Walk of Fame Contest – Bonnie Lindsay
April 28, 2015 | By Nadia
Osteoarthritis sidelined me 25 years ago; no more running, no more downhill skiing. I eventually lost so much range of motion I couldn’t ride a bike. Eventually, once I was considered ‘old enough’, I had first one knee, then the other replaced. Both surgeries were very successful, but still no running, no downhill skiing, and swimming and cycling just didn’t do it for me. I sure was grumpy!
Then I discovered Nordic walking. I joined an Urban Poling class, which hugely increased my quality of life, so much so that I became an instructor. After a couple of years with the group, then months of dedicated training (that’s me backpacking my granddaughter on a training hike) my husband, his mother, and I were able to hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, then back up 2 days later.
In October 2014 I had a hip replaced (seems I am made of very shoddy materials) then 6 weeks later fell, resulting in a hairline fracture of my greater trochanter. My mother-in-law, sister and my wonderful walking buddies (all part of Wendi Paterson’s Nordic Walkfit ‘family’) cooked and cleaned house and chauffeured me around until I was on my feet again.
In January I started walking again, first using Activator poles, then graduating to my Adventure Series, increasing my distance by 10% each week as tolerated. So here I am in April, walking over 40 km a week and ready to lead a gentle UP class later this month. Life is good!
If you look at the stats regarding hip fractures; the number who end up in nursing homes, the number who never regain former functionality and independence; I have definitely beaten the odds. My heartfelt thanks to my friends and family and Mandy’s poles! Submitted by Bonnie
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education