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!