Ego is an Athlete’s Worst Enemy.

Ego is an Athlete’s Worst Enemy.

 

 

Every day that we wake up and face the world...we chance injury. We can be extra careful, tip-toe around slowly, wrap ourselves in bubble-wrap, etc….but unfortunately, sometimes...it just happens.

 

With competition season in full swing and the 2018 CrossFit Open just around the corner...the blog this week is going to tell the story of how NOT to deal with an injury. My hope is that you will learn from this coach’s mistakes and remember these takeaways:

 

  1. Injury S-U-C-K-S, but it happens sometimes. We just have to be SMART and deal with it.

 

  1. Ego is your worst enemy when facing injury, treatment & recovery...get that sh...STUFF under control!

 

This past year has been an incredible challenge for me (and my ego) in my CrossFit journey. It was about this time last year that I started taping my right shoulder for overhead-intense WODs. My first Rocktape application was actually at the Reindeer Games (Team Go Elf Yourself!). I brushed-off the pain initially, saying it was just an RA flare-up...but with no other RA symptoms present, I suspected there was something else going on….but kept going...

 

Then 2017 Open came around (Woo, CRONERS…#1 Champs!) ...my ‘performance’ was humbling to say the least...especially completing 1 fewer HSPU reps on 17.4 than I had a year before…I wasn’t improving...I was actually LOSING gains. Ego held on tight and I finished the Open, Rx’ing 17.5...nearly in tears at the end of all those thrusters….

 

And for what!? Why!?

 

...a score on the leaderboard…

 

...dumb, Pammy...just plain dumb.

 

My point is this….if you’re injured...get checked out, scale things back, take a rest day (or 2...or 12), see your chiropractor, see your family doctor...see a witch doctor, whatever...but DON’T IGNORE IT!

 

Your brain will come up with all sorts of attractive excuses:

‘Ooh, but I really want to do the WOD tomorrow’ or ‘The Open is coming’ or ‘I just signed up for a competition’...

...none are worth the setback that worsening a treatable injury can cause.

Your ego will survive the delayed gratification...

 

Looking back, it’s CLEAR that I should NOT have participated in the Reindeer Games 2016 nor the 2017 Open...and because I pushed through ‘like a trooper’...I am now facing my second surgery in 6 months...most likely a direct result of a year of overcompensating for a weakness that needed attention at a time INCONVENIENT to my ego.

 

As of today…

I haven’t competed in over a year…

...haven’t done a pull-up since the Open (and shouldn’t have done them then either)…

...no arm balances or inversions in this girl’s yoga practice these days...

...the list goes on…

...because my ego was louder than common sense.

Dumb.

 

I urge you all...listen to your body. Mobilize daily! ...especially areas that you feel are weak. Talk to your coaches for ideas on how to strengthen those areas. Rest when you need to rest. Modify when you need to modify. If something seems less like ‘sore’ and more like ‘pain’...check it out. Don’t wait.

 

Don’t let a treatable weakness become a debilitating injury. Overrule your ego.

 

And if you are unlucky enough to endure an injury...be PATIENT with your rehab and recovery…but that’s a blog for another time…

 

Until then, be like Bob…

 

-Pammy

 

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