Guest Blog: Tough times never last...
When injury strikes it can be devasting to an athlete, no one knows this better than Sinead Kennedy - psysiotherapist, triathlete, pilates instructor and blogger! Here's her experience from when injury took her out of the game:
Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they are right.That includes injury!!
I recently found out the hard way, that over-training leads to fatigue, which leads to accidents. In my case a broken leg in an Adventure Race in April. I can blame the weather, the stone that tripped me, any number of things, but ultimately I think fatigue and a worn out body that badly needed a rest were the real reason.
So to go from being the fittest I have ever been, to being put in a cast and told not to do anything for 6 weeks was not an easy transition. Like all good aspiring, want to be athletes, my idea of doing nothing is very different to what my doctor ment. I did further damage and added another 6 weeks to life in a cast.
The days and weeks do roll by, its just the time in between thats the problem! No cycling, no running, no work, no nothing! There is only so much TV can you actually watch, only so many books you can read. So for anyone that is currently injured, here is a top tip to while away the hours! Online courses. You can learn lots of things on Youtube. I learned better swimming techniques to test in rehab! How to cook! Fine tuned how to fix a puncture etc.
Trust me, killing 12 weeks is not easy, time trials on crutches to the shop became the highlight of my day!
The cast is now off, physio has begun. The leg muscles have wasted away to nothing. My dreams of a big come back any time soon are becoming more and more realistic each day. It takes time to rebuild muscle. Stablility and proprioception are shot, and worst of all my core strength is gone.
On the bright side, I have come to actually like swimming! I look forward everyday to getting in the pool and getting my fitness back. Its all uphill at the moment but the recovery is well and truly happening. Muscle bulk is starting to come back, I am walking better, I can drive and returned to work this week. My plans and fitness goals are now for spring 2013, hopefully a marathon and a Half Iron Man. For now though its all rehab and getting my fitness back at a reasonable pace.
At the start, I thought it wasnt just a broken leg, it was more like a broken life.
The truth is, I needed a break, literally. My body was exhausted and I lived for the “busy-ness” of it all.
Now, the rest of my body has had time to rest, enjoy some TLC, I caught up on reading, films, learned a few new skills, and most of all learned that its not the end of the world when injury strikes. It is a temporary blip, and while it feels like it will never end... take the time to enjoy being pampered and fussed over! As they say, Stop and Smell the Roses!
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