long and painful rehab. And given the rate at which my leg has been improving, it doesn’t seem unreasonable that I could achieve that goal. So for now, I will abide by his wishes and keep hammering away at my very incalcitrant scar tissue but come spring I may have to take matters into my own hands…


8 Responses to “It’s getting better all the time…”

  • Bill Gallen Says:

    Nice to hear the recovery is moving along. Lola reminds me of Hazel. Boulder looks beautiful in those pictures. Keep up the good work in the pain cave!

  • Surgeon General Says:

    At least, Lola gets to be a powder hound this winter. You’ve come a long way, Grasshopper. Just remember who was there when the drugs started to wear off. Now, just get that last few degrees of motion already.

  • Liz Coker Says:

    Great news Brad! Was actually just thinking about you. Glad to hear you are getting outside and enjoying the local mountains. Beautiful pictures. And Lolita is quite the pretty girl.

  • Gina Gruenberg Says:

    Hi Brad,
    You are amazing. I have thought of you often and am so glad you sent your blog.
    What an inspiration. Love to see you, your family, dog and Colorado. Have never been there! Keep writing and hiking.
    Gina

  • Geoffrey Gilbert Says:

    You’ve come a long way from the schoolyard. Nothing wrong with hooking up with a young blonde. What I want to know is, when the blank are the Nuggets going to win another game?

  • Gary G Says:

    Glad to see that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a freight train. Seriously cold here in Utah too, unfortunately not much snow, but more is on the way. More than welcome to road trip to Utah, happy to show you our goods.

  • Wendi Says:

    Gad to hear the update. The mountains are calling your name. How great that at some point, you actually will be out there! Could definitely have not been the case. You are a warrior rehabilitator!

  • Tom Menk Says:

    Hope to see you in the pow at Loveland soon. Glad to hear that you are recovering and your girlfriend is a babe.

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