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Coaches Corner with Coach Ashley
One of our jobs as coaches is to help athletes modify movement based on level of skill, exposure to the sport, injury, etc. I have recently been on the receiving end of those modifications with an injury that I have been ignoring for months and months and it has changed my perspective in a lot of ways. This is the first time that I have had a true injury that has prevented me from continuing to crossfit at the level that I had been. What I have learned…
First, I realized that I am a terrible “patient.” As a nurse, one would think that I would have gone to the doctors back in October when the pain started waking me up in the middle of the night. Or when my friends would repeatedly check in on me and ask if I had made an appointment with Sean yet. But no, it was not until 6 months later when I decided I didn’t want to have pain anymore every time I worked out. I should have gone when it all started, that is the first lesson I learned.
Second, it got to me mentally more than I was expecting. I actually said to Allison Giorgio this weekend “I am losing fitness by the minute, I can feel it.” So things have to be modified, I won’t be lifting heavy for a while, I won’t be running any time soon BUT when assessing my goats there is a laundry list of things that I can be working on. When Sean said that I could use the air dyne I was beyond excited…what has happened to me?! My fitness will shift for a period of time but I can still work toward my goals and get stronger in a different way…mentally. Lesson number two.
The health and wellness continuum is a model that is first introduced in elements talking about sickness, wellness, and fitness. These are relative terms to one another and any physical or physiological marker could be plotted on this curve to assess if we are sick, well, or fit. As individuals our fitness goals vary but we all strive to achieve what being fit means to us. I would argue that continuing to crossfit with an injury, over training, focusing on intensity before technique pushes us beyond fit and back toward sickness. As Ben says, we are working on a low trajectory towards a distance horizon. Lesson number three, don’t let an acute problem complicate your goals for the long run with chronic issues.
To conclude, this is a minor injury relatively speaking, but it has still put a lot of things into perspective and I think I will grow as an athlete as well as a coach because of it. Focus on your goals but don’t sacrifice the future for a PR today. Keep working toward a healthy, balanced life!