“Fish out of Water”

With a full week of rest and surviving time off from work, exercising and  . . .  and  . . . .and well besides water skiing  (which I am already taking time off from) I really don’t do anything else. Even though this week was a good rest period, it does not mean this is the end of my recovery phase. NO it is just the beginning. . . . .

This is how my car usually looks like when I am heading to the lake or a tournament, yet I did not drive to either one today.  Knowing my body needs to more time to completely heal, I have decided to not ski at all this season.  At first I thought I could get away with just skiing and not competing, but as the symptoms in my back started to increase verses decrease, I knew this would not be the case.

To make sure I won’t water ski this summer, I  drove my ski with all my gear to the only one person I would trust to take good care of the my equipment , Margie Metzger, a great friend and an amazing Physical Therapist.

Now you have to understand I am that type of skier who does not like other people touching my ski!  I cringed of the thought of people even asking if they can look at it.  I will go out of my way to make sure when entering and exiting the boat that I am the one holding my ski, no one else, not even my coach.  So letting Margie keep my ski and all my gear for the entire summer is a big deal, and a big step of faith.

Never thinking that I would need time off from this sport to improve, I know with this time it will  allow my body to fully heal.  From this recovery phase I hope to be a stronger and smarter skier for the next session.  So Summer 2013 Look Out I am coming for yah.


When you have horrible pain or have inflammation (swelling) the only answer is taking a refreshing ICE Bath.  Here are some keys when taking an ICE Bath.

To Start:

  1. Fill the tube with cold water
  2. Bowls of Ice ready by the tube
  3. Wearing sport bra and running short, slowly easy into the water
  4. Once in the tube, dump the ice.  Most importantly don’t MOVE
  5. Wait 15 min while thinking of some place warm
This has become part of my daily routine

Preparing to Get Warm  (Do these before the ice bath)

  1. Have some of your Favorite Summer Tunes Playing . . . . . my fav is Passion Pit and Foster the People
  2. Towel in Dryer 15 min while you are in the tub
  3. Hot water for tea . . . . .Green Tea
  4. Bed warmer on high (or electric blanket)
  5. Favorite sweats ready to change into also in the dryer

If all else fails . . . I go to Seattle Tanning for a 7-8 min Tan.