Well, this week has shown…..you can make all the plans in the world, but you never quite know what’s round the corner. On Friday night I got the results back from my MRI scan – it wasn’t the news I was hoping for. I’ve got a stress fracture to a rib on my left side and they reckon it’ll be 8 weeks until I can get back into full training. This will have a major impact on the plans for this year as I’ll miss our first regatta and it rules out the Europeans.
This was quite a kick in the belly as I’ve been working so hard towards these 2 goals and was completely focused on getting to the Europeans. I wallowed in self pity on Friday night and rebelled by eating cake (sorry coaches if you happen to read this!), but woke up Saturday, had another quick cry, then gave myself a kick up the bum, re-evaluated my plans for this summer and started focusing on what I could do over the next 8 weeks to keep moving me forwards and make sure I turned these 8 weeks into an opportunity rather than a setback.
It’s not easy to stay positive, but having just spent the most incredible week at Battle Back working with some amazing guys that are dealing with much bigger challenges than 8 weeks restricted training, it’s been time to practice a bit of what I preach! I’ve been telling the guys all week that life is a journey, and sometimes you can’t always go in the direction you want to go, but every stage of the journey will teach you something and will, if you let it, make you stronger in the future.
So that’s what I’m going to do! I’m meeting with the coaches tomorrow (Monday 2nd March) to put a plan of action together, and lets make sure that I come out of the next 8 weeks stronger, fitter….and even more focused and determined to get where I aiming to go! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it will be interesting to see what I’ve learnt at the end of it.
I heard a quote on the radio the other days that says it all: “Fruits grow in the valleys not on the mountain tops”
The challenge for me will be to stay sensible and not push things too hard and cause things to take even longer to heal!
I want to thank the guys I’ve worked with this week, it was inspiring to see the change in them over their 5 days at Battle Back. I know they got a huge amount out of the programme, but they also taught me so much and enabled me to put this set back very much into perspective.
Life will always be full of ups and downs – it’s how you deal with them that really matters.