Check out my blog post for the USBSF website! This post is for all of you who are reading this right now! Love you guys :)
Here are some pics of me training while I’m in Georgia! My brother Travis and friend Kory stepped up to the challenge and have been doing my workouts with me. I’ve reached my first goal this off-season of getting healthy and recovering from last season’s injuries so now its time to chase my next goal and make some physical and mental gains…
THANK YOU everybody who came out to the fundraiser at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Crabapple! It was a ton of fun and I am so grateful for all of the support! Also, congratulations to Julie Lindsay for winning the raffle!!
I need to give a huge thanks to Benchmark Physical Therapy!! They have been helping me with my shoulder rehab while I am home. They have me do several different exercises to strengthen all of the muscles surrounding the shoulder. They have also been using a treatment technique called dry needling. Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles to stimulate the muscles and allow the muscle to “release”. Basically, they stick a needle in my muscle and move it around until it twitches. They can also add electricity to the needle to make it twitch more and increase the stimulation. It is not painful whatsoever, but it does feel really weird! It has really helped my range of motion and is helping me train like normal again. I still have a long ways to go before my shoulder is back 100% but we are well on the way. Thank you Benchmark and thank you Trevor for helping me!!!
Welcome, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub to my support team!!! www.oldeblinddog.com
I am humbled and honored to announce my newest sponsor, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub! Click here to view their website! The food is amazing and the environment is like no other! They have two locations now, one in Crabapple, GA and the other in Brookhaven, GA.
On April 25th, 2013 they are going to have an event for me to help me raise funds. Come on out and support your local bobsledder :)
Here are the details:
Where: Crabapple Location - 12650 Crabapple Rd, Milton, GA 30004
When: Thursday, April 25th. 5:30-8 PM
What: Raffle for $100 Olde Blind Dog Gift Card. Anybody who donates to my training funds will receive a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets will allow for $4 drafts and 20% off of appetizers. Must be present to win.
Why: To raise funds for the 2013/2014 season!!
I am so excited about the event! Please spread the word and tell your friends and family about it. I hope to see you all there!!
The 2013/2014 Season Calendar is out and I could not be more excited! I do not know which races I will be doing yet, and the calendar is subject to change, but it is still very exciting to see it! It is motivation as I prepare to start off-season training.
Click here to view the calendar:
I figured it is time for another update. Picking up where I last left off.. I had two solid weeks of sliding in Lake Placid and then made my way out to Park City, Utah for more training. Things in Park City went very well at first. I made some major improvements in the gym and weight room. I was able to lift weights like normal and I was getting my speed and strength back. Also, I took several runs on the Park City track. However, after a few weeks of being there, I crashed again. Two times back to back out of curve 6 (out of 15 curves) on both runs. Let me tell you.. 9 curves on your head is a long way down!! Thankfully my brakemen were okay. Cherrelle was with me the first crash and Kristi was with me the second crash. I always pad my brakemen up with McDavid Hexpads, knee pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, etc. and I am glad I did! I, on the other hand, was not so lucky. I ended up with a concussion and re-injuring my bad shoulder.
I did not realize the severity of the injuries at first and I waited around in hopes to be able to get back on the horse and slide again this season. However, my symptoms did not go away so I ended up seeing more doctors and it was determined I had “Post Concussion Syndrome”. The medical staff takes concussions VERY seriously so the doctors and I have decided to call it a season for me. The bobsled track is still open for a couple more weeks but at this point it is wiser for me to get back to health and get ready for next season than pushing too hard to try and take a few more runs.
Here is a season wrap up:
US National Team Trials: 4th Place w/Maureen Ajoku
North America’s Cup Race #1 PARK CITY: BRONZE w/Hyleas Fountain
North America’s Cup Race #2 PARK CITY: BRONZE w/ Maureen Ajoku
European Cup Race #1 IGLS: 12th Place w/ Maureen Ajoku
European Cup Race #2 IGLS: 14th Place w/ Hyleas Fountain
European Cup Race #3 IGLS: 8th Place w/ Hyleas Fountain
My initial shoulder injury happened in Official Training for the Winterberg, Germany European Cup so I missed two European races in Winterberg, and one in LaPlagne France. I also missed the Jr. World Championships in Igls Austria as well as two North America Cup races in Lake Placid. So basically, I missed half the season! It was really hard to sit back and watch the races go on without me, but I tried to be the best teammate I possibly could and helped out all the girls in any way possible and cheered them on. At the end of the day it’s about Team USA and I am very proud of my teammates!
This whole bobsled season did not go as planned, but I did learn a lot from it. I will just call it a “character-building” season and take what I learned and apply it to next season. God has definitely humbled me and has been teaching me perseverance and patience. On the bright side of it all, I am hungrier than ever and I am already looking forward to next year. I will take this motivation and carry it into my off-season training. I am so ready to get after it!
I will be home in Woodstock most of April and will be heading back up to the Olympic Training Center in May for the off-season training. My first goal is to get completely healthy. Once I accomplish that my next goal is to surpass my personal bests in speed and strength and to continue to improve in the mental part of the game.
I hope all is well with everybody! I am sure everybody is looking forward to the spring and summer as much as I am! Don’t forget to check out my online store: www.amway.com/meganhillstore for any vitamins, skin care products, and house cleaning products you may need!
Thank you everyone for your continuous support and going on this roller coaster journey with me!