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Letting Go - Recovery Phase Part 1

Mariaby MariaJun 24th 2015
"Crutches and boot for 4 weeks, then boot, then rehab and then if all goes well you might be back to racing in 12 weeks. Oh and make sure you offload (aka rest) the injured foot as much as possible." This is not want you want to hear 3 days from your 1st race of the season when you know you are coming into form and could be brewing up for some of your best performances to date. (For me, best racing has meant podium time at British, European and World AG champs.)
So what do you do?
Is it time to hit the Ben and Jerries and feel sorry for yourself, or is it time to choose how you are going to be for the duration, prepare yourself for the sad, bad days and learn and embrace what you can do?
This blog is about an ongoing journey through injury - nothing dramatic happened but it was a full-on show-stopper.
So there you are; race plan written, head into race mode, racing nail varnish on and what you you know deep down (but were trying to ignore) has just been confirmed by the expert medics - no racing, no training, no walking, lots of rest, swim with a pull buoy and a little gym time with adapted Pilates and TRX. So, it's bad but not completely the end of the world and there's every chance the injury will mend and you'll be back to training and racing at some point.
Time to take a few moments to reflect, take it all in and plan how you are going to manage the situation and yourself.
This is where letting go comes in. You are now an athlete in the recovery phase of an injury, you still have aspirations to be the best athlete you can and achieve your goals, but it's time to let go of your current training and racing plans. It's not easy to accept that this injury really, really means you won't be racing in Geneva in 8 weeks time, or defending your title at Liverpool, and those turbo sessions you've loved maxing out on, Saturday morning rides in the summer sunshine and even kicking sets in the pool are gone for now.
Letting go isn't easy, it's beyond disappointing and it hurts. But you know what, when you've done it there's almost a sense of relief, you are now focused on positively working towards a good recovery.
 
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