For those of you that know me well, you know that I love boating. Not just any boating, high performance, speed boating. After my surgery in April 2007 I couldn't ride in the boat the entire summer of 2007. Not only because of the pain I was still experiencing, but also because my neck muscles were in no shape to handle this type of boating.
This past weekend we met with friends at a charity boating event and I decided it was time to get "back on the horse" or should I say get back in the boat! Woohoo!! It was great! Sometime during the day we hit 109mph (yes, that's right!). It was a huge accomplishment as well as a tremendous achievement that I had been working towards for months.
I say working, because this didn't happen without a lot of work. I've dedicated myself to exercising and core strengthening. First let me say that prior to surgery I never stepped foot in a gym or worked out in any way, other than riding my bike or the time that I took Karate lessons. I did everything the doc and PT said in terms of PT and exercise. When he said I was ready for exercise and recommended pilates,that's what I did. I've accepted exercise as a part of my everyday life and something that I will have to do for the rest of my life.
I'm not here to lecture or tell anyone what they should or shouldn't do. I know when I was stuggling to recover (my recovery was NOT easy) I was irritated (jealous)by stories of quick recoveries and how we could all do better if we did this or that before our surgery. I'm just here to celebrate my success because it wasn't easy for me.
We need to enjoy life!!!