NAVIGATION

Training Through Injury

Share

From Ambassador Janice Ferguson…

 

Training Through Injury

Anyone who knows me, knows that I always have a lot to say when it comes to fitness, CrossFit, and obstacle racing. I mean, I can really corner someone and just drone on for hours about all things fitness. So as I’m trying to condense all the things I’m so passionate about into a short blog post for Dirt In Your Skirt, I’ve been posed quite a challenge. Silver lining? I like challenges. Another silver lining for you? I just broke my hand two Friday’s ago, and it takes me 10X as long to type. So, this one won’t be as long. I’ll break you in gently.

 

578219_497878076937592_1487517343_n

Breaking my hand was actually the last thing I had on the agenda. This is the worst possible time for this to happen. Like many of you, I am competing in the 2013 CrossFit Open. I’m not doing it just for fun, though. I was doing it because I intended to qualify for the South Central Regional. I have spent three hours of training, at least five days a week for the past 10 months trying to accomplish that goal. I’ve also got two years of training on top of that. I qualified last year, and had made some amazing progress this year. Having my hard work pay off and qualifying for Regionals for a second time was the “fun” for me.

 

 

So, when I was walking on my hands around my gym on Friday night, something I do routinely, and that I’m pretty darn good at, a super loud POP was the last thing I wanted to hear when I fell wrong. The x-ray a few hours later confirmed my fears. It wasn’t the pain that bothered me. I live for pain. It was the thought that all that time I’d spent training was “wasted.”

 

734017_10151294505436780_1370049465_n

Although I was upset, I never let things like that keep me down. After all, CrossFit is not life-or-death. So many others have it so much worse than I do. So, I actually decided to continue with the workout, 13.2, as I had planned the next morning with my training partner, but I modified it for one hand. I thought to myself, what would Noah Galloway do? If you don’t know my friend, Noah, you need to catch up! He is an American hero who lost his leg and arm in Iraq. He is my inspiration for just about anything that seems hard. Anyway, I figured that Noah would use a dumbell for the shoulder to overhead, and that he would probably use a kettlebell for the deadlifts. Box jumps needed no modification, and I thought went well, other than the searing pain from flinging my hand for momentum and the time I slipped and used my broken hand to catch myself. What was I thinking?

 

31929_4264691510493_730153219_nWhy did I continue with the Open? There are many reasons. Most importantly, I’m not a quitter. Injuries are a huge inconvenience. But, they are no reason for you to sit on the couch and eat ice cream, or give up on yourself. There is always SOMETHING that you could be doing. Even if it’s only walking, or doing chair aerobics if you absolutely had to; if you want something badly enough, you don’t make excuses, you make it happen. I certainly don’t recommend anyone going to extremes. You must know your limitations, and train to them.  So, as for me, I will still be working out and doing whatever I can so I can keep making progress toward my new goals: Regionals 2014. I just got a head start on the competition! On the agenda today, one-arm burpees, one arm-sandbag cleans and sandbag runs.

Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of DirtinYourSkirt.com. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of MudRunGuide.com. She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
This entry was posted in Ambassadors. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to posts:


  •   Hyper Vest SXY and FIT from Hyperwear.com
  • Instagram

    • Rebuilt in the 1599. Still in business today... I love the history of the UK 🇬🇧 and pub names... but mostly the pub names.
.
#britishpub #pub #england #travels #adventurer #stalbans #worldtraveler #travelhumor
    • Humbled, honored, and shocked. Thanks for this inaugural award from @mudstacle 
#ocr #obstacleracing  #shocked #honored
    • Have you checked out the latest episode of the podcast? Graham Roberts of @ispiremc talk about coaching, motivation, and having a winning mindset.
.
Graham should know - not only has he become an avid obstacle racer but he also helps the mental game of world champions and other professional athletes.
.
Find it on your favorite player! Temp link in bio
.
#mentalgame #mentalgamecoach #spartan #obstacleracing #spartanrace #podcast #levelup #ispiremc #headgamestrong
    • Two songs have been in my head all day as I concluded my last day at @mudrunguide ... Truckin by the Dead and My Way by Sinatra. I can’t think of two better songs to describe the last 9 seasons...
.
#Repost @mudrunguide
・・・
She’s been a staple of the OCR media scene for the last four years and industry for the last nine. And she has been an inspiration and friend to so many. Today is @dirtinyourskirt last day as editor of @mudrunguide. You can read her final thoughts on our main page on our profile. #mudrun #ocr
    • Little Fancy is feeling pretty fancy in her @arboone11 @beastgoodr sunglasses 🕶.
.
Amelia she thinks the color is pretty cool and that it makes her look pretty. Lol
.
#goodr #beastgoodr #ocr #bordercollie #dogsinshades #bordercollieworld #myfurbaby #love #dogmomlife #mudrunguide
    • Have you checked out the most recent podcast episode with @womazonian
.
Erin finished second at World’s Toughest Mudder this year shocking not only the OCR Community but herself in the process.
.
She shares her backstory and experience on the podcast this week.
.
#wtm2018 #podcast #airforce #toughmudder #obstaclecourseracing #speakyourtruth #womenwhoadventure
    • Having fun providing @mudrunguide coverage at World’s Toughest Mudder. I am in love 😍 playing with my new lenses on my camera. Most of the photos are over on Facebook.
.
#wtm2018 #wtm #obstacleracing #toughmudder @tough_mudder
    • Made it to Atlanta to cover World’s Toughest Mudder. Every year I get nostalgic about the first year of WTM in 2011.
.
Can’t wait to cover the action for @mudrunguide. With the temps predicted in the 30’s overnight I excited to see how the new venue plays out.
.
Excited to get to work tomorrow.
.
#wtm #wtm2018 #toughmudder #obstaclecourseracing #mudrunguide #ocr #tbt
    • Have you heard of the online community @trail_sisters?
.
We have the story behind this huge movement encouraging more women’s voice in the outdoor industry and getting more women on the trails.
.
@ginalucrezi shared her passion and mission on this week’s podcast.
.
Temp Link in Bio
.
#podcast #trailsisters #womenwhotrailrun #findyourtribe #findyourtrail #womenrunning #allwomenalltrails #speakyourtruth #womenpodcast #getoutside #trailrunning #trailrunnersunite #runwithher

    Follow Me!