Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Towards the end of April I tore the ligaments in my left ankle and was put out of action for 2 months as a result! It was a MAJOR learning experience for me and i took away some of these lessons:
1. RESPECT your body - work with it and it will work with you. Abuse it and it will give up
Yes there is such a thing as overtraining and i was doing it. Pushing my body as hard as i could every day - no proper planned training programme, no decent rest etc etc
My friend who is a Chiro and PT warned me... numerous times... but i felt strong and capable and ignored him. And then my body gave up. I didnt fall into a hole, i didnt trip over a rock, i just turned to run from one point to another and because my poor body was so fatigued my ankle just rolled over and *pop*
Since returning to training I now have a proper, well thought out training programme that incorporates 2 rest days a week and cycles of extended rest period every few weeks and a solid nutrition plan that makes sure my body gets all the good stuff it needs to fuel itself and repair itself.
2. Correct treatment of an injury at the hands of a skilled professional is ESSENTIAL to recovery
I listened to every instruction i was given by my doc with regards to what i had to do and was / wasnt allowed to do whilst recovering from the injury. I also went for treatment pretty much every second day for the first 2-3 weeks. I did all my rehab excercises that i had to and as much as i wanted to i stayed away from training until i was ready to return.
Thanks to that my ankle is PERFECT now - its as strong if not even stronger than it was and i am running, jumping, riding and carrying on like a general hooligan as though nothing ever happened
3. A set back is NOT the end of the road
when i was sitting on my couch with my leg up on a pillow, motionless in a moonboot and useless to me i felt hopeless. I felt my fitness draining away... i felt my muscles disappearing...
all my hard work seemed to be going down the drain... and then i came back to training and i worked my way back to fitness and strength and i ate well to nourish my body.
And now i am stronger and fitter and more determined to improve and try new things and get even better at things i do love.
I could have given up. I could have chosen to eat junk all day and stay on the couch.
but then what would i have to show for it now? :)
I am SOOOOOOOOOOO happy to be back - missed you all