Vanilla Walking

It’s good to be home and back in the groove.  Not everyone would consider getting up at 5:30am to walk a good thing but it’s what I’ve done for 26 years and I love starting my day with an early morning walk.

But it’s different right now.  My left rotator cuff is torn and I can’t walk with my poles, can’t paddle my boat, can’t ride my bike. (Good thing I could ski these past five weeks.)  Bummer, big bummer.  Nancy Hanily-Dolan calls it vanilla walking when we walk without poles.  When we walk with our poles it’s a hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top.  I never order vanilla ice cream, I’m a chocolate girl through and through.  I miss my poles.

Monday morning I go in for shoulder surgery to repair the damage.  Recovery includes 4 weeks in a sling and then a total of three months to heal the tendons.  Looks like I won’t be fully operative til July 4th.  In the meantime I’ve got fellow instructors and Nordic Walkers who have volunteered to help with my April classes and events and I’ll look forward to celebrating a reconstructed shoulder with fireworks on the 4th.

In the meantime, we now have another 4 inches of snow on the ground.  Gail and I are going to walk indoors at Ridgedale in the morning.

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