Today, help us welcome another great guest blogger from Outdoor Baby Network, Kati Rouse.
I am happiest when active, so after college, I began training for triathlons and had just discovered climbing when I had to have my right shoulder repaired (a result of over-training in swimming!). Within a year, the left shoulder required surgery as well. Having always been competitive by nature, it was disappointing to have to scale training way back. Ultimately, I began to be really focused on Yoga and Pilates, which helped me maintain strength and agility while healing.
I have always loved the outdoors–hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking, etc.! I ran track and cross country in high school and college and worked as an athletic trainer handling sports related injuries for local high schools in Memphis. It was when getting my CPR renewal that I unexpectedly met this fly fishing guide who was getting ready to go to Alaska for the rainbow season. A little over a year later, Jamie and I got married and moved to the Little Red River in Arkansas–home of the world record brown trout, but not a great place to be an athletic trainer! Switching gears somewhat, I began to be an integral part of Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures, including working in Alaska with him. We enjoy the outdoors together–fly fishing, hiking, traveling, etc.
I had been content to not have a baby–thinking that my running and other activities would be interrupted. But, after 5 years, we had Allie. Wow! This is my greatest adventure yet! Seeing the outdoors through her eyes is like a whole new world. Trails that had become mundane are now something new to explore. She notices the smallest thing–a leaf on a tree, a pine needle, a bug–and gets so excited. I may go at a slightly different pace than before, but she continues to remind me that in my effort to perfect my technique, I was missing out on so much of the beauty and mysteries of nature around me.
We have now added Thomas, who is just about to turn 9 months! He accompanies me on a lot of runs and just had his first fly fishing outing. (It is a little different with 2 in tow!)
I have just finished reading Aron Ralston’s book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, which has encouraged me to step it up a notch both solo and with family. I started this effort by putting a new chain on my bike. As I was getting ready for a test ride, I was quickly reminded of how long it had been since I’d worn my bike shorts as the elastic began disintegrating all over my legs! I have a ways to go, but I am certainly going to enjoy the journey with those around me!