recently, i have written about knee pain, cartilage defects, the symptoms that led me to discussions regarding microfracture, and how i made the final decision to move forward with the operation. once that decision was made, the inevitable next questions i asked (and all athletes ask) pertain to the recovery process and timeline.
physician provided information is limited, and ambiguous. every person has a different knee. the size of their cartilage defect varies, as does the exact location of the defect within the joint. all of these differences impact the outcome of the operation, and therefore the timeline for recovery. due to these unknowns, doctors are reluctant to provide microfracture patients with any specifics.
much like the physicians, i can’t promise that others’ recovery will follow the same timeline as mine; but i’m hopeful that by providing others with this history of my recovery, that it will give them a better idea of what they could expect.
Last week was another successful week of volleyball. It was a challenging week of volleyball as well; but how we fight through those challenging moments, is the greatest determinant of our long-term success. And we pushed through our trials, all the way to the championship match.
last weekend my volleyball partner and i kicked off beach volleyball season 2015 at alki beachwith an exciting day and a second place finish. (read all about our exciting tournament and view the pro event photos, here). the day after our tournament, we had a flight leaving seattle at noon. it would have been easy to sleep in and let our overworked muscles have the rest they deserved; but bodies like ours aren’t very good at resting. instead, we woke ourselves up early, and headed out to find some green in thefirst2hours. there is no better way to combat sore muscles, than with movement. and we opted to move!
naturally we wanted to move in a beautiful place but our time was limited; so after consulting the google machine, we set our sights on cougar mountain regional wildland park.
this past weekend marked the beginning of beach volleyball season 2015 for my partner and i. we kicked it off with a trip to seattle, a tournament at alki beach, and an undefeated record leading up to the finals match.
it was the first time either of us had competed at alki beach so we weren’t quite sure what to expect out of the competition, the beach itself, or the people. needless to say, everything and everyone surpassed our expectations and we can’t wait to get back!
beach volleyball season, my favorite time of year. and this year, i kicked the season off with a queen of the beach tournament in salt lake city. the good people at wasatch beach volleyball host tournaments from may – september at their fantastic facility. this week was particularly spectacular as it was a sunny 75 degrees, but the wasatch mountain peaks in the backdrop were still covered in snow. it was the perfect day for a tournament.
2015 beach volleyball season has begun. tour dates have been announced, beach volleyballers across the nation are training hard, and there is sand in my bedsheets. i love this time of year.
not too long ago, i started competing on the professional beach volleyball tour. i found a lot of success on the sand which i quickly realized was the best fit for my game. two years ago i relocated to the hub of professional beach volleyball in the u.s. (the south bay of california), to pursue my dream of playing full time. i signed up for my first tournament, not knowing exactly where i stood when stacked up against the california girls, and my partner and i ended up winning the whole thing. not a bad start.
when i run, i run loops. i’ve never been a big fan of the up and back route as I like to change up my scenery. some may think I am crazy to loop in this instance because of the beach front views along the strand that are indisputably better; but balance is a key in life, and when i run, i run loops.
the strand is a boardwalk that runs from redondo beach all the way up to manhattan beach and beyond. the water is so close you can feel it. it is a beautiful gift to locals and visitors alike. but as beautiful as it is, the strand gets obnoxiously busy in peak hours, and even more so in peak season’s peak hours. so in true vanessa style, i get a head start on everyone in thefirst2hours of my days, and i run in peace.
“how do i get fit and stay in shape?” “what is the best way to lose weight and be healthy?” these are both questions that i am asked frequently.
my suggestion to people seeking an answer to these questions, doesn’t involve a new scientific study that ends in me trying to sell you a product. there are enough people trying to sell a product, or a fad. i most certainly could list a number of thoughts in regards to one’s diet, muscle confusion, and more; but for the sake of simplicity, i am going to make this easy and leave one suggestion and one suggestion alone. the best way to get fit and stay in shape, starts and ends with motivation. therefore, my suggestion is to find an activity you love so much, that it doesn’t feel like something you HAVE to do, but rather something you WANT to do.