Year 2017 under Review

It’s the last day of 2017 and time for a 2017 review! 🙂 I will keep this one short and sweet, picking one “highlight” in every single month of the year!

January

In January I was able to give my comeback on the ice after my MCL and ACL injury and prepare for the Olympic Qualification Tournament in February.

February

Qualified for the 2018 Olympic Games although injured the same knee knee again, but this time a torren meniscus.

March

Reunion in Plymouth/Detroit with my long time friend and goalie mentor Paddy Elsmore-Sautter. She was the best goalie the Swiss national team ever had and was an incredible support and mentor for me ever since I joined the nationalteam when I was 13 years old. Paddy is living in Minnesota, that’s why I don’t get to see her all too often unfortunately.

April

In April I had knee surgery. It was my first ever surgery in my life. I was super nervous, but I knee I had the best doctor for this kind of procedure. The surgery went really well and I was incredibly happy with the outcome.

May

Travelled to Iceland for an extended weekend. Such a beautiful country. So many great sights and friendly people. Absolutely loved it and would recommend it to everyone!

June

I spent 2 weeks in Ancient Olympia, Greece with the International Olympic Academy. 2 weeks I’ll never forget in my entire life. Met so many great people from all over the world with the exact same interest. We had so much fun and laughter during these two weeks, that it was difficult to leave this place behind. Hopefully we’ll all be able to stay in touch.

July

I guess July was a travel month going to Spain and Croatia. Spend a nice week at the beach in El Palo with my goalie friend Zuzana Tomcikova before we travelled to Granada for the first ever IIHF Goalie Development Camp. From Spain, I travelled to Croatia to be at my friend’s wedding which was another unforgettable experience.

August

Travelled to France with my two best friends from Northeastern University in Boston. Was so great to catch up with them and just enjoy each others company. True friends! I wish I could spend more time with them!

September

The new hockey season started!

October

I was able to organize a Girls’ Hockey Day again at the SWISS Arena in Kloten where approximately 60 girls participated again. I’m all in for the development of girls’ hockey in Switzerland!

November

San Francisco baby!!! Was able to spend over a week in the Bay area with my ME310 project group exploring the area but most of all work on our project with Sanford University. It was a great time and I can’t wait to go back there in June for our final presentation. 🙂

December

December is all about Christmas and family time. Especially because I don’t get to see my family all to often throughout the year, Christmas is a holy time for me and my family as we are all together for almost the only time throughout the entire year. With all the snow that we’ve had, white Christmas was even more special this year!

2018

2017 was a fantastic year, but I’m ready to take on 2018!

Happy New Year

xo

Florence

Continuous Rehab

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with your loved ones! 🎅🎄 I spent two wonderful days and evenings with family and friends!

It’s been quite some time since I made a blog post, I’ve been incredibly busy ever since I came back from San Francisco with school and hockey.

A lot of people have asked me if my knee rehab is done and if everything is back to being normal for me in everyday life but especially in hockey. To answer that question, no, not yet, but I’m working on it every single day.

My knee doesn’t hurt me anymore when I walk and do stuff, but there are still stuff that I wasn’t yet able to do or I’m just not in that shape yet.

The third last thing that I wasn’t able to do was to run. I had the biggest respect from running, as this was impossible ever since my knee injury. Two weeks before going to San Francisco my physio and conditioning coach started tackling that issue with me. I started off very slow with the slowest jogg ever and only for about 5 min. We would then increase the pace and the duration in these two weeks until I was able to run 30 min at a decent pace.

While in San Francisco, running was basically all I did with some body weight and core exercises. I went jogging in Los Altos Hills for 30 min every morning before my friends would wake up. Following the run, another 30-45 min core and body weight workout. To be able to run again felt amazing! It was though, but the feeling I got during and after the running were so satisfying. I missed running!

After San Francisco, I started running intervals, which was even more satisfying! I think there’s such a big difference between sitting on a bike and doing an interval vs actually running an interval. Anyways, once this running obstacle was out of my way, the next obstacle came. Jumps… the second last thing!

That too, I was terrified to do. Just like with the running, we approached it very slow and easy. I must say though, I’m not a 100% on jumps yet, but the jumps that I’m doing, feel good and safe. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be back to a 100% with these jumps too.

The last thing that I’m still not able to do is to kneel on the floor. I believe that’s an obstacle I can start tackling after the Olympics though… 🙂

Overall, I’ve done hugh progress off the ice with my conditioning coach Andrea Zryd. She’s been unbelievably though on me, but very supportive and motivating. With her help, I was able to loose 9kg since August! Without that additional weight, I feel much better and faster on and off the ice and I know I’m not where I want to be yet, but with her support and all of your support I’ll get there really soon!

Thank you all for all your support and positive messages!

Xo

Florence