So, about 10 years ago I had a debilitating back injury, L2-L4 herniated disc. I went through some of my own care, had some treatment and eventually improved it with some prolonged permanent symptoms. Recently, Oct 2012, during a competition, I injured it again and had a significant increase in new symptoms, back pain, leg pain, numbness/tingling, the whole gamut. I self treated for a while, modified my training, but still maintained a high level of fitness. It taught me a lot about how to maintain my fitness level to some level of proficiency and promote healing. In Jan 2014, I had an epidural and since that time my symptoms are approx. 50-60% improved but still present.
Committing to Fitness as a Sustainable Endeavor!
Why do I share this?
I think we all have a time in our lives when we struggle with something that interrupts our journey to maintain health and fitness. It is imperative that we recognize our limitations but not be controlled solely by them. If we’re not careful we develop a mindset of being “the injured” and lose our “positive mindset.” There will be things that interrupt our health, and some may have long term residual affects. But, we must stay focused on where we are going, not only where we are. I’ll admit that I base some of my value in my ability to “do”, typical male. So, during this time, I have been frustrated, discouraged, angry and motivated. No matter what, I knew I had to move forward. To stay where I was at was not an option. If we understand the nature of all organic creatures, they are either moving forward or backwards, there is no stationary existence.
Humans are very all or nothing. This can be a strength but also a significant weakness. Just because we are injured doesn’t mean we can’t continue to progress forward. the difficulty is usually figuring out how? This is where your PT, doctor, and/or coach can assist with that process. Most importantly, I think individuals should develop their own knowledge base of basic skills and interventional techniques to alter or change their training and program. To this I say, read, read, read! There is a ton of information out there. Just make sure it comes from trusted sources.
So, here we are, the first day of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Open. I don’t know how I’ll do this year. It really doesn’t matter if I give my all. Let’s enjoy our fitness and get out there and use what we have developed over the course of this last year. Make it a time of having fun, getting a sweat on and sharing with friends.
Best of Luck,