Over the past months I've been dealing with my injury of a fully ruptured MCL that occurred during the Verbier Xtreme's. In comparison to others it's a pretty minor injury, no surgery required, just time and rehab. It's not my first injury and unfortunately I'm quite certain it's not my last. There is however
something different about this injury for me personally and if I'm being honest it's driving me a little crazy!
You see, most of the time when I've been injured it's either been a relatively short healing period or I've been able to just go out and enjoy another sport for a change. I've had lots of hand and shoulder injuries that maybe kept me from biking or skiing really hard but I could at least get out and run fast or go for a long ski tour to blow off some steam and get the release I so badly need in my life.
This injury has been a little difficult for me. Sure I've been able to bike some, train/rehab in the gym but not at the rate that I seem to strive for in my life. I find I've been anxious and constantly feeling like I'm missing out, although the current downpour outside is certainly helping to subside those feelings. I'm just grateful that this injury is pretty minor in comparison to what could of happened or what I've seen my friends go through.
With most things there is a silver lining that I can take away from this experience. I've really learned more about myself and what I need to stay happy and that is movement. I also have found that this setback has not discouraged me, in fact it's done the opposite, I find I'm more motivated than ever. I just hope that motivation doesn't get in the way of my rehab. Staying on that fine line between too much and too little when rehabbing is a difficult balancing act.
In the meantime it's soon back to the physio and the Doctor to make sure I'm making progress and great strides in my healing. I hope to soon be easing back into more biking and working towards building up strength that I've lost during the healing process. I'll work on enjoying this mellow period and looking forward to the rewards of a smart and successful rehab. I know this setback is minor and it's definitely not hindered my motivation. I can't wait to get out there stronger than before and more motivated than ever!
THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING!